The Champions: Season 1, Episode 29

The Gun-Runners (23 Apr. 1969)

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A cache of Japanese arms from WW2 is unearthed in a Burmese jungle before gun-runners kill the recovery force, planning to sell their spoils in Bangkok to international arms trader ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Stuart Damon ...
Alexandra Bastedo ...
William Gaunt ...
Anthony Nicholls ...
William Franklyn ...
Paul Stassino ...
Guido Selvameni
David Lodge ...
Guy Deghy ...
Burmese Police Captain
Wolfe Morris ...
Ministry Clerk


A cache of Japanese arms from WW2 is unearthed in a Burmese jungle before gun-runners kill the recovery force, planning to sell their spoils in Bangkok to international arms trader Huntington.The Champions are sent to intercept the shipment but fail. It is allegedly bound for Brussels but ends in Africa where the Champions foil an uprising. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 April 1969 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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At the beginning of the show Sharron's Mini car is jammed in. Two quite drunk helpers attempt to push the car sideways to free it. Sharron pulls the car from the other side, easily rotating it for a clear exit. As the two men fall into the wet gutter, looking underneath the Mini shows it is set up higher on a wooden pallet, which then would have e.g. casters fixed to it. See more »

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Have guns, will sell
28 July 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A wartime cache of Japanese guns is found in a Burmese jungle, and a recovery party is massacred by a group of men ( among them a pre-'Comedians' Mike Reid ), led by ruthless arms dealer 'Hartington' ( William Franklyn ). The Champions must find out what he intends doing with them, and stop him. When a woman tries to shoot him in a Burmese restaurant, Sharron saves his life by throwing a plate, skilfully deflecting the gun-shot. Craig meets Hartington in a warehouse, and is almost killed when henchman 'Filmer' ( David Lodge ) causes a crate to fall on top of him. His unconscious body is dumped in a cellar. He recovers, getting out by swinging on a beam and kicking the hatch open. The plane carrying the guns is traced firstly to Brussels and then to the African state of Ngano, where Hartington intends selling them to local revolutionaries...

Dennis Spooner's 'The Gun-runners' is a standard episode, made watchable by the Champions themselves ( including an amusing scene in Tremayne's office where they take turns to throw Styrofoam cups into a waste-paper basket, managing to land them neatly on top of one another ). The urbane Franklyn is rather wasted as the pipe-smoking arms dealer; he was probably better suited to 'The Avengers' ( he appeared in the episode 'Silent Dust' ). David Lodge had previously played 'Porth' in 'The Night People', also directed by Robert Asher. The crashed plane in the jungle looks like the one in 'Reply Box No.666'.

A recurring theme was the villains getting killed by their own weapons

  • 'Dr.Voss' ( Rupert Davies' ) was blown up by his own fission gun in

'Project Zero', 'Stanton' ( James Maxwell ) and 'Minoes' ( Marne Maitland ) got a whiff of their own heart attack-inducing gas in 'The Silent Enemy', and here Hartington gets destroyed along with his guns. Poetic justice indeed.

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