Image for The 39 StepsNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Drama based on John Buchan's classic novel, set in the lead-up to the First World War. When an undercover British spy is killed in his flat, a man finds himself accused of murder and caught up in a deadly conspiracy which threatens not only his life, but the safety of the nation.

Pursued by spies and the police, he reluctantly joins forces with a feisty suffragette as he attempts to uncover the truth and save Great Britain from invasion.

Last on

Christmas Day 2012 18:05 BBC HD

  • Photo: Richard Hannay

    Photo: Richard Hannay

    Rupert Penry-Jones stars as the man caught up in a conspiracy beyond his control.

  • Photo: Richard Hannay and Victoria Sinclair

    Photo: Richard Hannay and Victoria Sinclair

    Hannay and Victoria (played by Lydia Leonard) find themselves in danger.

  • Photo: Scudder

    Photo: Scudder

    Eddie Marsan stars as Scuddar in this BBC adaptation of John Buchan's novel.


Richard Hannay
Rupert Penry-Jones
Victoria Sinclair
Lydia Leonard
Sir George Sinclair
David Haig
Professor Fisher
Patrick Malahide
Eddie Marsan
Captain Kell
Alex Jennings
Steven Elder
Werner Daehn
Peter Stark
Concierge at Club
James Bryce
Waiter at Club
Stewart Preston
Kathryn Howden
Lynn Horsford


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss