Full Name: Charles Thoroughgood
Nationality: British
Organization: MI-6
Occupation Spymaster

Creator: Alan Judd
Time Span: 1981 - 2019

       Charles Thoroughgood is a British spymaster.
       When we first meet him, he is fresh out of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and headed to Northern Island at the start of the Troubles there. He is smart and enthusiastic and personable, all qualities good and necessary to survive a period of immense challenge when many of those around him looked to the British army for support and just as many wanted them dead.
       After his time in the Service, he is approached by MI-6 to become an agent and we have a couple of recorded adventures depicting his early years and the trouble he would encounter and even more so the price he would pay for events that happened before him and around him but for which he would suffer.
       The last three adventures, however, find the much older Thoroughgood taking the reins at MI-6, an agency that once disowned him and sought to put him away for a very long time. His return to the fold would come with a great deal of interesting situations, some of which he expected and many out of left field.

More on this series when I am able to get my hands on more of the novels


Number of Books:6
First Appearance:1981
Last Appearance:2019

1 Breed of Heroes Breed of Heroes
aka A Breed of Heroes
Written by Alan Judd
Copyright: 1981

Finished with university and the military academy at Sandhurst, Charles Thoroughgood is sent to Northern Ireland to join the Assault Commandos. The four-month tour will be a period of extreme boredom with intermittent bursts of pure terror.

2 Legacy Legacy
Written by Alan Judd
Copyright: 2001

Just released from the military, Charles Thoroughgood is offered a new position with MI-6. On one of his first assignments, the novice spook learns something about his father that will change his life forever and possibly end his budding career - his father might have worked with the KGB.

3 Uncommon Enemy Uncommon Enemy
Written by Alan Judd
Copyright: 2012

Charles Thoroughgood is in prison for having violated the Official Secrets Act. Getting out means taking a position with the Secret Intelligence Agency but doing so gives him a chance to learn that there was far more to his getting arrested that he thought at the time.

4 Inside Enemy Inside Enemy
Written by Alan Judd
Copyright: 2014

With MI-6 turned on its ear from recent troubles, Charles Thoroughgood is brought back to the organization as its new head. One of his first tasks will be to find who is behind a spate of cyber attacks throughout the nation. As he handles that, he also must deal with the escape from prison of a former colleague arrested for treason with Thoroughgood one of the star witnesses.

5 Deep Blue Deep Blue
Written by Alan Judd
Copyright: 2016

MI-5 has found itself forbidden to look into any British political parties so when one fringe group, the Action Against Austerity, looks like it is affiliated with one such party, it is unable to look further. With regret, the head of the department looks to Charles Thoroughgood, his opposite in MI-6, to do the digging.

6 Accidental Agent Accidental Agent
Written by Alan Judd
Copyright: 2019

Charles Thoroughgood knows that as still part of the EU, MI-6 is not allowed to spy on its fellow members. This becomes a challenge when he is leaked the EU's bottom line in the Brexit negotiations and Whitehall wants him to learn more.


Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:1994
Last Appearance:2000

1 A Breed of Heroes A Breed of Heroes
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Writer: Charles Wood
Actor: Samuel West as Lt. Charles Thoroughgood
Released: 1994

Season 6, Episode 2 of Screen One - aired on 09/04/1994 - "In 1971, fresh-faced, eager for heroics, the young officers arrive in Belfast. Pelted with rocks by kids, sniped at by the IRA, they take refuge in sex, black humour and the weird rituals of the officers' mess" (IMDB).

2 Legacy Legacy
Director: Pete Travis
Writers: Paula Milne, Alan Judd
Actor: Charlie Cox as Charles Thoroughgood
Released: 2013

A TV movie for BBC Two - aired 11/28/2013 - "Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past." (IMDB)


       I cannot say very much about this series yet for I only have one of the novels - the rest are available in the U.K. and not available in ebook format (I am out of physical space).

       If anyone has any comments on these books, please let us know.


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