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The Champions

1968

TV: The Champions

Creator: Monty Berman, Dennis Spooner

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1969. It wasn't a childrens programme but was on proper grown up TV in the evening.
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It was in the 80's and they were repeating it at 2am on ITV, mis fire of the video of all things! Fantastic 60's sci fi
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In Depth

The Champions

ITC mix international espionage with supernatural powers.

Three agents of secret organisation Nemesis crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by a mysterious monk, member of a lost culture. They return to civilisation with superhuman powers, including enhanced strength and senses and ESP.

Once back at their Swiss HQ, the trio - American Craig Stirling (Stuart Damon), Brit Richard Barrett (Willliam Gaunt) and exotic blonde Sharon McCready (Alexandra Bastedo) - are sent by boss Tremayne on a variety of near-impossible missions. Over thirty episodes, the team took on voodoo, invisible men, suicide drugs and numerous mad geniuses intent on taking over the world, as well as more standard spy challenges.

As the series progressed, the fantastical elements favoured by series creator Dennis Spooner gave way to the more realistic plotlines the producers wanted. But good scripts and warm performances gave the series a lasting appeal.

A film made up of the episodes The Beginning and The Interrogation edited together was released in 1983.

Work nominated by GallifreyGal.

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