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Mr Palfrey of Westminster (ITV 1983, Alec McCowen)

Mr Palfrey of Westminster

Spy drama series Mr Palfrey of Westminster emerged out of an episode of anthology series Storyboard. It focused on the cases of civil servant turned spycatcher Mr Palfrey working for the Special Intelligence Service.

The middle aged Mr Palfrey utilised the services of the younger Blair if there was any nastiness to contend with and answered to the his female boss “The Co-Ordinator”.

Four years after the series ended the character of Blair popped up in another episode of Storyboard. This may well have been an attempt to spin off a series involving the character.

THE EPISODES
STORYBOARD28 August 1983
1. THE TRAITOR

SEASON ONE 18 April – 9 May 1984
1. ONCE YOUR CARD IS MARKED
2. THE HONEYPOT AND THE BEES
3. THE DEFECTOR
4. A PRESENT FROM LEIPZIG

SEASON TWO7 May – 11 June 1985
1. FREEDOM FROM LONGING
2. RETURN TO SENDER
3. MUSIC OF A DEAD PROPHET
4. OFFICIAL SECRET
5. SPYGAME
6. THE BAITED TRAP

STORYBOARD23 May 1989
1. A QUESTION OF COMMITMENT

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 12×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 August 1983 – 23 May 1985

Executive Producer: Lloyd Shirley / Producer: Michael Chapman

cast
Alec McCowen as Mr Palfrey
Clive Wood as Blair
Caroline Blakiston as Co-Ordinator
Briony McRoberts as Caroline