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The Protectors: Complete Series 1 (1972-73)
The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the leader of the group. The Contessa lived in Italy and, when she wasn't working with Harry, ran her own detective agency that specialized in exposing art frauds and recovering stolen art. Paul Buchet worked out of Paris, and was the group's researcher and gadget specialist. Their adventures ranged from simple kidnapping to convoluted cases of international intrigue. Since the episodes were only half-an-hour long, the show's forte was fast-paced but straightforward action.
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Robert Vaughn as Harry Rule
Nyree Dawn Porter as Contessa di Contini
Tony Anholt as Paul Buchet
Each episode is approximately 25 minutes.
Episode 1: 2000 ft to Die (29 September 1972)
Harry is hired to guard a skydiving scientist with a golden touch.
Episode 2: Brother Hood (6 October 1972)
A reclusive magnate wants his brother freed from prison, but is there more to his plan?
Guest Artists: Vladek Sheybal, Patrick Troughton
Episode 3: See No Evil (13 October 1972)
The Protectors watch over a senator investigating crime in Rome
Guest Artists: James Bolam, Alan Webb
Episode 4: Disappearing Trick (20 October 1972)
The Contessa's life is in danger after she helps a young man '"vanish".
Guest Artists: David Bauer, Derren Nesbitt
Episode 5: Ceremony for the Dead (27 October 1972)
A complicated scheme to protect an ailing president goes dangerously wrong.
Guest Artist: Toby Robins
Episode 6: It Was All Over in Leipzig (3 November 1972)
Two of the Contessa's old friends plot to overthrow a Mediterranean government.
Guest Artist: Ron Randell
Episode 7: The Quick Brown Fox (10 November 1972)
Someone is running a pension fund that supports Nazi war criminals.
Episode 8: KIng Con (17 November 1972)
The Protectors trick a con man who has swindled a friend of the Contessa.
Guest Artist: Anton Rodgers
Episode 9: Thinkback (24 November 1972)
Ian Hendry guest stars as a corrupt police inspector.
Guest Artist: Ian Hendry
Episode 10: A Kind of Wild Justice (1 December 1972)
Someone is trying to kill Harry, but the culprit is not who it first appears...
Guest Artists: Patrick O'Connell, Anna Palk
Episode 11: Balance of Terror (8 December 1972)
The Protectors have nine hours to stop a renegade scientist from releasing a deadly virus.
Guest Artists: Nigel Green, Laurence Naismith
Episode 12: Triple Cross (15 December 1972)
A jewel thief blackmails Harry by threatening Paul's life.
Guest Artist: John Neville
Episode 13: The Numbers Game (29 December 1972)
A coded letter leads to the head of an intricate drug smuggling operation.
Episode 14: For the Rest of Your Natural ... (5 January 1973)
An escaped murderer kidnaps the Contessa.
Guest Artist: Norman Rodway
Episode 15: The Bodyguards (12 January 1973)
The Protectors guard a bank robber's corpse.
Guest Artists: Freddie Jones, Manning Redwood
Episode 16: A Matter of Life and Death (19 January 1973)
Harry stumbles upon a smuggling ring, but doesn't know what they deal in.
Guest Artists: Patrick Allen, Maxwell Shaw
Episode 17: The Big Hit (26 January 1973)
Someone is after The Protectors, and has captured Harry.
Guest Artist: Derek Smith
Episode 18: One and One Makes One (2 February 1973)
A Canadian agent carrying top-secret information goes AWOL.
Guest Artists: Michael Gough, Georgia Brown
Episode 19: Talkdown (9 February 1973)
Harry gets a crash course in flying when he finds himself alone in a small plane.
Guest Artist: Derren Nesbitt
Episode 20: Vocal (16 February 1973)
Paul is temporarily blinded after a sting operation goes awry.
Guest Artists: David Buck, Ian Hogg
Episode 21: ... With a Little Help from My Friends (23 February 1973)
Harry is blackmailed into assassinating an Eastern European president.
Guest Artists: Jeremy Brett, Hannah Gordon
Episode 22: Chase (2 March 1973)
The Contessa's birthday gift proves useful when Harry is the quarry in a manhunt.
Guest Artists: Patrick Magee, Keith Buckley
Episode 23: Your Witness (9 March 1973)
The Protectors are hired to guard an uncooperative murder witness.
Guest Artists: George Baker, Stephanie Beacham
Episode 24: It Could Be Practically Anywhere on the Island (16 March 1973)
The Protectors search for a kidnapped poodle on the island of Malta.
Guest Artists: Sherwood Price, Linda Staab
Episode 25: The First Circle (23 March 1973)
Harry tries to help a disturbed Vietnam veteran who is holed up at a remote airfield.
Guest Artists: Ed Bishop, John Collin
Episode 26: A Case for the Right (30 March 1973)
Harry unwittingly plays decoy for an Italian prince with dreams of power.
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