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Callan: File on a Deadly Deadshot

1.1. Callan: File on a Deadly Deadshot

Available July 2018

Written by James Mitchell

Adapted by Peter Mitchell

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1.1 File on a Deadly Deadshot by James Mitchell, adapted by Peter Mitchell

With Lonely posing as his gentleman’s gentleman, the section’s top operative David Callan is sent to a country estate in Northumberland to infiltrate a rich men’s shooting party. One of his companions is an assassin but which one? High living and high stakes on the grouse moors as Callan attempts to work out which of the dead-shots is a man-hunter.

This episode is taken from Callan Volume 01.

Recorded on: 4-7 December 2017
Recorded at: The Soundhouse


About Callan

Originally broadcast in 1967, Callan took the burgeoning world of spy drama, and brought a much darker tone to the genre. With James Bond’s career beginning in film in 1962, Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer beginning in 1965 (The Ipcress File) and hot on the heels of the surreal series The Prisoner in 1967, Callan took a darker approach to espionage. Having similar responsibilities to MI5, Callan used the most ruthless and lethal techniques to get the job done, each method meticulously filed by ‘The Section’ (the organisation behind operative Callan), colour coding each lethal tactic.

Four series of the original television series were produced between 1967 and 1972, plus a cinema film released in 1974 and a TV comeback in 1981. And now, Callan returns on audio at Big Finish.

Adapted from series creator James Mitchell’s Sunday Express Short Stories by his son Peter Mitchell, four new adventures expand the themes explored in the television show.


The Section's finest killer – together with Lonely, Hunter, Meres and Liz – is resoundingly back. Big Finish have played a blinder.

We Are Cult

Engaging scripts, expert directing, perfect performances complemented by brilliant sound design and music make this first volume of Callan essential listening to anyone interested in the spy thriller genre in any way.

Blogtor Who

One word to describe this set? Superb! Mitchell has got the pacing of his adaptations totally in tune with the original series.

The UnMutual

This is a collection of pithy, well-observed dramas full of fantastic character interactions. An excellent debut for Callan in the full-cast audio format, this is a more than welcome addition to the growing roster of darker, bleaker, tougher dramas on Big Finish's books.


Callan is another sure-fire recreation of period television for Big Finish and seems to have bags of potential for more.

  • Product Format: 0-download only
  • Duration: 57 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: n/a
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-651-2
  • Production Code: BFPCALLAN001
Previous release in this range: Callan Volume 01
Next release in this range: Callan: File on a Deadly Deadshot (excerpt)
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