Tagged military

The Adventurer Season 1 Episode 3: Thrust and Counter Thrust

A man, named Jurzyck, is followed in his car and forced off the road. The car is smashed but there is no sign of the body. A mystery indeed that Gene will need to solve. The Countess Marie is an excellent sparring partner however Gene still gets his invitation to her villa for a more intimate setting. Jurzyck is privvy to the miltary’s codes and  is supposedly locked up in her villa by a Colonel Andreyev. Gene prepares his next step by bringing in his crew of Diane and Gavin to have a look around while Gene entertains. A covert effort to send a message to Jurzyck is overhead starting to point the colonel’s suspicion toward Gene and his party. Time is running short to get Jurzyck out and to save their own skin.

Personal Synopsis

A convoluted story about a man with military secrets being holed in a villa by a colonel and a group of government official and a beautiful lady. Sounds complicated because it is. I began understanding the criticism about the lack of quality writing with this episode. As I usually say, I can still enjoy this episode simply for locations and overall kitschiness.

Original Air-Date: 1972

Directed by Paul Dickson

Written by Frank Telford

Gene Bradley- Gene Barry

Baron Drovotkin- Clifford Evans

Mr. Parminter- Barry Morse

Diane Marsh- Catherine Schell

Countess Marie- Eunice Gayson

Gavin Jones- Garrick Hagon

Colonel Andreyev- Simon Lack

Anton Jurzyck- David Lawton

Michael- Stanley Lebor

Nicholas- Wensley Pithey

Stephen- Stephen Sheppard

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 25: The First Circle

The First Circle Title Shot

A war damaged army man named Hunter is terrorising the army base. His hallucinations are taking him back to vietnam but is really back home in a state side military base. Harry is called in to defuse the situation but harry knows far too well that this will be an extremely difficult job. He must attempt to trick Hunter into believing that he is with him along with his hallucinations and manipulate him into giving himself up. Harry wants to bring Hunter back into safety but is afraid his madness may have taken him completely over and he may be right. As Hunter tries to make his escape from the base being attacked by the Vietnamese, Harry must try to bring him back to his wife safe and sound and bring peace to the army base.

Personal Synopsis

A telling story of the effect of military service during a war. The character played by John Collin has suffered PTS and has gone off his head. This story is all too true for ex-soldiers and their families, because sometimes the war doesn’t really stop or go away. A good show and is worth the watch.


Original Air-Date: 23 March 1973

Directed by Don Chaffey

Written by Tony Barwick

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Security Man- Frederick Bennett

Slade- John Collin

Policeman- George Roubicek

Colonel John Hunter- Ed Bishop

Mrs. Hunter- Sally Bazely

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The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete

Strange Report Episode 12: Sniper: When Is Your Cousin Not?

Sniper Title Shot

A gunshot into the heart of the student movement in the Peoples Republic stirs up anger across the country. Strange is met by a fake relative trying to convince him to go to the Peoples Republic, knowing that this was a trick Strange followed along to see why he was beckoned. He is then asked to investigate the death of a student who lead the fight for freedoms and rights against the powerful government. The trail of evidence lays paths of confusion as alibis and motive interlock in one of Strange’s most difficult case. With the regime looking over Strange’s shoulder, the pressure to find out the killer is growing steadily. It could be anyone.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is a generic student uprising show where the head representative is killed by possibly any of a number of people. I didn’t really like this episode much, maybe for its similarities to other Strange Report episodes and the vagueness of the details of the story. The “People’s Republic” is the setting of this story but I can’t believe the writers couldn’t at least make up a name for a stereotypical eastern block country, especially instead of the generic name they gave it. There is a good cast in this episode, one of my favourites Martin Shaw and a classic ITC actor Alan MacNaughton but also Vladek Sheybal who always adds a creepiness to any story.


Original Air-Date: 14 December 1969

Directed by Peter Medak

Written by Nicholas Palmer

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Marisha- Lelia Goldoni

Kulik- Vladek Sheybal

Olenka- Kika Markham

Savi- Martin Shaw

Colonel Vajda- Alan MacNaughton

Pavel Gordy- Sandor Elès

Taran- Michael Turner

Security Man- John Abineri

TV Studio Manager- Michael Sheard

Cafe Proprietor- Rod Beacham

Medical Student- Scott Fredericks

Hotel Proprietress- Joan Newell

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Strange Report DVD

Strange Report Episode 5: Report 8319: Grenade – What Price Change?

Grenade Title Shot

The university student body is up in arms, so to speak, about some changes being done to the university. There are plans to build a Defence Research complex on the university grounds. Many students are very upset at this proposal particularly when some see this as a war like mentality itself. There are fears that the student body will fight this proposal, possibly becoming violent.Gynt is put into the university to find out the details to the students protest but somehow becomes entangled into sympathy for the students and their cause. Strange believes there are sinister behind the scenes people that want to create havoc with violence and can be leading the students to act as their liaisons. Something will need to be done before all the wrong people get hurt or killed.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is a great watch. The storyline hits some very pertinent subject concerning war and the acts that start it. I have been around people with the same beliefs of the students in the university. Offence is usually described as Defence, so much so that defensive methods sometimes create anger and frustration that cause exactly what they are trying to defend, war. This episode does represent some of the fears and actions people are willing to take to stop violence towards each other.


Original Air-Date: 19 October 1969

Directed by Charles Crichton

Written by Bill Strutton

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Arthur Pater- Bernard Lee

Inspector Shaw- Peter Jeffrey

Ferdy Walker- Anthony Higgins

Voss- Alex Scott

Bob Tremayne- Jeremy Bulloch

Moira- Susan Jameson

Dean Jordan- Basil Dignam

The Registrar- Lionel Murton

Liz- Helen Cotterill

Cliff Hunt- John Nolan

H. Birrell- Alan Gerrard

The Bus Conductor- John Ashley Hamilton

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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The Baron Episode 12: The Maze

John nearly runs down a woman running away from armed men. Upon picking her up his vehicle is shot at and the car runs off the road. The only thing John remembers is picking up the girls, running off the road and some random hallucinations. John was found wandering on a road when a passer by picked him up. The police can not find any evidence to corroborate his story and they suspect that John was drunk. Mannering knows that whomever shot at him has also tampered with the evidence to confuse the authorities. The investigation begins and stirs up a bigger issue than the car crash. A plot to assassinate a visiting General is showing its face and Mannering will need to make sense of what is a hallucination or reality.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is great. I love the efforts to bring in all the key elements to this good crime mystery: murder,hallucinations and a golf course. I find this maze episode very much like a standard The Avengers episode. The plot made to confuse the authorities was ingenious and believable. Its a fun watch.


Original Air-date: 14 December 1966

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Written by John Creasey and Brian Clemens

The Baron- Steve Forrest

Cordelia- Sue Lloyd

Gaydon- Alan MacNaughtan

Walter Farrow- Don Borisenko

Det. Insp. Walsh- Glynn Edwards

Det. Sgt. Miller- David Morrell

Jill Prentice- Judith Arthy

Marvin- John Orchard

Landlord- Arthur Pentelow

Griffiths- Royston Tickner

Marsh- Patrick Durkin

Mark Prentice- Richard Mathews

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The Baron DVD