Stories of espionage, historical, contemporary and from the recent past, serious and comic, tragic and exciting. No regular characters, no host, just a different story every week, all done on a big budget with top talent.
This was a fine series, set up in Europe by the makers of one of American TV's best shows of the early 60s, "The Defenders" - Herbert Brodkin was in charge and Herbert Hirschman was senior producer. Every episode (save one) was filmed in England, but a lot of talent was imported from the US - writers like Peter Stone, Larry Cohen and Waldo Salt (still using his blacklist pseudonym of "Mel Davenport", although he had used his real name, for the first time in about 15 years, on the previous year's movie "Taras Bulba"), directors like Stuart Rosenberg and James Sheldon. Although several American stars came over to perform in various episodes, the acting talent was mainly drawn from Britain, and top British film directors Michael Powell and Ken Hughes handled a few episodes. The theme music was composed by Malcolm Arnold, who won an Oscar for his score for "The Bridge On The River Kwai" and was later knighted for his services to music. Famed film designer Wilfred Shingleton did the sets, his first TV work (he later worked on "The Avengers") and the vivid opening title sequence was designed by Maurice Binder, famous for his credit sequences for several of the James Bond films.
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