Callan

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 1

    Wet Job

    Aired 9/2/81

  • S 4 : Ep 13

    A Man Like Me

    Aired 4/24/72

  • S 4 : Ep 12

    Do You Recognise the Woman?

    Aired 5/17/72

  • S 4 : Ep 11

    Call Me Enemy The Richmond File

    Aired 5/10/72

  • S 4 : Ep 10

    The Contract

    Aired 5/3/72

  • Cast & Crew
  • Edward Woodward

    Callan

  • Anthony Valentine

    Meres [ Series 1 - 2, 4 ]

  • Patrick Mower

    Cross [ Series 3 - 4 ]

  • Michael Goodliffe

    Hunter [ #2, Series 2 ]

  • Ronald Radd

    Hunter [ #1, Series 1 ]

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Callan guide at TV.com.David Callan, only good at one thing, well maybe two, killing people and collecting toy soldiers. He worked for a secret government agency called the Section under Hunter, head of the Section. The Section's speciality was 'disposing' of people through bribery, frame-ups, blackmail and very often death. Callan was a solitary figure whose only, and sometimes reluctant, ally was a smelly snivelling small-time crook called Lonely. He defied his superiors on more than one occasion and became a liability to them because he cared too much. The Section itself had often tried to rid themselves of Callan, permanently, but ended up relying on his expertise or being out-maneuvered by it.After a successful pilot, a series was commissioned and ran to four seasons, the latter two in colour. There was also a feature film, Callan (1974) and a one-off TV film, Wet Job in 1981.moreless

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  • Quotes (217)

    • Hunter: All right, you're back with Charlie. Well? Are you pleased about it? Callan [ sighing]: The question doesn't arise. Where else could I go?

    • Callan: You're giving me the push, aren't you? Before I've even had a chance. I don't call that normal. It's not even fair! Hunter: Oh we're never fair if we can help it. If we were we'd lose.

    • Callan: I understand you got bail. Lonely: Yeah, three thousand quid. You don't happen to have it on you, do you? Callan: No. Lonely: No. Still, I mean, you won't have to pull a wages snatch or nothin'… Nah, you'll just have a glass of sherry with your bank manager while his understrappers opens up the vaults. Callan: I don't have three thousand quid. Lonely: Oh dear, you'll just have to pop one of your Boticellis, won't you?

    • Henshaw: When it comes to the trial I can plead that Callan will look after you, as a friend. See you don't get into trouble again. Lonely: Blimey!You don't know my friend Callan at all, do you? Henshaw: I thought I did. Lonely: Hah! Him? keep me out of trouble? Gawd, stone me!

    • Hunter [ on Callan ]: You knew him before all this. How would you describe him? Dr. Snell: Brave, aggressive, sexually normal. No significant traumas. Quite ruthless when he believes in the justice of his cause. Hunter: And deadly with a pistol. How many have I got like that? Dr.Snell: Six, possibly seven, but none in his class.

    • (Cross informs Callan his flat has been closed and he is now homeless.) Cross: Hunter's orders. Callan: What about my stuff? Cross: Oh, your furniture? I sold it. Junk man took it. he offered me fifteen [quid] but I insisted on twenty. I reckon I cheated him.

    • Cross: My name's Cross. Callan: I've seen you before, haven't I? You're Grade Two… Walker's section. Cross: Not any more. I'm Grade One now. Callan: Oh dear, we must be very short of men.

    • (Lonely is eating his supper on his bed, surrounded by porn magazines.) Lonely: I've read lots of books. Callan:Yeah I can see that. (He picks up a porn magazine and leafs through it.) You're a regular library leech, aren't you? Lonely: I called you here, Mr. Callan, because… well, it's embarrassing… Callan: Would you like me to turn around? Lonely: I've had a feeling… Callan: Well, it's all this high-flown literature you read.

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    Notes (17)

    • The title theme, "Girl In The Dark", later called "Callan's Theme", even had lyrics to it. Edward Woodward released a version of him singing it — which he says he'd rather forget.

    • The iconic opening scene with the swinging light globe that is shot out was actually done by having someone shoot the bulb out with an air pistol. The producers hired the top marksman in England and the filmed while he tried to shoot it over and over - and kept missing. Then Edward Woodward said he'd have a go, picked up the gun and shot out the bulb on the first try - lucky shot. That is the shot filmed.

    • Jack Trombey's title music was known as 'Girl in the Dark' before it became the Callan Theme.

    • This episode is 'lost', it no longer exists in the archives.

    • This episode is 'lost', it no longer exists in the archives.

    • This episode is 'lost', it no longer exists in the archives.

    • This episode is 'lost', it no longer exists in the archives.

    • This episode is 'lost', it no longer exists in the archives.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Judd may be the guy in charge of the armoury but that is obviously because he can't keep track of the score as Callan shoots. Is that three bulls, two inner, or not? He can't seem to make up his mind.

    • Hunter may be the head of a Section of accomplished killers and blackmailers, but as usual the actor, William Squire, has problems with his intercom system as he does in the whole series. The prop from hell.

    • Boom shadow, the shadow of the mike is visible on Callans head

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Not many shows rate a 10 but there is little to improve in Callan. The story of a government spy and killer who hates killing is engrossing, claustrophobic and atmospheric despite (or because) of limited budgets. The writing is excellent and believable.

    By Dandeleo, Apr 20, 2011

  • Callan story is very nice. I want to see the show again and again. So i give the rating as 10. Very nice picture.I must have watched this 10 times already.

    By arasole86, Apr 13, 2006

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