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


The Bodyguards (#19)

Written by Dennis Spooner
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by Mike Campbell

Harry and Caroline are hired by Inspector Newman to guard the body of Ralph Corder, in the hope of drawing his associates in a series of bank robberies out into the open. One of the men, Robard, offers Harry 5,000 if he can confirm that Corder is dead, while a second, Mason, breaks into Corder's house to find out for himself. Mason is photographed by a hidden camera, enabling Caroline to identify him and trail him to a disused crypt while Harry and Paul track down Robard. Both men want their share of the hidden proceeds from the robberies and will stop at nothing to claim it...

Original UK Airdate: January 12th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Edgwarebury Hotel, Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire
The King William IV, 111 Grosvenor Road, Pimlico, London SW1

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

Additional Cast:
Robard Freddie Jones
Alan Mason Manning Redwood
Inspector Jack Newman Ken Watson
Butler Harry Hutchinson

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Talkdown (#20)

Written by Jesse & Pat Lasky
Directed by Jeremy Summers
Edited by John S. Smith

Harry is kidnapped by Colin Foster, a mentally unbalanced criminal who seeks to exact his own macabre form of vengeance on Harry for the death of his brother. Taken up in a light aircraft, Harry is left at the controls when Foster jumps out with the only parachute, intending to disappear and frame Harry for his own murder. But Foster's plan has backfired in one vital respect: Harry doesn't know how to pilot the 'plane and unless Paul can talk him down, he won't live to be charged with Foster's murder...

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

On Location:
Elstree Aerodrome, Hogg Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire
Tower of London, Tower Hill, London EC3
New Scotland Yard, Victoria Street, London SW1
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7

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

Additional Cast:
Colin Foster Derren Nesbitt
Inspector Hill John Nettleton
Air Traffic Control John Joyce
Rifle Range Supervisor William Moore

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A Case For The Right (#21)

Written by Jesse & Pat Lasky
Directed by Michael Linday-Hogg
Edited by John S. Smith

Harry is asked to deliver a dispatch case to Prince Carpiano's villa in Rome. En route, two attempts are made to wrest the case from him, but when Harry and Caroline discover that the case contains a bomb they realise that Harry has been used as a decoy while another courier carries the real consignment. Investigating further, Caroline manages to acquire tickets to a fancy dress party being hosted by the Prince at an ancestral tomb outside Rome, where she and Harry discover that the courier is delivering funding for the Prince's neo-Fascist revolutionary movement.

Original UK Airdate: March 30th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1
2 Courtfield Mews, South Kensington, London SW7
Rome, Italy

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Chino, Suki

Additional Cast:
Prince Carpiano Milo O'Shea
Fabrizzio Jacques Sernas
Extremist Officer Jeffrey Segal

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A Matter Of Life And Death (#22)

Written by Donald James
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by John S. Smith

Investigating the death in North Africa of an English hippy, Peter Hendricks, Harry stumbles on a smuggling racket when he is mistaken by Hendricks' employer, Goran, to be his contact for a shipment to Malta. With little to go on after Goran's death, Harry is joined by Caroline and Paul and tracks the operation back to James Leroy Mallory, an Australian plying an illegal trade in blood plasma. Masquerading as a buyer, Caroline offers to outbid the purchaser of Mallory's latest consignment but Mallory is alerted to her deception...

Original UK Airdate: January 19th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Malta

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet

Additional Cast:
James Leroy Mallory Patrick Allen
Baruna Maxwell Shaw
Goran Barrie Houghton
Doctor Cyril Shapps
Mallory's Girl Julie Crossthwaite

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It Could Be Practically Anywhere On The Island (#23)

Written by Tony Barwick
Directed by Robert Vaughn
Edited by Mike Campbell

In Malta on a routine assignment, Harry becomes entangled in the theft of Linda McCall's Muffin. The poodle has been stolen by Felix Costa and his girlfriend Madeline, who intend to use the little dog in a plot to smuggle microfilm out of the country. Too late, they discover that the microfilm will not be arriving for several days and the pair must keep Muffin fed and quiet until then, which proves to be difficult. Unfortunately, when the microfilm finally arrives, it falls into Muffin's dog food and he eats it...

Original UK Airdate: March 16th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Malta

Regular Cast:
Rule

Additional Cast:
Felix Costa Sherwood Price
Linda McCall Linda Staab
Jonathan P. Hacket Dervis Ward
Joe Flynn Vernon Dobtcheff
Mrs. Jonathan P. Hacket Wendy Hutchinson
Doctor David Glover
Hotel Man Michael Da Costa
Bartender Peter Fontaine

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Vocal (#24)

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

Temporarily blinded by gun fire, Paul is the only eye-witness able to identify John Azon and Gregg as the men behind a drug-running racket after the Protectors' operation to entrap the men in a car-park goes horribly wrong. To ensure that they are able to cover their tracks, Azon and Gregg hire Vickers, an extraordinary mimic, to impersonate Harry and learn the identity of the other person who was in the car-park with Paul, who might also be able to identify them. Completely fooled by Vickers, Paul unwittingly reveals that it was Caroline...

Original UK Airdate: February 16th, 1973 (ATV Midlands)

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

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet, Suki

Additional Cast:
John Azon David Buck
Gregg Ian Hogg
Vickers Shane Rimmer

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It Was All Over In Leipzig (#25)

Written by Donald James
Directed by Don Chaffey
Edited by David Lane

The Protectors agree to assist with investigations into a plot to overthrow the government of a Mediterranean island. Harry, Caroline and Paul are joined by Jim Palmer, another member of the Protectors organisation, to whom Caroline was once romantically attached. Caroline goes along with Palmer's suspicions that businessman Adam Markos is the man behind the plot and evidence mounts against him when arms are discovered during raids on his nightclubs. Harry, however, pursues his own investigation and learns the identity of the true culprit...

Original UK Airdate: November 3rd, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Malta

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet

Additional Cast:
Jim Palmer Ron Randall
Lintar Paul Weston
Adam Markos Phil Brown
Maria Diane Mercer
Young Girl Tanya Bayona

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Ceremony For The Dead (#26)

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

The Protectors are engaged by Madame Rue, the wife of a foreign President, to safeguard her husband when he arrives in the Mediterranean for medical treatment. With a double of the President and Caroline masquerading as Madame Rue, Harry arranges an elaborate deception at the airport to decoy the President's enemies, enabling the real President to be smuggled safely from a chartered yacht. But the plan misfires when the President's ambulance is ambushed and the abductors escape with him to sea...

Original UK Airdate: October 27th, 1972 (ATV Midlands)

On Location:
Malta

Regular Cast:
Rule, The Contessa, Buchet

Additional Cast:
Madame Rue Toby Robins
Medina Stanley Lebor
Police Inspector Charles Thake
Skipper Robert Sessions
Julie Jennie Lee Wright

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