The Secret Agent (1992 TV series)

The Secret Agent is a 1992 drama miniseries in three parts, made for the BBC. Directed by David Drury, it is the television adaptation of the 1907 novel The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. Starring David Suchet, Cheryl Campbell, and Peter Capaldi, it was first shown in the United Kingdom from 28 October to 11 November 1992. In the U.S. it was the final production introduced for Masterpiece Theatre by host Alistair Cooke.[1]

The Secret Agent
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Based onThe Secret Agent
by Joseph Conrad
Screenplay byDusty Hughes
Directed byDavid Drury
Theme music composerBarrington Pheloung
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
ProducerColin Tucker
CinematographyAlec Curtis
EditorIan Farr
Running time180 min (UK)
Original networkBBC 2
Picture format4:3
Audio formatMono
Original release28 October (1992-10-28) –
11 November 1992 (1992-11-11)


The mostly inactive spy Alfred Verloc is ordered by his superior Mr Vladimir to carry out a terrorist act. Verloc reluctantly plans the operation, seeking help from The Professor. Verloc is also an informant for the police and the Assistant Commissioner and Chief Inspector Heat add additional pressure on Verloc and his attempts to carry out his plan. Verloc’s subsequent actions gravely affect his wife who is devoted to her mentally unbalanced brother Stevie.



A contemporary review in The Los Angeles Times described the production positively, writing, "striking performances by both Suchet and Campbell, with the usual support from a clutch of good British character actors, are excellent reasons to keep watching. Another is the way this meticulously detailed psychological drama juxtaposes settings, from the fashionable salons of the upper crust to Verloc's own squalid shopkeeper's digs, as the battle between the empowered and the unempowered leads to an inevitable result."[2] Hoyt Hilsman of Variety called the adaptation "finely drawn, yet somber and slow-paced. Acting is excellent and strong on character, but it has little dramatic story interest."[1]

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  1. ^ a b Hilsman, Hoyt (12 November 1992). "Masterpiece Theatre the Secret Agent". Variety. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (14 November 1992). "Engrossing, Detailed Tale of 'The Secret Agent'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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