Review The Man in Room 17 (1965)


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Found this series by luck really.
Amazon sent me an email recommending this.
Three series of spy stories,crime stories, with an unusual twist. The protagonists Oldenshaw and Dimmock never leave a room in Scotland Yard, the aforementioned room 17. Every scene of our two heroes is in this room. However these are powerful guys. The chief of the Met.London Police has to politely knock on the door to gain admittance. Oldenshaw and Dimmock can pick up one of the numerous phones they have and give orders to agents all over the world. They're like chess masters moving pawns around. Obviously it would be dull to just have the whole show in room 17, actually only about 20 minutes of the 50 have them on screen, the rest is the agent of the week being instructed and guided by Oldenshaw and Dimmock. The plots are often complex, mostly actually set abroad, the sort of plots you'd get in any ITC series, but everything guided by these 40 somethings in London who spend a large amount of time arguing while working out schemes to topple dictators, steal valuable papers, snare crooks etc.
Three series made , 1 and 3 with Richard Vernon and Michael Aldridge ,series 2 with Denholm Elliott playing Imlac Defraits replacing Dimmock as Aldridge was taken ill.
Plenty of top British talent playing either the agent in the field of the week or one of the villains. Recommend. No YouTube sadly, but dvds readily available on Amazon.
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There's some unexpected guest appearances in this show. Barry Letts in a acting role in one episode also Anthony Hopkins!
Also; Mike Pratt, Vladek Sheybal, Nicholas Courtney, Michael Gough, Frederick Jaeger,Carol Monty Python' Cleveland,Adrienne Corri, Christopher Benjamin, Leonard " Borusa" Sachs and more.


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This looks really interesting. It made me think of the movie Rope by Hitchcock with that single room approach (though single apartment in the movie). Gonna seek out this one, Thank you.