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The Champions (TV Series 1968–1969) Poster

(1968–1969)

Trivia

Anthony Nicholls wore a hairpiece and a false beard when he played Commander Tremayne.
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Cast members never get repeat fees or money from video or DVD because of the nature of the contracts they signed at the time
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Alexandra Bastedo was cast after creative consultant and resident director Cyril Frankel saw her in a European advertising campaign. Once she landed the part, Bastedo refused to allow the campaign to be seen in England as she feared it would ruin her credibility as a serious actress.
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Cyril Frankel directed 10 of the 30 episodes. His favorite was episode 18, "The Interrogation".
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The Nemesis building is actually the Directorate of Technical Services and Directorate of Housing and Environmental Services. It is not in Geneva, but in the London Borough of Barnet.
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The role of Tremayne was originally intended for 'Douglas Fairbanks Jr' but he withdrew from the production.
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Despite the frequently-mentioned fact that Sharon McReady is a medical doctor, she is always addressed as "Miss McReady." No explanation is ever given.
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Ian McShane tested for the part eventually played by William Gaunt.
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Stuart Damon was cast largely as an incentive for the American market.
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Other actresses in the running for the part of Sharron Macready were Ilona Rodgers and Annette Andre.
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The huge water jet fountain featured in the opening credits is to be found at Lac Leman, Geneva.
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The show was filmed next door to My Partner the Ghost (1969). The female stars of those shows, Alexandra Bastedo and Annette Andre, often dipped into each other's wardrobes.
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Known for his frugality, the producer actually used his holiday home movie footage for the Geneva fountain scene in the titles.
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Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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