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Shades of Greene is a British television series based on short stories written by the author Graham Greene. The series began in 1975, with each hour-long episode featuring a dramatisation of one of Greene's stories, many of which dealt with issues such as guilt and the Catholic faith, as well as looking at life in general. Actors to have appeared in the series include John Gielgud, Leo McKern, Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Lesley Dunlop, John Hurt and Roy Kinnear.

Shades of Greene
StarringJohn Gielgud
Leo McKern
Virginia McKenna
Paul Scofield
Roy Kinnear
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes18
Running time60 minutes
Original networkITV
Original release9 September 1975 (1975-09-09) –
10 February 1976 (1976-02-10)

The series began on 9 September 1975 and ran for two seasons.


List of episodesEdit

Season 1Edit

Episode Title Original air date
Episode 1 When Greek Meets Greek 9 September 1975
Episode 2 Cheap in August 16 September 1975
Episode 3 The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen 23 September 1975
Episode 4 Special Duties 23 September 1975
Episode 5 Two Gentle People 30 September 1975
Episode 6 The Root of All Evil 7 October 1975
Episode 7 A Little Place off the Edgware Road 14 October 1975
Episode 8 The Blue Film 14 October 1975
Episode 9 The Destructors 21 October 1975

Season 2Edit

Episode Title Original air date
Episode 1 The Case for the Defence 6 January 1976
Episode 2 Chagrin in Three Parts 6 January 1976
Episode 3 A Chance for Mr. Lever 13 January 1976
Episode 4 Alas, Poor Maling 20 January 1976
Episode 5 Mortmain 20 January 1976
Episode 6 A Drive in the Country 27 January 1976
Episode 7 The Overnight Bag 2 February 1976
Episode 8 Dream of a Strange Land 2 February 1976
Episode 9 Under the Garden 10 February 1976

Overseas salesEdit

The series was broadcast by the Nine Network in Australia.[when?]


These 18 short stories were re-published in their original form, with cast list and names of dramatiser and director, in the collection Shades of Greene jointly by The Bodley Head and William Heinemann, London, in 1975. ISBN 0 370 10604 0

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