The Protectors - New DVDs

Thursday, 26 August 2010 14:36

Each of the world’s major cities has its best detective agency, and each of these has its best agents - super-agents like The Protectors. The most sensitive, baffling, dangerous assignments are handled by their top trio of adventurers. The iconic Robert Vaughn stars as Harry Rule, the suave American who leads their operations from his London apartment; Nyree Dawn Porter (Irene in The Forsyte Saga) is the Rome-based Contessa di Contini, and Tony Anholt is Paul Buchet (Tony Verdeschi in Season 2 of Space: 1999), a French agent operating out of Paris.

Produced by Gerry Anderson and Reg Hill of Thunderbirds fame, this was a glossy, stylish series from Lew Grade’s ITC’s stable, but included actual location filming in some of Europe’s most glamorous cities. Tony Christie sings the show’s legendary theme tune, “Avenues and Alleyways” – a UK Top 40 hit on its re-release in 2005 – and now new telly addicts can discover its origins. This new Network 7-DVD set comprises all 52 episodes, originally aired between 1972 and 1974.

The Protectors - New Version on DVDAt the time the series made its debut, Tony Christie’s theme only scraped into the charts at number 37, making its bow on 10 February 1973 and hanging around for just four weeks. The music and lyrics were from Mitch Murray and Peter Callander, who between them provided material for the likes of The Beatles, Cliff Richard, The Tremeloes and Manfred Mann.

The series not only had hot locations, it was also an arena for the likes of upcoming and established stars such as John Thaw, Stephanie Beacham, Peter Bowles, James Bolam, Sally James, Patrick Troughton, Jenny Lee Wright, Don Henderson and George Baker.

The Protectors came into being when Lord Lew Grade put in place a deal with sponsors Faberge, and co-producers Sherwood Price’s Ferdporqui Productions, to create a cosmopolitan series with an international flavour. The story goes that originally the show was not going to be produced Anderson and Hill and their Group Three company (the other member of the Group being Sylvia Anderson, whose contribution to the show was the script for the episode “...With a Little Help from my Friends”). 

Certainly, the initial, very sketchy format for the show came from Grade, and it is more than possible that another company bailed, being unable to deliver anything in the required ballpark. It is certainly not the style of production that had been delivered by APF and Century 21 previously.  Mr Anderson himself notes that their original format was to have a male second lead ... until Lew told Gerry he had signed Nyree Dawn Porter as the co-star alongside Robert Vaughn!

It’s also reported that relations between Mr Anderson and Robert Vaughn were far from amicable, and the original budget for the series had not included foreign location work.  However, it is alleged that Mr Vaughn and Lord Lew spoke about this, and it was Vaughn who persuaded Grade to insist the show was filmed with a hefty slab of continental camera work.

Anderson auteur trademarks can be seen in the format of the show – the opening credits rival those for Stingray and Thunderbirds, with quick cuts and a lot of action (most of it specially filmed and not from any episodes). Indeed, the ‘cute pet’ also sporadically returns, harking back to Zoony from Fireball XL5 and Oink the seal from Stingray, with Harry Rule’s gigantic wolfhound, Gus.

As with some other early 1970s shows from ITC (e.g., Jason King, The Adventurer), the decision was made to shoot on 16mm rather than 35mm film. This means that even despite the digital restoration, the episodes here seem a little more soft-focus than many of its ITC predecessors that have gone through a similar clean-up process. However, the quality is still sufficient to put many more recent TV dramas to shame.

A third season was in pre-production when contractual agreement could not be reached – which tends to mean that someone was asking for conditions that one or other partner could not live with.  The format had taken its lead from the original Mission: Impossible, keeping character moments to a minimum to concentrate on the plot and action, so the trio of leads were still very enigmatic, despite a long run of 52 half-hour episodes. Therefore, there would certainly have been enough mileage to create another 26 shows.

The special features on this disc include over 1,500 stills on DVD 7, including PR and behind-the-scenes shots, and PDF promotional material including original brochure and press information. There’s also the inclusion of French and Spanish opening titles for a bit of variety and amusement – the quality of these leaves a little to be desired in these digital restoration days, but they’re still mighty fun!

The Protectors Complete Series is out now on DVD from Network, with a ‘PG’ certificate and a running time of 1300 minutes approx.  It has a RRP of £59.99, or why not get it for less from www.culttvstore.com  

 

The Protectors – Episode Guide

Research by Brian Kelshaw – information originally appeared in the original Cult TV magazine, issue 4 (November 1986) and issue 5 (March 1987).

 

Robert Vaughn as Harry Rule

Nyree Dawn Porter as Contessa Caroline di Contini

Tony Anholt as Paul Buchet

Anthony Chinn as Chino (Series 1 only)

Yasuko Nagazumi as Suki (Series 1 only)

 

A GROUP THREE Production for ITC Worldwide Distribution

Series Producers: Gerry Anderson & Reg Hill

Executive in Charge for Ferdporqui Productions: Sherwood Price

Music composed and conducted by John Cameron

Director of Photography: Brendan J Stafford

Post Production Supervisor: Desmond Saunders

Production Manager: Norman Foster

Art Director: Bob Bell

Supervising Editor: David Lane

Miss Porter’s wardrobe designed by Germinal Rangel

 

 

01. 2000 Ft to Die

The action falls straight from the sky, as desperately the Protectors try to stop an assassination occurring, and look to a camera to provide the answers...

Guest Starring: Harvey Hall (Reiwald), Nicholas Jones (Ransome), Jacqueline Stanbury (Susal), Paul Stassino (Carozzo), John Scott (Civil Servant).

Writer: Terence Feeley

Director: John Hough

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 29 September1972

 

02. Brother Hood

At the request of Bela Karoleon, an industrial tycoon, the Protectors engineer an audacious prison escape for his brother. But what was the truth behind Sandor’s imprisonment, and does Bela really have his brother’s welfare uppermost in his mind?

Guest Starring: Vladek Sheybal (Sandor Karoleon), Patrick Troughton (Bela Karoleon), Jill Balcon (Maria), John Cazabon (Heller), Robert Brown (Governor), Leon Lissek (Pannides), Antony Stamboulieh (Yanos)

Writer: John Goldsmith

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 6 October 1972

 

03. See No Evil

The Protectors discover the murkier side of Rome when the take on the job of observing a senator who is preparing a report on the city’s organised crime. Their surveillance of the senator involves them with blackmail, a ruthless gang, and a sinister blind man ...

Guest Starring: James Bolam (Max), Alan Webb (Blind Man), Al Mancini (Waiter), Leonard Sachs (Senator), Philip Hinton (Mario), Anthony Haygarth (Driver).

Writer: Donald Johnson

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 13 October 1972 (ATV Midlands)

 

04. Disappearing Trick

It’s not so easy to disappear without trace, even if you have a Protector to help you – as the Contessa finds when she tries to help Brad Huron win a wager.

Guest Starring: David Bauer (Carl Huron), Derren Nesbitt (Brad Huron), Chris Malcolm (Malloy), Don Henderson (Walters), Michael de Costa (Cafe Owner), David Calderisi (Garage Mechanic).

Writer: Brian Clemens

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 20 October 1972

 

05. Ceremony for the Dead

Just one person, Harry Rule decides, is capable of taking the place of a foreign President’s wife who fears a kidnap attempt on her husband. The Contessa di Contini seems to fit the bill perfectly...

Guest Starring: Stanley Leber (Medina), Toby Robins (Madame Rue), Charles Thake (Police Inspector), Robert Sessions (Skipper), Jenny Lee Wright (Julie).

Writer: Donald James

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 27 October 1972

 

06. It Was All Over in Leipzig

The Protectors are asked to investigate a plot to overthrow the government of a Mediterranean island, an assignment which leads the Contessa into meeting two men from her past.

Guest Starring: Ron Randell (Jim Palmer), Paul Weston (Linter), Phil Brown (Adam Markos), Diane Mercer (Maria), Tanya Bayona (Young Girl)

Writer: Donald James

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 3 November 1972

 

07. The Quick Brown Fox

The Protectors are hired by the West German Government to find out who is financing five Nazis.

Guest Starring: Morris Perry (Keller), Mark Malicz (Osuna), Anna Malisse (Helga), Angie Grant (Monica), Christopher Benjamin (Banker).

Writer: Donald James

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 10 November 1972

 

08. King Con

Confidence tricksters choose their victims with care, but Alan Sutherland makes a grave error when he swindles Irena Gleskova out of a 12th Century ivory icon. For Irena is a close friend of the Contessa di Contini, who she immediately calls...

Guest Starring: Anton Rodgers (Sutherland), Peter Cellier (Auctioneer), Michael de Costa (Emil), Izabella Telezynska (Irena), Ronald Lacey (Cribbs), Brian Worth (Salesman).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 17 November 1972

 

09. Thinkback

Headlights flash, tyres screech. There’s a sickening thud as two cars crash head-on. And the next thing Harry Rule knows is that he is in hospital. But where is his passenger, Caroline? Dr Paye, hinting at concussion and loss of memory, assures Harry that there was no-one else in the crashed car.

Guest Starring: Ian Hendry (Insp Wilson), Penny Sugg (Nurse),  Donald Burton (Doctor), Keith Bell (Sgt Peters), James Culliford (Ginter), Geoffrey Morris (Dilling).

Writer: Brian Clemens

Director: Cyril Frankel

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 24 November 1972

 

10. A Kind Of Wild Justice

A girl shoots and then poisons Harry Rule for jailing her father. Harry scrapes through – and discovers that there is more than meets the eye in his assailant’s savage justice.

Guest Starring: Kubi Chaza (Jill), Anna Palk (Kate), Patrick O’Connell (Reagan), Barry Slanton (Soaper), Paul Freeman (Mechanic), Brian Jackson (Turf Accountant), Lewis Jones (Clinic Proprietor).

Writer: Donald James

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 1 December 1972

 

11. Balance Of Terror

The Protectors are called in by Russia – to help save London! Schelpin, one of the Soviet Union’s top biochemists working on germ warfare, goes missing during a visit to England for a top level conference. In his possession is a phial of toxin which, if dropped in one of London’s rivers or sewers, could wipe out the entire city!

Guest Starring: Nigel Green (Krasinkov), Laurence Naismith (Schelpin), Janos Kurucz (KGB Man), Angus Lennie (Grodny), Milos Kirek (Russian delegate), Barry Warren (Hotel Receptionist).

Writer: John Goldsmith

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 8 December 1972

 

12. Triple Cross

Harry and Caroline are framed for theft of some rare jewels, and get involved with murder and bombs as they try to steal them back!

Guest Starring: John Neville (Charlie), Bill Stewart (Garage Man), Angharad Rees (Charlie’s Girlfriend), Peter Bowles (Kofax), John Barrard (Gem Setter), Del Henney (Detective).

Writer: Lew Davidson

Director: John Hough

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 15 December 1972

 

13. The Numbers Game

A coded letter leads Harry and Caroline through Spain and England on the trail of a gang of international dope smugglers.

Guest Starring: Margareta Lee (Susan), Henry McGee (Frank), George Innes (Luigi), Frederick Treves (Sir Walter), Richard Easton (Savage), Peter Arne (Mario).

Writer: Ralph Smart

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 29 December 1972

 

14. For The Rest Of Your Natural...

The Contessa is on trial for her life, with a grotesque jury of cut-out cardboard characters, and a teddy bear foreman; and a psychopathic killer as prosecutor...

Guest Starring: Norman Rodway (Grant), Susan Travers (Girl friend), Kenneth Gilbert (Detective), Damian Thomas (Visitor).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: John Hough

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 5 January 1973

 

15. The Bodyguards

Inspector Jack Newman approaches Harry and the Contessa for help. He wants them to give the impression that Ralph Corder, a dead man, is still alive and engaging the services of the pair of them. But why?

Guest Starring: Freddie Jones (Robard), Manning Redwood (Mason), Harry Hutchinson (Butler), Ken Watson (Insp Newman).

Writer: Dennis Spooner

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 12 January 1973

 

16. A Matter of Life and Death

The Protectors investigate the death of a hippy, and find themselves in a strange smuggling racket. It all begins when Harry is cunningly lured to a neolithic temple in North Africa...

Guest Starring: Patrick Allen (Mallory), Maxwell Shaw (Baruna), Barry Houghton (Goran), Julie Crossthwaite (Mallory’s Girl), Cyril Shapps (Doctor).

Writer: Donald James

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 19 January 1973

 

17. The Big Hit

Someone is trying to wipe out The Protectors, a fact which takes on an ominous significance for Paul Buchet when a pretty girl slips a drug into his drink...

Guest Starring: Derek Smith (Jason Howard), Arthur Howell (Fencing Master), Bob Anderson (Assassin), Morag Hood (Suzanne).

Writer: Donald James

Director: Roy Ward Baker

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 26 January 1973   

 

18. One and One Makes One

A foreign agent, trained to impersonate and kill a top Canadian agent, presents a problem for both his employers and the Protectors alike!

Guest Starring: Michael Gough (Shkoder), Georgia Brown (Maria Ghardala), Anthony Stamboulieh (Yanos), Christopher Dunham (Kramer), Neil McCallum (Bennett).

Writer: Jesse & Pat Lasky

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 2 February 1973

 

19. Talkdown

A man called Foster seeks his own macabre form of justice on Harry rule. Harry is left on his own in a speeding plane, not knowing how to control it!

Guest Starring: Derren Nesbitt (Foster), John Joyce (Air Controller), John Nettleton (Insp Hill), William Moore (Rifle Range Man).

Writer: Jesse & Pat Lasky

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 9 February 1973

 

20. Vocal

Paul is the only eye witness available to identify the men for whom his colleagues are searching in connection with a drug running racket, and he has been blinded by burns received during his fight with the men...

Guest Starring: David Buck (Azon), Ian Hogg (Gregg), Shane Rimmer (Vicker).

Writer: Brian Clemens

Director: Cyril Frankel

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 16 February 1973

 

21. ...With A Little Help from My Friends

Harry is asked to guard a President during his stay in London. But the assignment brings a threat to Harry’s family, including his wife, laura.

Guest Starring: Hannah Gordon (Laura), Roshan Sett (Pursuer), Jeremy Brett (Kahan), Daron Barnham (Boy), Martin Benson (President), Saeed Jaffrey (President’s Aide), Desmond Jordan (Doctor), John Gatrell (Butler), Julian Sherrier (Kahan’s Henchman 1), Marc Zuber (Kahan’s Henchman 2).

Writer: Sylvia Anderson

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANMISSION: 23 February 1973

 

22. Chase

Caroline has an old hunting lodge in mind for Harry’s birthday celebrations. He gets a superbly mounted shotgun, and some unexpected guests...

Guest Starring: Patrick Magee (Garder), Keith Buckley (Kurt), Donald Eccles (Perston), Tom Chadbon (Vent), Gerton Klauber (Gromeld), Graham Mallard (2nd Tracker), Isabella Telezynskca (Secretary).

Writer: Brian Clemens

Director: Harry Booth

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 2 March 1973

 

23.  Your Witness

Christie, despite her protestations, needs the help of the Protectors, The request itself comes from her guardian, George Dixon, whose Paris club has been the scene of a murder. Christie is the resulting court case’s chief witness.

Guest Starring: George Baker (Dixon), Stephanie Beacham (Christie), Judith Arthy (Monique), George Lambert (Bayard), Gordon Sterne (Barman), Hugo de Vernier (Croupier).

Writer: Donald James

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 9 March 1973

 

24. It Could Be Practically Anywhere On the Island

An uninteresting assignment turns into a perplexing mystery when Muffin, a poodle owned by rich Linda McCall is stolen when Harry advises the setting up of a hotel detectives’ office...

Guest Starring: Sherwood Price (Felix Costa), Linda Staab (Linda McCall), Madeline Hinde (Mary Larode), Dervis Ward (Johnathan P Hacket), Vernon Dobtcheff (Joe Flynn), Wendy Hutchinson (Mrs Hacket).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Robert Vaughn

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 16 March 1973

 

25. The First Circle

Harry must protect Colonel John Hunter, a Vietnam veteran, who experiences war horror nightmares of his experience when commanding a US air base...

Guest Starring: Ed Bishop (Hunter), John Collin (Slade), Frederick Bennett (Security Man), George Roubicek (Policeman), Sally Bazely (Mrs Hunter).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Don Chaffey

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 23 March 1973

 

26. A Case for the Right

Something more sinister than an orgy greets the Protectors when they gatecrash a prince’s party in the ruins of an old Roman tomb...

Guest Starring: Milo O’Shea (Carpiano), Jacques Sernas (Fabrizzio), Jeffrey Segal (Extremist Officer).

Writer: Jesse & Pat Lasky

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 30 March 1973

 

SERIES TWO

27. Quin

A grim search for one of the most ruthless men in the world takes the Protectors to Spain ... and parallel lines meet.

Guest Starring: Peter Vaughan (Quin), Brian Glover (Allen), Henry Woolf (Paco), Anthony Langdon (Garcia), Tristan Rogers (Maxwell), Jesus Suzman (Waiter), Luis Bar Boo (Taxi Driver).

Writer: Trevor Preston

Director: Don Leaver

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 21 September 1973

 

28. Bagman

Abduction and a ransom demand in Copenhagen involve the Protectors in a desperate game of hunt-the-criminal, which ends in a disused fort.

Guest Starring: Stephen Chase (Christian).

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: John Hough

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 28 September 1973

 

29. Fighting Fund

Which is more important – humanity or art? It’s a grim decision for the Protectors when terrorists put a valuable art collection up for ransom.

Guest Starring: Lisa Daniely (Marquesa Visconti), Mischa de la Motte (Dr Bianco), Hugh Morton (Bishop), Jack Lynn (Prof Williams), Gladys Spencer (Principessa Lilli), David Suchet (Leo), Ben Howard (Vincenzo), Gino Melvazzi (Police Captain), Sal Pantelone (Bank Manager).

Writer: John Kruse

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 5 October 1973

 

30. The Last Frontier

The Protectors smuggle a beautiful Russian scientist into England – but which will win, love or politics?

Guest Starring: Hildegard Neil (Irena Gayevska), William Lucas (Eastbrook), Yuri Borienko (Khukov), Peter Cellier (Jones), Dennis Clinton (British Delegate), Manvella Renard (Girl at Anif).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Charles Crichton

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 12 October 1973

 

31. Baubles, Bangles and Beads

The Protectors encounter a double-cross in Denmark, but crime is not always for selfish gain.

Guest Starring: Frederick Jaegar (Bergen), Yvonne Antrobus (Katie Bergen), John Barron (Insurance Executive), Andrew Bradford (Motor Cyclist), Peter Porteous (Gang Member 1), Martin Grace (Gang Member 2), Robert Russell (Gang Member 3), Jacqueline Stanbury (Car Hire Receptionist), Paula Patterson (Miss Hansen).

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 19 October 1973

 

32. Petard

A case of industrial espionage faces the Protectors. Harry Rule is determined to plug the leak.

Guest Starring: Iain Cuthbertson (Wyatt), Cyril Luckham (Alec Weston), Ralph Bates (Leo), Angela Douglas (Linda), Clinton Greyn (David Cameron), John Kane (Ludo Jones), Milton Johns (Conway), Mark Jones (Scudder), Basil Dignam (Engleton), Lewis Wilson (Night Security Man), Carmel McSharry (Cleaner).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Cyril Frankel

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 26 October 1973

 

33. Goodbye George

What has happened to George? Some very strange things have happened to George, and macabre things happen when the Contessa goes to Venice to probe the mystery.

Guest Starring: Paul Jones (Caspar), Geraldine Moffatt (Maria), Barry Keegan (Barney Mailer), Lionel Murton (Cedrick Partor), Arnold Diamond (Policeman), Paul McDowell (Bank Teller), Malcolm Hayes (Intruder).

Writer: Brian Clemens

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 2 November 1973

 

34. WAM - Part One

What has Monica Davies in mind when she writes to her father, who has cut her off without a penny, that she will soon be rich without his help. The incident takes the Protectors on a trail that leads to Salzberg.

Guest Starring:  Prentis Hancock (William Arthur Mackay), Jill Townsend (Monica Davies), Rudolf Barry (Attendant), Michael Glover (Davies), John Herrington (Official), Bert Fortell (Manager).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 9 November 1973

 

35. WAM - Part Two

Drama on the Salzberg mountain top – and holiday makers are held to ransom without knowing anything about it.

Guest Starring: Prentis Hancock (William Arthur Mackay), Jill Townsend (Monica Davies), Michael Sheard (Inspector Luhrs), John Herrington (Attendant/Official), Olaf Pooley (Commissioner Braun).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 16 November 1973

 

36. Implicado

The Protectors investigate the case of an English boy arrested in Spain on a drug smuggling charge.

Guest Starring: Patrick Mower (Raphael Santana), Peter Firth (Stephen Douglas), Aldo Sanbrell (Jacques), Pat La Touche (Patron), Carl Forgione (Waiter), Stephen Greif (Policeman at Cafe), Ruth Trouncer (Mrs Douglas), Neil Hallett (Doctor Dove), Ron Eagleton (Assassin).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 23 November 1973

 

37. Dragon Chase

Smuggling a Russian writer into Britain is a danger in itself – protecting him on his arrival proves to be even more dangerous for Harry Rule.

Guest Starring: Donald Houston (Lockier), William Dexter (Nikkolai), Bruce Robinson (Peter), Kenneth Colley (Devlin), Mary Larkin (Jenny), Jack Galloway (Jasper), Gary Hamilton (Mike), Richard Marner (First Russian), Norman Atkyns (Stage Door Keeper).

Writer: John Kruse

Director: Charles Crichton

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 30 November 1973

 

38. Decoy

A ‘dead’ man steps out of the past – bringing a new trail of death with him – and near death for Harry and the Contessa.

Guest Starring: Ronald Radd (Jerry Butler), Mark Damon (Nick Archer),George Innes (Marcus), Bruce Montague (Police Captain), Stephen Sheppard (Conyapepi), Pierre Bedenes (Hotel Porter), George Little (Desk Clerk), George Von Moos (Airline Steward), Erika Bergmann (Girlfriend).

Writer: Brian Clemens

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 7 December 1973

 

39. Border Line

The Protectors help a Hungarian-born actress to smuggle the body of her late father across the border so that he can be buried in the land of his birth.

Guest Starring: Georgia Brown (Ilona Tabori), Oscar Homolka (Zoltan Kolas), Jon Laurimore (Press Reporter), David Allister (Customs Official).

Writer: Anthony Terpiloff

Director: Charles Crichton

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 14 December 1973

 

40. Zeke's Blues

Treacherous notes are played by a pianist friend when he meets up again with Harry Rule.

Guest Starring: Shane Rimmer (Zeke), Paul Curran (Kasankas), Ray Lonnen (Patrick), Jackie Leapman (Fred), Donald Webster (George), Graham Weston (Max), James Ottaway (Bradley).

Writer: Shane Rimmer

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 21 December 1973

 

41. Lena

The Protectors take a hand when a girl journalist faces danger while seeking evidence to expose a ruthless politician in Venice.

Guest Starring: Judy Parfitt (Lena), John Thaw (Mauro Carpiano), Mario Depita (Pursuer), Roger Lloyd Pack (Russi), Terry Plummer (Gunman), Judi Bloom (Maria Russi), Alexander Borin (Vendor), Miki Iveria (Helen Morleiter), Leo Dolan (Barman), Frederick Peisley (Paolo Morleiter).

Writer: Trevor Preston

Director: Don Leaver

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 28 December 1973

 

42. The Bridge

Misplaced idealism spells danger for an abducted girl, a special envoy, and for Protector Harry Rule when he has to masquerade as an explosives expert.

Guest Starring: Richard Morant (David Mitchell), Michael Goodliffe (De Santos), James Maxwell (Mitchell), Diana Quick (Anna de Santos) Christopher Mitchell (Juan), David Mayberry (Carlos).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 4 January 1974

 

43. Sugar and Spice

Threats to an industrialist’s schoolgirl daughter lead to an abduction on their own part by Harry and the Contessa.

Guest Starring: Debbie Russ (Vicky Standish), Derek Anders (Manning), Phil Woods (Colson), Norman Ettlinger (Sir Charles Standish), John Normington (Brian Dukes), Cicely Paget-Bowman (Headmistress), Shane Shelton (Kruger), Gerry Crampton (John Barnes).

Writer: David Butler

Director: Charles Crichton

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 11 January 1974

 

44. Burning Bush

Harry enters the strange world of the supernatural when a Canadian heiress disappears while in London.

Guest Starring: Sinead Cusack (Anne Ferris) and Ken Hutchinson (Mark Jenner), Madge Ryan (Mrs Apsimon), Anthony Steel (Adam Ferris).

Writer: Trevor Preston

Director: Don Leaver

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 18 January 1974

 

45. The Tiger and the Goat

The Contessa finds herself in the centre of a deadly plot, the game being played out like an Indian tiger hunt, with the Contessa staked out to lure the tiger into the hunters’ guns.

Guest Starring: Douglas Wilmer (Commander Whiting), Derek Godfrey (David Barsella), Derek Newark (Reece), Drewe Henley (Clarke), Neville Hughes (Ibbett), Max Faulkner (Jarman), Doug Fisher (Tom Watt).

Writer: Trevor Preston

Director: Jeremy Summers

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 25 January 1974

 

46. Route 27

Harry rule follows a drug-running trail – with its climax at a large brewery harbour.

Guest Starring: Michael Coles (Sandven), Jeremy Wilkin (Inspector Lars Bergen), Virginia Wetherell (Nurse), Christopher Masters (Doctor), Carl Bohun (Revell), Dan Meaden (Lendrop), Terry Richards (Detective), Norman Beaton (Chauffeur), Andrew Burleigh (Bell Boy).

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: Don Leaver

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 1 February 1974

 

47. Trial

Interfering with the course of justice is a dangerous business – especially when it is an attempt to murder the judge.

Guest Starring: Joss Ackland (Arthur Gordon), Gwen Cheryl (Anne Gordon), Richard Hurndall (Justice Cronin), John Ringham (Prosecuting Counsel), Margaret John (Nurse), Fred McNaughton (Gardener), Sally James (Secretary), Graham Ashley (Police Inspector).

Writer: Robert Banks Stewart

Director: Charles Crichton

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 8 February 1974

 

48. Shadbolt

Shadbolt is a killer. A cold, calculating professional. He often never meets the people he works for, and doesn’t know his victims. He doesn’t know Harry Rule, but is paid to kill him, and has photographs to identify him on the train to London.

Guest Starring: Tom Bell (Shadbolt), Georgina Hale (The Girl), Stanley Stewart (Police Inspector), Neville Barber (Attendant).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: John Hough

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 15 February 1974

 

49. A Pocketful of Posies

Terror strikes a famous singer when it appears that her mind is going. Strange things begin to happen to her...

Guest Starring: Eartha Kitt (Carrie Blaine), Kieron Moore (Mario Toza), Terry Cantor (Joe), Bernard Kay (Philip Bentley),  Kate O'Mara (Sara Trent), Gretchen Franklin (Nelly Baxter), John Law (Theatre Doctor), Michael Lees (Consultant), Jon Croft (reporter).

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: Cyril Frankel

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 22 February 1974

 

50. Wheels

Harry investigates a series of murders of wealthy men via taking part in a motor rally, and learns of an elaborate inheritance scheme...

Guest Starring: Dinsdale Landen (Manning), George Pravda (Sneider), Robert Coleby (Anton).

Writer: Tony Barwick

Director: David Tomblin

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 1 March 1974

 

51. The Insider

The Protectors take positive action in a negative mystery – a film has been stolen.

Guest Starring: Stuart Wilson (Smith), Tim Pearce (Editor), Donald Hewlett (Chambers), Alison Griffin (Secretary), Alf Costa (Chauffeur), Alf Joint (Taxi Driver).

Writer: Trevor Preston

Director: Don Leaver

ORIGINAL ATV TRANSMISSION: 8 March 1974

 

52. Blockbuster

Platinum possesses some unusual qualities, but how can a load of it be made to disappear easily? The Protectors probe a series of unusual robberies...

Guest Starring: Peter Jeffrey (Police Inspector), Stanley Meadows (Birch), Christopher Neame (Bailey), Maurice O'Connell (Slater), Eric Dodson (Doyle), Raymond Skipp (Barney), Ron Pember (Workman), Paul Antrim (Policeman).

Writer: Shane Rimmer

Director: Jeremy Summers

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