Return of the Saint: Season 1, Episode 10

The Armageddon Alternative (11 Dec. 1978)

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A deranged scientist, rejected for a top government post, gets his revenge by setting off explosions all over London. He threatens the biggest explosion of all unless sculptress Lynn ... See full summary »

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George Cole ...
Fred
Ian Collier ...
Army Captain
Frank Gatliff ...
Loader
Gordon Gostelow ...
Parkinson
Brian Haughton ...
Telex Operator
Anouska Hempel ...
Lynn Jackson
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Commander Denning
Edward Lyon ...
Policeman
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Peter Quince ...
Bomb Squad Officer
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A deranged scientist, rejected for a top government post, gets his revenge by setting off explosions all over London. He threatens the biggest explosion of all unless sculptress Lynn Jackson is publicly executed and the Saint teams up with Commander Denning of Special Branch to stop him. Written by don@minifie-1

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London under siege!
19 July 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Simon Templar is on his way home when a mysterious figure in a monkey mask knocks him out and takes him to a secret location containing a homemade atomic bomb. A tape recorded voice boasts how it will be used to level London unless certain demands are met.

The maniac is calling for the public execution of one Lynn Jackson ( Anouska Hempel ), a sculptress. While the police puzzle it out, conventional bombs start going off all over the city...

My favourite episode of the series. Like 'The Arrangement', it has a slightly darker feel than the usual 'Saint' romps, and with IRA terror campaigns then taking place in Britain managed to be frighteningly topical. Its major flaw is the identity of the bomber is easy to tell once you've heard the voice on the tape recorder.

George Cole co-stars as 'Fred', a car park attendant, with Donald Houston as 'Commander Denning' of New Scotland Yard. Lovely Anouska Hempel was one of Blofeld's 'Angels Of Death' in 'O.H.M.S.S.' ( 1969 ). Giving a powerful performance as a suspect is the late Gordon Gostelow, normally cast as an eccentric buffoon.

Most of the explosions are stock footage but the one that demolishes Templar's mews flat is most definitely not, and pretty stunning to boot.

After a shaky start, the new 'Saint' had finally found an identity of its own.


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