The Sentimental Agent Episode 9: A Very Desirable Plot

The prospects of a sunny beautiful home in the Caribbean isn’t far from most peoples dream home. However when those homes sink deep into the muck troubles arise with the dirty deal land owner. Carlos devices a plan to get back at the greedy developer who sold these plots.

Personal Synopsis

Sunny dreams of a home that become a nightmare as soon as it is time to build those dreams. This episode exposes the grubby land owner who would sell land not fit to hold up the houses Mercury International sold to clients. Diana Rigg, whom you might know as Emma Peel in “The Avengers”, in one of her first times on TV plays the daughter of an angry client and seeks justice.

Original Air-Date: November 23th 1963

Directed by Harry Booth

Written by Brian Clemens

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Colonel Wilde- William Mervyn

Robert Lamont- Paul Maxwell

Francy Wilde- Diana Rigg

Alfie Prentice- David Healy

Betty- Dorothea Phillips

Vincent- Al Mulock

Woman in Plane- Jessie Robins

Hotel Clerk- Donald Sutherland

Stewardess- Jacquie Wallis

 

 

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 8: The Height of Fashion

A shipload has been returned after being refused at its destination. Transturkamania’s calvary  was due to get coats for their horses but after a change in government they no longer need them. Without any way out of this bad deal, Bill Randall tries his salesmanship skills to recoup some of this loss. How can one sell horse coats which do not fit normal horses? If he cannot it will be a royal debacle.

Personal Synopsis

Carlos is off to the USA but business must still go on. Mercury International is entrusted to Bill Randall who must take the lead. In reality, Carlos Thompson who plays the lead of The Sentimental Agent decided he did not want to continue on with the filming schedule along with the tantamount issue of having very little English skills. Nonetheless this episode still shows the ITC production teams were capable of carrying on. One nice benefit of Carlos’s departure is the added screen time of Burt Kwouk and Clemence Bettany, this episode also has an addition of Sue Lloyd a regular ITC actress on this blog.

Original Air-Date: November 16th 1963

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Betty Paul

Bill Randall- John Turner

Victor Frey- Dennis Price

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Jackie- Sue Lloyd

Mr. Fripp- Anton Rodgers

Dr. Abu- Marne Maitland

Sally Clare- Judy Parfitt

Mr. Giddy- Noel Howlett

Miss Smyth Wilberforce- Judith Furse

Anita- Hazel Hughes

Mac- Fred Griffiths

Ship’s Officer- Denys Graham

 

The Sentimental Agent Episode 7: A Little Sweetness and Light

A road accident and death of a long and trusted friend spurs Carlos on a search for what happened on a small Greek island. A new gangster in town is taking over the small islands businesses in deadly ways. Carlos becomes in danger himself as he involves himself in the commerce dealings of the island and its inhabitants. He begins to engage with his old friends to fight against the hold that this racket has put on them.

Personal Synopsis

Carlos’s business started on these kind of small islands and so comes his admiration to the local scene. When a disruption comes to this island, he jumps in to find out what is happening. Im sure that there are plenty of real life examples of isolated towns that become victim to a racket. A Little Sweetness and Light brings to light just the scenario. A highlight for me is Patrick Allen who plays Petrides who acted in a number of ITC shows such as The Champions, The Protectors and The Baron.

Original Air-Date: November 9th 1963

Directed by Harold French

Written by Tudor Gates

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Petrides- Patrick Allen

Melina- Zena Marshall

Ridou- Patrick Newell

Astolat- Martin Miller

Miss Mithras- Eileen Way

Isigonnis- Charles Farrell

Auctioneer- Murray Kash

Andrea- Raymond Ray

Waiter- Louis Mansi

Martis- Andreas Markos

Plessis- Dimitri Andreas

 

The Sentimental Agent Episode 6: Meet My Son, Henry

Henry Jr is the son of a client of Mercury International whose IQ makes him a formidable force amongst the adults. So much so that Varela and Henry find themselves as prey in a hunt for top secret plans.

Personal Synopsis

A smart ass kid whose penchant for information gets him into trouble. Out on the streets of London, Henry becomes sought after by the crooks that stole the top secret plans. This episode has some classic casting in it with ITC regulars Derren Nesbitt and Vladek Sheybal playing what they often played ,the “duped thieves”.

 

Original Air-Date: November 2nd 1963

Directed by John Paddy Carstairs

Written by Lindsay Hardy

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Bill Randall- John Turner

Henry Peabody Sr.- John Phillips

Henry Peabody Jr.- Stephen Loegering

Darrin- Glynn Edwards

Lewis- Derren Nesbitt

Arva- Vladek Sheybal

Bookshop Manager- John Glyn-Jones

Woman in Bookshop- Nancy Seabrooke

Taxi Driver- Howard Douglas

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 5: May the Saints Preserve Us

An interesting opportunity for Carlos arrives from Texas which involves an Irish castle and moonshine.  However the Irish myths and custom agents make this a more challenging proposition.

Personal Synopsis

Who would of thought of moving a castle across an ocean? Of course Carlos is the right import and export agent to make it happen. The fascinating part of this episode to me is the amazingly terrible Texan accents and the deep rooted stereotypes at play in the writing of this show such as a crazed Irish playwright and hard whiskey.

Original Air-Date: October 26th 1963

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Patrick Campbell

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Shelah- Carol Cleveland

Sylvester O’Toole- Brian Phelan

Burke- Patrick McAlinney

Sgt. Dooley- Godfrey Quigley

Larry- Donal Donnelly

Mrs. Moloney- Peggy Marshall

Hogan- Liam Gaffney

Northern Ireland Sgt.- John McCarthy

Labourer- Desmond Perry

Civic Guard- Kevin Flood

Civic Guard- Jerry Sullivan

Civic Guard- David Burke

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