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Callan

There is no shortage of information on the web about Callan, which starred Edward Woodward and ran from the late 1960s to the early 70s on Independent Television. If you have not seen them already the following sites are worth checking out

My contribution to the cannon consists, largely, of scans from my scrapbooks, compiled at the time, and this episode listing.

Open a scan of the Action TV feature

The excellent Action TV magazine took an in depth look at the series in a feature called "The Blunt Instrument" in its Autumn 2001 issue No 5 (now sadly out of print, although copies do come up from time to time on e-Bay.)

Given they no longer have copies for sale I hope they won't mind me including a scan of the feature here - if nothing else it serves to demonstrate the quality of the magazine. Click the cover alongside.

CALLAN SHORT STORIES

In 1967 the TV Times Christmas Extra Magazine featured a Callan short story "Merry Christmas from the Section" - written by Callan's creator James Mitchell.


Open 1973 Callan short stories

I also have copies of Callan short stories, written by James Mitchell and published in the Sunday Express in 1973, at the height of the show's popularity.
xxx File on a Deadly Deadshot
xxx File on an Angry Artist
xxx File on a Reckless Rider and
xxx File on a Weeping Widow
I have scanned them and they are in a PDF file.
Despite the ravages of time on newsprint they are clear enough still to read. Access by clicking the line drawing alongside.

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Edward Woodward as Callan
I was unaware, though, that in 1976 the newspaper ran a second series of stories, again written by James Mitchell. I am indebted to website visitor, and Callan fan, Mandy Knighton-Clark for providing the scans below, or I might never have got to read them. Each story is on two pages.
File on a Deadly Don [1] from the Sunday Express
15th August 1976
File on a Tired Traitor [1] from the Sunday Express
22nd August 1976
Website Visitor Alan Wilkinson then went one better and colllected the stories together into an e-Book.

If you would like a copy I will happily e-mail it to you.
File on a Deadly Don [2] File on a Tired Traitor [2]
File on a Harassed Hunter [1] from the Sunday Express
29th August 1976
File on a Beautiful Boxer [1] from the Sunday Express
5th September 1976
File on a Harassed Hunter [2] File on a Beautiful Boxer [2]
Mandy has also sent me scans of a number of related feature articles from contemporary copies of TV Times, which I have collected together into a single PDF file.

TV TIMES FEATURES


CALLAN NOVELS

James Mitchell also wrote five Callan novels, published in so many different editions over the years you could be forgiven for thinking there was an entire library of them.

Red File for Callan (1969)
Death & Bright Water (1974)
Published  1969 Published  1969 Published  1969 Published  1969 Published  1969
Published  1974 Published  1974 Published  1974
Russian Roulette (1973)
Smear Job (1975)
Bonfire Night (2002)
Published  1973 Published  1973 Published  1973 Published  1973
Published  1975 Published  1975 Published  1975 Published  1975
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Published  2002


Three of the Callan books have been reissued by Ostara publishing as part of their "Top Notch Thriller" line and simultaneously released electronically for the Kindle.

Website visitor Mike Ripley, who published the "SHOTS" Crime and Thriller eZine, and who has been collaborating on the Callan project with James Mitchell's son Peter, tells me there is also a planned compilation of the short stories and an unfilmed script.



JOHN CRAIG NOVELS
Before Callan, James Mitchell also wrote as James Munro

  • The Man Who Sold Death (1964)
  • Die Rich, Die Happy (1965)
  • The Money That Money Can't Buy (1967)
  • The Innocent Bystanders (1969)
The hero in his Munro books is a British agent named John Craig, who works, mostly reluctantly, for Department K.
JOHN CRAIG NOVELS 1964-1969
Published c 1964 Published  1965 Published 1967 Published  1969


CALLAN ON DVD
All surviving Callan episodes have been released commercially on DVD. For a long time the Armchair Theatre 'pilot' episode, "A Magnum for Schneider", and a handful of stories from black and white season's one and two were only available as pirate copies - not brilliant but watchable. Sadly poor Edward Woodward had to die before anyone thought to release them commercially.
E-mail me for further details.


CALLAN - THE MISSING EPISODES
As all Callan fans know there are a number of episodes that no longer exist. Eagle eyed Callan fan Mandy Knighton-Clark spotted a bunch of scripts for sale on e-Bay including most of the 'missing' Callan episodes ...
Series one
'Goodbye, Nobby Clarke' (15 July 1967)
'The Death of Robert E Lee' (22 July 1967)
'Goodness Burns Too Bright' (29 July 1967)
'But He's a Lord, Mr Callan' (5 August 1967)

Series two
'You're Under Starter's Orders' (22 January 1969)
'Land of Light and Peace' (19 February 1969)
'Blackmailers Should Be Discouraged' (26 February 1969)
'Jack-On-Top' (12 March 1969)
'Once a Big Man, Always a Big Man' (19 March 1969)
'The Running Dog' (26 March 1969)

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Public Eye

The adventures of Private Detective Frank Marker ran for ten years between 1965 and 1975. They would never set the world alight, but they were invariably solid, entertaining little yarns, intelligently scripted and well played.

You can read more about the series at

My tribute to the Public Eye series are these scans from contemporary 'TV Stars Annuals'.


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1969 1971 1972/73 1975 Public Eye on DVD
Four Series of Public Eye have been released commercially on DVD by Network DVD.
And I have a handful of other episodes.
E-mail me for further details.


The Power Game

If anyone can explain why, as a teenager, I was enthralled by a series about elderly tycoons in Boardroom battles then I would love to hear from you. But enthralled I was, and I acquired an affection for the regular stars (Peter Barkworth, Rosemary Leach, Jack Watling etc.) that carried on into whatever else they did afterwards.

You can read more about the series at

My tribute to The Power Game series are these scans from contemporary 'TV Stars Annuals', Caswell Bligh's Obituary from TV Times, and a scan of the sheet music for the very distinctive theme by Wayne Hill.

I have a few other bits and bobs I may add later.

This Man Wymark - feature article This Man Wymark - feature article This Man Wymark - feature article
The Wilder Side of Wymark - feature article The Wilder Side of Wymark - feature article Caswell Bligh's 'Obituary'
Music Music Music

The Power Game on DVD
Series 1, 2 and 3 of The Power Game and two volumes of its predecessor The Planemakers have been released commercially on DVD by those excellent Network people.
E-mail me for further details.

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