Strange Report is a British television drama starring Anthony Quayle as Adam Strange. It was produced by ITC Entertainment and first broadcast on September 21, 1969.
Adam Strange, a retired Home Office criminologist, solves bizarre cases – which had been marked “Open File” by various government departments – with the help of Hamlyn Gynt (Kaz Garas), Evelyn (Anneke Wills) and Professor Marks (Charles Lloyd-Pack). He employed the latest techniques in forensic investigation, which he undertook in his own laboratory in his flat in Warwick Crescent in the Maida Vale/Little Venice area of Paddington.
Unlike other ITC productions, which were created in order to be sold to the U.S. market, Strange Report was created in collaboration with NBC’s films unit Arena in the United States (the show’s executive producer was Norman Felton, better known for his involvement in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), with the suggestion that the first half of the series would take place in the United Kingdom and the second half would see Strange visiting the United States. This fell through, which explains why such a short season of episodes was created. The second series also fell through because Quayle and Wills decided not to continue due to personal concerns.
In the United States, NBC broadcast Strange Report from January 8, 1971.
The series opening theme was composed by Roger Webb.
Ricki Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. Lake is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004. When Lake’s show debuted, she was 24 and credited as being the youngest person to host a syndicated talk show at the time.
“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is a ballad originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, but became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and again for Neil Diamond in 1970. It has been covered by many artists in subsequent years.
The Hollies’ recording, which featured Elton John on piano, was released in the UK on September 19, 1969 [45cat*] where it reached No. 3.
The song was re-released in 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement when it reached the No. 1 spot.