The Persuaders!: Season 1, Episode 1

Overture (18 Sep. 1971)

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British playboy Lord Brett Sinclair and his American counterpart Danny Wilde are summoned by retired Judge Fulton to an hotel on the French Riviera where they get into a fight. As an ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Laurence Naismith ...
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Maria Lorenzo
Alex Scott ...
Michael Godfrey ...
Robert Dupont
Bruno Barnabe ...
Bruno, Maitre de
Neal Arden ...
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British playboy Lord Brett Sinclair and his American counterpart Danny Wilde are summoned by retired Judge Fulton to an hotel on the French Riviera where they get into a fight. As an alternative to being arrested the judge 'persuades' them to work for him to apprehend criminals seemingly beyond the law. Their first assignment involves locating Maria Lorenzo - a girl identified by an unusual birthmark. Her brother, head of a crime syndicate, was supposedly killed two years earlier but is very much alive and still carrying on his illegal activities, unknown to Maria. Through Maria, Brett and Danny must find her brother and end his wicked ways. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Lord Brett Sinclair claims to speak 9 languages. See more »


At 06:21, while Roger Moore is shown driving, there is a dark-skinned hand visible on the right (behind his drivers seat). At this point his character is alone in the car. See more »


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Great Early '70s Ensemble
10 November 2008 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This one-season 70's series was a LOT of fun as it would almost have to be with both Moore, doing his typical suave Englishman routine, and Curtis almost reprising his SOME LIKE IT HOT hustler-with-a-heart-of-gold. Sometime DR WHO scriptwriter Terry Nation makes the most of the contrast, and throw in wacky '70s fashions plus enough dough to actually shoot scenes on location, and you've got something that should have run MUCH longer.

Two international playboys receive a summons to the Riviera, where they wind up under the thumb of a retired judge with a hunger for justice. Judge Fulton needs someone outside the law to pursue the mystery of a crime syndicate that is still operating after the apparent death of its boss. Fulton challenges Wilde and Sinclair to rise above their selfish lifestyles and, developing a taste for sparring with each other, the pair pursue a beautiful girl who unknowingly holds the key to locking up the bad guys.

This isn't my favorite episode of the series; it takes Moore and Curtis an episode or two more to really master their chemistry. If you're wading through the DVD set I'd recommend skipping ahead to POWERSWITCH.

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