The Sentimental Agent Episode 2: The Beneficiary

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Carlos gets a call from an old friend named Farrell, when the phone line goes dead he suspects foul play. Upon his arrival he is faced with a reminder of his past and a future under suspicion by greedy unsavories. Carlos is believed to possess a missing key to a safe deposit box owned by Farrell which has some substantial secrets inside. There are many faces around but very few trustworthy for Carlos to depend on since he is Farrell’s beneficiary.

Personal Synopsis

A slowly built up storyline of an old wartime friend and a specific symbol of that friendship playing a strong role in this episode. The Sentimental Agent’s charisma and extensive knowledge allows him to stay safe even when greedy villains are all around him. This episode has a couple of guest appearances that peak my interest such as Aubrey Morris and Derek Francis, both being throughout their careers stereotypical criminal types.

Original Air-Date: Oct 5th 1963

Directed by John Paddy Carstairs

Written by Julian Bond

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Anna- Lobna Abdel Aziz

Klaus- Derek Francis

Rattan- Aubrey Morris

Santos- Michael Godfrey

Bank Manager- Robert Rietty

Farell- Bill Mitchell

Hotel Clerk- Artro Morris

Bank Attendant- David Graham

Croupier- Andre Charisse

Fred- Wilfred Grove

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 1: All That Jazz

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A jazz group the Arthur Rogers Modern Jazz Quintet are having their London debut. They are frustrated that the compositions they play are organised already for them for their shows. The mysterious band manager provides the compositions and often with very little time beforehand. Carlos Varela stumbles across the hidden reason for these songs being curated for the band, it may have something to do with the important people attending the concerts.

Personal Synopsis

Off the banks of the Thames near the Wharf Pier lies Mercury International where Carlos Varela begins his story in this series. Carlos’s intelligence and charm plays to his spy-like coolness and bachelor style all make this character a great cover for whatever he is up to. This first episode sets the scene for a series of mysterious and chivalrous action.

Original Air-Date: September 28th 1963

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Julian Bond

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Major Nelson- Anthony Bushell

Stirink- Peter Arne

Sarah- Anneke Wills

Tania- Dora Reisser

Bill- Riggs O’Hara

Art- Jeremy Bulloch

Mooney- Hugh Futcher

Leavis- Stewart Guidotti

Wilson- James Luck

Piano Tuner- Tony Quinn

Inspector Shaunnesy- David Blake Kelly

Special Branch Man- Brian Cant

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 39: Carlotta

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Little John is smitten by the charming Carlotta, so much so that he begins to neglect his merry men duties. She is a dancer and is here from London to perform for the locals, especially the Sheriff. Obviously Robin and the Merry men have doubts of her intentions with Little John so they decide to test her.

Personal Synopsis

The second season of The Adventures of Robin Hood comes to an end with a tale of love or so it would seem. Little John often plays his role within the outlaws as the strong-man dedicated and committed to Robin Hood. This episode exposes that even the merry men are susceptible to their own human urges. Luckily Robin’s trust of Little John did not extend to the love of his life Carlotta.

Original Air-Date: June 24th 1957

Directed by Anthony Squire

Written by Basil Dawson

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Carlotta- Jennifer Jayne

Joan- Simone Lovell

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Sheriff’s Lieutenant- Max Faulkner

Outlaw- Ronald Hines

Man-at-arms- Terry Yorke

 

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 38: The Road in the Air

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Sir William is imposing a toll on anyone using the road on his land to reach Tom the millers mill. Most villagers cannot pay the toll so will have to find other mills for their grains. Tom the miller is faced with a hard decision, sell the mill to Sir William or defiantly oppose this cheap blackmail trick.

 

Personal Synopsis

How could you make bread without a mill to grind your grain? Throughout human history this could of meant the end however this tale includes a Robin Hood. Tom the miller must find a way to get around the efforts of the greedy Sir Williams to take over his mill. Entails is a high flying grinding adventure.

Original Air-Date: June 17th 1957

Directed by Robert Day

Written by Carol Warner Gluck

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Little John- Archie Duncan

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Sir William- Laurence Hardy

Claude the Senechal- Nigel Davenport

Notary- Ronald Hines

Hugh- Arthur Skinner

Andrew- Graham Stewart

Derwent- Victor Woolf

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 37: The Path of True Love

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Being nostalgic about their young love, Robin and Maid Marian head to Loxley, Upon the view of Robins rightful land they spot a fire which is burning the house of Old Martin. Sir Charles who has taken over Loxley is held by law to give the towns people their land after 3 years of service as stipulated in Robins fathers will. However Sir Charles does not want to comply but will have to if all the requirements are met by the townspeople. But time is nearly up for them to clean up.

Personal Synopsis

 Robin Hood is struck by Sir Charles`s disregard for the law and furthermore his father’s will. The townspeople hold on to a promise made by Robin’s father to give land in lieu of services to the lands of the Loxleys. Instead of fighting in the traditional sense Robin sees his only chance to help is through the law. Lionel Jefferies plays the role of Sir Charles masterfully as he does with every role I have ever seen him in.

Original Air-Date: June 10th 1957

Directed by Terence Fisher

Written by Basil Dawson

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Sir Charles- Lionel Jeffries

Master Ricardo of Lincoln- Hal Osmond

Hereward- Ronald Hines

Old Martin- Max Faulkner

Barty- Nigel Davenport

Town Crier- Graham Stewart

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