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The Secret Agent Episode 1 of 3

London, 1886. Soho shopkeeper Verloc is paid by the Russian Embassy to spy on an anarchist cell. The Russians demand that Verloc orchestrates a bomb attack that will be blamed on the anarchists and provoke a British crackdown.

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57 minutes

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Sun 17 Jul 2016 21:00

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Role Contributor
VerlocToby Jones
WinnieVicky McClure
HeatStephen Graham
The ProfessorIan Hart
StoneTom Goodman-Hill
VladimirDavid Dawson
StevieCharlie Hamblett
OssiponRaphael Acloque
JessieMarie Critchley
MichaelisTom Vaughan-Lawlor
YundtChristopher Fairbank
Councillor WurmtPhilip Rosch
Sir EthelredGeorge Costigan
HedgesAsh Hunter
Lady BlackwoodPenny Downie
Annie StoneSelina Boyack
Urchin BoyBadger Skelton
ProducerPriscilla Parish
DirectorCharles McDougall
WriterTony Marchant

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