As to Napoleon Solo, I thought I'd just quote the BBC press release for this one:
'The Afternoon Play – Solo Behind The Iron Curtain
Monday 5 November 2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4
Actor Robert Vaughn stars as himself in this Cold War rom-com thriller, written by Tracy Spottiswoode and inspired by true events.
In 1968, during the brief flowering of freedom known as the Prague Spring, Robert found himself in Czechoslovakia. A well-known Hollywood actor, he was particularly famous at the time for playing Napoleon Solo in The Man From UNCLE, the cult television spy series.
Robert was in Prague for the filming of Second World War feature The Bridge At Remagen, along with George Segal and Ben Gazzara. Helping them negotiate the tricky business of filming in a Communist country was their interpreter Pepsi, a young woman whose life had been changed that year by the relative freedoms brought by Alexander Dubcek's liberal reforms. It was too good to last. On 20 August, filming ground to a halt when more than 5,000 Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia and Robert and the rest of the film's cast and crew found themselves trapped.
Robert vividly remembers the tanks with their big red stars painted on the side, and the guns, manned by alarmingly young Russian soldiers, which were turned on their hotel. As Americans and enemy aliens they had to find a way to escape, and quickly. The ensuing adventure was worthy of the men from UNCLE.
Robert Vaughn stars as himself, Robert Glenister as George Segal, John Guerassio as Ben Gazzara, Richard Laing as Bradford Dillman and Garrick Hagon as David Wolper.
I think that sounds cracking, and definitely one for us telefantasy bods. I'll be in Saratoga, mind you, so I shall have to use Listen Again.
I also wanted to mention that on the evening of next Tuesday, the 30th, I'll be speaking at Leeds University XChange Club, a meeting open to all students and staff of all Leeds universities and higher education colleges. It's a faith-based group, but it's not quite the time of year yet for me to get heavily mystical. It's free, but you have to book tickets, via:
Hope to see some of you there. Cheerio!