In a dramatic device that has long since fallen out of fashion in television, Callan episodes tend to wind up by leaving the audience to work out all the connections of the plot while Callan himself sits gloomily and ponders the wretchedness of his squalid world. --Kim Newman
The production quality isn't up to the standards that we in the year 2001 have come to expect, however for a 30 year old show it doesn't look that shabby...
The stories were just as well written and interesting as i remembered them from over 17 years since Callan was last on tv.
The only complaint, where is Toby Meres that wonderfully chiling pyscopath played so well by Anthony Valentine..
On a scale of 1 to 10,I would have to say 7/10.
Viewers may be put off at first by the datedness of the production and the shoe-string budget but this feeling disappears after about 20 minutes when the plot grips you. "Callan" draws the viewer into a strange and intriguing world, half imagined and half real, where nothing is quite as it seems. The plots are complicated and by the end you are likely to find yourself scratching your head and only slowly being able to make sense if it all. But this does not detract at all from the great enjoyment of the stories themselves.
This is nostalgia television at its very best and I would recommend it whole-heartedly. It has stood the test of time very well (better I would say than many later productions). Some viewers though, will be disappointed by the absence of Toby Mears (Anthony Valentine) who appears in the later series which sadly has not, as yet, been released.