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Midnight Mystery: Mr Palfrey of Westminster – S02 E04 – Official Secret



Mr Palfrey is a mild, middle-aged man—the epitome of a middle-ranking British Civil Servant. He is also a spook.

This series focused on the more cerebral than physical aspects of the espionage business. It was perhaps this lack of action that was regarded as its major drawback for the typically prime-time audience on Britain’s then-largest commercial TV channel,

Two series in total were made in addition to the pilot. The pilot, “The Traitor”, by George Markstein, aired as part of Thames Television’s Storyboard anthology on 23 August 1983. Series 1 consisted of four one-hour episodes, and first aired on Wednesday evenings from 9.00 to 10.00pm, 18 April to 9 May 1984.Series 2 consisted of six one-hour episodes and aired on Tuesdays, again from 9.00 to 10.00pm, 7 May to 11 June 1985. A subsequent play featuring Blair, “A Question of Commitment”, by Philip Broadley, was first transmitted in the Storyboard anthology on 23 May 1989.

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