Picks and Pans Review: Mystery's Reilly: Ace of Spies

updated 02/20/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/20/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET)

So there's not much violence and even less flesh. TV can be fun without it—and filled with intrigue, suspense, excitement and romance. Reilly proves it. In this 12-part series (introduced by Vincent Price), Sam (The Final Conflict) Neill plays a turn-of-the-century British spy who steals German and Russian secrets, tries to overthrow Lenin and then disappears in Russia. Reilly the rebel and rake is no James Bond. "He's not a gentleman, he's probably a socialist," sniffs one of his snooty fellow spooks. But he is fascinating to watch. And the best of it: Sidney Reilly the spy really lived.

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