A highly secret British Intelligence Unit is set up to deal with enemy menaces, staffed by three tough & capable operatives - the flamboyant Peregrine Smith, cold & logical Davidson, and ... See full summary »
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 Peregrine Smith (25 episodes, 1966-1967)
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A highly secret British Intelligence Unit is set up to deal with enemy menaces, staffed by three tough & capable operatives - the flamboyant Peregrine Smith, cold & logical Davidson, and tough ex-cop Richard Hurst. All licensed to kill - and pledged to protect the nation! Written by Anonymous

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The total number of editions currently known to exist on film or videotape stands at just two (season one's "Ticket To Madrid" and "The Unwitting Courier", along with an incomplete copy of season two's "The Heel of Achilles") out of 25. Additionally, six largely-complete off-air audio editions are known to exist. The rest of the series is missing presumed wiped. See more »

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The Rat Catchers - a unique 1960s TV spy series and serial
29 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Rat Catchers had a unique TV format - a series of 13 for two consecutive years, with story lines written as a trilogy or two parter, taking Smith, Hurst and the Brigadier to many European countries, the furthest abroad being the Greek trilogy (Corfu, Meteora and Athens). They also visited Ireland (Dromoland Castle Hotel), Madrid, Lisbon, Stockholm, Amsterdam (where Alpha finally got his come-uppance!) and other locations around London and the UK. Gerald Flood, formerly Colonel Sharif Mahmoud from "Crane", was wonderful as Peregrine Pascale Smith, the urbane, elegant assassin who, in Mr Flood's own words in a magazine interview enjoyed "doing his rather dreadful job supremely well." Glyn Owen, as Richard Hurst, was the "common working policeman", uneasy at his assignment, whilst Philip Stone's Brigadier Davidson, whose catch phrase was "Say so, if you understand me", was delivered with icy coolness. I would love to re-view all these shows but gather that only a half-hour of one episode is all that has been kept. Ah, yes, I will never forget the thrill of hearing that unique musical introduction (I still have the 45!) and the real enjoyment this unique TV series and serial afforded all those who watched. "Say so, if you understand me!"


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