When it comes to espionage, its a question of intelligence GÇô unless youre working for MI5. The service has a cold war calamity of bumbling agents who are outsmarted by the Soviets, and even worse GÇô laughed at by the French! Pigs might fly before MI5 are back with the big boys .... but can a piglet restore a little of their lost fortunes? University teacher Peter Chapmans (Nicholas Lyndhurst, ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES) routine life is about to become anything but. Spymasters Drummond (Clive Francis) and Maxwell (John Ringham) have their watchful eye on the next James Bond (or at least the man who lives next door to him). When Chapman rejects their offer to do or die for Queen and Country, they arrange a termination ... of his employment. Reluctantly accepting an offer to become the spy who came in from the staff room, Chapman insists on a codename to disguise his secret identity from the real world GÇô and, most importantly, his wife Sarah (Serena Evans). The naming protocols are down to P, and Puma and Panther have just been taken. Enter Piglet: half James Bond, half computer nerd GÇô all man, with just a little ham. Its From Russia With Laughter as Nicholas Lyndhurst employs a very different set of trotters in this comedic take on the shadowy world of double agents and assassins. Series 1 1. A Question of Intelligence Peter Chapman finds himself being offered a position in MI5 after he has been made redundant from the local college. Reassured he will not be involved with any of the spy work and that he is merely an assistant to Professor Shawcross, he happily takes up the role as 'Piglet' in MI5. By the end of the episode 'Piglet' has somehow ended up with the Professor's job. 2. Fair Exchange Peter's wife, Sarah, is mistaken for a Russian doctor who holds the secret to a listening device. Peter risks national security to save his wife and then declares to her he only works for Radio Rentals, honestly! 3. A Room With a View Peter appears to have saved a disastrous surveillance operation when he reveals he actually got a secret photo of a list of contacts held by the spy they were watching. Delighted Drummond asks for the film, Peter realises he forgot to put film in the camera! 4. The Ice Man Cometh Peter Chapman is on the run for his life when he is mistaken for an MI6 hit man. A shoot out follows, and an exploding car, all before it is realised that Peter is not the assassin they believed him to be! 5. The Beagle Has Landed Peter manages to infiltrate an Animal Activists Group. Peter then foils a raid the group had been preparing but in an unusual manner. Sarah is shocked to find her husband returning home followed by a trail of beagles. 6. Now You See It MI5 believe The French Secret Service have perfected the 'Black Ghost', a device that renders an aircraft invisible to a tracking system, and there is only one thing to do, steal it but only if the Americans don't get there first! 7. A Private Members Bill The spies are out to discredit an MP, an MP who has plans to amalgamate all the secret services. After finding the MP in the clutches of a woman, whom he pays for 'personal services', the team at MI5 have no difficulty in finding some evidence against him, and Maxwell needn't worry the evidence against him was conveniently left behind! Series 2 1. The Wright Stuff Books are the focus of this episode, as it is believed an author is about to lift the lid on MI5, and Peter's wife knows all about it! There is much mayhem as comedy's favourite spies try their hardest to lay their hands on a copy of this all important novel. 2. Red Spy at Night After working to vindicate his colleague, Maxwell, from being framed for working for the KGB Peter is shocked to discover Maxwell has been having telephone conversations with a foreigner, who declares he can always get Maxwell out! 3. Piglet in a Trough Peter is in a quandary in this episode as he reveals the tape of Maxwell talking suspiciously to a foreigner and Drummond asks Peter to set Maxwell up. Hilarity ensues as Peter finds himself in all sorts of situations, mostly drunk. A resolution finally arrives, resulting in Peter buying yet another round of drinks! 4. The Wrong Combination Drummond's opposite number in MI6 thinks Drummond's men are incompetent and a bet is placed. Dexter, Lewis and Peter all have to break into a safe at MI6 and they have a professional safe opener on their side, fresh from jail. Eventually the team all feel this jailbird is one of the family, that is until he steals Peter's wallet! 5. Trouble With Reception Peter is left to overpower terrorists alone as they plan to take over an embassy at gun point. Dexter tries his best to help by finding a route of escape, which he eventually does find, but only after the terrorists have been arrested and removed. 6. The Hunt for Red Decoder A Russian decoder is mistaken by Peter's wife to be her typewriter. Realising Sarah's mistake, but only after being suspended for losing the decoder, a chase begins. Our heroes have one thing on their side the Russians do not have, the ability to tell the difference between the decoder and an old typewriter! 7. Undercover Activity Peter is caught in a compromising position with a swallow, a German agent specially trained for good looks to seduce men, by his wife. Peter prepares to tell Sarah everything about his secret service work but she doesn't believe him! Series 3 1. Guerillas in the Mist Peter finds out a piece of gossip concerning Drummond's and Maxwell's past working lives together when he and Drummond are tied up at the hands of an arms dealer. This information comes in handy when Drummond decides to get Peter reassigned. 2. Sweet and Sour Piglet A duplicate is made of Peter Chapman by the Chinese secret service during an annual cricket match but Peter escapes his captors. A crazed chase ensues, through water and the real Peter Chapman rightfully returns home to his wife, or is it? 3. Sex, Spies and Videotape Flint finds herself being used by an associate of the Americans while Maxwell and Drummond present a promotional video for MI5. This episode sees the spies up to their necks in 'Sex, Spies and Videotape.' 4. In Which we Serve The spies have a problem with their French mole in this episode as Peter and the rest of the gang go under surveillance in a collaboration of disguises in order to catch a French industrialist designing secret weapons. 5. Plane Truth Planes are the focus of pains in this episode as MI5 are desperate to find out which one of the two Russians they have really has the plans to a secret Russian aircraft. Depressed at finding out Maxwell has taken all of the credit for himself on finding the correct designer, pleasure sets in as their Russian designer reveals his masterpiece, a model aircraft! 6. Under New Management A new boss is in town and she will not tolerate sloppy work. Dexter and Lewis find this out for themselves, rather more quickly than they anticipated and also find themselves out of work! Peter and Flint mount an operation that will not only reinstate their friends but also rid them of their new boss. 7. With Friends Like These A collaboration between the British and the Russian camps takes place in this episode, however all is not what it seems and Peter ends up with a dead man in his house!
The Piglet Files - The Complete Series