The Mask of Janus:

Why Not Call Me Kruschev? 1965

 

Director: David Sullivan Proudfoot

 

Writer: Tony Williamson

Rôle: Dr Kapaka

Broadcast: 10 December 1965 BBCTV

Synopsis: Counter espionage agent, Richard Cadell (Dinsdale Landen) is brainwashed into forgetting his real identity and into believing that he is a Russian.

Background: The Mask of Janus was a British television series produced by the BBC in 1965, and starred Dinsdale Landen as counter espionage agent Richard Cadell. The series was set in the fictional European country of Amalia. Unlike programmes such as Danger Man, The Mask of Janus dealt primarily with the intricacies of espionage as opposed to action, with storylines involving defection to the West (under the guise of Trade Delegations and Exhibitions), awakening "Sleepers", the exchange of captured agents and the leaking of official secrets.

An entertaining series which cultivated a healthy audience, the programme featured script contributions from the likes of Roger Marshall, Bill Barron, Brian Degas and Tony Williamson (who would later be responsible for the highly-popular series The Protectors for ITV). The series was produced by Terence Dudley, with directorial contributions from William Slater, David Proudfoot and Eric Hills. A spin-off series, The Spies, premiered two weeks after the conclusion of the series, and was equally as successful.

Availability: Seven of the original eleven episodes of this programme are still missing from BBC archives, but it is unknown if a copy exists of this episode.

The Mask of Janus poster
The Mask of Janus - Why Not Call Me Kruschev? review in the Liverpool Echo 11 December 1965
The Mask of Janus - Why Not Call Me Kruschev? review in The Stage 16 December 1965

The Wednesday Play:

A Walk in the Sea 1966

 

Director: Geoffrey Nethercott

 

Writer: James Hanley

Rôle: Reverend Harrup

Broadcast: 9 March 1966 BBCTV

Synopsis: A lonely spinster has her cottage in a seaside village requisitioned by the local council for a building scheme, with tragic consequences.

Availability: This play is missing from the BBC archives.

The Wednesday Play - A Walk in the Sea review in the Reading Evening Post 10 March 1966
The Wednesday Play - A Walk in the Sea review by Maurice Richardson in The Observer 13 March 1966
The Wednesday Play poster

The Wednesday Play:

Sleeping Dog 1967

 

Director: Waris Hussein

 

Writer: Simon Gray

Rôle: Sir Hubert

Broadcast: 11 October 1967 BBCTV

Synopsis: A black barman upsets a colonial Governor who has just retired and returned to England. He locks the barman in the cellar and treats him like an animal.

Availability: This play is missing from the BBC archives.

Marius Goring as Sir Hubert in Sleeping Dog 1967
Johnny Sekka and Marius Goring in Sleeping Dog 1967
Sleeping Dog article in the Reading Evening Post 7 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by Sylvia Clayton in The Daily Telegraph 12 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by Linda Dyson in the Birmingham Daily Post 14 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by Maurice Wiggin in The Sunday Times 15 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by David Robinson in The Stage 19 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by Stanley Reynolds in The Guardian 12 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by J.E. Hinder in Punch 25 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by Michael Beale in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle 7 October 1967
Sleeping Dog review by Michael Billington in The Times 12 October 1967