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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 3: Blackmail

A cart of wine is taken from the sheriff’s men by Robin Hood and Little John. The wine is normally a big take but learning of a visit by Prince John becomes an even more important take. With the region of Nottingham suffering, Robin Hood helps Sir Richard of the Lea with supplies for the incoming prince’s entourage. A scheming runaway soldier finds out the secrets of Sir Richard and Marian’s connections. He blackmails Sir Richard with evidence of his friendship with Robin Hood and threatens to sell this information to the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin has a trick up his sleeve for the blackmailer which will turn the tables on his game.

Personal Synopsis

A tale of blackmail, a crime of opportunity and a witty outlaw. The rouge Lukas stumbles upon a great opportunity as Sir Richard and Robin Hood are seen together. He attempts to blackmail Sir Richard and finds himself in a trick play by Robin Hood. This will caste suspicion on the Sheriff’s devotion to Prince John.

Original Air-Date: October 15th 1956

Directed by Bernard Knowles

Written by Paul Symonds

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Sir Richard of the Lea- Ian Hunter

Lucas- Anthony Dawson

Lady Leonia- Patricia Burke

Ulf- Edward Mulhare

Bafe- Willoughby Gray

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Lescaux- Paul Hansard

Sheriff’s Steward- Peter Bennett

Guard- Shaun O’Riordan

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 1: A Village Wooing

Wat Longfellow is rethinking his love life as the object of his desire, Winifred, who becomes available after the death of her husband. However the challenge is greater than expected, the Bailiff Baldwin also has his eyes on the widow and is using his position of power to take advantage of her and Longfellow. The outlaws join in with Wat as he tries to woo Winifred to marry him. Bailiff Baldwin begins to blackmail Winifred, dangling her farm as bait as he tries to force her to accept his hand in marriage. As the deadline looms, the Outlaws have a scheme to help Wat Longfellow and the Widow Winifred from the treachery of Bailiff Baldwin.

Personal Synopsis

The beginning of the second seasons starts with a love story and a great cast. Donald Pleasence plays the antagonist of the story all too well but who is complaining really. This easy to follow love story plot that will not settle well for most progressively minded egalitarians, has a deeper story to tell of a woman’s abilities being questioned and the men that come to the rescue in one way or another.

Original Air-Date: October 1st 1956

Directed by Bernard Knowles

Written by Neil R. Collins

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Bailiff Baldwin- Donald Pleasence

Widow Winifred- Betty Impey

Wat Longfellow- Leslie Phillips

Guard Commander- Peter Bennett

Sir Godfrey- Willoughby Gray

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Quentin- Paul Hansard

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The Protectors Season 2 Episode 25: The Insider

The Protectors_The Insider Title Shot

A film room has been vandalised and piles of film were set alight. The master negative of a 5 million dollar film is missing and all the other copies were burnt in the fire. The blackmailer brings in a canister of one part of the film’s negative and sets his terms for the release of the remaining negatives. Harry tries to follow this blackmailer as he leaves the office but the crook goes missing. He always goes missing. His hiding spot must be in the building and it must be found before more film burns.

Personal Synopsis

Blackmail from within is always a tantalising story and this episode provides an adventure that follows Harry in sorting out the case of the missing film negative. A young man who seeks his gain through such means must be considered a threat in the eyes of the movie company. This is as good as the last three episodes that are finishing off the second season well.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 8 March 1974

Directed by Don Leaver

Written by Trevor Preston

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Smith- Stuart Wilson

Editor- Tim Pearce

Chambers- Donald Hewlett

Secretary- Alison Griffin

Chauffeur- Alf Costa

Taxi Driver- Alf Joint

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The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete

The Protectors Season 2 Episode 18: Burning Bush

The Protectors_Burning Bush Title Shot

Salvation is in resolution. A young lady cries out in the spirit as the christian group around her joins in on the spirits visit. A worried father speaks with Harry about his concerns for his daughter whom has been involved in a christian community. His concerns are for her health and considering she is wealthy, there is worry about who may want to use her for that money. Harry works his way into the community to find out what is actually happening.  His suspicions are strong and there is someone else watching.  But why?

Personal Synopsis

Supernatural experiences often offer a humorous view into the strange and this episode reinforces the oddities. This is one of the stronger episodes in this second series. The story allows for some great performances by the cast and they do just that.  As the show plays out it is realised that this will border on the reality and the supernatural up to the point of not knowing what has transpired.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 18 January 1974

Directed by Don Leaver

Written by Trevor Preston

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Anne Ferris- Sinéad Cusack

Mark Jenner- Ken Hutchison

Mrs. Apsimon- Madge Ryan

Adam Ferris- Anthony Steel

You can Buy the DVD here:

The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete

The Protectors Season 2 Episode 14: Zeke’s Blues

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Harry takes the Contessa out on the town to watch Zeke, an old friend from way back, perform.  As the night goes on and as Harry and the Contessa slip into a number of drinks the unease of Zeke’s demeanor is apparent. Mr Kasankas is holding Zeke’s past over his head to get to Harry Rule. Zeke is nearly killed in front of Harry starting the chain of events to show the danger that both Zeke and Harry are in. Zeke is played against saving his name and saving his friend, a difficult decision at best.

Personal Synopsis

An episode that to me shows Harry in a different light, losing some of his cynicism and playing the fool to the game Zeke is playing. It is a standard blackmail story with a twist , using Zeke to find Harry and then manipulating Harry for some information. Shane Rimmer plays Zeke and Director and does a decent job playing his poor soul routine. A decent episode but not close to the best.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 21 December 1973

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Written by Shane Rimmer

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Zeke- Shane Rimmer

Kasankas- Paul Curran

Patrick- Ray Lonnen

Fred- Jackie Leapman

George- Donald Webster

Max- Graham Weston

Bradley- James Ottaway

You can Buy the DVD here:

The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete