The Champions: Season 1, Episode 4

The Experiment (16 Oct. 1968)

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Sharron is met at an airport whilst on holiday by Major Cranmore who invites her to a large house apparently to pit her super-human skills against a like-minded - literally - group of ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Stuart Damon ...
Alexandra Bastedo ...
William Gaunt ...
Anthony Nicholls ...
David Bauer ...
Dr. Glind
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Major Cranmore
Madalena Nicol ...
Dr. Margaret Daniels
Caroline Blakiston ...
Marion Grant
Philip Bond ...
Russell Waters ...
Dr. Farley


Sharron is met at an airport whilst on holiday by Major Cranmore who invites her to a large house apparently to pit her super-human skills against a like-minded - literally - group of people in a series of tests. Craig and Richard trace her to the house following the death of an intruder in the Nemesis headquarters. They have been lured there and the purpose is for the Champions to do battle with the other group of super-powered people. The outcome will decide whether Dr. Glind will attempt his bid for world domination. Written by don @ minifie-1

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16 October 1968 (UK)  »

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The opening titles are narrated by an uncredited voice. This is actually actor David Bauer who has a guest star role in the fourth episode "The Experiment". See more »

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The sixth sense is death
17 July 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Welcome to my all-time favourite 'Champions' episode.

A man with incredible mental and physical abilities breaks through the heavily-guarded perimeter of a top secret research institute, only to become mindless moments later. NEMESIS agents Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett must find out who was controlling the intruder's actions. Sharron Macready is on holiday in England, or so her colleagues are led to believe. Major Cranmore ( Allan Cuthbertson ) of DI6 has requested her participation in a secret experiment involving agents of other security forces; they include the snooty 'Marion Grant' ( Caroline Blakiston ), 'Jean Jereau' ( Jonathan Burn ), 'Paul Lang' ( Peter J.Elliott ), and 'Susan Francis' ( Nita Lorraine ). In Beeston Lodge, Sussex, Sharron is subjected to a series of tests designed to probe her superhuman capabilities. The man behind the control voice is 'Dr.Glind' ( the late David Bauer ), a parapsychologist who knows about the Champions and is trying to duplicate their powers with the aid of a special E.E.G. machine that can boost the electrical centres of the brain. The flaw in the process is that the subjects' minds collapse within minutes.

Sharron is on screen more often than the others, and for once our heroes are pitted against foes with the same abilities as themselves. It contains some amazing scenes - the teaser with the intruder leaping over the fence, knocking out guards, and dodging bullets, Cranmore shooting the intruder in a hospital as the camera focuses on a child's spinning top, the volley ball game which is so fast you can barely see it, and the climactic fight. Bauer makes a good villain - he also provided the opening narration. 'Dr.Who' fans will doubtless recognise the late Nicholas Courtney ( sans moustache ) as 'Dr.Farley'. Caroline Blakiston registers as a bitchy agent who takes an instant dislike to our Sharron. The late Robert James ( 'Lesterson' in Dr.Who's 'Power Of The Daleks' ) is one of Glind's assistants.

Tony Williamson's script - along with 'The Beginning' - formed the basis for the one and only 'Champions' novel - 'The Sixth Sense Is Death' - published by Coronet Books in 1969. It was written by John Garforth ( who also wrote four 'Avengers' books ), and has a most unusual structure; 'The Experiment' forms the novel's core, with the events of 'The Beginning' related in flashback form by Sharron, Glind and Richard. Garforth fused the unrelated story lines by making Glind responsible for the germ warfare project in China the Champions nearly lost their lives destroying. There is a different ending with our heroes battling an army of brainwashed super-humans, all named 'Tommy Atkins', out to wreck Porton Down and release deadly germs into the atmosphere. Not a bad book, but clearly written before the author had a chance to view the series - his description of Tremayne as a 'degenerate youngster' is massively at odds with Anthony Nicholls' portrayal, and - get this - we learn that the nickname 'the Champions' was coined by journalists and gossip columnists!

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