The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs

The Top Secret Life Of Edgar Briggs is a 30-minute British television comedy series created by Bernard McKenna and Richard Laing and produced by Humphrey Barclay for LWT. It was transmitted on the ITV network and featured David Jason as the inept Edgar Briggs, personal assistant to the Commander of the British Secret Intelligence Service[1] who, in spite of his cluelessness (and ineptness), manages to solve case after case. It has been likened to the earlier American series Get Smart.

The Secret Life of Edgar Briggs
Written byBernard McKenna
Richard Laing
Directed byBryan Izzard
StarringDavid Jason
Noel Coleman
Michael Stainton
Theme music composerSam Fonteyn
Opening theme"Defective Detective"
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Humphrey Barclay
Original networkITV
Original releaseSeptember 15 (1974-09-15) 
December 20, 1974 (1974-12-20)



Episode # Episode Title
1-01 A Dinner Date With Death
1-02 The Defector
1-03 The Leak
1-04 The Escape Route
1-05 The Traitor
1-06 The Abduction
1-07 The Exchange
1-08 The Courier
1-09 The KGB
1-10 The Drawing
1-11 The President
1-12 The Appointment
1-13 The Contact


According to David Jason's biographers, Edgar Briggs was not a ratings success in Britain but proved popular in overseas markets. Nevertheless, Jason reportedly vetoed repeat screenings of the series for many years on the grounds that he "[knew] how raw he looked in those days" and was "not at all anxious to share that with his public."[2]

DVD release

The complete series was eventually released on DVD in March 2015.[3]


  1. Dave Rogers, The ITV Encyclopedia of Adventure, page 564, ISBN 9781852832179, pub 1988 by Boxtree Ltd for TV Times Publications, somewhere in the UK.
  2. Hildred, Stafford; Ewbank, Tim (2012). Sir David Jason - A Life of Laughter. John Blake Publishing. p. 95–96. ISBN 9781782190721.
  3. "The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs: The Complete Series". 2 March 2015.

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