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One of the best-made espionage dramas on television was Callan, relating the grim missions of a compassionate but accomplished killer who worked in counter-espionage for the Section. Edward Woodward played Callan to perfection with Russell Hunter as his smelly sidekick Lonely. Stemming from an edition of Armchair Theatre called A Magnum For Schneider shown in 1967, the show was produced first by ABC, then by Thames when they gained the franchise to broadcast in the London area in 1968. It continued up to 1972, with a movie based on the original Magnum... episode being made in 1974, and a revival play appearing in 1981.



Callan Edward Woodward   Lonely Russell Hunter
Cross Patrick Mower   Meres Anthony Valentine


Creator: James Mitchell
Producer: Reginald Collin

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