Tagged smuggling

The Protectors Season 2 Episode 20: Route 27

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A man is found in a city dump but luckily saved by the bullet-proof vest he wore, the other body found wasn’t so lucky. It is Harry Rule and the police have put a security detail on his hospital room. Harry calls the Contessa for help because he is in danger. He was on the trail of a heroine smuggling group when he was shot and he has some information on the whereabouts of 40kg. of heroine. Harry is dead set on exposing this drug smuggling group so he needs a smaller police presence than is normally needed and instead will use the Contessa. A bit of icing sugar and away he goes.

Personal Synopsis

Drug smuggling in Copenhagen, a story that could go anywhere. Harry becomes the ambassador/vigilante for a grieving father who lost his son to drug addiction. An episode where Harry’s tougher than nails character shows his human side, and small parts in Danish. I enjoyed the episode and laughed at the silly somewhat unimpressive drug lord.




Original Air-Date: 1 February 1974

Directed by Don Leaver

Written by Terry Nation

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Sandom- Michael Coles

Insp. Lars Bergen- Jeremy Wilkin

Nurse- Virginia Wetherell

Doctor- Christopher Masters

Revell- Carl Bohen

Lendrop- Dan Meaden

Detective- Terry Richards

Chauffeur- Norman Beaton

Bellboy- Andrew Burleigh

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 20: Vocal

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A horrible mishap has left Paul blind. Now Paul is being put up in a hotel to hide out until his sight is restore and he can identify the smugglers. The sly crooks found a way to trick people into believing that one of them is Harry and this is how they have devised a plan to make Paul be quiet. The trick is in place at Harry’s place with lives at stake but the climax relies on the voice not the brute.

Personal Synopsis

Another great episode from the Protectors. I found this story fun to watch. The trick of mimicking Harry’s voice was a fun touch to this mystery and actually gave Nyree and Tony a chance to have their own episode together. One of the better episodes in this season.


Original Air-Date: 16 February 1973

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Brian Clemens

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Suki- Yasuko Nagazumi

John Azon- David Buck

Gregg- Ian Hogg

Vickers- Shane Rimmer

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The Protectors DVD 1   or     The Protectors DVD complete

The Protectors Season 1 Episode 16: A Matter of Life and Death

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Beautiful ladies on the beach are a rouse as Harry is tricked. This trick opens up a case of smuggling that involves the north African coast, hippies and an australian or so they think. The contessa is set to expose the game by expressing her own interest in the shipment but things become even more serious when Harry and Paul are shot at. The Protectors, with tricks of their own, must convince the smugglers that Harry and Paul were killed by the assassins bullets, all while trying to find out what is the precious cargo they hold. Harry and the teams persistence brings out all the players in this game and the shipment.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is an interesting twist on a smuggling operation. The blood plasma angle is certainly a first for me but it is plausible that there are a lot of smuggling rings still today for biological items like blood and organs. A decent episode that also came off as cheesy but Patrick Allen is good to watch as the crook James Mallory.


Original Air-Date: 19 January 1973

Directed by Don Chaffey

Written by Donald James

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Goran- Barrie Houghton

James Leroy Mallory- Patrick Allen

Mallory’s Girl- Julie Crosthwaite

Baruna- Maxwell Shaw

Doctor- Cyril Shaps

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 13: The Numbers Game

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A beautiful day in the Mediterranean, great view and some drinks but in the middle of this paradise something is afoot. A young lady is in trouble for mixing in with the wrong people, money trafficking.  She has to convey information when called upon. An established heart surgeon is mixed up in this too. The racket has gone for too long so the Protectors will need to find the spanish connection.

Personal Synopsis

A drug smuggling ring using unsuspecting regular peoples vehicles to transport the drugs. This story was set in an exotic area of the spanish coast but still didnt strike my interest much because of the tendency of these type of shows to have stories of drug smuggling. Its become old hat to me. This episode could have been better if the writers could put in some originality but they failed to do so.


Original Air-Date: 29 December 1972

Directed by Don Chaffey

Written by Ralph Smart

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Susan Crediton- Margaret Lee

Frank- Henry McGee

Sir Walter Crediton- Frederick Treves

Luigi- George Innes

Dr. Lawrence Savage- Richard Easton

Mario Giocvetti- Peter Arne

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Strange Report Episode 7: Epidemic: A Most Curious Crime

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A young man dies in the house of friends and is taken away by some suspicious characters. Gynt was there at the house and was made witness to the odd behaviour of those around who refused a doctor instead having the suspicious characters take the young man. Strange is worried that this wasn’t simply a death but a far more dangerous issue with multiple reasons for concern. Come to find out that the young man was an illegal visitor in the country and was suffering from a very contagious illness. Fears grow as many people at the house have come down with the illness and the government has to step in to avoid an epidemic. This unfortunate break opens a case of illegal immigrant smuggling which threatens the government and the social services of London. Strange must find out who is moving in these immigrant and making money off of it.

Personal Synopsis

A good episode, touching on the subject of immigration. Although you cant help but realise that the story makes immigration look somewhat connected to the spread of disease, whether that was the intention of the writers or not, It seems to come across. I believe this episode displays the sentiment throughout the world at the time of filming and still there are residual feelings till this day about it. Worth the watch for Peter Vaughan’s performance as Morrison.


Original Air-Date: 2 November 1969

Directed by Daniel Petrie

Written by Don Brinkley

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Morrison- Peter Vaughan

Zeba Hameed- Zienia Merton

Ameen- Saeed Jaffrey

Shivendra Sinha- Shivendra Sinha

Roshan Seth- Roshan Seth

Captain Tork- Graham Haberfield

Professor Marks- Charles Lloyd Pack

The Bus Boy- Salmaan Peerzada

The Intern- Ray Armstrong

Marque Assistant- John F. Landry

Reggie- Dallas Adams

The Ward Nurse- Luan Peters

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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