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Special Branch

All Episodes

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1969-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 2 days, 5 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama, Crime
Spies, assassins, surveillance, and sudden death are business as usual for the Special Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police. A classic British drama from the 1970s, this gritty police procedural focuses on the veteran cops and brash newcomers dedicated to stopping terrorism and countering espionage in the nation’s capital.

54 episodes

1x01 Troika

  • Series Premiere

    1969-09-17T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

The officers of the Special Branch mount a dawn raid on the homes of the members of a suspected spy ring.

1x02 Smokescreen

  • 1969-09-24T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Cowley suicides shortly after an unproductive round of questioning by Eden in gaol, which leads to an embarrassing public coroner's inquest. Jordon investigates a scientist being vetted for a sensitive position and all agree he's too far left for further consideration, yet he still succeeds.

1x03 The Promised Land

  • 1969-10-01T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

A small boat arrives at a beach in Kent where illegal aliens are unloaded, but the police bag the smugglers and all bar one of the Pakistanis, now quite ill, who seeks refuge with an immigrant rights activist.

1x06 A New Face

  • 1969-10-22T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

The son of a trusted officer of the special branch has become radicalised while away at university, trying to join a gang of riot-minded militant socialist students. This threatens to break up his family, and his father's position.

1x07 You Don't Exist

  • 1969-10-29T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

A girl lands at Heathrow from Rhodesia, but owing to Britian's break of diplomatic relations, she has no valid passport. A young officer is supposed to mind her until she can be sent back, but takes her for a tour instead.

1x10 Short Change

  • 1969-11-19T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

A girl being held for giving official secret documents to the Russians faces a long gaol term, but an exchange offer for a Briton arrested in Moscow is offered. The officers suspect she's far more than she seems to be.

1x12 Care of Her Majesty

  • 1969-12-03T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Jordan's methods cause friction in an overseas British Embassy when he goes to investigate the theft of ten thousand pounds.

1x14 Time Bomb

  • 1969-12-17T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

2x01 Inside

  • Season Premiere

    1970-08-11T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Jordan goes undercover as a prisoner to uncover a convicted spy's secrets.

2x03 Depart in Peace

  • 1970-08-25T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

An ex-colonial policeman is pressured to return to Africa to testify at the trial of a onetime Mau-Mau warlord, but he adamantly refuses.

2x12 Reported Missing

  • 1970-10-28T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Jordan and Inman go in search of a missing Russian ballerina.

3x01 A Copper Called Craven

  • Season Premiere

    1973-04-04T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven find himself under suspicion of accepting a bribe.

3x02 Round the Clock

  • 1973-04-11T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Haggerty's appointment to Special Branch immediately brings him into conflict with Craven - he believes that Craven is on the trail of a man who is already dead.

3x03 Inquisition

  • 1973-04-18T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven finds the tables turned when he is accused of hounding a self-confessed fraud.

3x04 Assault

  • 1973-04-25T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Haggerty and Craven target a team of vicious muggers.

3x05 Polonaise

  • 1973-05-02T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

The Special Branch team are assigned to protect the captain of a Polish passenger and cargo ship who believes he is going to be killed.

3x06 Red Herring

  • 1973-05-09T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Special Branch joins forces with a bomb-disposal expert to stop a terrorist bombing campaign in the heart of London.

3x07 Death by Drowning

  • 1973-05-16T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

The body of a young girl is found floating in the Thames - is it murder, suicide or something worse?

3x08 All the King's Men

  • 1973-05-23T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

A deranged man has taken a hostage and threatens to blow up a block of flats. Craven must act quickly to avert disaster.

3x09 Threat

  • 1973-06-06T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

British-born Hollywood star Sue Arden arrives in London to rehearse a play, accompanied by a tip-off from the F.B.I that she could be a target of a murder attempt. Craven, Haggerty and North are assigned to protect the actress, but the job and the murder threats are not all they appear to be…

3x10 The Other Man

  • 1973-06-13T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven finds himself investigating a man accused of being a traitor, but has his doubts as to the truthfulness of the accusations.

3x11 You Won't Remember Me

  • 1973-06-20T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven is puzzled as to why he has been asked to carry out twenty-four hour surveillance on a couple who are engaged to be married.

3x12 Hostage

  • 1973-06-27T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven and Haggerty are under the gun to find a kidnapped diplomat's daughter before she is killed.

3x13 Blueprint for Murder

  • 1973-07-04T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

The team is assigned to protect a visiting foreign diplomat.

4x01 Double Exposure

  • Season Premiere

    1974-02-14T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven and Haggerty are assigned to investigate if a photographer is a threat to national security.

4x02 Catherine the Great

  • 1974-02-21T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

The team are on the trail of Rehfuss - a deadly assassin who has managed to get into the country.

4x03 Jailbait

  • 1974-02-28T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven and Haggerty are hot on the trail of a traitor has broken out from prison.

4x04 Stand and Deliver

  • 1974-03-07T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

An experimental weapon is stolen from a military research facility, but the thieves are unaware the weapon is unstable.

4x05 Something about a Soldier

  • 1974-03-14T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Tensions run high as Craven and Haggerty investigate two army officers.

4x06 Rendezvous

  • 1974-03-21T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven provides security for the debriefing of a captured KGB agent.

4x07 Sounds Sinister

  • 1974-03-28T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven and Haggerty investigate the broadcasting of compromising information about public figures on a pirate radio station.

4x08 Entente Cordiale

  • 1974-04-04T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven is appalled to find himself implicated in his ex-wife's terrorist activities.

4x09 Date of Birth

  • 1974-04-11T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven must unravel the connection between a recently-killed spy and an au pair.

4x10 Intercept

  • 1974-04-18T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven has to investigate a morally dubious but strategically important foreign VIP who has been robbed of a fortune in diamonds.

4x11 Alien

  • 1974-04-25T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

A German student revolutionary has been allowed into Britain under the strict condition that he does nothing political. Craven and Haggerty are made to ensure that he sticks to the terms of his deal.

4x12 Diversion

  • 1974-05-02T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Is Strand's erratic behaviour a result of the pressure he is under or is he playing a much more dangerous game?

4x13 Downwind of Angels

  • 1974-05-09T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

Craven and Haggerty are working against the clock to find a gunman stalking the London streets.