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Screen Two: In the Secret State


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Starring Frank Finlay

A Government Department with data on us all in its computers is not functioning quite as its ex-Head intended. Frank Strange sets out to clear his own name and finds he is investigating a murder.

Feature: page 82 and Woddis On: page 78


Screenplay: Brian Phelan
From the novel by: Robert McCrum
Music: Richard Harvey
Editor: Dan Rae
Photography: Nat Crosby
Designer: Stuart Walker
Producer: Ann Scott
Director: Christopher Morahan
Frank Strange: Frank Finlay
James Quitman: Matthew Marsh
Michael Hatherley: Geoffrey Chater
Guy Preger: Michael Byrne
Johnny Davenport: Thorley Walters
Barnaby Tucker: Ronald Fraser
Cooper: Malcolm Terris
Hoskins: Ken Campbell
Sir Gerald Dangerfield: Nicholas Selby
Mayer: Hilary Minster
Jilly: Natasha Richardson
Liz: Emma Relph
Mitchell: Tony Selby
Minister: Roger Brierley
Richard Lister: Pip Donaghy
Lister's wife: Noreen Kershaw
Ellison: Peter Sproule
Buff: Gorden Kaye
Watcher: Derek Holt
Watcher: Ray Knight
Watcher: Michael Redfern
Selser: Roger Lloyd Pack
[Actor]: Wyllie Longmore
[Actress]: Amanda Neylon
[Actor]: Richard May
[Actor]: Alan Thompson
[Actor]: Gurdial Sira
[Actor]: Christopher Birch
[Actress]: Shope Shodeinde
[Actor]: Stephen Churchett
[Actor]: Ian Bleasdale
[Actor]: Jack Lonsdale
[Actor]: Ivor Salter
[Actor]: Andrew Cuthbert
[Actor]: Kaleem Janjua
[Actress]: Brenda Cavendish
[Actor]: Nick Orchard
[Actor]: Neville Phillips
[Actor]: Stewart Harwood
[Actor]: James Woolley
[Actor]: Russell Dixon

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