Dr. Travis is shot by the post master in a remote Scottish village as he tries to ring the police and his body later found dumped in London. He is one of several scientists who have ... See full summary »

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Rupert Davies ...
Voss
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Antrobus
Geoffrey Chater ...
Forster
Reginald Jessup ...
Grayson
Jan Holden ...
Miss. Davies
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Donald Morley ...
Sloane
John Moore ...
Travis
Maurice Browning ...
Wittering
John Horsley ...
Chairman
Eric Lander ...
Hedges
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Dr. Travis is shot by the post master in a remote Scottish village as he tries to ring the police and his body later found dumped in London. He is one of several scientists who have disappeared after going to work on something called Project Zero, allegedly under government auspices but actually a rogue project headed by one Dr. Voss. Richard infiltrates the group by posing as a computer expert and travels to their Scottish base, followed by Sharron and Craig,but his cover is blown and a collar of explosives put around his neck. He is rescued by the other Champions, who discover that the Project is making a fission gun, which will detonate nuclear warheads. The Champions lead the captive scientists in an attack on the control room but Voss and his staff escape in a plane and use the fission gun to fire on the Champions. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Flight to nowhere
21 September 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The late Tony Williamson was, in my view, the best writer on I.T.C.'s 'The Champions'. He seemed to understand perfectly that it was not just another British spy show. His four episodes - the others being 'Shadow Of The Panther', 'The Dark Island', and 'The Experiment' - are hugely entertaining comic-book style romps.

'Project Zero' begins on a remote Scottish island. A terrified man in a white lab coat is running along a quiet country road. Coming to a small deserted village square, he heads for the Post Office, and tries to make a call, but while his back is turned, the Postmaster ( Nicholas Smith, of 'Are You Being Served?' ) shoots him dead. The ear piece is left dangling in mid-air. The man's body is later found dumped in a London street. He was 'Dr.Albert Travis', one of several scientists, all experts in their field, who have mysteriously disappeared. The only clue is the phrase 'Project Zero'. Posing as a physicist, Richard Barrett attends an interview for a post in what he believes to be a top secret British Government project. He boards a plane with others and is gassed. When he awakes, he is at an unknown location. An elevator whisks him to a underground establishment. The project's director - Dr.Voss ( Rupert Davies ) - has developed a fission gun - a laser weapon capable of destroying stockpiles of nuclear material over vast distances - and can now wipe out the world's super-powers or, if he so wishes, either one of them. Barrett's cover is broken, and he is made to wear a collar containing an explosive device that will go off if he either tries to remove it or tell anyone else that the project is a fake. Back at NEMESIS H.Q., Tremayne - annoyed that the homing device planted on Barrett's person failed to work - orders that Craig Stirling and Sharron Macready follow their colleague down the road to Project Zero...

Reminiscent at times of the 'Danger Man' classic 'Colony Three', 'Project Zero' is one of the Champions' most memorable adventures. Richard's slide rule homing device is probably a dig at the 007 school of spy gadgets - it breaks during the flight to Scotland, and Craig is forced to alert his friend using a dog whistle! Good direction from the late Don Sharp - his only contribution to the series. Davies - best remembered for his role as Georges Simenon's 'Maigret' in the early '60's - is suitably menacing as the villain, while Jan Holden is well cast as his ice maiden assistant 'Miss Davies'. There is genuine suspense in the scene where Craig attempts to remove Richard's collar.

Spot The Mistake: in the scene where the scientists throw tear gas phials at the guards, one of them slips and falls over!

A literally explosive ending, however, with Sharron getting the last word for once!


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