Two journalists find the body of missing military expert General Patterson frozen in suspended animation in a Welsh research establishment. Villainous project financier Squires and his ... See full summary »



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Ann Lynn ...
Inga Kalmutt
Philip Locke ...
J.G. Devlin ...
Frank Nicholls
Gregory Phillips ...
David Fenton
Christina Taylor ...


Two journalists find the body of missing military expert General Patterson frozen in suspended animation in a Welsh research establishment. Villainous project financier Squires and his guards kill one but the other, Frank, escapes and calls in his friend Richard. Frank is also murdered by Squires after explaining what he saw and Richard breaks into the building. Scientist Inga tells him Squires has her father as a hostage whilst she freezes, then revives, Patterson to sell to a foreign power, but then Richard is caught and frozen though he is helped to escape by Yeats, a humane henchman of Squires, sickened by the killings. Sharron and Craig then arrive to help Richard prevent Squires from completing his plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 February 1969 (UK)  »

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Immortality for sale!
12 July 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

It should come as no great surprise to find Terry Nation - creator of the 'Daleks' in 'Doctor Who' as well as many other fantasy shows such as 'Survivors' and 'Blake's 7' - contributing to a series like 'The Champions'. He penned two episodes, the other being the excellent 'The Fanatics'. 'The Body Snatchers' is set in Wales. Two journalists break into a cemetery under cover of darkness, eluding the regular guard patrols. They climb into an air shaft and find themselves in a room full of strange-looking medical equipment. 'Frank Nicholls' ( J.G. Devlin ) sees a man in military uniform inside a transparent case and recognises him as 'General Patterson', a top man in the Pentagon. Guards arrive. One of the men is shot dead, but Nicholls escapes. Convinced he has unearthed a major spy plot, he calls on NEMESIS agent Richard Barrett for help...

This boasts a neat plot about cryo-biology ( a new idea at the time ). It hit the papers two years before when rumours circulated that Walt Disney had had himself placed in suspended animation to be thawed out only when a cure for cancer was discovered. 'Squires' ( the late Bernard Lee, best remembered as the original 'M' in the Bond movies ), is financing a medical clinic run by Swedish scientist 'Inga Kalmutt' ( Ann Lynn ) though not for humanitarian reasons. He has managed to abduct General Patterson from hospital - the General was reportedly close to death - and has had him preserved so that the valuable information in his head can be extracted by whoever pays him best. Squires plans on kidnapping other important people in this way. When he uncovers Barrett snooping around, he has him placed in one of the refrigeration units, but Richard breaks free. The other Champions arrive, leading to a satisfying battle.

Although Richard is on screen more often than his chums, the other Champions do their bit; Craig helping a boy whose head has got trapped in railings, and tearing a lock and chain off the main gate of the Mellion Institute, while Sharron takes care of a guard ( Patrick Durkin ) in a manner Mrs.Emma Peel would have approved of. Bernard Lee was good at villainous roles ( he is also to be seen in 'The Baron' two-parter 'Masquerade' and 'The Killing' ). His best moment comes when he catches Nicholls hiding in a gasoline store, whereupon he douses him in the stuff and sets him alight. He dresses his men in flat caps for some reason. Perhaps he fancied himself as a country squire? One of these men - 'Yeats' - is played by Philip Locke, who - as 'Vargas' - 'got the point' in 'Thunderball' ( 1965 ). Australian actor Fredric Abbot is henchman 'White'. 'Prisoner' fans will recognise him as 'Potter' in the superb 'Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling'.

As Nation was Welsh, the depiction of my homeland is a bit better here than in most shows of its type. No women walking around in national costume, for one thing, or singing, blackened coal miners. The town where the story is set is called 'Porthgerwyn', an authentic sounding name you would not be surprised to see on a map. The 'Prince Of Wales' pub looks good enough to have a pint or two in! An uncredited Talfryn Thomas pops up as a local man who gives Craig and Sharron directions.

Directed by Paul Dickson, who also worked on the underrated Linda Thorson 'Avenger' series.

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