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


See No Evil (#10)

Written by Donald Jonson
Directed by Jeremy Summers
Edited by David Lane

Harry and Caroline are assigned to keep tabs on a Senator who is investigating the activities of Il Gufo - 'The Owl' - for a Senate report on organised crime in Rome. The Senator is abducted, but turns up again in a cafÈ on the Via Veneto - he has been drugged and in his pocket are a packet of incriminating photographs which could ruin him. The only witness to the Senator's abduction is a blind man and the search for him takes Caroline to the tawdry Piazza Costaguti and a terrifying encounter with Il Gufo...

Original UK Airdate: October 13th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Rome, Italy

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Chino

Additional Cast:
Max Toller James Bolam
Lucello Alan Webb
Waiter Al Mancini
Senator Leonard Sachs
Mario Phillip Hinton
Driver Anthony Haygarth
Thug Alan Lake

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Balance Of Terror (#11)

Written by John Goldsmith
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by David Lane

The Protectors are approached by K.G.B. agent Krassinkov to help them find defecting Russian scientist Professor Schelpin, a top bio-chemist who has disappeared with a phial of germ warfare toxin which could wipe out the population of London. To their surprise, Schelpin turns up at a conference where he confirms his intentions to alert the world to the horrors of germ warfare, but he disappears again before he can be stopped. Realising that Schelpin plans to unleash the toxin on the anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima, Harry, Caroline and Paul have only nine hours to avert disaster...

Original UK Airdate: December 8th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Hungerford Bridge, Victoria Embankment, London SW1
Houses Of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1
Trafalgar Square, London SW1
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW1

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Suki

Additional Cast:
Colonel Vasili Krassinkov Nigel Green
Professor Schelpin Laurence Naismith
K.G.B. Man Janos Kurucz
Grodny Angus Lennie
Russian Delegate Milos Kirek
Hotel Receptionist Barry Warren

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King Con (#12)

Written by Tony Barwick
Directed by Jeremy Summers
Edited by John S. Smith

Caroline's friend Irena Gleskova has been swindled out of a 12th century ivory icon by suave confidence trickster Alan Sutherland, so Caroline sets out to avenge her, buying the icon back at an auction to present herself to Sutherland as his next target. With Harry in the guise of a rich American with money to burn, the Protectors coax Sutherland to put up a loan of £85,000 with a diamond ring, valued at £200,000 as security, as part of an elaborate confidence trick of their own.

Original UK Airdate: November 17th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

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

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

Additional Cast:
Alan Sutherland Anton Rodgers
Irena Gleskova Isabella Telezynska
Cribbs Ronald Lacey
Emil Markov Michael Da Costa
Auctioneer Peter Cellier
Salesman Brian Worth

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The Big Hit (#13)

Written by Donald James
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Edited by David Lane

An attempt on Paul's life follows the deaths of Protectors in New York and Tokyo, and Caroline realises that someone is out to destroy the Protectors Organisation. She and Paul attempt to warn Harry, but they are too late - he has already been kidnapped. The assassin's trail leads Caroline and Paul to a swimwear factory owned by Jason Howard who has been given the contract to wipe out the Protectors. There, they learn that Harry has been incarcerated in a crate suspended from a crane - unless Harry agrees to name all the other members of the organisation, he will be crushed to death...

Original UK Airdate: January 26th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW1

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

Additional Cast:
Jason Howard Derek Smith
Fencing Master Arthur Howell
'Assassin' Bob Anderson
Suzanne Morag Hood
Barman Toyn Bateman
Howard's Henchmen Carl Rigg & Phil Woods

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Thinkback (#14)

Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Cyril Frankel
Edited by Mike Campbell

Harry recovers consciousness in hospital and is told that he has been involved in a head-on collision with another car. The police arrive and Harry is interviewed by Inspector Wilson, revealing that the Protectors have been engaged to guard Frank Gilling, a vital witness due to testify before an international commission. Wilson urges him to reveal Gilling's location so that he can ensure his protection, but Harry comes to realise that he and Caroline are the victims of an elaborate plot to erase Gilling...

Original UK Airdate: November 24th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Suki

Additional Cast:
Inspector Wilson Ian Hendry
Sergeant Peters Keith Bell
Frank Dilling Geoffrey Morris
Doctor Page Donald Burton
Nurse Penny Sugg
Ginter James Culliford

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The First Circle (#15)

Written by Tony Barwick
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by Mike Campbell

Tormented by his experiences while in command of a U.S. air base in Vietnam, Colonel John Hunter has suffered a mental breakdown, shooting a security guard at a disused airfield in the belief that he is back in Vietnam. Pursued by the police, Hunter goes to ground in the airfield control tower and his wife calls in Harry Rule to help him. Harry finds himself at odds with the trigger-happy Inspector Slade, and attempts to talk Hunter back to sanity by presenting himself as one of Hunter's Vietnam colleagues. But the encounter tips Hunter over the edge...

Original UK Airdate: March 23rd, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

Regular Cast:
Rule

Additional Cast:
Colonel John Hunter Ed Bishop
Slade John Collin
Karen Hunter Sally Bazely
Security Man Frederick Bennett
Policeman George Roubicek

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Chase (#16)

Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Harry Booth
Edited by David Lane

Harry and Caroline celebrate Harry's birthday with a holiday at Caroline's family lodge in Northern Europe. While Caroline is shopping at a village store, Harry is surprised by the arrival of an injured man whom he recognises as the noted South American diplomat Douglas Perston. Perston has been kidnapped and held hostage by his political opponents, but has managed to escape his captors who are hot on his trail. When Harry tries to run for help, he is pursued by the ruthless Gardner and his henchmen...

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

On Location:
The Bridgewater Memorial, Aldbury, Buckinghamshire
Edgwarebury Hotel, Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa

Additional Cast:
Gardner Patrick Magee
Kurt Keith Buckley
Douglas Perston Donald Eccles
Vent Tom Chadbon
Gromeld Gertan Klauber
2nd Tracker Graham Mallard
Ingrid Isabella Telezynska

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...With A Little Help From My Friends (#17)

Written by Sylvia Anderson
Directed by Jeremy Summers
Edited by John S. Smith

The Protectors have been assigned to guard a visiting Eastern President during his stay in London when Harry's estranged wife Laura arrives at his mews apartment in a distressed state. Their son Johnny has been kidnapped by the President's rival, Kahan, who wants Harry to help him in his political ambitions by killing the President. Harry has no choice but to go through with Kahan's plans and shoots the President in cold blood - only to be gunned down by Caroline!

Original UK Airdate: February 23rd, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire
Aldenham Grange, Letchmore Heath Road, Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire
Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Eldon Avenue, Borehamwood
London Airport, Heathrow, London
Trafalgar Square, London SW1
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7

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

Additional Cast:
Kahan Jeremy Brett
Laura Rule Hannah Gordon
President Martin Benson
President's Aide Saeed Jaffrey
Johnny Rule Daron Barnham
Pursuer Roshan Seth
Butler John Gatrell
Doctor Desmond Jordan
Kahan's Henchmen Julian Sherrier & Marc Zuber

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For The Rest Of Your Natural... (#18)

Written by Tony Barwick
Directed by John Hough
Edited by David Lane

Caroline is kidnapped by Colin Grant, an escaped murderer who was convicted partly on Caroline's evidence. He stages a mock trial for Caroline with himself as prosecuting counsel and a grotesque jury of cut-out cardboard figures. While Paul and Suki desperately search for her, Caroline is terrorised by the psychopathic Grant as he outlines his case against her and she suddenly realises that he is reliving the tragic death of his mother that unhinged his mind..

Original UK Airdate: January 5th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7

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

Additional Cast:
Colin Grant Norman Rodway
Visitor Damien Thomas
Detective Kenneth Gilbert
Mary Cooper Susan Travers

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Episodes 19 to 26
Series Two

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