Out into the unknown – television 21.15 Wednesday: Killing and fighting on Icelandic soil
The most impressive show on television next week is undoubtedly the British intelligence series ‘Out into the unknown’, which was filmed in Iceland during the summer of 1978. In addition to the characteristic Icelandic landscape in this spy movie are Icelandic actors who undoubtedly play a major part in making the movie of interest in this country.
The story starts in England. A former employee of British intelligence, Alan Stewart, is forced to deliver a parcel to Iceland. He is threatened that his old enemy, a Russian spy named Kennikin, will be told his location if he does not do what he is told. Also he will be told where to find his Icelandic girlfriend, who lives in Reykjavík.
Immediately Alan Stewart’s arrives in Iceland strange events start to happen. On arrival he is told to go to Reykjavík by way Krýsuvík. The fighting begins on this journey and the action continues from end to end across the country.
The film is distinguished by further violence, murder and fighting. This fairly accurately describes the rest of the film. ‘Out Into the Unknown’ received mixed reviews in the British press. Despite this, we should still be able to enjoy the series since so much is familiar to the viewers.
The series is in three episodes and is based on the best-seller by Desmond Bagley, which has been released with Icelandic translation. The film’s director is William Brayne and the main parts are played by Ragnheiður Steindórsdóttir and Stewart Wilson.
In addition some Icelanders are also involved, e.g. Steindór Hjörleifsson, Harald G. Haraldsson, Arni Ibsen, Jóna Sverrisdóttir, Lilja Þórisdóttir, Jón Sigurbjörnsson and Flosi Ólafsson. Then there are many other Icelanders who were also involved in scenes in the street and inside restaurants. More will be reported on the series from Wednesday.
Image title: Filming of ‘Out into the unknown’ in Austurstræti during summer 1978. Image: DB Hörður
Also published is the following programme information:
Wednesday, 23. January 21:15: Out into the unknown
Running Blind British intelligence series in three episodes, based on a bestseller by Desmond Bagley, which has been released with Icelandic translation. Directed by William Brayne. Starring Stuart Wilson and Ragnheiður Steindórsdóttir. The series also includes other Icelandic actors e.g. Steindór Hjörleifsson, Harald G. Haraldsson, Arni Ibsen, Jóna Sverrisdóttir, Lilja Þórisdóttir, Jón Sigurbjörnsson and Flosi Ólafsson. The first episode. Alan Stewart, a former employee of the British intelligence service, is forced to take the parcel to Iceland.
He is threatened that if he does not do what he is told his old enemy, a Russian spy named Kennikin, will be told his location also that of his Icelandic girlfriend Elín, who lives in Reykjavík.
Subtitles: Dóra Hafsteinsdóttir.
1. Dagblaðið (1980) ‘Morð og handalögmál á íslenzkri grund’ (18th January 1980 p. 13) © DV ehf.