Espionage (TV series)

Espionage is a 1963 Associated Television (ATV) series, distributed outside the UK by ITC Entertainment and broadcast in the United States by NBC.

1963 title screenshot.
Written byRaymond Bowers
Norman Borisoff
John Furia, Jr.
David Greene
Donald Jonson
Ernest Kinoy
Albert Ruben
Halsted Welles
Directed byRobert Butler
Fielder Cook
David Greene
Ray Herbert
Herbert Hirschman
Seth Holt
Ken Hughes
William T. Kotcheff
Anton M. Leader
Michael Powell
Stuart Rosenberg
James Sheldon
Composer(s)Malcolm Arnold
Benjamin Frankel
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes24
Executive producer(s)Herbert Hirschman
Producer(s)George Justin
Running time48 min.
Production company(s)ATV
ITC Productions
DistributorIndependent Television Corporation
Original networkITV (UK)
Picture formatBlack and white, 4:3
Audio formatMonaural
Original release2 October 1963 
20 May 1964


The 24 b/w episodes with a running time of 48 minutes per episode had no regular cast, choosing instead to follow various "spies" as they did their "jobs." The episodes featured spies for the West, for the Soviet Bloc, spies working for peace and resistance operatives. The episodes drifted between contemporary times, the Second World War and the interwar period with occasional episodes set in other times.

Guest cast

Featured guest stars included:

Many of the cast members were largely unknown in the United States when this series was first broadcast and some members would go on to fame in the US because of the exposure.

Episode list

This list is in NBC's airdate order.

TitleAir dateDirectorStars
A Covenant with Death2 October 1963Stuart RosenbergDavid Kossoff, Aubrey Morris, George Roubicek, John G. Heller, David Davies
The Weakling9 October 1963Stuart RosenbergJohn Gregson, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Neal, Steve Plytas, Roger Avon
The Incurable One16 October 1963Stuart RosenbergSteven Hill, Frederick Schiller, Martin Miller, Norman Mitchell, Andrew Sachs
The Gentle Spies23 October 1963David GreeneBarry Foster, Angela Douglas, Godfrey Quigley, Joan Hickson, Michael Hordern, Eric Pohlmann
He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday30 October 1963David GreeneT. P. McKenna, Patrick Troughton, Billie Whitelaw, Andrew Keir, Maurice Good
To the Very End6 November 1963David GreeneJames Fox, Michael Anderson Jr., Clifford Evans, Robert Cawdron, Roy Patrick
The Dragon Slayer13 November 1963William T. KotcheffSam Kydd, Patrick Cargill, Thorley Walters, Peter Dyneley, Alan Tilvern, Cyril Shaps, Ric Young, Stephen Jack, Michael Chow, Kristopher Kum, Milton Reid
The Whistling Shrimp20 November 1963Stuart RosenbergDana Elcar
The Light of a Friendly Star4 December 1963James SheldonCarl Schell, Loretta Parry, Ronald Howard, Donald Pickering, George Pravda, John Herrington, Ian Fleming
Festival of Pawns11 December 1963James SheldonDiane Cilento, Sam Wanamaker, Peter Howell, Dennis Edwards, Mark Hardy
A Camel to Ride18 December 1963Fielder CookBill Travers, Marne Maitland, Roger Delgado, Sandor Elès, Vernon Dobtcheff, Derek Sydney, Anthony Jacobs, Edward Underdown, Gertan Klauber, Tracy Connell
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend1 January 1964Michael PowellMark Eden, Donald Madden, Julian Glover, Pamela Brown
Medal for a Turned Coat15 January 1964David GreeneNigel Stock, Fritz Weaver, Joseph Furst, Sylvia Kay, Richard Carpenter, Michael Wolf, Carl Conway, David Blake Kelly
The Final Decision22 January 1964Ray HerbertMartin Balsam, Alan Gifford, Ann Lynn, Richard Marner, James Maxwell, Gordon Sterne
Do You Remember Leo Winters?29 January 1964Robert ButlerGeorge A. Cooper, Peter Madden, Cyril Luckham, Rhoda Lewis, Brian Peck, Mostyn Evans, Alan Haywood, David Healy
We the Hunted5 February 1964Ken HughesJoseph Campanella, Anthony Dawson
The Frantick Rebel12 February 1964Michael PowellRoger Livesey, Stanley Baxter, Jill Bennett, Bernard Bresslaw, Max Adrian, Graham Crowden, Gordon Gostelow, Edward Jewesbury, Declan Mulholland, Edna Doré, Patsy Byrne
Castles in Spain19 February 1964Anton M. LeaderRoland Culver, David Spenser
Snow on Mount Kama26 February 1964David GreeneBernard Lee, Nigel Davenport, Geoffrey Chater, Howard Lang, Ilario Bisi-Pedro
Once a Spy ...4 March 1964David GreenePeter Vaughan, Millicent Martin, Earl Cameron, William Lucas, Basil Dignam, Harry Landis, Eric Thompson, Shay Gorman, Glynn Edwards, Dickie Owen, Tom Bowman
The Liberators11 March 1964Seth HoltDonald Pleasence, Leonard Sachs, Jeremy Spenser, John Bennett
Some Other Kind of World18 March 1964Herbert HirschmanJohn Hollis, Alan Tilvern, George Pastell, Jeffry Wickham, David Healy, Bruce Boa, John Tillinger, Richard Marner
A Free Agent21 March 1964Michael PowellAnthony Quayle, Siân Phillips, Norman Foster, John Abineri, Gertan Klauber
A Tiny Drop of Poison20 May 1964Herbert HirschmanLouise Sorel, Jim Backus, Jack May, Charles Lloyd-Pack


The theme music was composed and conducted by Malcolm Arnold.


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