Strange Report Episode 16: Report 4977: Swindle – The Square Root of Evil

Swindle Title Shot

Currency printers are swindled into given a large amount of money to the wrong people. The order for the currency was made by an ambassador but only by phone. The fraud was found out when the director of Covington & Sons was told that he gave the money to obviously fake officials. Strange is asked to be a part of the case to find this all important currency before it get taken out of the UK. Luckily a tape recording was made of all the phone communications and this would be the key to solving this case. Evelyn joins Covington & Sons to see if there was an inside connection. Things get dangerous when Hamlyn is kidnapped along with a employee of Covington & Sons.  The thieves are trying to get the money out into international waters and then ultimately to mainland Europe. Strange must stop the boat from heading to the mainland and retrieve the stolen currency.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is the last episode of the series and unfortunately there were no more in the future. The show was being sent over to the US and Anthony Quayle and Anneke Wills were not interested in migrating for the rest of the series. So the show was closed down. This episode is a fun episode of currency stolen right under the noses of the authorities, fooled by a simple mimicking of the voice. I was quite fond of this story because of the potential for a German influence with this robbery especially with actor Anton Diffring who was in Where Eagles Dare. A fitting episode to end the series and I am left wishing more was made.


Original Air-Date: 11 January 1970

Directed by Brian Smedley-Aston

Written by Leigh Vance

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Nils Paavo- Derren Nesbitt

Karen Rose- Pauline Yates

Klaus Frei- Anton Diffring

Dick Blaise- Joe Baker

David Covington- John Carlisle

Maria- Louise Pajo

Estelle- Valerie Van Ost

Inspector Peters- Michael Forrest

Otto- Oliver MacGreevy

Jago- Patrick O’Connell

The Harbour Master- Arthur Lovegrove

Beth- Ilona Rodgers

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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