Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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Not So Jolly Roger 

The Jolly Roger is pirate radio station on an old sea fort. A DJ is killed just as he sends a message saying that the station is sending coded messages to foreign submarines. Drake goes undercover as a DJ to find out what is happening.


Don Chaffey


Tony Williamson, Ralph Smart (series devised by)


Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake
Edwin Richfield ... Marco Janson
Wilfrid Lawson ... Corrigan
Lisa Daniely ... Linda Janson
Trisha Noble ... Susan Wade (as Patsy Ann Noble)
Andrew Faulds ... Mullins
Jon Rollason Jon Rollason ... Summers
Christopher Sandford ... Andrews
John Tate John Tate ... Fisherman




An abandoned war-time sea installation over three miles from shore has been taken over under maritime law by a man who now uses it to run a pirate radio station. Being outside the three-mile limit prevents the authorities from shutting the station down or prosecuting for unlicensed broadcasting. However, the pirate radio station is only a front for other, more nefarious activities. Written by Anonymous

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Rousing Conclusion to the Regularly Broadcast Episodes
6 December 2018 | by mbanakSee all my reviews

The mood and imagery from this memorable episode stayed with me from my youth (when I saw it, and didn't know what was going on) until the present day. Watch the credits at the end, thanking the true Pirate Radio Station at the location, for their assistance. Bang on the internet and learn about that Pirate Radio station. The story has a terrific premise, plot line and character development. There is something bittersweet about this installment. It opens with Drake boating his way to the water-bound station. The mind behind that face is already thinking of The Prisoner. The DJ music is mostly made-up stuff, slapped together by the ITC music team. Watch for ironic word-plays in the music. Trisha Noble, (patsy ann noble), who plays the lady DJ, gets to air her catchy hit, "He, Who Rides a Tiger". Somewhere online, a letter from McGoohan to a fan recounts how the director fell ill, and McGoohan had to wrap up the filming. A portent of something excellent just over the Horizon. After this episode, DM transitions to season 4 (if you count the short ones as season 1). Only 2 episodes were filmed for season 4, in color, and something is missing. Ralph Smart is no longer producer, he is merely credited as the creator. McGooham resigns and The Prisoner is born. So I watch this episode, "Not So Jolly Roger," with a moody farewell on the tip of my tongue.

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30 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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