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  • Actors: John Gregson, Patrick Allen, Prunella Ransome, Robert Keegan, Ruth Trouncer
  • Directors: Alan Gibson
  • Producers: Alan Gibson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IT2D2E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,080 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Gregson, Patrick Allen and Prunella Ransome star in this 1976 made-for-TV thriller, originally shown in six episodes. Gregson stars as Kirby, an ex-army intelligence operative masquerading as an insurance salesman.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
Produced by Southern TV in 1975 this was first shown on the ITV netework in 1976 after the untimely death of John Gregson who plays the lead role of Kirby an insurance salesman or is he?
I originally watched this in weekly installments and could only just remember it after all these years. My memories of a fascinating story, great acting and brilliant music have been reconfirmed.
It is difficult to imagine such an excellent series being made today. N J Crisp wrote for TV from 1960 to 1999 and was involved with or conceived a wide variety of shows(Dr Finlays Casebook; Secret Army; A Family Affair, Dixon of Dock Green etc). This spy thriller with a top notch cast and giving John Gregson a final role of substance, also reaquaints us with Patrick Allen, what a voice, as Thane a senior civil servant and Prunella Ransome as the somewhat mysterious Laura.Also in the cast are Ralph Bates and Ruth Trouncer both well know faces.
All is not as it seems in this tale but it would be unfair to give the game away. This will be a must for fans of TV spy drama and it would be great to think that there is more in the ITV vaults like this to enjoy.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
Southern Television presents Armchair Thriller Series ~ "DANGEROUS KNOWLEDGE" (19 May 1976) (UK) (148 min/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Would call this a thriller that has many twists and turns ---Deals with accusations that there is a traitor among us --- The plot keeps us in the dark, as we see the story through the eyes of our main character Kirby who is a mystery within himself, while maintaining a degree of suspense --- Highly recommend this six episode thriller that will satisfy many doubting fans of television made series.

Under the production staff of:
Alan Gibson [Director/Producer]
Lewis Rudd [Executive Producer]
Christopher Gunning [Original Music]
Mike Womersley [Film Editor]

BIOS:
1. John Gregson
Date of Birth: 15 March 1919 - Liverpool, England, UK
Date of Death: 8 January 1975 - Porlock Weir, Somerset, England, UK

2. Patrick Allen
Date of Birth: 17 March 1927 - Nyasaland. [now Malawi]
Date of Death: 28 July 2006 - London, England, UK

3. Prunella Ransome [aka: Prunella Jane Ransome]
Date of Birth: 18 January 1943 - Croydon, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death: 2002 - Suffolk, England, UK

the cast includes:
John Gregson ... Kirby
Patrick Allen ... Roger Fane
Prunella Ransome ... Laura Marshall
Ralph Bates ... Sanders
Elisabeth Bergner ... Madame Lafois
David Gwillim ... Robin
Robert Keegan ... Dr. Vincent
Ruth Trouncer ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Harrison on 26 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed Dangerous Knowledge from Southern Television. Some fine acting and effective direction give this a real `thriller edge', and the fine cast are deployed to good effect. For a mid-1970s TV drama, produced by a small regional ITV company, this has real quality; plenty of location filming, aerial sequences, car chases and a couple of shoot-outs. Some reviewers have criticised the plot, but I think it stands-up well (and all thrillers have plot holes to some extent), and it should be remembered that it was originally designed to be seen in weekly instalments, so watching it back-to-back is bound to shift our perspective on plausibility.

John Gregson and Patrick Allen were particularly good, but the whole cast was excellent - a special mention to Elisabeth Bergner, who gives a really believable performance as ex-spy Madame Lafois. A special mention too for the cracking theme music by Christopher Gunning - has to be up there with his best work, and it's a great shame that it's not better known; Gunning doesn't even mention it on his list of TV music credits on his website.

Oh, and finally, one reviewer states that Southern produced this as part of the ITV anthology strand Armchair Thriller, but this is not the case - it was a stand-alone drama from Southern Television that was networked.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roy Vicars on 11 Jun. 2011
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It's very sad that this was John Gregson's last screen role not simply because we lost a first class actor but because he fitted the part so well and carried the story, had he lived I imagine he might have easily knocked spots off other actors in this type of drama and if this productions anything to go by, most who watch it will wish for much more.
The tale starts with Kirby (John Gregson) seeming very like a small crook, a little fish in a large bowl, is Roger Thane (Patrick Allen) a decent upstanding British senior politician, if so why is he associating with a Russian Communist agent and why when a French colleague of Kirby's gets too near to the truth is the Frenchman (agent?) killed. Is Laura (Prunella Ransome) really so innocent and trusting? After all she was filmed chatting with her step-fathers Russian friend and why was a `helpful' CIA agent killed and left in a shallow grave - how did she know?
There's no supper 'know it all' detective here - Kirby's just an insurance salesman with a hell of a past - mind you he drives a rather nice Riley so he doesn't do badly and is paying for his son's pilot training, he's divorced a wife who still loves him and hasn't left him. But maybe Kirby's days are numbered...
My own feelings when I finished watching this serial were genuine loss and in its way this is a good tribute to a fine English actor. Watch it - it's a good 'un.
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