Mannering is asked to handle the sale of "The Legions of Ammak", a golden necklace that contains seven perfectly matched black pearls from a Middle Eastern king to an eccentric millionaire.... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
King Ibrahim / Ronald Noyes
Ofeg Cossackian
Paul Ferris ...
David Marlowe
Colonel Ahmed Bey
Mira Cossackian
Valli Newby ...
Dinny Brand
Kerry Marsh ...
Katherine Vale
Arthur Hewlett ...
John Barcroft ...
Bank Cashier
Angela Lovell ...
Betty Francis
Jim Bolton ...


Mannering is asked to handle the sale of "The Legions of Ammak", a golden necklace that contains seven perfectly matched black pearls from a Middle Eastern king to an eccentric millionaire. Mannering vouches for the authenticity of the necklace, but his assistant, David Marlowe notices that the king wore the wrong school tie at the ceremony. Mannering discovers that an actor, pretending to be the monarch sold the jewelry, and the purchaser, a man not known for purchasing art, has interests in region oil fields and fears that he has been duped into aiding a palace coup. Written by David Bassler

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Crime | Drama




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30 November 1966 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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David Marlowe: I mean, what if I am wrong?
John Mannering 'The Baron': Don't worry about it, we all make mistakes. You can get another job easy enough.
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The art of Noyes
19 August 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Two articles in the 'Observer' Review Section this morning really got my gander up. First things first. The 'Best Dr.Who Villains' feature by Stephen Kelly included the usual suspects - Daleks, Cybermen, The Master, and so on - but also bizarrely 'The Silence' from 'The Impossible Astronaut/Day Of The Moon'. Why? They had no memorable features whatever and the story was boring and incomprehensible. He then mentioned 'The Weeping Angels', another Steven Moffat creation. 'Blink' was good, but later appearances by the Angels were bland and forgettable. He berated Russell T.Davies for the Slitheen. They might not be classic 'Who' monsters, but Davies was successful in relaunching the show for a whole new audience in 2005, an achievement which I believe would have been way beyond Moffat's capability.

Rachel Cooke's interview with novelist with Ian McEwan made my jaw drop. His new book is a cold war spy story set in the '70's, and when he admitted he 'had the time of his life' then, she reacted with disbelief. What about the strikes, the power cuts, the bodies left unburied, she wanted to know. Ian replied that he was not affected by these crises, as indeed were a great many people ( myself included ). Rachel has swallowed the Dominic Sandbrook myth that it was a time of chaos. Ian said he had a huge apartment in South London which only cost him £3 a week. People weren't obsessed with machines then as they are now; he got by with just a hi-fi. It was easy to live as a full-time writer on £700 a year, he said. Time for you to do a bit more research into the decade, Rachel.

Onto 'The Baron'. This episode was by Michael Cramoy, who also contributed to 'The Saint' and 'The Prisoner'. 'King Ibrahim' ( Peter Wyngarde ), ruler of a province in the Middle East, wishes to sell 'The Jewels Of Ammak' to the world's third richest man - 'Ofeg Cossackian' ( George Murcell ). The Baron is asked to authenticate the jewels. But his assistant ( Paul Ferris ) spots that the King is wearing a Harrow tie when it should have been an Eton one. The 'King' is in fact an actor named 'Ronald Noyes' ( also played by Wyngarde ), who is part of a scam to discredit the real King in order that 'Colonel Ahmed Bey' ( Michael Godfrey ) can take-over and sell the country's oil reserves to whoever he likes. An entertaining episode, with Wyngarde enjoying himself hugely in two roles, particularly as the camp 'Noyes'. But he is almost upstaged by Murcell as 'Cossackian', an eccentric who lives in a hovel with a nagging wife ( Isa Miranda ) despite his vast wealth.

Directed by John Moxey.

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