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1 | 2
Release Date:
29 September 1972 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters... See more »
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Spy
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1 win See more »
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(16 articles)
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Cast

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Robert Vaughn ... Harry Rule (52 episodes, 1972-1974)
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Contessa Caroline di Contini / ... (51 episodes, 1972-1974)
Tony Anholt ... Paul Buchet (42 episodes, 1972-1974)
Gus ... Harry's Dog / ... (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
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Series Directed by
Jeremy Summers (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Don Chaffey (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
John Hough (5 episodes, 1972-1974)
Charles Crichton (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Don Leaver (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Cyril Frankel (4 episodes, 1972-1974)
Michael Lindsay-Hogg (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Writing credits
Tony Barwick (11 episodes, 1972-1974)
Donald James (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
Brian Clemens (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Trevor Preston (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Terry Nation (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jesse Lasky Jr. (3 episodes, 1973)
Pat Lasky (3 episodes, 1973)
John Goldsmith (2 episodes, 1972)
Shane Rimmer (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Kruse (2 episodes, 1973)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... producer (52 episodes, 1972-1974)
Reg Hill .... producer (52 episodes, 1972-1974)
Desmond Saunders .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Original Music by
John Cameron (52 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Cinematography by
Brendan J. Stafford (50 episodes, 1972-1974)
Frank Watts (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Film Editing by
David Lane (43 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mike Campbell (21 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bert Rule (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
John S. Smith (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Casting by
Mary Selway (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Michael Barnes (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (52 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Makeup Department
Betty Sherriff .... hairdressing (52 episodes, 1972-1974)
Eddie Knight .... make-up (39 episodes, 1972-1974)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Production Management
Sherwood Price .... executive in charge of production / executive in charge: Ferdporqui Productions (52 episodes, 1972-1974)
Norman Foster .... production manager (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Desmond Saunders .... post-production supervisor (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Malcolm Christopher .... production manager / unit production manager (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Hollands .... assistant director (20 episodes, 1972-1973)
Gino Marotta .... assistant director (20 episodes, 1973-1974)
David Bracknell .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director: second unit (4 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Art Department
Keith Wilson .... assistant art director (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
Michael Ford .... assistant art director (4 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist (48 episodes, 1972-1974)
Dennis Whitlock .... sound recordist (40 episodes, 1972-1974)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor (25 episodes, 1972-1974)
John Beaton .... sound editor / boom operator (20 episodes, 1972-1974)
Len Abbott .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Brian Holland .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bill Rowe .... sound (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
David Bowen .... sound (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Alan Willis .... sound editor / sound mixer (2 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Stunts
Roy Vincente .... stunt director (19 episodes, 1972-1973)
Fred Haggerty .... stunt director (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator (25 episodes, 1972-1973)
John Winbolt .... camera operator (25 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Germinal Rangel .... gowns: Miss Porter / gowns: Miss Porter's / ... (50 episodes, 1972-1974)
James Smith .... wardrobe supervisor (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Frank Vinall .... wardrobe (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe (18 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Editorial Department
David Lane .... supervising editor (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Music Department
Alan Willis .... music editor (51 episodes, 1972-1974)
John Cameron .... musical director (49 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mitch Murray .... composer: theme song "Avenues and Alleyways" / composer: theme "Avenues and Alleyways" (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Peter Callander .... composer: theme song "Avenues and Alleyways" / lyrics: theme "Avenues and Alleyways" (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Other crew
Tony Barwick .... script editor / story editor (45 episodes, 1972-1974)
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity (45 episodes, 1972-1974)
Arnold Ross .... location manager (14 episodes, 1973-1974)
Peter Carter .... location manager (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Doreen Soan .... continuity (5 episodes, 1973)
Brian Heard .... location manager (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
 

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30 min (52 episodes)
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The lead role was originally named Craig Bradford and Chuck Connors was the first choice before the character was renamed Harry Rule.See more »
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Avenues and AlleywaysSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Protect and Rule, 22 August 2011
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

Different to most of the competing cops and capers shows around at the time, "The Protectors", a rare Gerry Anderson project not involving puppets or science fiction, had episodes only clocking in at 25 minutes or so and thus, as I remember it, failed to secure a real prime-time TV slot on original release in 1972. However this gave it the benefit of appealing to casual viewers who didn't have an hour to spare to watch say, "The Persuaders" or "Mission Impossible" to name but two.

Yet there's something to be said for the brevity of the individual programmes as there's less padding and more directness in the story lines and there's little time to be bored. Yes, most of the shows I've seen seem to rewrite the same four or five plot-lines, and seem to invariably include some foreign intrigue, overseas locations, a kidnapping, a daring rescue, a punch-up and some cliff-hanging finish before the end credits roll and that great theme tune, bellowed out by Tony Christie.

Obviously over so many shows there is some variation in the quality of the writing but the direction, probably of necessity, is uniformly brisk and to the point. The casting of the leads is very pleasing, I loved Robert Vaughn in "Man Fom U.N.C.L.E." and while he's not the lean mean (lady)-killing machine he was back in the 60's, as team leader Harry Rule, he commits well to his part and rarely looks bored. Nyree-Dawn Porter is still the beautiful English rose she was in "The Forsyte Saga", certainly not faded and is surprisingly adept in her role as the stylish and resourceful Contessa Di Contini, while Tony Anholt does well enough as third wheel Paul Buchet, suave Frenchman, although his accent occasionally crosses back over the Channel.

I'm working my way through an old DVD box-set I bought ages ago and am quite enjoying the task. My teenage heart at the time was in thrall to the more escapist shows of the era like "The Champions", "Department S" or "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)", but I'm happy to commit 25 minutes of my time to Harry and the Contessa, any day of the week.

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