Traitor (1971)

1971 | UK | Dennis Potter | ★★★★★

Produced for the BBC Play for Today strand, Dennis Potter's brilliantly written Traitor is a powerful drama about class and patriotism, featuring thematically dense scripting, a career-best performance from John Le Mesurier, and a discomfortingly bold ending.


"Western journalists visit Moscow to interview Adrian Harris, a former controller in British intelligence who was also a double agent for the USSR. Harris believes in both Communism and Englishness, believing himself to have betrayed his class, but not his country. The press find these beliefs incompatible, and want to find out why he became a ‘traitor’. Harris is plagued by anxieties over both his actions and his upper-class childhood, and drinks to a state of collapse." BBC

See also:
Play for Today (1977-84)