Ashenden (BBC-1 1991, Alex Jennings, Joss Ackland)

Period drama serial. Staid writer Ashenden finds himself recruited into the secret service during world war two. Based on the short stories of Somerset Maugham the serial boasted some fantastic guest actors throughout its short 4 episode run including the likes of Harriet Walter, Alfred Molina, Alan Bennett, Jason Isaacs and Elizabeth McGovern

production details
UK / BBC-1 – Kelso – Arts and Entertainment Network / 4×55 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 November – 8 December 1991

Writer: David Pirie / Novel:Somerset Maugham / Executive Producer: Michael Wearing / Producer: Joe Knatchbull / Director: Christopher Morahan

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cast
Alex Jennings as John Ashenden
Joss Ackland as Cumming
Ian Bannen as ‘R’

THE EPISODES
1. THE DARK WOMAN (17 Nov 1991)
2. THE TRAITOR (24 Nov 1991)
3. MR HARRINGTON’S WASHING (1 Dec 1991)
4. THE HAIRLESS MEXICAN (8 Dec 1991)

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