The Jolly Roger is pirate radio station on an old sea fort. A DJ is killed just as he sends a message saying that the station is sending coded messages to foreign submarines. Blake goes undercover as a DJ to find out what is happening.
An abandoned war-time sea installation over three miles from shore has been taken over under maritime law by a man who now uses it to run a pirate radio station. Being outside the three-mile limit prevents the authorities from shutting the station down or prosecuting for unlicensed broadcasting. However, the pirate radio station is only a front for other, more nefarious activities. Written by
Tony Williamson's 'Not So Jolly Roger' was one of the last 'Danger Man' episodes made, and also one of the best. Andrews ( Christopher Sandford ), a disc jockey for Radio Jolly Roger, is murdered whilst sending an urgent message to London. John Drake ( Patrick McGoohan ) arrives by boat to take his place. It is run by Marco Jansen ( Edwin Richfield ) and his wife ( Lisa Daniely ). Drake discovers the station is passing stolen military secrets to the Russians. The playing of Strauss' 'Blue Danube' acts as a signal to a submarine. His cover blown, Drake is confronted by the brawny Mullins ( Andrew Faulds ). The fight ends with our hero falling from a great height into the sea...
The setting of a pirate radio station makes this a very ( for the time anyway ) topical story ( we will overlook the fact that Drake is rather too old to be a D.J. ). The episode is made more effective by being filmed on an abandoned World War 2 sea fort. Marco admits he never bought the place, but claimed it under maritime law. I did not recognise the songs used, but they sound good!
Among the cast are Wilfrid Lawson as a perpetually inebriated cook, and Patsy Ann Noble ( later to move to the States and change her name to 'Trisha' ) looks great in a woollen sweater as disc jockey 'Susan Wade'. Her song 'He Who Rides A Tiger' is heard at the beginning and end. 'Mullins' a.k.a. the late Andrew Faulds, later became a Labour M.P.!
Incidentally, 'Storm Over Rockall', a 1965 'Danger Man' novel by W.Howard Baker, also features skulduggery on a pirate radio station, but the two are unconnected.
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