The Protectors
EPISODE GUIDE
(Series One)

Episodes listed in ITC recommended screening order

Regular Cast

Harry Rule Robert Vaughn
Contessa Caroline di Contini Nyree Dawn Porter
Paul Buchet Tony Anholt
Chino Anthony Chinn
Suki Yasuko Nagazumi


Episode List

  1. 2000 ft To Die
  2. Brother Hood
  3. Disappearing Trick
  4. Your Witness
  5. The Quick Brown Fox
  6. The Numbers Game
  7. Triple Cross
  8. A Kind Of Wild Justice
  9. One And One Makes One
  10. See No Evil
  11. Balance Of Terror
  12. King Con
  13. The Big Hit
  14. Thinkback
  15. The First Circle
  16. Chase
  17. ...With A Little Help From My Friends
  18. For The Rest Of Your Natural...
  19. The Bodyguards
  20. Talkdown
  21. A Case For The Right
  22. A Matter Of Life And Death
  23. It Could Be Practically Anywhere On The Island
  24. Vocal
  25. It Was All Over In Leipzig
  26. Ceremony For The Dead


2000 ft To Die (#1)

Written by Terence Feeley
Directed by John Hough
Edited by David Lane

Freddie Reiwald is the last of a five man research team working on the molecular structure of metals to create synthetic gold. The other four members of the team have died in mysterious circumstances and Reiwald could be next. Harry joins Reiwald and his friend Ransome on a dangerous film stunt - a daredevil parachute fall - while on the ground, Paul and the Contessa race to save Ransome's kidnapped fianc»e, whose captors have threatened to kill her unless Ransome allows Reiwald to die!

Original UK Airdate: September 29th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Denham Aerodrome, Denham, Buckinghamshire
The Haberdashers' Aske's School, Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Chino, Suki

Additional Cast:
Freddie Reiwald Harvey Hall
Ransome Nicholas Jones
Susan Jacqueline Stanbury
Captain Carozza Paul Stassino
Civil Servant John Scott

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Brother Hood (#2)

Written by John Goldsmith
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by Mike Campbell

Harry is offered an assignment by the reclusive industrial magnate Bela Karoleon: to engineer his brother Sandor's escape from a prison on a Mediterranean island where he has been jailed on a trumped-up charge. The jail-break goes according to plan, but now Sandor's life is in danger: his brother wants him dead because he is one of the few men to know that behind the respectable facade of the Karoleon Corporation, Bela is running the world's biggest illegal drugs operation.

Original UK Airdate: October 6th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Barcelona, Spain

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet

Additional Cast:
Sandor Karoleon Vladek Sheybal
Bela Karoleon Patrick Troughton
Maria Karoleon Jill Balcon
Heller John Cazabon
Governor Robert Brown
Pannides Leon Lissek
Yanos Antony Stamboulieh

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Disappearing Trick (#3)

Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Jeremy Summers
Edited by Mike Campbell

Brad Huron, son of multi-millionaire Carl Huron, bets his companion Malloy that he can disappear without trace and approaches the Protectors to help him to do so. Harry rejects the assignment, but Caroline - stung by a recent argument over the professionalism of women - decides to accept the apparently harmless commission and goes on the run with Brad. Then Harry is contacted by Carl Huron, who reveals that his son is a murderous manic-depressive paranoiac, and Caroline is in deadly danger...

Original UK Airdate: October 20th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Paris, France

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet

Additional Cast:
Carl Huron David Bauer
Brad Huron Derren Nesbitt
Malloy Chris Malcolm
Walters Don Henderson
Caf» Owner Michael Da Costa
Garage Mechanic David Calderisi
Joe Lomax Roy Evans

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Your Witness (#4)

Written by Donald James
Directed by Jeremy Summers
Edited by John S. Smith

The Protectors are hired by George Dixon to guard his ward, Christie, the key witness to a murder at Dixon's Paris nightclub. After an attempt on her life by a gunman at Le Bourget Airport, Christie is hidden at Paul's flat while Harry and Caroline investigate the identity of the gunman and his employer. Then Christie disappears and Caroline learns that she is linked to a bullion robbery organised by the principle members of three Paris gangs, one of whom is now dead, while a second is charged with his murder. But who is the third man?

Original UK Airdate: March 9th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Paris, France

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Chino

Additional Cast:
George Dixon George Baker
Christie Stephanie Beacham
Monique Judith Arthy
Bayard Georges Lambert
Barman Gordon Sterne
Croupier Hugo de Vernier
Carter Sherwood Price

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The Quick Brown Fox (#5)

Written by Donald James
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by Mike Campbell

The Protectors are hired by the West German government to discover who is operating a Nazi pension fund for five ex-Nazis wanted for war crimes. Suspecting millionaire Hans Keller, Caroline intercepts a letter sent by him to a poste restante address in Geneva, but it only features the wrong date - August 14th - and a typewritten line: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Realising that this is a coded message that holds the key to the funds held in a Swiss account, Harry and Paul fly to Geneva, but Caroline is captured by Keller...

Original UK Airdate: November 10th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Barcelona, Spain

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Chino

Additional Cast:
Hans Keller Morris Perry
Osuna Mark Malicz
Helga Gratz Anna Matisse
Monica Angie Grant
Banker Christopher Benjamin
Spanish Official Kenneth Hendal

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The Numbers Game (#6)

Written by Ralph Smart
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by Mike Campbell

Hired to ensure the return home of a wayward daughter, Harry and Caroline discover that the girl has been employed to pass a series of numbers, coded messages detailing car licence numbers. Trailing a car belonging to eminent heart surgeon Lawrence Savage, they learn that the vehicle is being used in an elaborate heroin smuggling operation. Tracking down the brains behind the racket takes Harry back to Spain and a grim confrontation with Mario Giocovetti, the head of the organisation...

Original UK Airdate: December 29th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Edwarebury Hotel, Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire
A1, Borehamwood
Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7
Eastern Docks Car Ferry Terminal and Hoverport, Dover, Kent
Barcelona, Spain

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa

Additional Cast:
Susan Crediton Margareta Lee
Frank Henry McGee
Sir Walter Crediton Frederick Treves
Mario Giocovetti Peter Arne
Luigi George Innes
Dr. Lawrence Savage Richard Easton
Man in White Sherwood Price

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Triple Cross (#7)

Written by Lew Davidson
Directed by John Hough
Edited by David Lane

Paul is kidnapped by jewel thief Charlie and held captive at a disused farmyard. Charlie threatens to kill Paul by detonating a time bomb by radio transmitter unless Harry and Caroline help in the theft of priceless jewels, which have been entrusted to Harry by the owner during a transfer at London Airport. With no alternative, Harry switches the packet containing the gems but later he and Caroline find Charlie dead with the jewels missing - and the clock is still ticking on the bomb that threatens Paul's life!

Original UK Airdate: December 15th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
High Canons, Buckettsland Lane, Well End, Hertfordshire
Deeves Hall Cottage, Deeves Hall Lane, near Ridge, Hertfordshire
A1, Borehamwood
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7
Aythorpe Roding Mill, Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Suki

Additional Cast:
Charlie John Neville
Linda Angharad Rees
Kofax Peter Bowles
Gem Setter John Barrard
Detective Del Henney
Garage Attendant Bill Stewart

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A Kind Of Wild Justice (#8)

Written by Donald James
Directed by Jeremy Summers
Edited by Mike Campbell

Two attempts on Harry's life are made by Kate Lindeman, the daughter of a racketeer whom Harry was responsible for imprisoning. Kate believes that Harry framed her father who has since died behind bars, but Harry persuades her to give him twelve hours to convince her that Lindeman was indeed a gangster, introducing her to the men at the heart of Lindeman's gang. But when Caroline and Paul learn that Kate's attempts to kill Harry were bogus, Harry realises that he has been duped...

Original UK Airdate: December 1st, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC1
Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, London SW1
Whitehall, London SW1
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Chino, Suki

Additional Cast:
Reagan Patrick O'Connell
Kate Lindeman Anna Palk
Jill Kubi Chaza
Soaper Barry Stanton
Mechanic Paul Freeman
Turf Accountant Brian Jackson
Health Clinic Proprietor Lewis Jones

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One And One Makes One (#9)

Written by Jesse and Pat Lasky
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by John S. Smith

The Protectors are hired to track down Bennett, a missing Canadian agent who holds valuable information about a new American-Canadian sky project. Harry, Caroline and Paul trace the injured Bennett to a private clinic near Paris where he is being held by Shkoder, a Soviet agent. The trio engineer a fake road accident to gain access to the clinic, but is the man they rescue really Bennett or is he Kosneff, a foreign agent surgically altered to resemble Bennett and take his place?

Original UK Airdate: February 2nd, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Buckettsland Lane, Well End, Hertfordshire
Whitehall, London SW1
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7
Paris, France

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Suki

Additional Cast:
Shkoder Michael Gough
Maria Ghardala Georgia Brown
Yanos Anthony Stamboulieh
Bennett Neil McCallum
Kramer Christopher Dunham

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