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    The Avengers

    The Avengers

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    "Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics. (Plot summaries are authorised by Paul Cornell, Martin Day & Keith Topping, authors of 'The Avengers Dossier' Copyright: Virgin Books, London: 1998)moreless
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    Thunderbirds

    Thunderbirds

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    ITV (ended 1966)
    In 2065, former astronaut and millionaire Jeff Tracy forms an secret organization named International Rescue. Its mission is to intervene when human life is at threat and nobody else is able to help. They're based on a small tropical island in the Pacific. While it appears to all the world as a reclusive millionaire's retreat, complete with luxurious hillside house (appropriately in the International Style of architecture) and swimming pool, hidden beneath the house and inside a cliff face are various facilities for the enormous complex where their equipment is built, maintained and stored. The equipment, including the specialized Thunderbird vehicles, is designed and assembled by Brains, a brilliant engineer fiercely loyal to Jeff. Supporting the team is Lady Penelope, a famous society figure who secretly acts as their London operative, assisted by her butler, Parker. The five Thunderbird craft are piloted by each of Jeff's five sons, all named after members of America's Mercury program: - Thunderbird 1, piloted by Scott, named after Scott Carpenter. This ramjet-powered plane is their fastest aircraft, always first on the scene to assess the situation and coordinate the rescue. - Thunderbird 2, piloted by Virgil (after Virgil "Gus" Grissom." A fan favorite, Thunderbird 2 is the heavy lift air transport, responsible for carrying all manner of large and bulky machinery to rescue sites. - Thunderbird 3 is piloted by Alan (after Alan Shepard) or John (after John Glenn,) depending on who is on station in Thunderbird 5. 3 is the spaceship for International Rescue. - Thunderbird 4, piloted by Gordon (after Gordon Cooper), is a mini-submarine usually carried to sites inside Thunderbird 2. - Thunderbird 5 is manned by John and Alan on rotating monthly shifts. It's an orbital space platform where all communications around the world can be monitored and issues alerts to Jeff whenever trouble arises. International Rescue insists on complete secrecy. Their identities aren't known to anyone outside the organization and photography of their equipment is forbidden. Thunderbirds was produced by Gerry Anderson and was the culmination of his Supermarionation process, which used marionette puppets instead of live actors. Originally intended for children, the show still has a devoted fanbase of adult viewers, both in the United Kingdom where it originated and in the United States, where it was syndicated in the 1960s and 70s. The series spawned three theatrical features. Thunderbirds Are Go! and Thunderbird Six were produced soon after the series left the air, although neither met with box office success. In 2004, a live action feature of the same name was made without Anderson's involvement. It drew scathing comments from professional movie reviewers who compared it unfavorably to the original show.moreless
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    Danger Man

    Danger Man

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    The Danger Man is back! One of the most popular characters ever introduced to television screens, the original Danger Man swept the world, bringing international fame to the talented and good-looking star, Patrick McGoohan. Danger Man is now produced as one-hour programs, with vivid new stories which take Special Security Agent John Drake into even more tensely dramatic adventures in every part of the globe. He is a man who jousts with danger, a man who takes calculated risks, a man dedicated to his ideals. He respects his adversaries, and he respects the beautiful women who came into his life. Big-name stars support Patrick McGoohan throughout the series, and the producer is once again Ralph Smart, the man who created and devised Danger Man. All the episodes are directed by leading motion pictures directors who are masters of their craft. Excitement and suspense are the keynotes of stories which live up to the title. The emphasis is on Danger.moreless
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    The Saint

    The Saint

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Simon Templar is The Saint - adored by women, feared by his adversaries and a constant thorn in the side of police forces everywhere. A smooth-talking adventurer, the Saint goes in where angels fear to tread. Always where the action is, he courts danger with a smile, but his charm can sometimes be a lethal weapon. The Saint is always on a mission of mercy or intrigue, with a beautiful woman close at hand. He's Sir Lancelot without armor. A formidable enemy, an unwavering friend. (distributed world-wide by ITC)moreless
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    ITV (ended 1958)
    The Adventures of Robin Hood series, intended primarily for children, featuring Robin of Locksley and his merry men in Sherwood Forest, who protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while good King Richard is away at the Crusades. An unusual television series at the time in that it frequently re-used the same actors in different roles, or different actors in a recurring roles.moreless
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    The Champions

    The Champions

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Welcome to The Champions guide at TV.com. "Craig Sterling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett… These are the Champions. "Endowed with the qualities and skills of superhumans - qualities and skills, both physical and mental, to the peak of human performance. Gifts given to them by an unknown race of people, when their 'plane crashed near a lost civilisation in Tibet. Now, with their secrets known only to them, they are able to use their fantastic powers to their best advantage… as the Champions of law, order and justice. Operators of the international agency, Nemesis!" The Champions was the first production from the team of Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman. Their company Scoton made the series for ITC in 1967 and established the format for many future ITC productions of casting three actors as the heroes.moreless
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    Man in a Suitcase

    Man in a Suitcase

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    Welcome to the Man in a Suitcase guide at TV.com.

    Man in a Suitcase was filmed in and around Pinewood Studios and on location in London during 1966/7. A rough, tough adventure series, which, thanks to the strength, charisma and capability of the leading player, Texan method actor, Richard Bradford, still continues to enthral and entertain audiences today.

    McGill is a no nonsense hero, an ex-CIA Agent unjustly accused of treason by his own people. Subsequently he is compelled to travel the world making his living in the harsh and sometimes terrifying world of a modern-day bounty hunter.

    Man in a Suitcase was an ITC production for ITC World Wide.

    The complete series is now available on DVD: from Network DVD in the UK and Umbrella DVDs in Australia.moreless
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    The Prisoner (UK)

    The Prisoner (UK)

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    'The Prisoner' is about a man who is kidnapped from his London home, and wakes up in a strange Village, where he is known only by the name Number Six. Various Village Officers-in-Charge, always referred to as Number Two, set about trying to find out why Number Six resigned his job as a secret agent. Number Six is interrogated, brainwashed, and manipulated by the strange powers behind the mysterious Village. This intriguing series first went to air in 1968. It was ahead of its time then, and continues to intrigue today. It was very much the brain-child of Patrick McGoohan, who not only starred as Number Six, but was also instrumental in bringing the series to fruition.moreless
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    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    "The finger is on the trigger... about to unleash a force with terrible powers, beyond the comprehension of man. This force we shall know as, the Mysterons. This man will be our hero, for fate will make him indestructible. His name, Captain Scarlet." -- introduction by Captain Blue (Ed Bishop). Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons debuted on the U.K. terrestrial television network, ATV (the Midlands region only, at first), on Friday, 29 September 1967 at 5:25 p.m. After the "The Mysterons" was aired, the series immediately began to attract to-be addicted fans of all ages, and since then, it still has, with credit due to several re-runs on the likes of ITV (1985-1986), BBC 2 (1993-1994/2001-2002 - the channel which aired the digitally re-mastered prints for the first time, cleaned up and painstakingly restored by BBC Resources and Carlton), Sky One (2002-2003), and in the mid-90s, Bravo. The remaining 31 episodes were aired throughout the autumn and winter seasons of 1967, ending with ATV transmitting the series' final episode, "The Inquisition" on Tuesday 14th May 1968. Although only 32 episodes were produced, they all still consist of unique, though-provoking and original entertainment, in both adult-written and well-structured script-writing (with special thanks to script editor Tony Barwick, who wrote an amazing 18 scripts, and was shockingly not credited for this), expensive and truly-realistic miniature special effects and pyrotechnics (with a second thanks to the late Derek Meddings, who worked on various 1974-1995 James Bond 007 motion pictures, all 3 of the original Superman motion pictures and the original Batman movie) and the most advanced puppet techniques tested and tried to the limit and brought to our screens.moreless