The Protectors (Series Two)

Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet continue to lead The Protectors international detective organisation.

Group Three/ITC

Produced: 1972-73

First UK broadcast: 12th May 1973

26 episodes x 25 minutes

Producers: Gerry Anderson and Reg Hill

Associate Producer: Desmond Saunders

Directors: John Hough, Jeremy Summers, Don LeaverMichael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Crichton, Cyril Frankel and David Tomblin

Director of Photography: Brendan J. Stafford BSC and Frank Watts BSC

Art Director: Bob Bell

Script Editor: Tony Barwick

Music Composed and Directed by John Cameron

Theme Music and Lyrics by Mitch Murray and Peter Callender

Episodes List
1 Bagman

Wealthy widow Gudren Andersen contacts Harry and Caroline when she receives a call from Christian Janson demanding one million krone in return for her daughter Evi, being held hostage in a disused island fort. Harry and Caroline take the ransom money to an arranged rendezvous at a derelict house on the coast road to Elsinore, but the exchange is interrupted when a policeman named Hansen arrives asking what they are doing on private property. After he leaves, Harry and Caroline find a note left on their car giving the location of a new rendezvous and Harry realises that Jansen plans to send them

running all over Copenhagen so that they are unable to set a trap for him…

Screenplay by Terry Nation

Directed by John Hough

Additional Cast:

  • Christian Jansen Stephan Chase
  • Gudren Andersen Patricia Haines
  • Evi Andersen Lalla Ward
  • Hansen Oliver Ford-Davies
  • Davidson Paul Dawkins
  • Beck Karl Ahlefeldt
  • Waiter Gert Thynov

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 12th May 1973 5.45pm (LWT)

2 The Bridge

Anna De Santos has been abducted by David Mitchell, the son of one of her father’s closest friends. Señor De Santos calls in the Contessa who meets Mitchell at a cuevas in Madrid, where she learns that his ransom demands are $10 million plus explosives and someone who knows how to handle them. Masquerading as a ruthless mercenary and explosives expert, Harry delivers the ransom and is taken to a villa outside Madrid where Anna is being held captive. There, Harry learns that Mitchell plans to assassinate America’s special envoy during a fact-finding tour by detonating the explosives under the bridge at Diaganda while the envoy’s car is crossing it…

Screenplay by Tony Barwick

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Additional Cast:

  • David Mitchell Richard Morant
  • De Santos Michael Goodliffe
  • Mitchell James Maxwell
  • Anna De Santos Diana Quick
  • Juan Christopher Mitchell
  • Carlos David Mayberry

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 14th September 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

3 Fighting Fund

The Marquesa Visconti and her antiquities preservation society have received film of an audacious art theft by the members of Red Army Group C. The thieves have issued instructions for an auction of the art treasures, threatening that the lots will be destroyed if the police are informed. Harry and Caroline attend the auction at the address detailed in the instructions, only to find that they must bid by radio, competing against bidders at addresses all over Rome. Caroline joins the bidding to stall the auction long enough for Harry and the police to pinpoint the source of the auctioneer’s signal, but as they close in on an apartment at the Calle di Santa Monica, the auction is suddenly terminated…

Screenplay by John Kruse

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Additional Cast:

  • Marquesa Visconti Lisa Daniely
  • Leo David Suchet
  • Vincenzo Ben Howard
  • Dr Bianco Mischa De La Matte
  • Bishop Hugh Morton
  • Professor Williams Jack Lynn
  • Principessa Lilli Gladys Spencer
  • Police Captain Gino Melvazzi
  • Bank Manager Sal Pantelone

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 16th June 1973 6.35pm (LWT)

4 Quin

The Protectors have been retained by Laura Sutton to find her missing brother Jimmy, recruited in Marseilles 19 months ago by Quin, an international mercenary who has made a fortune out of war, genocide and political expediency. After two months, their search for Quin has brought them to Madrid where Harry is taken to a meeting with Quin’s associate Garcia at Las Ventas bullring. Explaining that he has a proposition for Quin, Harry is later taken to a deserted cuevas beneath the Plaza Mayor where another of Quin’s associates, Allen, bundles him into a car. Caroline attempts to follow in a taxi, but she loses him when the road is suddenly blocked by a truck…

Screenplay by Trevor Preston

Directed by Don Leaver

Additional Cast:

  • Quin Peter Vaughan
  • Allen Brian Glover
  • Paco Henry Woolf
  • Garcia Anthony Langdon
  • Maxwell Tristan Rogers
  • Waiter Jesus Suzman
  • Taxi Driver Luis Bar Boo

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 7th April 1973 5.45pm (LWT)

5 Lena

Caroline’s friend Lena Haydon is a journalist intent on exposing Italian politician Mauro Carpiano as a man so ruthless that he murdered his own father, Antonio, in order to inherit his wealth. Lena is trying to track down Antonio’s close friend Paolo Morleiter, whom she believes is in hiding after faking his own death. Her contact Russi is badly beaten up by Carpiano’s men but he agrees to help her find Morleiter and sends word for her to meet a man named Carlo in a disused glass factory on the island of Murano. During a trip to Torcello with Harry and Caroline, Lena stops off at Murano, but she finds Carlo dead and Harry is attacked by the assassin in the factory shower room…

Screenplay by Trevor Preston

Directed by Don Leaver

Additional Cast:

  • Lena Haydon Judy Parfitt
  • Mauro Carpiano John Thaw
  • Russi Roger Lloyd Pack
  • Maria Rossi Judi Bloom
  • Paolo Morleiter Frederick Peisley
  • Helena Morleiter Miki Iveria
  • Pursuer Mario Depita
  • Gunman Terry Plummer
  • Vendor Alexander Bron
  • Barman Leo Dolan

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 5th October 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

6 Goodbye George

American millionaire Cedric Parton retains Caroline to find out why his son Caspar, living as an artist in Venice, has suddenly started drawing large sums of money from an account that his late mother left him. Suspecting that Caspar is being blackmailed, she masquerades as an interested art buyer to question him about his close friend George Milworth who seems to have gone missing, but Caspar denies any knowledge of George’s whereabouts. Then Caroline trails Caspar as he makes another cash withdrawal from his account and passes it to a woman at a meeting in the Piazza San Marco…

Screenplay by Bolan Clemens

Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Additional Cast:

  • George Milworth Paul Jones
  • Maria Milworth Geraldine Moffatt
  • Barney Mailer Barry Keegan
  • Cedric Parton Lionel Mutton
  • Policeman Arnold Diamond
  • Bank Teller Paul McDowell
  • Intruder Malcolm Hayes

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 7th July 1973 6.05pm (LWT)

7 Implicado

Teenager Stephen Douglas waits in the car while his friend Raphael Santana receives a consignment of drugs on a building site in Madrid. Later, Santana plants the drugs in Stephen’s bag during a police raid at the Cafeteria Palma Real and Stephen is imprisoned on possession charges. Stephen’s mother asks Caroline to investigate the case and Stephen protests his innocence when she visits him in prison. Paul learns from the waiter at the café that Santana is the true culprit but when he introduces himself to Santana as a friend of Stephen’s, he comes under fire from Santana and his colleagues…

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Screenplay by Tony Barwick

Additional Cast:

  • Raphael Santana Patrick Mower
  • Stephen Douglas Peter Firth
  • Mrs Douglas Ruth Trouncer
  • Dr Dove Neil Hallett
  • Patron Pat La Touche
  • Jacques Aldo Sanbrell
  • Waiter Carl Forgione
  • Policeman at Café Stephen Greif
  • Assassin Ron Eagleton

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 11th August 1973 6.05pm (LWT)

8 The Last Frontier

Dr Irena Gayevska, the USSR’s leading nuclear scientist, has been selected to chair the first international conference of Medicine for Peace in Salzburg. British junior minister John Eastbrook hires the Protectors to facilitate Irena’s defection to London where she can marry him, so Harry develops an elaborate escape plan. During an official party for the conference delegates at Anif Castle, Paul distracts the guards by appearing to escape across the castle moat with Irena in a motor boat, thereby enabling Caroline and Irena to simply walk out through the main gate. But as they catch a flight to London, Harry suspects that Eastbrook may not have told them the whole truth about Irena’s defection…

Directed by Charles Crichton

Screenplay by Jean Morris

Additional Cast:

  • Dr Irena Petrovna Gayevska Hildegard Neil
  • John Eastbrook William Lucas
  • Zhukov Yuri Borienko
  • Jones Peter Collier
  • British Delegate Dennis Clinton
  • Magda Manuela Renard
  • Liz Joanna Lumley

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 23rd June 1973 6.35pm (LWT)

9 Baubles Bangles And Beads

A gang of jewel thieves are double-crossed when their colleague Bergen makes off with the Malvern collection after staging an ambush outside Copenhagen. The collection’s insurers receive an offer to return the jewels for ten per cent of the insurance value so Harry and Caroline are retained to deliver the payoff. Bergen has been badly injured by gunfire but is assisted by his daughter Katie, who meets Harry and Caroline at Kronborg Castle to issue instructions for the exchange. When she returns to the house where her father is in hiding, Katie is followed by one of the members of Bergen’s gang…

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Screenplay by Terry Nation

Additional Cast:

  • Bergen Frederick Jaeger
  • Katie Bergen Yvonne Antrobus
  • Insurance Executive John Barron
  • Motorcyclist Andrew Bradford
  • Gang Peter Porteous, Martin Grace and Robert Russell
  • Car Hire Receptionist Jacqueline Stanbury
  • Miss Hansen Paula Patterson

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 30th June 1973 6.35pm (LWT)

10 Petard

Industrial espionage has already cost the IMA company over £2 million and managing director Wyatt is determined to prevent details of their new detergent being leaked to rival company Universal before the product is launched. Harry joins the company as a consultant with Caroline acting as his secretary. They bring in electronics expert Ludo Jones, who quickly discovers that the IMA offices are being bugged. He traces the source of the signals to a nearby office block, but industrial spies Scudder and Conway have vacated the premises by the time Paul gets there… .

Screenplay by Tony Barwick

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Additional Cast:

  • Wyatt Iain Cuthbertson
  • Alec Weston Cyril Luckham
  • Scudder Mark Jones
  • Ludo Jones John Kane
  • Charles Singleton Basil Dignam
  • Linda Grant Angela Douglas
  • David Lee Ralph Bates
  • David Cameron Clinton Greyn
  • Conway Milton Johns
  • Cleaner Carmel McSharry
  • Night Security Man Lewis Wilson

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 9th June 1973 6.35pm (LWT)

11 Burning Bush

Retained by millionaire Adam Ferris to find his daughter Anne, Harry and Paul have discovered that she has joined a religious community in London led by the mysterious Mrs Apsimon, a medium and spiritualist preacher. Ferris goes to the order’s premises but Anne begs him to leave her alone and Ferris becomes convinced that she has been brainwashed so that she will sign a will leaving all her money to Mrs Apsimon. To find out if this is so, Harry poses as a homeless alcoholic who is taken in as a probationary member of the community. Once inside, he witnesses a strange ceremony in which Mrs. Apsimon appears to become possessed by the spirit of Anne’s dead mother…

Screenplay by Trevor Preston

Directed by Don Leaver

Additional Cast:

  • Anne Ferris Sindbad Cusack
  • Mark Jenner Ken Hutchison
  • Mrs Apsimon Madge Ryan
  • Adam Ferris Anthony Steel

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 12th October 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

12 Border Line

Actress Ilona Tabori has been refused permission to bury her father Janos, a Hungarian freedom tighter, in his home country so she turns to the Protectors to help her smuggle the body into Hungary for a private ceremony. Harry agrees only on the condition that there will be no publicity or political speeches at the burial service, as this could jeopardise their safe return. After they arrive in Salzburg, Tabori’s coffin is hidden in the boot of the Contessa’s new Mercedes and Harry and Caroline meet Tabori’s old friend Zoltan Kolas, who initially misunderstands their intentions for Tabori’s body. The next morning, Harry and Ilona set off for the Hungarian border but when they get there, the border guards insist on seeing inside the boot of the Mercedes…

Screenplay by Anthony Terpiloff

Directed by Charles Crichton

Additional Cast:

  • Ilona Tabori Georgia Brown
  • Zoltan Kolas Oscar Homolka
  • Gerald Marks Jon Laurimore
  • Customs Official David Allister
  • Hungarian Border Guards Gabor Vernon and Petar Vidovic
  • Hungarian Peasant Woman Elizabeth Balogh

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 21st July 1973 6.05pm (LWT)

13 WAM Part One

Monica Davies’s father believes that she has fallen in with bad company and is involved in some sort of racket after she has told him that she will soon have all the money she will ever need. Paul follows Monica to Victoria Station where she changes into hippy clothes before boarding a train to Vienna. Then Harry tails her from Vienna as she hitch-hikes to Salzburg and checks into the city’s most expensive hotel. While Paul follows Monica to a shop where she buys a tape recorder, Caroline searches her hotel room and finds a note that reads, “Thanks for the goodies – WAM is on.” But what is WAM?

Screenplay by Tony Berwick

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Additional Cast:

  • William Arthur McKay Prentis Hancock
  • Monica Davies Jill Townsend
  • Davies Michael Glover
  • Attendant Rudolf Barry
  • Official John Herrington
  • Manager Bert Fortell

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 28th July 1973 6.05pm (LWT)

14 WAM Part Two

Unknown to those at the base of the mountain, the appearance of armed hi-jackers holding tourists at gunpoint on the plateau is being cleverly faked by one man, William Arthur McKay, who makes a ransom demand for $10 million. Commissioner Braun suspects that the whole thing is a bluff, but McKay uses Monica’s taped performance as a frightened hostage to convince him to pay the ransom. After the money is collected by Monica, McKay reveals the con and the tourists are released, but Harry realises that the hi-jacker must be among those on board the cable car when it arrives at the terminus…

Screenplay by Tony Barwick

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Additional Cast:

  • William Arthur McKay Prentis Hancock
  • Monica Davies Jill Townsend
  • Commissioner Braun Olaf Pooley
  • Inspector Luhrs Michael Sheard
  • Attendant/Official Rudolf Barry

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 4th August 1973 6.05pm (LWT)

15 Dragon Chase

London publisher Lockier has smuggled Russian writer Nickolai Ivanov into Britain to enable him to write his new book about Soviet politics free from interference. Harry is safeguarding Nickolai at Lockier’s country house Dragon Chase when a group of students, led by their Marxist political science tutor Devlin, barge in and kidnap them both, imprisoning them aboard a barge. Caroline arrives at the house the next morning to find it deserted but when Lockier returns and realises what has happened, he throws her out. However, she recognises that Lockier deduced who was responsible as soon as he saw that his dog had been fed, so she and Paul tail him to Oxford…

Screenplay by John Kruse

Directed by Charles Crichton

Additional Cast:

  • Lockier Donald Houston
  • Nickolai Ivanov William Dexter
  • Devlin Kenneth Colley
  • Peter Lockier Bruce Robinson
  • KGB Agent Richard Marner
  • Jennie Rowan Mary Larkin
  • Jasper Pollard Jack Galloway
  • Mike Gary Hamilton
  • Stage Door Keeper Norman Atkyns

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 19th October 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

16 Zeke's Blues

Harry collects Caroline from the Cunter Hotel to go and see his old college friend Zeke Daley, who is performing as the pianist at the Condor Club off Old Compton Street in London. As they leave the club after Zeke’s final set, a car tries to run Zeke down in the street, but he brushes the incident off as an accident. Harry invites Zeke to stay with him at his apartment, but something is clearly preying on Zeke’s mind. The owner of the Condor Club, Kasankas, has paid off a large debt for Zeke, so the pianist is obliged to cooperate when Kasankas orders him to place a homing device on Harry’s Jensen, leading Kasankas to where his former book-keeper Bradley is in hiding…

Screenplay by Shane Rimmer

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Additional Cast:

  • Zeke Daley Shane Rimmer
  • Kasankas Paul Curran
  • Patrick Ray Lonnen
  • Fred Jackie Leapman
  • George Donald Webster
  • Max Graham Weston
  • Bradley James Ottaway

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 28th September 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

17 Decoy

Harry receives a coded message from private investigator Jerry Butler, inviting Harry to join him in Venice. During the flight to Italy, Harry explains to Caroline that Butler is on the trail of the Mulhaney diamonds, stolen in an armed raid in 1967 by Butler’s best friend Nick Archer, who was killed in an explosion during the raid. However, by the time they arrive at his hotel, Butler has been assassinated. Then Harry is approached by a man named Marcus who claims to have information about who killed Butler and why, but he leads Harry to a derelict house where he is attacked and left for dead…

Screenplay by Brian Clemens

Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Additional Cast:

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

UK Broadcast Premiere: Saturday, 14th July 1973 6.05pm (LWT)

18 A Pocketful Of Posies

As she prepares for an important comeback performance, international singing star Carrie Blaine is terrorised in her own home by a series of strange incidents which appear to be some sort of hallucinations. Her husband Mario Toza fears that she is losing her sanity and this appears to be confirmed when Harry fails to find any evidence that Carrie is in any physical danger. Then Harry notices that the contents of Carrie’s coffee cup have solidified into a gel and when he has them analysed, he discovers that Carrie has been drugged by stimulants which can induce hallucinations…

Screenplay by Terry Nation

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Additional Cast:

  • Carrie Blaine Eartha Kitt
  • Mario Toza Kieron Moore
  • Philip Bentley Bernard Kay
  • Sara Trent Kate O’Mara
  • Joe Terry Cantor
  • Nelly Baxter Gretchen Franklin
  • Theatre Doctor John Law
  • Consultant Michael Lees
  • Reporter Jon Croft

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 22nd February 1974 7.00pm (ATV)

19 Shadbolt

Professional hitman Shadbolt receives notification of his next contract together with a train ticket. His target is Harry Rule, who is travelling on the same train from Waverley Station, Edinburgh to King’s Cross, London. Shadbolt strikes up a conversation with Amelia Benwell, a librarian travelling in his first-class compartment, but she rejects his advances and leaves the train at Retford. There, Shadbolt finds an envelope waiting for him which contains his payment and instructions to proceed with the contract. As the train sets off again, he joins Harry in his compartment and holds him at gunpoint…

Screenplay by Tony Barwick

Directed by John Hough

Additional Cast:

  • Shadbolt Tom Bell
  • Amelia Benwell Georgina Hale
  • Police Inspector Stanley Stewart
  • Attendant Neville Barber

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 16th November 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

20 Sugar And Spice

Industrialist Sir Charles Standish hires the Protectors to safeguard his ten-year-old daughter Vicky for six days, as his competitors have threatened her life if he proceeds with a series of international mergers. Vicky must not know that she is in danger, so Harry takes her out of school on the pretext of providing her with special history tuition. With Harry posing as a tutor, Paul as a chauffeur and Caroline as the housekeeper, Vicky is taken to a remote farmhouse, but the Contessa discovers a homing device attached to Vicky’s bag and the farmhouse soon comes under siege from a group of assassins…

Screenplay by David Butler

Directed by Charles Crichton

Additional Cast:

  • Vicky Standish Debbie Russ
  • Manning Derek Anders
  • Colson Phil Woods
  • Sir Charles Standish Norman Ettlinger
  • Brian Dukes John Normington
  • Headmistress Cicely Paget-Bowman
  • Kruger Shane Shelton
  • Barnes Gerry Crampton

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 21st September 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

21 Blockbuster

Harry accepts an assignment from Ben Doyle whose security firm faces bankruptcy after a series of van hi-jackings in which the thieves have escaped with shipments of platinum. After the latest robbery the previous day, the police have cordoned off the entire area, but there is no sign of Doyle’s distinctive blue van. Harry visits Bailey’s Car Breakers on Thames Street and although owner Glen Bailey is uncooperative, Harry learns that a van was crushed there the previous day, although it was white, not blue. Then the Police Inspector in charge of the case confirms that a witness saw the van being resprayed white after the robbery, but there is still no indication as to what has become of the platinum…

Screenplay by Shane Rimmer

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Additional Cast:

  • Police Inspector Peter Jeffrey
  • Birch Stanley Meadows
  • Glen Bailey Christopher Neame
  • Slater Maurice O’Connell
  • Doyle Esc Dodson
  • Barney Raymond Skipp
  • Workman Ron Pember
  • Policeman Paul Antrim

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 15th March 1974 7.00pm (ATV)

22 Wheels

A dispatch case containing confidential details of numbered Swiss bank accounts has been obtained by Manning who offers to return it for $2 million. To enable a consortium of Swiss banks to confirm which accounts are affected and then expose Manning’s contact in Switzerland the Protectors are assigned to acquire the case and photograph the contents without Manning’s knowledge. Harry plans to break into Manning’s safe, switch the case with an identical one and then replace the original in Manning’s car as he drives to a rendezvous with consortium representative Sneider, but this plan relies on split- second timing and a hair-raising cross-country rally drive against the clock…

Screenplay by Tony Barwick

Directed by David Tomblin

Additional Cast:

  • Manning Dinsdale Landen
  • Sneider George Pravda
  • Anton Robert Coleby

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 1st March 1974 7.00pm (ATV)

23 The Tiger And The Goat

Drawn to a derelict house under false pretences, Caroline meets Commander Whiting of British Intelligence, who questions her about her old friend David Barsella, She tells him that she has not seen Barsella for some time and has no idea where he is. Whiting eventually reveals that Barsella has been working for British Intelligence for the last 12 years and is believed to be the next target of a psychotic assassin who has killed eight experienced agents in the last 20 months. Whiting intends to leak information that Barsella has renewed his relationship with the Contessa so that Caroline can act as bait for the assassin at Harry’s apartment…

Screenplay by Trevor Preston

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Additional Cast:

  • Commander Whiting Douglas Wilmer
  • David Barsella Derek Godfrey
  • Reece Derek Newark
  • Clark Drive Henley
  • Ibbett Neville Hughes
  • Jarman Max Faulkner
  • Tom Watt Doug Fisher

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 26th October 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

24 The Insider

When the master negatives of a new movie are stolen from a film studio and the only print is destroyed by a fire in the editing room, the producer Chambers calls in Harry. As Chambers briefs Harry, a man who calls himself Smith walks into the office, hands over one of the reels and demands £10,000 for each of the ten remaining reels. Harry tries to tail Smith as he leaves, but the man seems to vanish after boarding the elevator. Harry puts together a photo-fit picture of Smith so that Caroline, Paul and other agents can watch for him when he returns for the first instalment of the ransom, but no-one sees him either arrive or leave again after he collects the money from Chambers…

Screenplay by Trevor Preston

Directed by Don Leaver

Additional Cast:

  • Smith Stuart Wilson
  • Chambers Donald Hewlett
  • Editor Tim Pearce
  • Secretary Alison Griffin
  • Chauffeur Alf Costa
  • Taxi Driver Alf Joint

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 8th March 1974 7.00pm (ATV)

25 Trial

Anne Gordon retains the Protectors to find her husband Arthur, who has gone missing. She fears he may be suffering from stress induced by the trial of their son John, who is accused of murder. The trial judge, Justice Cronin, collapsed before his summing-up and is recuperating at a nursing home when Gordon turns up and attacks him. Harry locates Gordon in his local pub where the man reveals his belief that Cronin has been unfairly biased during the trial, but when Harry follows him back to the office of his building firm, Gordon knocks him out and goes into hiding again. Then Harry discovers that Gordon has taken components from the office that will enable him to build a time bomb…

Screenplay by Robert Banks Stewart

Directed by Charles Crichton

Additional Cast:

  • Arthur Gordon Joss Ackland
  • Anne Gordon Gwen Cherrell
  • Justice Cronin Richard Hurndall
  • Prosecuting Council John Ringham
  • John Gordon Paul Kelly
  • Nurse Margaret John
  • Gardener Fred McNaughton
  • Secretary Sally James
  • Police Inspector Graham Ashley

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 9th November 1973 7.00pm (LWT)

26 Route 27

After being found shot and left for dead on a rubbish tip, Harry recovers in hospital, his life saved by a bullet-proof jacket. In the morgue, he identifies the body of drugs courier Leo Cléman and explains to Inspector Bergen how he tailed Cléman from Marseilles along Route 27, a favoured route for smugglers that ends in Copenhagen. Cléman was carrying 40lbs of pure heroin, but shooting broke out when he met the buyer. However, Cléman hid the heroin beforehand and as Harry is the only person who knows where it is, he realises that he must set himself up as a target to learn the identity of the buyer…

Screenplay by Terry Nation

Directed by Don Leaver

Additional Cast:

  • Sandven Michael Coles
  • Inspector Lars Bergen Jeremy Wilkin
  • Nurse Virginia Wetherell
  • Doctor Christopher Masters
  • Revell Carl Bohun
  • Lendrop Dan Meaden
  • Detective Terry Richards
  • Chauffeur Norman Beaton
  • Bell Boy Andrew Burleigh

UK Broadcast Premiere: Friday, 1st February 1974 7.00pm (ATV)

Cast List
Harry Rule Robert Vaughn
Contessa Caroline di Contini Nyree Dawn Porter
Paul Buchet Tony Anholt