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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.