The Champions (ITV, 1968-1969)

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The Champions (1968-1969), title card

The Champions is a British espionage/science fiction/occult detective fiction adventure television series. It was produced by Lew Grade‘s ITC Entertainment production company, and consists of 30 episodes broadcast on the UK network ITV during 1968–1969.

First broadcast June 10, 1968 (US); September 25, 1968 (UK)

The series features Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett as agents for a United Nations law enforcement organisation called ‘Nemesis’, based in Geneva. Barrett is a codebreaker, Stirling a pilot, and Macready a recently widowed scientist and doctor.

During their first mission as a team, their plane crashes in the Himalayas. They are rescued by an advanced civilisation living secretly in the mountains of Tibet, who save their lives, granting them perfected human abilities, including extrasensory powers to communicate with one another over distances (telepathy) and to foresee events (precognition), enhanced versions of the ordinary five senses, and intellectual and physical abilities reaching the fullest extent of human capabilities.

Notable Cast

  • Stuart Damon, “Craig Stirling”
  • Alexandra Bastedo, “Sharron Macready”
  • William Gaunt, “Richard Barrett”
  • Anthony Nicholls, “W.L. Tremayne”

Notable Guests

  • Terence Alexander
  • Patrick Allen
  • Steven Berkoff
  • Jeremy Brett
  • Nicholas Courtney
  • Jill Curzon
  • Rupert Davies
  • Roger Delgado
  • Gabrielle Drake
  • Paul Eddington
  • William Franklyn
  • Hannah Gordon
  • Michael Gough
  • Andrew Keir
  • Burt Kwouk
  • Bernard Lee
  • Philip Madoc
  • Kate O’Mara
  • Mike Pratt
  • Anton Rodgers
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Peter Wyngarde

Find out more at Wikipedia*, and IMDb*.

Sources: Wikipedia* (information, pictures etc), IMDb* (movie release dates), and YouTube* (videos) unless stated otherwise.

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