The Waiting Time (ITV 1999, John Thaw, Zara Turner)

Based on a best seller by Gerald Seymour The Waiting Time sees John Thaw play solicitors clerk Joshua Mantle who finds himself drafted into working for British Intelligence and gets caught up in a mystery involving a ten year old murder and an extremely dodgy cover up.

John Thaw is a much missed actor, supremely watchable in everything he appears in and The Waiting Time is no exception. Co-stars include Zara Turner as the young spy at the heart of the mystery and there is also a role for former Doctor Who Colin Baker.

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production details
UK | ITV – Carlton | 2×90 minutes | 28 October – 4 November 1999 Thursdays 9.00pm

Writer: Patrick Harbinson
Novel: Gerald Seymour
Producer: Chris Burt
Music: Colin Towns
Design: Robin Tarsnane
Costume: Mike O’Neill
Executive Producer: Ted Childs
Director: Stuart Orme

cast
John Thaw as Joshua Mantle
Zara Turner as Tracy Barnes
Christien Anholt as Ben Rogers
Colin Baker as Giles Fleming
Michael Sarne as General Pytor Rykov
Mark Pegg as Sgt Hanson
Struan Rodger as Albert Perkins
Hartmut Becker as Dieter Krause
Buffy Davis as Olive Harris
Johanna Lonsky as Eva Krause
Christoph Dostal as Hans Becker
Carl Duering as Pastor Weiden
Roland Schäfer as Jorg Brandt
Thomas Morris as Willie Muller

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