The Secret Agent


3 x 60' adaptation of the classic Joseph Conrad novel by BAFTA-winning writer Tony Marchant, produced by Line of Duty's World Productions for BBC One.
London, 1886. Unbeknown to his loyal wife Winnie, Soho shopkeeper Verloc works as a secret agent for the Russian government. Angry that Britain harbours violent anarchists, the Russians coerce Verloc into planting a bomb that will provoke the authorities into cracking down on these extremists. Caught between the Russians and the British police, Verloc reluctantly draws his own family into a tragic terror plot.
Tony Marchant says: "Conrad's depiction of 19th century terrorists committed to the destruction of the West, with a suicide bomber in their midst, was not only prophetic but is undeniably contemporary and compelling. Equally it is a heartbreaking story of a family caught up in the political machinations of a world in ferment."
Executive Produced by Simon Heath for World Productions and Polly Hill for BBC One.



Short and round with a bulldog face and a melancholy demeanor that serves him well in comedy and tragedy alike, Jones is, as usual, excellent; his final scene with the invaluable McClure, nearly a monologue, has an almost theatrical weight. (It's not surprising to learn that in 1923 Conrad himself turned his novel into a three-act play.)
Marchant doesn't let his audience forget that this is a story that might have some relevance to our own terrorized times. But "The Secret Agent" works on the page and on the screen because, ultimately, it's not a political but a particular human story that runs on a mixture of bad decisions and bad luck, out where psychologies and circumstances run afoul of history. - The LA Times.


RTS Scotland Awards (Nominee) - Drama.


Title: The Secret Agent
Original TX date: 2016
Broadcaster: BBC
Format: 3X69
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