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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


The Sentimental Agent Episode 6: Meet My Son, Henry

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.

Personal Synopsis

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”.


Original Air-Date: November 2nd 1963

Directed by John Paddy Carstairs

Written by Lindsay Hardy

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Bill Randall- John Turner

Henry Peabody Sr.- John Phillips

Henry Peabody Jr.- Stephen Loegering

Darrin- Glynn Edwards

Lewis- Derren Nesbitt

Arva- Vladek Sheybal

Bookshop Manager- John Glyn-Jones

Woman in Bookshop- Nancy Seabrooke

Taxi Driver- Howard Douglas

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 5: May the Saints Preserve Us

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.

Personal Synopsis

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.

Original Air-Date: October 26th 1963

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Patrick Campbell

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Shelah- Carol Cleveland

Sylvester O’Toole- Brian Phelan

Burke- Patrick McAlinney

Sgt. Dooley- Godfrey Quigley

Larry- Donal Donnelly

Mrs. Moloney- Peggy Marshall

Hogan- Liam Gaffney

Northern Ireland Sgt.- John McCarthy

Labourer- Desmond Perry

Civic Guard- Kevin Flood

Civic Guard- Jerry Sullivan

Civic Guard- David Burke

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 4: Never Play Cards with Strangers

Never Play Cards With Strangers Title Card

A client has come to Carlos for help. On an ocean cruise, her parents lost all their money on a series of cards games. This is not so strange except that it is suspected that card cheats are on the cruise ship. So Carlos decides to take the cruise with his client and win back the money.

Personal Synopsis

The cards are stacked against Carlos and the game is not one he is an expert at. Never Play Cards with Strangers has a wonderfully rich cast of old and new stars and brings a new light into the game of bridge. One of those old stars, Bessie Love, was a silent film actress who worked with D.W Griffith and performed the first ever recorded “Charleston Dance”. Others in the cast like Donald Stewart and Burt Kwouk really make this episode so far my favourite.

Original Air-Date: Oct 19th 1963

Directed by John Paddy Carstairs

Written by Julian Bond

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Mamie- Bessie Love

Elmer- Donald Stewart

Lyons- Hugh McDermott

Jean- Suzanna Leigh

Phillips- Peter Stephens

Manager- John Glyn-Jones

Colonel Dewer- Jack Melford

Mr. Johnson- Bert Brownhill

Mrs. Johnson- Eve Eden

Mrs. Dewar- Olive Milbourn

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 3: Express Delivery

The Sentimental Agent_Express Delivery Title Card

Travelling through Poland, Carlos is harassed by the authorities far too often. Whilst being troubled he meets with Katrina whom is trying to escape the regime by heading to Vienna. After getting himself in trouble he begins to suspect that things are not what they seem with Katrina or with his own safety.  He decides to take the express train to Vienna to get out of this mess but does he?


Personal Synopsis

In a world of suspicious types, there may be nowhere to turn. Carlos is off again trying to get more business for his company when he becomes unnerved by the treatment he receives. His only solace is a young woman whom is trying to escaped from the terror as well. Finally fed up, he leaves for Vienna on the express train and has some suspicious followers.

Original Air-Date: Oct 12th 1963

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Lindsay Hardy

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Katrina- Gabriel Woolf

Major- Patrick Magee

Anders- Gabriel Woolf

Priest- Donald Morley

Captain- Lawrence Davidson

Police Sergeant- Frederick Schiller

Man in Trenchcoat- Robin Chapman

Official- Philo Hauser

Hotel Clerk- Sandor Elès

Policeman on Train- Michael Goldie

Sergeant- John Stark

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