Spyship (1983)

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While doing conventional research at the BBC in the late 1970s, the writing team of Tom Keene and Brian Haynes uncovered evidence of an incredible contemporary espionage incident. Their findings formed the basis of the team's fictional book Spyship, published in 1980. When an ordinary British fishing vessel turned up missing somewhere in the North Atlantic, gonzo journalist Martin Taylor was determined to find out the reason -- only to run up against the twin barriers of Royal Navy stonewalling and Soviet Politburo obfuscation. An Anglo-Australian co-production, the BBC miniseries version of Spyship was filmed on location in England and Norway. The series' six 55-minute episodes were originally telecast in 1983.