The Mask of Janus

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The Mask of Janus
Created by John Gould
Starring Peter Dyneley
Dinsdale Landen
Simon Oates
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 11
Producer(s) Terence Dudley
Running time 50 minutes
Original network BBC1
Original release 8 October (1965-10-08) – 27 December 1965 (1965-12-27)

The Mask of Janus is a British television series produced by the BBC in 1965, and starred Dinsdale Landen as counter espionage agent Richard Cadell.

The series was set in the fictional European country of Amalia and dealt with the political interests of the British, American and Communist espionage communities within. Eschewing the action formula of its ITV contemporaries (e.g. Danger Man and the early seasons of The Avengers), the series dealt with more politically oriented plots such as defections to the west, awakening "sleeper" agents and the leaking of official secrets. As of 2009, seven of the original episodes of this programme are still missing from BBC archives.

A spin-off series called The Spies, also starring Landen, followed in 1966.

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