The Secret Agent (1967)

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Joseph Conrad's pioneering espionage novel The Secret Agent is perhaps best known to modern audiences via Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 film adaptation Sabotage. A less colorful but more faithful-to-the-text version of the Conrad novel was telecast in two 45-minute installments by Britain's BBC2 on July 8 and 15, 1967. Nigel Green starred as Verloc, a seemingly harmless London merchant who sidelined as an anarchist and a double agent for both the British and the Russians. Also in the cast was Rosemary Hill as Verloc's long-suffering wife, Vinnie, who was moved to a terrible vengeance when her husband's clandestine activities resulted in the accidental death of her mentally impaired younger brother.