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 Posted:   Feb 3, 2010 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Network DVD have announced the UK DVD release of Callan: The Monochrome Years on 22nd February 2010 priced at £29.99 RRP. The late Edward Woodward (The Wicker Man) stars as a reluctant professional killer working for British Intelligence in this series created by James Mitchell (When the Boat Comes In).

This four-disc set contains:
Original Armchair Theatre pilot play, “A Magnum for Schneider”
Remaining black and white episodes from Series One and Two unseen in nearly forty years and available for the first time in any format.
“The Worst Soldier I Ever Saw” transformed from an unedited recording block that has been re-edited into its proper transmission format for this DVD release.

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/72175/callan-the-monochrome-years-in-february.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2010 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Here's a list of the missing episodes.

CALLAN [ABC Weekend Television/Thames Television, 1967-72]


Armchair Theatre Pilot
Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status
A Magnum for Schneider 06/02/1967 Exists

Season 1
Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status
The Good Ones are All Dead 08/07/1967 Exists
Goodbye, Nobby Clarke 15/07/1967 Missing
Death of Robert E. Lee 22/07/1967 Missing
Goodness Burns Too Bright 29/07/1967 Missing
But He's A Lord, Mr. Callan 05/08/1967 Missing
You Should Have Got Here Sooner 12/08/1967 Exists


Season 2
Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status
Red Knight, White Knight 08/01/1969 Exists
The Most Promising Girl of Her Year 15/01/1969 Exists
You're Under Starter's Orders3 22/01/1969 Missing
Little Bits and Pieces of Love 29/01/1969 Exists
Let's Kill Everybody 05/02/1969 Exists
Heir Apparent 12/02/1969 Exists
Land of Light and Piece 19/02/1969 Missing
Blackmailers Should Be Discouraged 26/02/1969 Missing
Death of a Friend 05/03/1969 Exists
Jack-On-Top 12/03/1969 Missing
Once A Big Man, Always A Big Man 19/03/1969 Missing
The Running Dog 26/03/1969 Missing
The Worst Soldier I Ever Saw 02/04/1969 Existsa
Nice People Die At Home 09/04/1969 Exists
Death of a Hunter 16/04/1969 Exists


Season 3
Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status
All Episodes - Exists


Season 4
Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status
All Episodes - Exists


TV Movie
Episode Title Date of Transmission Archival Status
Wet Job 02/09/1981 Exists

Notes
(a) "The Worst Soldier I Ever Saw" only survives as an unedited studio tape.

http://missing-episodes.com/

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2010 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I've been counting the days till this one for some time!

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2010 - 5:18 AM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

A Magnum For Schneider was remade into a film version just called Callan.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2010 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Finished the black and white years. About to venture into the amazing world of living colour:

http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1138

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2011 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Callan: Wet Job

Featuring an electrifying performance from Edward Woodward, Callan explored the dingy twilight world of the professional spy and presented what was, until that point, television’s most realistic portrayal of government espionage – becoming a national phenomenon in the 1960s and making Woodward one of the highest-profile actors on television.

This single play, originally aired in 1981 and scripted by series creator/writer James Mitchell, saw the reluctant killer pressed into service one last time. Reuniting Callan and his malodorous sidekick, Lonely (Russell Hunter), the play also stars George Sewell, Hugh Walters (as Hunter), Anthony Smee and Helen Bourne.

Ten years on, David Callan hasn’t changed much. Retirement has brought a new identity, a new mistress, and a new business in the form of a militaria shop. But once a secret-service operative, always a secret-service operative, as he discovers when a call summons him to headquarters and a meeting with the fourth ‘Hunter’ of his career. Callan thought the past was dead and buried – reactivating it is no pleasure, but it has to be done.

http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1324

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2011 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

Callan: Wet Job

Featuring an electrifying performance from Edward Woodward, Callan explored the dingy twilight world of the professional spy and presented what was, until that point, television’s most realistic portrayal of government espionage – becoming a national phenomenon in the 1960s and making Woodward one of the highest-profile actors on television.

This single play, originally aired in 1981 and scripted by series creator/writer James Mitchell, saw the reluctant killer pressed into service one last time. Reuniting Callan and his malodorous sidekick, Lonely (Russell Hunter), the play also stars George Sewell, Hugh Walters (as Hunter), Anthony Smee and Helen Bourne.

Ten years on, David Callan hasn’t changed much. Retirement has brought a new identity, a new mistress, and a new business in the form of a militaria shop. But once a secret-service operative, always a secret-service operative, as he discovers when a call summons him to headquarters and a meeting with the fourth ‘Hunter’ of his career. Callan thought the past was dead and buried – reactivating it is no pleasure, but it has to be done.

http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1324


Looking forward to it but I wish Network had held off on releasing the color episodes until they had secured the rights to Wet Job. It really should've been included with that set.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2011 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I've just ordered The Monochrome Years. I used to watch the later series as a teenager (I enjoyed what I think was the final series when Callan is returned from a Soviet Jail and ends the series by tracking/killing ... ).

I remember being disappointed with the subsequent one-off special (I presume that was Wet Job) but would happily watch it again, given the chance.

I saw a few of the old B&W episodes (at least I think they were B&W - we didn't have a colour TV in those days!) - as my father enjoyed the programme. I recall one episode when there was killing at a railway station and Callan had to give evidence in court and made himself out to look a fool (I think ...).

I still have the novelisation that James Mitchell wrote of his original script (renamed Callan to tie in with the film, originally A Magnum for Schneider - I presume the studio execs were worried the public might think this was a film about champagne!) but whilst I read two or three follow-up novels they were rather poor and disappeared from my shelves a long time ago. I did think the film version was pretty ropey, not helped by having different actors in the main roles.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2011 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I saw a few of the old B&W episodes (at least I think they were B&W - we didn't have a colour TV in those days!) - as my father enjoyed the programme. I recall one episode when there was killing at a railway station and Callan had to give evidence in court and made himself out to look a fool (I think ...).

The railway station episode was one of the colour ones, with Patrick Mower as Cross who accidentally kills a member of the public while he and Callan are tailing an enemy agent. It's a superb episode, by the way.

In comparison with the B&W episodes the colour ones are better directed and have more convincing supporting casts. By then they were also playing to the series' main strength: the amazing chemistry between Callan and Lonely. But that's not to say the older episodes were bad. It's great to see where it all started, the germination of a truly great TV programme, and I thank Network for that opportunity.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2011 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I saw a few of the old B&W episodes (at least I think they were B&W - we didn't have a colour TV in those days!) - as my father enjoyed the programme. I recall one episode when there was killing at a railway station and Callan had to give evidence in court and made himself out to look a fool (I think ...).

The railway station episode was one of the colour ones, with Patrick Mower as Cross who accidentally kills a member of the public while he and Callan are tailing an enemy agent. It's a superb episode, by the way.

In comparison with the B&W episodes the colour ones are better directed and have more convincing supporting casts. By then they were also playing to the series' main strength: the amazing chemistry between Callan and Lonely. But that's not to say the older episodes were bad. It's great to see where it all started, the germination of a truly great TV programme, and I thank Network for that opportunity.


Thank you for the info. The B&W collection has now arrived so it looks as if they'll all be new to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2011 - 4:26 AM   
 By:   JADSTERSDAD   (Member)

Really enjoying this again, after all these years. What a great show! No bells, whistles, just great writing, directing and, most of all, acting.

Anyone know if the (orginal) theme is available on a recording anywhere?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2011 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   JADSTERSDAD   (Member)

"The melancholic music used as the show's theme and incidental music was a library piece that also featured in other productions at the time (the piece has been listed on compilation albums alternately as 'A Girl in the Dark' and 'A Man Alone'). Comprising a meandering electric bass, piano, a flute and some cymbals, it was composed by Jack Trombey, a Dutchman whose real name was Jan Stoeckhart. He was also responsible for 'Eye Level', the tune used on the 1970s TV detective series Van der Valk."

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2011 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I've got all the Callan DVDs and can throughly recommend them. Despite the age the series has really held up extremely well as cracking good drama.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Finished the black and white years. About to venture into the amazing world of living colour:

http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1138



Review of the colour episodes.

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/sep/05/callan-boxset-review-edward-woodward

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Callan - The Definitive Collection.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Callan-Definitive-Collection-Edward-Woodward/dp/B004AKNRRE/ref=sr_1_4?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1412556477&sr=1-4&keywords=callan

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2014 - 2:51 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Callan - The Definitive Collection.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Callan-Definitive-Collection-Edward-Woodward/dp/B004AKNRRE/ref=sr_1_4?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1412556477&sr=1-4&keywords=callan


Such a great series, I saw them when they were first transmitted. I keep meaning to buy the box sets, but I've so many TV box sets still to see (I haven't got around to viewing Department S yet, & I've had that for about 15 years!). There's the complete House box, Rome, Star Trek TOS, The Walking Dead, Bones, The Sweeney, The Pacific, Band Of Brothers, Game Of Thrones. I've just embarked in watching the complete Angel, I'm eight episodes into the first series, that'll probably take me into next year. I hardly work, a busy social life is a thing of the past (thank god), live alone, & even then I don't have time to watch all this stuff. How people with a busy life keep up with all this I have no idea.

Anyway, the reason I posted is Amazon's crazy pre-order price, £72! All you need is the b/w & colour sets, & they come to a combined £29.20, more like it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2014 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


Anyway, the reason I posted is Amazon's crazy pre-order price, £72! All you need is the b/w & colour sets, & they come to a combined £29.20, more like it.


Network also have them listed as part of their Crime Fighting Sale.

http://networkonair.com/shop/1052-callan-the-monochrome-years.html

http://networkonair.com/shop/1138-callan-the-colour-years.html

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2014 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)


Anyway, the reason I posted is Amazon's crazy pre-order price, £72! All you need is the b/w & colour sets, & they come to a combined £29.20, more like it.


Network also have them listed as part of their Crime Fighting Sale.

http://networkonair.com/shop/1052-callan-the-monochrome-years.html

http://networkonair.com/shop/1138-callan-the-colour-years.html


Thanks, what a deal! I think I'm going to have to order, both b/w & colour sets together for only a few pounds more than a single soundtrack CD.

 
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