Espionage (TV series)

Espionage is a British-produced TV spy anthology series broadcast in the United States on NBC from October 2, 1963, until September 2, 1964.[1]

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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
ComposersMalcolm Arnold
Benjamin Frankel
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes24
Executive producerHerbert Hirschman
ProducerGeorge Justin
Running time48 min.
Production companiesATV
ITC Productions
DistributorIndependent Television Corporation
Original networkITV (UK)
Picture formatBlack and white, 4:3
Audio formatMonaural
Original release2 October 1963 (1963-10-02) –
20 May 1964 (1964-05-20)


Made from actual case histories,[2] episodes used newsreel and documented narratives to show activities of spies from various countries as far back as the American Revolution and as recent as the Cold War.[3] The 24 black-and-white episodes, each with a running time of 48 minutes, had no regular cast.[citation needed]

Guest castEdit

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.[citation needed]


Herbert Hirschman[3] and Herbert Brodkin were the producers.[1] The theme music was composed and conducted by Malcolm Arnold.[citation needed]

The program was broadcast from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday nights.[2]

Episode listEdit

This list is in NBC's airdate order.

Title Air date Director Stars
A Covenant with Death 2 October 1963 Stuart Rosenberg David Kossoff, Aubrey Morris, George Roubicek, John G. Heller, David Davies
The Weakling 9 October 1963 Stuart Rosenberg John Gregson, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Neal, Steve Plytas, Roger Avon
The Incurable One 16 October 1963 Stuart Rosenberg Steven Hill, Frederick Schiller, Martin Miller, Norman Mitchell, Andrew Sachs
The Gentle Spies 23 October 1963 David Greene Barry Foster, Angela Douglas, Godfrey Quigley, Joan Hickson, Michael Hordern, Eric Pohlmann
He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday 30 October 1963 David Greene T. P. McKenna, Patrick Troughton, Billie Whitelaw, Andrew Keir, Maurice Good
To the Very End 6 November 1963 David Greene James Fox, Michael Anderson Jr., Clifford Evans, Robert Cawdron, Roy Patrick
The Dragon Slayer 13 November 1963 William T. Kotcheff Sam Kydd, Patrick Cargill, Thorley Walters, Peter Dyneley, Alan Tilvern, Cyril Shaps, Ric Young, Stephen Jack, Michael Chow, Kristopher Kum, Milton Reid
The Whistling Shrimp 20 November 1963 Stuart Rosenberg Dana Elcar
The Light of a Friendly Star 4 December 1963 James Sheldon Carl Schell, Loretta Parry, Ronald Howard, Donald Pickering, George Pravda, John Herrington, Ian Fleming
Festival of Pawns 11 December 1963 James Sheldon Diane Cilento, Sam Wanamaker, Peter Howell, Dennis Edwards, Mark Hardy
A Camel to Ride 18 December 1963 Fielder Cook Bill 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 Friend 1 January 1964 Michael Powell Mark Eden, Donald Madden, Julian Glover, Pamela Brown
Medal for a Turned Coat 15 January 1964 David Greene Nigel Stock, Fritz Weaver, Joseph Furst, Sylvia Kay, Richard Carpenter, Michael Wolf, Carl Conway, David Blake Kelly
The Final Decision 22 January 1964 Ray Herbert Martin Balsam, Alan Gifford, Ann Lynn, Richard Marner, James Maxwell, Gordon Sterne
Do You Remember Leo Winters? 29 January 1964 Robert Butler George A. Cooper, Peter Madden, Cyril Luckham, Rhoda Lewis, Brian Peck, Mostyn Evans, Alan Haywood, David Healy
We the Hunted 5 February 1964 Ken Hughes Joseph Campanella, Anthony Dawson
The Frantick Rebel 12 February 1964 Michael Powell Roger Livesey, Stanley Baxter, Jill Bennett, Bernard Bresslaw, Max Adrian, Graham Crowden, Gordon Gostelow, Edward Jewesbury, Declan Mulholland, Edna Doré, Patsy Byrne, Pauline Boty
Castles in Spain 19 February 1964 Anton M. Leader Roland Culver, David Spenser
Snow on Mount Kama 26 February 1964 David Greene Bernard Lee, Nigel Davenport, Geoffrey Chater, Howard Lang, Ilario Bisi-Pedro
Once a Spy ... 4 March 1964 David Greene Peter Vaughan, Millicent Martin, Earl Cameron, William Lucas, Basil Dignam, Harry Landis, Eric Thompson, Shay Gorman, Glynn Edwards, Dickie Owen, Tom Bowman
The Liberators 11 March 1964 Seth Holt Donald Pleasence, Leonard Sachs, Jeremy Spenser, John Bennett, Robert Webber
Some Other Kind of World 18 March 1964 Herbert Hirschman John Hollis, Alan Tilvern, George Pastell, Jeffry Wickham, David Healy, Bruce Boa, John Tillinger, Richard Marner
A Free Agent 21 March 1964 Michael Powell Anthony Quayle, Siân Phillips, Norman Foster, John Abineri, Gertan Klauber
A Tiny Drop of Poison 20 May 1964 Herbert Hirschman Louise Sorel, Jim Backus, Jack May, Charles Lloyd-Pack


  1. ^ a b McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television: the Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present (4th ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books USA, Inc. p. 261. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.
  2. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. pp. 426–427. ISBN 978-0-307-48320-1. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-7864-8641-0. Retrieved 27 February 2022.

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