From Season 1

Season 1 of The Protectors

The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1: Conclusion

We have made it to the end of Season 1 of The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Hannah Weinstein (she’s rad) had approached Lew Grade with the big plans for a series based upon the legend of Robin Loxley aka Robin Hood. The show was quickly picked up for both the UK and the USA television markets.

In 1955, this show full of left wingers and blacklisted writers from the US is distributed by ITC Entertainment was a hit both sides of the Atlantic. This success triggered the green light for other series to be created such as The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, The Buccaneers, Sword of Freedom and The Four Just Men.

Richard Greene plays the lead role of Robin Hood joined along other notable actors like Alan Wheatley, Archie Duncan, Ronald Howard and later Paul Eddington. The Adventures of Robin Hood has an excellent record for cameos from up and coming actors that we would know from more popular movies and television series.

Season 1 is 39 episodes long, which sets the tone for the series and begins to build up the storyline for Robin Hood, his Outlaws and the other antagonists cast. We meet Robin Hood and start to see his transition into the fellow villagers trust and then into their hearts as a champion against Prince John, the crafty Sheriff of Nottingham and yes the minions.

Season 2 is soon to pop out its head with the ongoing saga of Medieval England life in Nottinghamshire butted against the tyranny of Prince John.

The Protectors Season 1 Episode 26: A Case for the Right

A Case For The Right Title Shot

Harry finds himself attached to a briefcase that is ticking. He was tricked away from the real package that was to be sent to Prince Carpiano. The old rich society of Rome are invited to a costume party that is cover for something else. Harry and the Contessa infiltrates the party to see what hate could be stirring amongst the people.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is the last of the Protectors first season. After 26 episodes they will continue their escapades around the world. This story is not a very strong ending to the season but like previous episodes provides some nostalgic views of Rome. It is easy to see why audiences loved the show. I will leave this episode a mystery except it involves an old italian prince and some facist leaning elite and is definitely aptly named.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 30 March 1973

Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Written by Jesse Lasky Jr.Pat Lasky

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Suki- Yasuko Nagazumi

Chino- Anthony Chinn

Prince Carpiano- Milo O’Shea

Fabrizzio- Jacques Sernas

Extremist Officer- Jeffrey Segal

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 25: The First Circle

The First Circle Title Shot

A war damaged army man named Hunter is terrorising the army base. His hallucinations are taking him back to vietnam but is really back home in a state side military base. Harry is called in to defuse the situation but harry knows far too well that this will be an extremely difficult job. He must attempt to trick Hunter into believing that he is with him along with his hallucinations and manipulate him into giving himself up. Harry wants to bring Hunter back into safety but is afraid his madness may have taken him completely over and he may be right. As Hunter tries to make his escape from the base being attacked by the Vietnamese, Harry must try to bring him back to his wife safe and sound and bring peace to the army base.

Personal Synopsis

A telling story of the effect of military service during a war. The character played by John Collin has suffered PTS and has gone off his head. This story is all too true for ex-soldiers and their families, because sometimes the war doesn’t really stop or go away. A good show and is worth the watch.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 23 March 1973

Directed by Don Chaffey

Written by Tony Barwick

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Security Man- Frederick Bennett

Slade- John Collin

Policeman- George Roubicek

Colonel John Hunter- Ed Bishop

Mrs. Hunter- Sally Bazely

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 24: It Could Be Practically Anywhere on the Island

It Could Be Practically Anywhere On The Island Title Shot

A young American actress arrives at a Hotel when her poodle is stolen from her in the lobby.  Harry was nearby and decides to help the actress. The dog thieves have taken the dog as a carrier of some important microfilm but their own bumbling causes trouble for themselves. Harry finds the thieves but they point him in the direction of an even greater problem that Harry will have to face.

Personal Synopsis

A goofy episode directed by Robert Vaughn himself and it shows. There are some great characters in this show such as Michael Da Costa as a over the top hotel manager and Sherwood Price as a bumbling low level crook worried about his hair. The episode ends with a “were having fun” concept where everyone ends in the pool. You could miss this episode but was still fun to watch just for the laughs.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 16 March 1973

Directed by Robert Vaughn

Written by Tony Barwick

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Felix Costa- Sherwood Price

Linda McCall- Linda Staab

Mary Laroche- Madeleine Hinde

Hotel Man- Michael Da Costa

Bartender- Peter Fontaine

Johnathan P. Hacket- Dervis Ward

Joe Flynn- Vernon Dobtcheff

Mrs. Hacket- Wendy Hutchinson

Doctor- David Glover

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 23: Your Witness

Your Witness Title Shot

Gunshots ring out at the Paris airport, the target an important witness that Harry has to guard. There is a trial for a murder where there was only one witness to the crime. It is a massive effort to keep the witness from harm but to no avail. The search is on for the kidnapped witness and the men behind her capture. The twist comes all the way back to the beginning for why the Protectors were hired.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is about a robbery that one of the thieves tries to frame the accomplice to keep the whole take. The storyline is nothing new to crime fiction but I did enjoy the premise, especially with the scenes from 1970’s Paris. Also the continuity is funny in this series because a supposed “Protector” is also a crook in another episode. Nonetheless a good watch.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 9 March 1973

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Written by Donald James

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Chino- Anthony Chinn

Chrissie- Stephanie Beacham

George Dixon- George Baker

Monique- Judith Arthy

Bayard- Georges Lambert

Barman- Gordon Sterne

Croupier- Hugo De Vernier

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The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete