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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 3: Dead or Alive

The Earl of Bedford demands a log for his fire, the colossal servant brings this massive piece of kindling but then is harassed and humuliated by the Earl. The servant’s rebellious act forces him on the run from the pursuing soldiers. Cornered, the servant strikes a deal for his freedom with the soldiers that have caught up. The deal requires the servant to pursue the outlaw, Robin Hood, in Sherwood Forest. The outlaws see this giant of a man walking through the Forest, so Robin Hood heads out to investigate with unknown consequences to befall him. With a twist of fate, the giant sees the true intentions of the soldiers and the true intentions of Robin Hood.

Personal Synopsis

This episode introduces to the outlaws, Little John and his story about how he became a notorious outlaw himself. The brawny stout Little John is taken to his whits end by the Earl and finally stands up to his master. Of course this mean punishment. Little John escapes but is soon coaxed into becoming bait to arrest an outlaw, any outlaw. On his task, he comes across Robin Hood who tests out his strength and courage against the same men that would claim his freedom but also take it away. Archie Duncan , who plays Little John, is more familiar to me for his role at Inspector Lestraud in the 1954 TV series Sherlock Holmes. He establishes himself as a man worthy of the Lincoln green and yet shows a softer side of this giant man. Back story always helps the development of the character and we shall see how he pans out in the series.

Original Air-Date:  10 October 1955

Directed by Daniel Birt

Written by Eric Heath 

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Earl of Bedford- John Rutland

Countess- Agnes Bernelle

Joan- Simone Lovell

Eric/Outlaw- Gabriel Toyne

Nailer- Willoughby Gray

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Alfred/Squire/Outlaw- Victor Woolf

Little John- Archie Duncan

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The Zoo Gang Season 1 Episode 1: Revenge: Post Dated

A jeweller recognises a customer that is from his past. A past that holds the war, the gestapo and betrayal. Boucher turned over the Zoo Gang some 28 years ago to the Gestapo which resulted in Manouche’s husbands death. The old team comes together to get justice for Claude , Manouches husband, and to put Boucher behind bars for his crimes. A rash of robberies recently broadens the effort to find a connection between Boucher and the recent crimes. The Zoo Gang  begin an elaborate scheme to trick Boucher to be caught red handed for all of his crimes.

Personal Synopsis

A touching start to this 6 episode series. An old team of resistance fighters during World War 2 must come back together to avenge the death of one of their partners. Betrayal is a strong enough motivator to seek justice or create your own especially when it involves a friend or a partner. This episode is well written and enjoyable to watch. The Zoo Gang comes back again to fight crimes and get rewards for capturing wanted criminals, all to fund a hospital.


Original Air-Date:  5 April 1974

Directed by Sidney Hayers

Written by Paul Gallico and Reginald Rose

Thomas ‘The Elephant’ Devon- John Mills

Stephen ‘The Fox’ Halliday- Brian Keith

Manouche ‘The Leopard’ Roget- Lilli Palmer

Alec ‘The Tiger” Marlowe- Barry Morse

Lt. Georges Roget-  Michael Petrovitch

Jill Burton- Seretta Wilson

Chauffeur- Freddy Clarke

Boucher- Walter Gotell

Henry Davis- Robert Henderson

Mrs. Darbot- Betty Lynne

Gallery Guard- Derek Martin

Calvin Smith- Henry McCarthy

Harry Crane- Gordon Tanner

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The Protectors Season 2 Episode 5: Baubles, Bangles and Beads

The Protectors_ Baubles,Bangles and Beads Title Shot

A cunning robbery on the highway with a double cross can only brighten ones spirits.  A large cache of jewels were stolen in this devilish heist so the Protectors are called in to help.  The search is on to find the double crosser before the other thieves get to him.  The failing health of the double crosser causes some difficulty for himself and his daughter. How can they bargain over the jewels? The trail becomes rocky when Harry and the Contessa are forced to ward off the vengeful thieves but also need to recover the jewels.

Personal Synopsis

A story of a jewel heist with a double cross. Then the impeding chase for the jewels and who will win, the thieves or the insurance company.  This story provides a life lesson that clearly states stealing jewels is bad for ones health. In this case it was and ultimately the final decision. I enjoyed this show but wished for more scenery since it was supposedly in Denmark.




Original Air-Date: 19 October 1973

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Written by Terry Nation

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Bergen- Frederick Jaeger

Kate Bergen- Yvonne Antrobus

Insurance Executive- John Barron

Motorcyclist- Andy Bradford

Gang Member- Peter Porteous

Gang Member- Martin Grace

Gang Member- Robert Russell

Care Hire Receptionist- Jacqueline Stanbury

Miss. Hansen- Paula Patterson

You can Buy the DVD here:

The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete

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.


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

You can Buy the DVD here:

The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete