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Episode 1

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 16 June 2014

A British agent is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Now rumours are circulating of a plot to steal a huge consignment of diamonds belonging to a Middle Eastern Sheik. The diamonds are part of a deal to secure oil for Britain and Sir Gerald Tarrant, head of a British secret service organisation, needs some specialist help to prevent the plot being carried out. He decides to 'set a thief to catch a thief' and persuades former criminal Modesty Blaise to come out of retirement, along with her right-hand man Willie Garvin.

Modesty Blaise, by Peter O'Donnell, was adapted from the novel of the same name by Stef Penney.

With an original score by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, arranged by Ian Gardiner, and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, produced and directed by Kate McAll.


Modesty Blaise
Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin
Neil Maskell
Sir Gerald Tarrant
Alun Armstrong
Ewan Bailey
Alex Fearns
Matthew Gravelle
John Hollingworth
Kate McAll
Kate McAll
Stef Penney
Peter O'Donnell


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