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Whilst being engaged to protect Frank Dilling, a vital witness in a corruption case, Harry and Caroline are involved in a car crash. Harry wakes up in hospital, where he visited by a police inspector, who asks him about Dilling's location so that the police may guard him. However the whole situation has been manufactured and the man is a bogus cop, anxious to silence Dilling and Harry must go after him and stop him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A slight case of recycling
11 February 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Originality is not really considered too important in television. All that matters is getting shows on air. Back in the '60's, there was a notorious case of script recycling when an episode of 'The Saint' called 'Lida' later turned up - word for word - as 'Portrait Of Louisa', an episode of 'The Baron'. Terry Nation was stuck for ideas and, with a deadline approaching, decided to borrow from himself and hoped no-one would notice. He might have gotten away with it had not both been shown in America in the same week!

In 1966, Brian Clemens penned the storyline ( the actual script was by Tony Williamson ) for 'A Slight Case Of Reincarnation', the opening episode of Season 2 of 'Adam Adamant Lives!'. A gang of villains are out to extract a secret from Adam by means of a 'Mission: Impossible'-type scam, namely making him think he is back in 1908 and that his adventures in 1966 have been nothing but a dream.

Three years later, Clemens rewrote it as 'Requiem' for the final series of 'The Avengers'. Tara King ( Linda Thorson ) knows the whereabouts of Miranda Loxton ( Angela Douglas ), shortly to give evidence in a Murder International trial. The bad guys firstly involve her in a fake murder attempt ( a bomb goes off in Steed's flat ), and then gently pump her for information.

Four years later, Clemens used the plot a third time, as an episode of I.T.C.'s 'The Protectors', starring Robert Vaughn as 'Harry Rule' and the late Nyree Dawn Porter as 'The Contessa de Contini'. After a pre-credits sequence in which they are seemingly involved in a car crash, Harry wakes up in a fake hospital where Inspector Wilson ( Ian Hendry ) asks him about his latest case. Harry and the Contessa know the location of one Frank Dilling ( Geoffrey Morris ), who is soon to give evidence that will blow apart a ring of corruption that encircles most of Europe. Escaping, he and the Contessa make their way to where Frank is hiding out ( it looks like the movie studio seen in 'U.F.O.' ) and, after a gun battle, come out on top.

I have not seen the 'Adam Adamant Lives' version ( it was wiped years ago ), but have read the script and it looks like being one of that show's best offerings. 'The Avengers' remake made for one of the best Thorson shows, and 'Thinkback', while not quite as good, benefits from snappy direction by Cyril Frankel and a solid performance by guest star Hendry. Like most of 'The Protectors' series, it manages to entertain without necessarily being particularly outstanding. I feel the show was wrong for the half-hour format. Hour-long episodes akin to 'The Saint' and 'The Danger Man' would have improved it no end.


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