50 years ago, Freewheelers debuted on ITV
Freewheelers is a British television series made by Southern Television between 1968 and 1973. It was the brainchild of television producer Chris McMaster, who was aware of the popularity of adult action series such as The Avengers and Department S amongst teenagers and saw the potential of a version aimed at a younger audience.
Ronald Leigh-Hunt, as the British secret service agent Colonel Buchan, was the most regular cast member, appearing in series 1-4 and series 6. The teenagers, almost invariably referred to as “the kids”, varied over the years. The original lineup included Last of the Summer Wine‘s Tom Owen. Former Doctor Who companion Wendy Padbury joined the cast in series 5 as art student Sue Craig.
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