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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.