Always Glad to Help
‘It’s a fact that I was once
married to his daughter. Anything else is supposition. Like the
purpose of your Russian ship.’
The Ministry of
Defense asks Burnside to send divers to investigate the Russian
merchant vessel Karaganda. It may be a spy ship. Burnside suspects
the ministry is asking him, rather than the Navy, which they control,
in case anything goes wrong.
Meanwhile, the prince of sheikdom makes a clandestine approach
to the Foreign Office. He is planning a coup to oust his pro-Soviet
father. Hamad promises to turn the realm pro-West if England supports
the coup immediately.
Burnside calls for caution. Peele asks to move quickly. A successful
international operation on this scale could result in hefty budget
increases The MOD starts bartering. They promise Peele they will
foot drag until the Karaganda is examined by Burnside’s
Special Projects Team. Laura reluctantly accepts the task of spying
The lonely man with political ambitions is smitten by her. Ambiguity
upon ambiguity pile up, and no clear picture of Hamad forms. Finally,
Burnside is forced to guess.
First Principles establishes that Burnside was in the Royal
Marines. Note the model ships in his flat.
Hamad‘s sunglasses and bowling
outfit are, well, interesting. As well, there’s a Benny Hill-like
production goof. Watch the window glass when Hamad opens the Rolls
door to admit Laura. You will see two members of the camera crew.