"The Persuaders" - episode guide
Directed by Basil Dearden, Roy Ward Baker, Stanley
Hayers, David Greene, Roger Moore, Leslie Norman, Val Guest,
Peter Hunt, Gerald Mayer, James Hill and Peter Medak.
Produced by Robert S. Baker.
Written by Brian Clemens, Val Guest,
Terry Nation, Terence Feely, John Kruse, Michael Pertwee,
Tony Williamson, Milton S. Gelman, Donald James, Tony Barwick,
David Wolfe, Walter Black, Peter Yeldham and Harry W. Junkin.
Director of photography, Tony Spratling.
Music by John Barry. Sinclair's
clothes designed by Roger Moore. Production company,
Incorporated Television Co. Ltd. (UK). Color. 24 episodes,
each circa 60 mins.
With Tony Curtis (Danny Wilde) Roger Moore
(Lord Brett Sinclair) Laurence Naismith (Judge Fulton) and
guest stars including, Joan Collins, Terry-Thomas, Geoffrey
Keen, Peter Vaughn, Ian Hendry, Peter Bowles, Joss Ackland,
Denholm Elliot and Diane Cilento.
Filmed on location in South of France, Italy,
England and in Pinewood Studios, from May 1970 to June 1971.
Premiered in Australia, then shown in UK from Sep 17, 1971
to Feb 25, 1972 on ITV.
Theatrical films compiled from the episodes:
Chiamate Londra/London Conspiracy (1974), Qui Monte Carlo/Mission:
Monte Carlo (1974), Operazione Costa Brava/Sporting Chance
(1975), Operazione Ozerov/The Switch (1976), Ultimo Appuntamento
(1977), Ancora Insieme (1977) and Che Coppia.Quei Due (1980).
1. Overture (Director: Basil Dearden
- written by Brian Clemens) 17/09/1971
Brett and Danny are sent anonymous invitations
to a hotel where they first meet and fight and are arrested.
Judge Fulton agrees to have them released on condition they
help him out by following the sister of a crime boss, who
faked his own death two years earlier.
2. The Gold Napoleon (Director: Roy Ward
Baker - written by Val Guest) 24/09/1971
Someone takes a shot at Danny, or was it the
woman next to him a the airport? The woman turns out to be
the daughter of a jeweller and a talented artist who created
moulds for creating bronze replicas of Napoleon coins. Her
father, involved with a crime syndicate, has been creating
gold coins and passing them off as real as part of a smuggling
3. Take Seven (Director: Sidney Hayers
- written by Terry Nation) 01/10/1971
Jenny Lindley inherited her parents estate
when they died but now Mark Lindley the long lost brother
arrives with legal backing and evicts Jenny. Brett and Danny
investigate Marks claims further and uncover the diary of
the Lindleys nurse revealing the truth.
4. Greensleeves (Director: David Greene - written
by Terence Feely) 08/10/1971
Brett's family mansion has been renovated without him knowing,
so he sneaks in and discovers the occupants are looking for
an actor to play Brett. He applies, gets the job and discovers
he is a lure for an old school friend from Zanda who is blackmailed
into signing mining contracts for nickel deposits in his country.
5. Powerswitch (Director: Basil Dearden - written
by John Kruse) 15/10/1971
A photo of a dead girls leads Brett and Danny to multi-millionaire
Lanning Koestler who admits to having an affair with the girl.
They discover that Lanning is an impostor and that Mrs Koestler
is secretly moving stocks to a company she owns, and when
completed intends killing the fake Lanning.
6. The Time and the Place (Director: Roger
Moore - written by Michael Pertwee)
Stopping to help a stranded motorist Brett and Danny discover
the body of a journalist which disappears and later turns
up in a car wreck. After a visit to the journalists apartment
Danny is kidnapped. A piece of carbon paper and an overheard
conversation reveal a political coup and an attempt on the
prime ministers life during a live TV broadcast.
7. Someone Like Me (Director: Roy Ward Baker - written
by Terry Nation) 29/10/1971
Brett is lured into the woods and knocked unconscious, he
wakes up in a fake hospital where he is held for 7 days, then
returned to his home. He finds that someone has been impersonating
him during the time he was held captive. A friend of Brett's,
Sam Milford, is coming to see him and there have been several
attempts on his life, is Brett's double going to try to kill
8. Anyone Can Play (Director: Leslie Norman - written
by Tony Williamson) 05/11/1971
Danny proves unbeatable at the roulette wheel when he accidentally
uses a secret code word on arrival at a club. He is mistaken
for a communist paymaster, and when he is revealed attempts
are made on his life. The mistake also jeopardises a British
Intelligence operation to break the communist network.
9. The Old, the New and the Deadly (Director: Leslie
Norman - written by Brian Clemens) 12/11/1971
Danny is pictured with a statuette of a German eagle belonging
to Denton. An ex-Nazi who set up Suzanne Wagers father for
his own crimes orders Danny killed. Denton tries to sell evidence
to Suzanne that her father is innocent but is later killed
and the statuette missing. The only lead they have is a Rolls
Royce they spotted leading them to the evidence.
10. Angie ... Angie (Director: Val Guest - written
by Milton S. Gelman) 19/11/1971
Kyle Sandor is enjoying himself at the Cannes Film Festival,
but someone is out to kill him for agreeing to testify into
organised crime getting involved in union activities. Kyle
is shot at which leads Brett to a boyhood friend of Danny's,
Angie. Danny and Angie eventually confront each other leading
to a manhunt in the mountains.
11. Chain of Events (Director: Peter Hunt - written
by Terry Nation) 26/11/1971
A camping trip leads to the discovery of a dying parachutist
who handcuffs an attaché case to Danny's wrist before he dies,
Danny is now a target and he can not remove the case without
the key. An intelligence officer Emily Major is dispatched
to recover the case and helps Danny get to the key before
he is killed.
12. That's Me Over There (Director: Leslie Norman
- written by Brian Clemens) 03/12/1971
Cliff Turner involves Brett in a scheme to expose his bosses
illegal activities. He hands over evidence to Ann Summers,
just before he is killed, and Brett is kidnapped and later
escapes. Danny pretends to be Brett when Ann calls and agrees
to accept the evidence at a London auction room.
13. The Long Goodbye (Director: Roger Moore
- written by Michael Pertwee) 10/12/1971
Brett and Danny discover the remains of a scientist, Brian
Wilks, and his secret formula for a synthetic fuel. Three
different girls all claim to be Wilks daughter, Danny is kidnapped,
an oil tycoon offers them money, and Wilks former partner
also lays a claim for the formula. The real daughter decides
to fulfil her fathers last request to destroy the formula.
14. The Man in the Middle (Director: Leslie Norman
- written by Donald James) 17/12/1971
A spy in British Intelligence is discovered, but to expose
him Brett must meet his accomplice pretending to be the spy.
Unfortunately a British agent, Kay Hunter, now thinks he is
the spy, and the other side take him to their embassy. Danny
rescues him, but too late to prevent Kays kidnapping.
15. Element of Risk (Director: Gerald Mayer - written
by Tony Barwick) 24/12/1971
Lomax, a known criminal, arrives in London and hides his
case with Danny's luggage when he is approached by security.
Danny is picked up thinking he is Lomax, and told of a bullion
robbery he is to be involved with. Brett finds the missing
Danny, Lomax escapes and things come to a head.
16. A Home of One's Own (Director: James Hill - written
by Terry Nation) 31/12/1971
Danny buys himself a cottage in the country. The local squire,
Rupert Hathaway, owns the land around the cottage and offers
to buy it from him, as he does not want people around that
could interfere with his illegal activities. Brett and Danny
receive help from a bird watcher who turns out to be working
for the fraud squad.
17. Five Miles to Midnight (Director: Val Guest) 07/01/1972
An assassin, Frank Rocco, in self imposed exile to avoid
tax evasion charges, kills an Italian underworld boss. He
makes a deal with the US to exposing a crime syndicate for
a reduced sentence, but first Danny and Brett must get him
out of the country alive, with the help of a female photographer.
18. Nuisance Value (Director: Leslie Norman - written
by David Rolfen and Tony Barwick) 14/01/1972
Lisa is in love with Michael, a man her rich father, Zorakin,
does not approve of. They both fake her kidnapping to extort
money out of Zorakin, who blames Danny and puts a price on
his head. Brett agrees to hand over the ransom and attempts
to clear Danny's name. Things backfire on Lisa when she is
19. The Morning After (Director: Leslie Norman - written
by Walter Black) 21/01/1972
Brett wakes up after a party the night before to discover
he is married. Danny investigate the matter by tracking down
the witnesses, one of which has a photograph of a Scandinavian
diplomat Lars Seelman. Brett is to entertain Lars, only for
him to be kidnapped.
20. Read and Destroy (Director: Roy Ward Baker - written
by Peter Yeldham) 28/01/1972
Felix Meadowes an old friend of Brett's and spy is on the
run, so Brett puts him up in his stately home. Having worked
for several countries his memoirs are wanted by every side.
Brett is recruited by the British, Danny by the Americans,
and several other players get involved including Felix's two
21. A Death in the Family (Director: Sidney Hayers
- written by Terry Nation) 04/02/1972
Someone is killing members of the Sinclair family. Brett's
cousin Kate is convinced it is a distant relative after the
title and lands. After drowning, electrocution, poisoning
and an unfortunate incident with a castle gate, it is discovered
that one of the victims did not die after all.
22. The Ozerov Inheritance (Director: Roy Ward Baker
- Harry W. Junkin) 11/02/1972
The ownership of the Grand Duchess Ozerov's family jewels
is being questioned in court, Brett and Danny agree to help
her find proof. A historian, Ganguin, is murdered and a book
written by Brett's uncle is found. When they go to see him
he gives them diaries that contain the evidence they need.
23. To the Death, Baby (Director: Basil Dearden -
Donald James) 18/02/1972
Shelley Masterson has fallen for a common, Foster, only
after her money according to her financial advisor Hatton.
Brett and Danny both try to win her affections to lure her
away from Foster, but they eventually decide to buy him off,
only for Shelley and Hatton to disappear too with Foster and
$200,000 of Brett and Danny's money.
24. Someone Waiting (Director: Peter Medak - written
by terry Nation) 25/02/1972
Brett decides to enter his new car in a race, but receives
threats on his life if he does so. A man is paid to beat up
Brett, and he is almost run down. Drivers are being offered
money to throw the race, and an attempt to destroy Brett's
car is foiled. Is this the work of organised crime or an vendetta
along the Côte d'Azur with "The Persuaders",
by Jack Yan