Pole Position hits DVD

Sunday, 20 April 2008 19:49

POLE POSITION ROARS ONTO DVD!

Transforming cars. Orphans who fight crime. Colourful action capers for the Saturday morning crowd. This is the stuff of youthful nostalgia, of mornings in your pyjamas eating sugar-stuffed cereal while the fantasy fights of Dungeons & Dragons gave way to the more grown-up but equally fantastical crime-fighting stunts of the Pole Position team. For those who grew up on BBC1’s Saturday morning kids strand Going Live!, this is where the action was!

Pole Positions comes to DVD

American-made, and based on the arcade game of the same name from NAMCO, the show first ran in the USA on the CBS network from 1984 to 1985, for a total of just 13 episodes.

The adventures revolve around brother Dan Darret (voiced by David Coburn, who was also the voice of Captain Planet, and played Ensign Brower in “The Nth Degree” episode of Star Trek – The Next Generation), and sisters Tess (Lisa Lindgren) and Daisy (Kaleena Kiff – who starred as Patti Morgan in Love, Sidney), who work for their uncle after being orphaned, their parents dying in mysterious car crash during a stunt race. Dan and Tess are stunt drivers for the Pole Position Stunt Show, driving hi-tech transforming vehicles Roadie and Wheels, and fighting crime. The kids carry on their parents' work, along with their pet, Kuma.

Winner of a Daytime Emmy in 1985, bursting with colour and action, these were heroes for the times, taking the best of Knight Rider and Transformers and combining them for maximum youth appeal.

DVD label Brightspark’s release includes all the episodes spread across four discs, packaged in a compact case, retailing at £29.99, or less at www.culttvstore.com

Thanks to Cult TV and Brightspark, you could have had the opportunity to put one of three copies available to win on to your mantelpiece, in our prize competition. All you had to do was tell us the answer to the following question: Which Pole Position voice artist also voiced Captain Planet? The answer was David Coburn, and the three lucky winners were Naeem Malik of Ilford, Fiona Marshall of Glasgow, and Tim Smith of Eastleigh - congratulations all!

 

SERIES CAST

Dan Darret - David Coburn

Tess - Lisa Lindgren

Daisy - Kaleena Kiff

Dr Zachary - Jack Angel

Wheels - Melvin Franklin

Roadie - Darryl Hickman

Kuma - Marilyn Schreffler

Other characters voiced by Helen Minniear, Jered Barclay, Marie-Laure Beneston, Phillip Clark, Brian Cummings, Barry Gordon, Irv Immerson, Paul Kirby, José Luccioni, Derek McGrath, Tony Pope, Neil Ross, Steven Schatzberg, Hal Smith, Barbara Tissier, and Robert Towers.

 

EPISODE GUIDE

01. The Code

Dr Zachary interrupts Dan and Tess in the middle of a stunt show with a level three emergency – they have to change the command codes on Roadie and Wheels. Tess goes on a date with an old friend, Greg Dumont, unaware that he has been listening in. Later Dan sees Dumont talking with the mysterious Vance, who was spying on them earlier. That night Dumont steals Wheels, with Daisy sleeping in the car. Dan and Tess pursue him in Roadie, into a secret underground computer hideout, where Vance is waiting to destroy Pole Position.

Writer: Michael Reaves

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

02. The Canine Vanishes

The team are to assist Dr Hastings, but they find his lab on fire. They rescue Hastings, who asks them to take care of Pandora, his dog. Dan wants to perfect his new stunt, so when Pandora disappears, it’s up to Tess and Daisy to find it. Dan is concerned when they don’t return, and uses Roadie to search for them. After a chase across the swamp, leading to a daring rescue, they discover a foreign government wants Hastings and his research, and have kidnapped both Hastings and the dog. The team can't land the plane taking them out of the country, but a parachute stunt might save the day.

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

03. The Chicken Who Knew Too Much

A chicken is a surprise gift from an archaeology professor, which leaves the team with more questions than answers. Someone really wants this particular bird, and when it gets mixed up with a farmer’s flock, Dan and Kuma have to pick out the right one. Tess tracks down the professor, who leads them to a crystal cave containing hidden treasure. But why does the professor need a flute, and what is the chicken’s secret?

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

04. Strangers on the Ice

The team have to deliver a satellite device for Dr Zachary, up into the mountains to a Dr Russell for final inspection. Snow and ice cannot slow down the Pole Position team, except for Dan, who has a near-fatal attempt at his latest stunt. Two different men claim to be the real Russell. They have to find the real scientist, recover their stolen truck with the satellite inside, and get Wheels off an ice flow. A woman named Dora provides unexpected assistance.

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

05. The Race

Dan and Roadie are competing in a California-Mexico race while trying to identify a smuggler among the drivers. Daisy meets one of the mechanics and borrows a new kind of computer game from him. Tess distracts the suspects at the race party while Dan plants trackers on their cars. Dan is determined to drive the entire race himself, much to Roadie’s distaste. When neither of the initial suspects has the chip, Dan and Tess engage in a desert chase to catch the real smuggler.

Writer: Michael Reaves

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

06. The Thirty-Nine Stripes

Dr Zacharty asks Dan and Tess to investigate a series of abstract paintings sold at an auction. One has already had a piece cut out of it, and a second is vandalised. The team monitor the last two paintings, even losing one to a toy robot. They wonder who's behind the art criticism, and why?

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

07. The Thirty-One Cent Mystery

Kuma disappears after a stunt show. When he finally turns up the next morning, he tries to tell them something - putting three coins on rocks and pointing to the nearby mountains. No-one understands, and soon two men in a van snatch Kuma again. Dan figures that Kuma was taken to Mount Rushmore. The team soon find themselves on the way to recover stolen treasure as well as Kuma.

Writer: Michael Reaves

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

08. Dial M for Magic

The team stop in a remote desert town for fuel, and are confused when they find only children living there. The town also appears to be haunted by evil spirits. Zoltan, a magician, claims to have the power to fight the ghosts, saying he's taken the adults to help him. Dr Zachary figures that Zoltan is a fraud. The team must find the missing townfolk, and to figure out what Zoltan is really up to.

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

09. The Bear Affair

Joe Curry, the engineer who worked on Roadie and Wheels, sends the team a call for help. A message on a talking teddy bear leads Dan and Tess to investigate a factory, where they find Curry being held against his will by men who want information from him. Daisy has a few tricks up her sleeve to deal with the kidnappers.

Writer: Michael Reaves

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

10. To Clutch a Thief

After an encounter with a runaway bulldozer, Tess needs a holiday. Dr Zachary sends the team to their old home town for the Queen's Pageant, where Tess is to be honoured. She thinks about quitting the stunt show and settling down, until a thief snatches the Queen's amulet. Will the resulting chase rekindle her love for the Pole Position lifestyle?

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

11. The Secret

The team’s truck breaks down outside the town of Vanity. Dan gets help from Susan who seems to like him. The local sheriff certainly isn't friendly though, forcing the team to move their truck outside city limits, and setting Dan up for speeding. He even arrests Tess for stealing from the town gold mine. The team send Kuma off in Roadie to distract the mayor and sheriff while they investigate what they have to hide. Inside the mine they discover a pile of stolen gold, but the sheriff is intent on destroying the evidence.

Writer: Michael Reaves

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

12. Shadow of a Trout

Dr. Zachary mysteriously disappears, so the Pole Position team head to HQ to look for clues. Businessman Alfred McGuffin suggests they "find the coloured fish". The team visit restaurants that have promising names, but find they are being set up. Could McGuffin be an international spy? A trail of puzzle pieces leads the team to Alcatraz Prison and a shocking revelation about Dr Zachary.

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

13. The Trouble with Kuma

On their way to Hawaii on Dr Zachary's boat, the team are sidetracked on to an emergency rescue mission. Dr Mark Lungo, a genetic engineer living on a nearby island, is unaware of an approaching tidal wave. Carrying a recognition code as proof that Dr Zachary sent them, on the way to the island Wheels hits a mine and the code is erased. Dan and Wheels try to warn Lungo that he is in danger, while Tess and Daisy find that Lungo's assistants are attempting to steal his research. When Lungo sees Kuma he finally believes them, revealing that he's the one who created the Pole Position mascot. Dan and Tess set out to get Lungo's papers back and capture the traitorous assistants, all before the tidal wave hits.

Writer: Marc Scott Zicree

Director: Bernard Deyries

 

 

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