Harry's Game is a 1982 Yorkshire Television 3-part mini series about Harry Brown, a British agent sent to infiltrate the IRA in Belfast to find and kill the assassin of a cabinet minister. Based on the novel by former-ITN correspondent Gerald Seymour, the series won director Lawrence Gordon Clark the prestigious Golden Leopard's Eye award at the Locarno International Film Festival. The theme tune by Irish group Clannad reached the top five in the UK Singles charts and was also nominated for a BAFTA.

A British Cabinet Minister is gunned down outside his home in London by a member of the Provisional IRA, Billy Downes, (Derek Thompson,). Security protocols are activated, but the assassin evades them and successfully escapes to Belfast. In the aftermath, rash political decisions are made by politicians seeking revenge and the Ministry of Defence responds by sending Captain Harry Brown, (Ray Lonnen) – a special forces soldier who has done deep cover work in hostile territory – into the Falls Road area of Belfast, notorious for civil unrest and Republican activity. Harry is sent deep undercover into the IRA heartlands to infiltrate the local nationalist population, identify the assassin and kill him in his own neighbourhood before Harry’s cover is inevitably blown – to prove to the IRA that they are not safe, even in ‘their own backyard’. As the relentless search becomes more desperate an innocent girl’s life is claimed. The IRA soon realises they have an informant on their trail. Billy Downes is brought back to hunt down Harry. The situation develops into a deadly game which no-one can decisively win.


Of Harry, Gerald Seymour wrote.

‘Others determined the morality. Others had the hatred. Others turned his work into victories. He did as he was told, expertise his trade mark. The soldier in his army.’

Of Billy Downes, he wrote.

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.’

Recently Lawrence decided to put down in writing his experiences of Making Harry's Game: