The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs

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The Top Secret Life Of Edgar Briggs was a 30-minute British television comedy series created by Bernard McKenna and Richard Laing and produced by Humphrey Barclay for LWT. It was transmitted on the ITV network 15 September – 20 December 1974 and featured David Jason as the inept Edgar Briggs, personal assistant to the Commander of the British Secret Intelligence Service[1] who, in spite of his cluelessness (and ineptness), manages to solve case after case. It has been likened[by whom?] to the earlier American series Get Smart.



Episode # Episode Title
1-01 A Dinner Date With Death
1-02 The Defector
1-03 The Leak
1-04 The Escape Route
1-05 The Traitor
1-06 The Abduction
1-07 The Exchange
1-08 The Courier
1-09 The KGB
1-10 The Drawing
1-11 The President
1-12 The Appointment
1-13 The Contact


According to David Jason's biographers, Edgar Briggs was not a ratings success in Britain but proved popular in overseas markets. Nevertheless, Jason reportedly vetoed repeat screenings of the series for many years on the grounds that he "[knew] how raw he looked in those days" and was "not at all anxious to share that with his public."[2]

DVD Release[edit]

The complete series was eventually released on DVD in March 2015.[3]


  1. ^ Dave Rogers, The ITV Encyclopedia of Adventure, page 564, ISBN 9781852832179, pub 1988 by Boxtree Ltd for TV Times Publications, somewhere in the UK.
  2. ^ Hildred, Stafford; Ewbank, Tim (2012). Sir David Jason - A Life of Laughter. John Blake Publishing. p. 95–96. ISBN 9781782190721. 
  3. ^ "The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs: The Complete Series". 2 March 2015. 

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