Return of the Saint (1978–1979)

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Simon Templar is a modern day Robin Hood of sorts. He steals from rich criminals and keeps the loot for himself (usually in such a way as to put the rich criminals behind bars). He's ... See full summary »

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A two-part episode of the 1978 TV series "The Return of the Saint," edited together and released as a feature.

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Simon Templar creates false identities named after saints in order to steal money from various criminal organizations and redistribute the wealth to others.



Series cast summary:
 Simon Templar (24 episodes, 1978-1979)


Simon Templar is a modern day Robin Hood of sorts. He steals from rich criminals and keeps the loot for himself (usually in such a way as to put the rich criminals behind bars). He's dashing, suave, charming, and he's always one step ahead of the bulldog-like Inspector Claude Eustace Teal. This series chronicles his swashbuckling exploits. Written by Afterburner <>

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Adventure | Crime





Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Son of the Saint  »

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(24 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aroung 45 actors had guest roles on this and the Roger Moore saint series. See more »


Referenced in I'm Alan Partridge: Never Say Alan Again (2002) See more »

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The Saint's Jaguar
27 January 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This one should really be in the trivia section for this show listing.

Jaguar were originally approached to provide the car for the Roger Moore series, but turned down the request stating that they were having trouble keeping up with demand for their then new E Type (XKE in the USA).

Volvo's P1800 got the role and shot to instant fame, with Jaguar kicking themselves over the missed opportunity. They bent over backwards to provide the car for Ian Ogilvy's rendition of Simon Templar, and more than one car was used - spot the difference in interior trim: episodes shot in Italy have an XJS with a black cabin, others a tan cabin! In the recently released DVD set, Ian Ogilvy commented that the XJS was magnificent to drive - when it worked! Apparently, the quality and reliability of the car(s) left much to be desired with a multitude of faults encountered throughout the shoot, despite a full-time Jaguar technician being present. The most embarrassing incident was when Mr Ogilvy volunteered to drive the car back from Italy to the UK with his family and take a vacation en route, but the car broke down on them just several miles out of Rome! Mr Ogilvy does admit that Jaguar has improved much over the years and are considered good cars today, though.

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