Sep 16, 2009
Upcoming Spy DVDs: Dangerous Knowledge
DVD Sleuth reports that UK company Simply Media will release the 1976 British spy series Dangerous Knowledge on Region 2 DVD next week. The six-episode miniseries stars John Gregson, Patrick Allen and Ralf Bates. Director Alan Gibson directed my favorite Hammer picture of the Seventies, Dracula A.D. 1972 as well as its sequel The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Gibson also directed the stellar episode of Hammer House of Horror that guest-starred Peter Cushing, "The Silent Scream," as well as episodes of Thriller and Quiller for TV, the latter of course a spy series based on the Adam Hall novels. And I only really mention that because I like typing "Thriller and Quiller." According to DVD Sleuth's description of the plot, Gregson stars as Kirby, an ex-Army Intelligence officer. "Now he’s a mere insurance salesman. Or is he? Returning from a trip to France, Kirby finds himself being shadowed by two agents and the ‘innocent bystander’ who helps him escape just happens to be the daughter of a spymaster." I've never heard of this before, but it sounds good! The Seventies were a fruitful decade for high quality spy TV coming out of Britain.
Dangerous Knowledge retails for £14.99, though Amazon.co.uk has it for less.