Þjóðviljinn 23rd January 1980

‘Out into the unknown’ – Television 21.15

Desmond Bagley Running Blind Icelandic media article from Thodviljinn 23rd January 1980.

British intelligence sends a group ‘Out into the unknown’ (Running Blind) in a novel by record selling author Desmond Bagley, the first part of which is on television tonight.

Filming took place in Iceland in the summer of 1978, but only now are we able to see the production.

Bagley’s story has been released with Icelandic translation for several years. The story concerns Alan Stewart who, until recently, was an agent employed by the British Secret Service and is forced by his old boss to deliver a package to Iceland. Of course, evil Russians are informed of his location. Otherwise, the contents of the package are unknown and his old enemy, an evil Russian, seeks his whereabouts.

Alan has a good old Icelandic girlfriend named Elín (played by Ragnheiður Stendórsdóttur) and Elín lives in Reykjavík.

The Russian is a former spy named Kennikin, and he soon gets another chance to meet his old enemy when he travels from the UK to Iceland.

He travels to Iceland and the action soon starts with much fighting in the mountains and wastelands before the end.

Starring are Stuart Wilson and Ragnheiður Steindórsdóttir, as previously stated, but other Icelandic actors appearing in the film include Stendór Hjörleifsson, Harald G. Haraldsson, Árni Ibsen, Jóna Sverrisdóttir, Lilja Þórisdóttir, Jón Sigurbjörnsson and Flosi Ólafsson. Director is William Brayne.

The television series is in three parts; the first one is being shown this evening whilst the other two are being shown over the next two Wednesdays.

Film Translator is Dora Hafsteinsdótir.

Image title: Conflict at Reykjavík Harbour – From the film ‘Out into the unknown’ by Desmond Bagley.



21:15 Out into the unknown. (Running Blind) British intelligence series in three episodes, based on a best-seller by Desmond Bagley, which has Icelandic translation. Directed by William Brayne. Starring Stuart Wilson and Ragnheiður Steindórsdóttir. Appearing in this series are several Icelandic actors, including Steindór Hjörleifsson, Harald G. Haraldsson, Árni Ibsen, Jóna Sverrisdóttir, Lilja Þórisdóttir, Jó Sigbjörnsson and Flossi Ólafsson. The first episode. Alan Stewart, a former employee of British intelligence, is forced to deliver a parcel to Iceland otherwise his old enemy, the Russian spy Kennikin, will be told his location of Alan and that of his Icelandic girlfriend, Elin, who lives in Reykjavik.

Subtitles Dora Hafsteinsdóttir.

Next article


1. Þjóðviljinn (1980). ‘Út í óvissuna’ (23rd January 1980 p. 14,15).