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Callan - The Definitive Collection DVD

Edward Woodward gives an electrifying performance as a reluctant professional killer working for British Intelligence. Callan became a national phenomenon in the late 1960s, making Woodward one of the highest profile actors on television and paving the way to his eventual career in America on shows like The Equalizer. Created by James Mitchell (When the Boat Comes In) and exploring the dingy, twilight world of the professional spy, Callan was the antithesis of James Bond (back in the days of Connery and Moore) and presented, until that point, television's most realistic portrayal of government espionage. When first announced this set was to contain:

  • the original Armchair Theatre pilot play, A Magnum for Schneider
  • all the remaining black and white episodes from series one and two
  • all the colour episodes from series three and four
  • the Callan: Wet Job play
  • a brand new documentary
  • definitive book on the making of the series by Andrew Pixley
  • more TBC

Originally to be released 28 March 2011 by Network DVD, this has been rescheduled many times; last time I checked Amazon they listed a date of 2020. In May 2014 Andrew Pixley mentioned that the final updates were just being applied to the viewing notes; then in April 2015 Network announced the seperate releases of the book and documentry, which suggested that the set has been shelved.

The shelving of this set seems to have been confirmed by the Five from Callan deal Network ran in November 2015; a Callan bundle that included the This Man Alone, all the existing episodes (both the Monochrome Years and The Colour Years sets), the single play Wet Job, plus Callan: Under the Red File.