Upcoming Spy DVDs: Saracen
Network has announced Saracen: The Complete Series, a 1989 British action show, for release on DVD in the UK on June 7. Touted at the time as an updated take on The Professionals, Saracen followed the exploits of former SAS and Delta Force commandos, respectively, David Barber (Christian Burgess) and Tom Duffy (Jimmy Clarke), now serving as the top operatives for the global private security firm Saracen Systems, whose clients include governments, industry and individual contractors worldwide. According to Network's blurb, "under Saracen’s founder and director, retired army officer Colonel Patrick Ansell, the agents take on high-risk tasks too sensitive or unpredictable for other agencies to handle." Saracen: The Complete Series, a Region 2 PAL release, includes for the first time ever on DVD both the 1988 pilot The Zero Option (with different lead actors) and all thirteen episodes of th 1989 series. I've been curious about this series for a while, so I look forward to the opportunity to finally see it! The set will retail for £29.99, but can currently be pre-ordered on Network's website for just £16.99.
Fun trivia: According to a thread on the Commander Bond.net forums, Christian Burgess was once considered as a possible 007 for one of Kevin McClory's many attempts to make another rogue Bond movie in the 1990s.