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Strange Report

To say that Strange Report was the beginning of the CSI-type shows may be pushing it, but it does have elements of scientific discovery to help the criminal investigation along. The show stands as a classic tv series of criminal investigation but is usually forgotten or never even looked at by the general audience. Strange Report was originally broadcasted in 1969, a time that is reflected by the filming quality and the London locations. Adam Strange played by Sir Anthony Quayle is a retired criminologist who is called upon by various departments of the government to assist in solving some of their baffling crimes. He is joined by Hamlyn Gynt,played by Kaz Garas, the token American who possesses the scientific know how to delve into the cases microscopically and joining them is Evelyn played by Anneke Wills. Anneke plays the role of neighbour/artist that helps the duo of Strange and Gynt providing the feminine charm that this show so desperately needed. There were 16 episodes produced almost specifically for the US market but the show met its untimely demise when Anthony and Anneke would not move to Los Angeles to continue on with the production.

The entire series was filmed on location and at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire between July 1968 and March 1969.  The opening theme was composed by Roger Webb, who has worked on other productions like Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the even more tawdry Boogie Nights.

Although throughout my posts for this show I have been critical of the story-lines, I still highly recommend this series for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, the setting of late 60’s London is enchanting for me because it lies on the cusp of modern day television. It is around that time that TV became a bit more graphic and bit more action filled versus developing a strong script along with the action. It is also a bit less “adult”, no scantily clad women but more focus on the deceitful smart elegant woman as the females subject. Secondly, Anthony Quayle is superb and is in nearly everything he’s been in. His voice is liking to James Mason’s but with a tiny bit more natural tone to it. He does a remarkable job at filling in the gaps the writers and directors may have missed by his ways of acting in the character of Adam Strange. Thirdly, the supporting cast, the series is filled with familiar faces that have graced the TV before for ITC but also bigger names that may do one episode but gives the series some legitimacy in the DVD collection.

This was a great series to watch and someday I will watch it again.

 

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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

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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.

Starring

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

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Strange Report Episode 15: Report 4407 Heart-No Choice for the Donor

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When a top surgeon goes missing, his wife seeks Adam Strange to investigate where he could be. This investigation unveils a sinister medical plot that involves a dying dictator and strong young men to be used as experiments to keep the dictator alive. As the story develops, the lengths that the dictators henchmen would go to keep him alive surprises everyone. Somehow, Strange will need to set them up and has the perfect answer to that need.

Personal Synopsis

A great episode that keeps your heart pumping, sorry. Nonetheless this story is unique, I found the medical mystery for why the athletic men was being taken unlike any other story I’ve heard or watched. I was fascinated by the concept of organ robbery for supposed important members of society. This seems far fetched but I’m still inclined to believe this has been thought of.

Starring

Original Air-Date: January 4, 1970

Directed by Robert Asher

Written by Edward De Blasio

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Man- Fredric Abbott

Inspector Collins- Peter Cellier

Inspector Lowe- William Dysart

Doctor Comitas- Gordon Faith

Segaris- Kenneth Griffith

Dr. Sanders- Robert Hardy

Tony Williams- Mark Hawkins

The Landlady- Hazel Hughes

Detective- Kenneth Ives

Professor Marks- Charles Lloyd Pack

Doctor Lambrus- Michael Martin

Mrs. Sanders- Barbara Murray

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Strange Report Episode 14: Kidnap: Whose Pretty Girl Are You

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A beauty queen is kidnapped and her overprotective father will do anything to get her back. Strange is asked to investigate outside of Scotland Yard’s knowledge. The young lady was unhappy with her father getting married after her mothers death. A ransom note is asking for money for the return of Jennifer and her father is willing to pay it. Strange finds the evidence all wrong and he questions the legitimacy of this case. With the idea of the ransom floating around their heads it is possible to see a possible change in mind in the kidnappers. Jennifer may actually be in trouble but not if Strange and the team can get to her first.

Personal Synopsis

This episode of the bitter rich girl who wants to do what she wants to do. She would even go as far as faking danger to herself in order to scare and frustrate her father. The episode is a good watch and does emphasise the power money has over people, enough to even change their intentions. David Bauer is wonderful in this show just as he has been in many other ITC shows.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 28 December 1969

Directed by Daniel Petrie

Written by Don Brinkley

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Toby- Ian Ogilvy

Otis Dean- David Bauer

Jennifer Dean- Sally Geeson

Perk- Richard O’Sullivan

George Lucas- Peter Jones

Louise- Caroline Blakiston

Inspector Hughes- John Arnatt

Newspaper Reporter- Neville Barber

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Strange Report Episode 13: Report 4821 X-Ray: Who Weeps for the Doctor?

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The Christmas party was festive but not all were having fun. Doctor Anders interrupts Doctor Hornsey’s speech and begins to rant about his work and the hospital. This obvious rude interruption was dismissed as a drunken rant and Dr Anders was sent home. After the party, Anders is found dead in his house with a suspicious syringe and white power near his body but even more suspicious was a man running out of the apartment building. Anders was apparently suffering from an ailment that would only get worse ultimately ruining his career. It was found out that this diagnosis was not correct and this completely healthy man has died without a disease. Strange follows the chain of offices that handled the x-rays that showed the falsified diagnosis. Revenge is a powerful emotion that could override the efforts by those who try to help.

Personal Synopsis

A powerful story of a switched X-Ray and the ramification from that action. This episode touches the core of a doctors position in life. A failed surgery that ended in death, creating anger and revenge by those hurt by the death and ultimately costing the life of a confused doctor. I loved this episode purely for the emotions portrayed in this story, showing how unfair life can be sometimes. A strong episode in this series.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 21 December 1969

Directed by Charles Crichton

Written by Roger Parkes

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Miss Collingford- Ann Firbank

Dr. Hornsey- John Laurie

Peggy Gale- Trisha Mortimer

Caine- Ewan Hooper

Inspector Franklin- Nicholas Selby

House Surgeon- Richard Carpenter

John Anders- David Collings

Professor Marks- Charles Lloyd Pack

Jeannie- Linda Renwick

Miss Blake- Annabelle Lee

X-Ray Clerk- Isabel Metliss