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Set on the eve of World War I, The Thirty-Nine Steps tells the story of Richard Hannay, an ex-pat recently returned to the UK from South Africa. No sooner does he arrive home than he is thrown quite unexpectedly into contact with agents trying to stop a German spy-ring from stealing sensitive British data. As Richard encounters one agent and counter-agent after another, trying desperately to sort out who is who and what is what, he becomes increasingly aware of the desperate situation his country is facing.

Most recently, The Thirty-Nine Steps has been produced by the BBC as a made-for-TV movie. In this version, Hannay (played by Rupert Penry-Jones) must face murder, intrigue, and double-dealing as he battles a ring of German spies bent upon their deadly mission and determined to destroy him. Into the adventure is woven a romantic element, when Hannay finds himself assisted in his quest by the mysterious Victoria (Lydia Leonard), who seems to be on his side. But is she really?

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BBC America
1 Season, 1 Episode
Crime, Mystery, Horror & Suspense
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