The Sentimental Agent Episode 11: The Scroll of Islam

A professor Fletcher and his assistant seeks out Carlos Varela to facilitate some pictures of an ancient Islamic scroll. Carlos’s association with Prince Mahmoud allows him relatively easy access to the scroll and offers to find a way to help them. Through the desert heat, treachery becomes more appealing and Carlos’s reputation is stuck in a sand storm.

Personal Synopsis

Chronically the 11th episode in this series, The Scroll of Islam has Carlos back in the spotlight as the lead of Mercury International.  This desert themed episode, despite the obvious racist undertones, is a departure from the European jet setting locations of the previous episodes but still maintains the overall simplicity of the series.  The scroll of islam ultimately offers a new space in which Carlos can be the main attraction.

Original Air-Date: December 7th 1963

Directed by John Paddy Carstairs

Written by Jack Davies

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Shaw- William Sylvester

Fletcher- Alan Gifford

Sheikh- Patrick Troughton

Mahmoud- Clifford Elkin

Dancer- Lisa Peake

Hanif- John Dimech

Tailor- Frank Thornton

Pilot- Terence Brook

Commissionaire- Joe Enrikie

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 10: Finishing School

Found hands behind her back and gagged, a young lady fearfully tells of the kidnapping of the daughter of a rich texan oil baron. The highly esteemed finishing school’s matron is given the ransom note but instead of talking to the police decides to call a trusted friend, Carlos. Bill Randall is in Carlos’s place and so the race begins to solve kidnapping case.

Personal Synopsis

A classic story of a young woman’s fake kidnapping to escape her destined upbringing procured by her parents. Annette Andre with her odd Texan accent takes advantage of those around her and finds herself in displeasure of what mess she put herself in. The missing Carlos Thompson is still quite obvious as there still is no storyline of Bill Randall’s connection to Mercury International. Perhaps this will come soon.

Original Air-Date: November 30th 1963

Directed by Harry Fine

Written by Betty Paul

Bill Randall- John Turner

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Lady Graffham- Helen Cherry

Philippa- Susan Clark

Betsy Ann- Annette Andre

Chips- Andrew Ray

Caroline- Sonia Fox

Miss Woodfall- Josephine Woodford

Marlow- Michael Forrest

Doctor- Ballard Berkeley

Ling- Robert Lee

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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