Return of the Saint: Season 1, Episode 11

The Imprudent Professor (19 Nov. 1978)

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Emma Bartlett asks the Saint to guard her father, a scientist who has recently invented a petrol substitute. She is concerned that he may be kidnapped or forced to defect because of his ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Peter Childs ...
Godfrey James ...
Inspector le Beau
John Moreno ...
Emma Bertlett
Bill Simpson ...
Anthony Steel ...


Emma Bartlett asks the Saint to guard her father, a scientist who has recently invented a petrol substitute. She is concerned that he may be kidnapped or forced to defect because of his product. After a confrontation with a man who claims to be a secret service agent responsible for the professor's well-being, the Saint runs into the seductive Samantha, who works for the organization Genius Inc. which sells very clever people to the highest bidders. Meanwhile the professor disappears, lured by a fake telephone call to meet up with the Saint, who must rescue him before his kidnappers can take him out of the country. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 November 1978 (UK)  »

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That Riviera Touch
30 August 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

At a scientific conference in Nice, Professor Edmund Bartlett ( Bill Simpson ) announces to the world that he has created a petrol substitute. A man rises to his feet to denounce the Professor as a fraud. The man question is none other than Simon Templar.

Bartlett's daughter, Emma ( Susan Penhaligon ) is concerned that foreign powers will attempt either to kill her father or kidnap him, so she has hired Templar to act as bodyguard. The British Secret Service are on the scene too, in the shape of Boothroyd ( Anthony Steel ).

The Saint is distracted by the ravishing Samantha ( Catherine Schell ) long enough for Bartlett to be snatched. The chase is on...

One of the best episodes. Certainly it looks as though the budget is higher than usual, what with a speedboat, helicopter and yacht all figuring prominently in the action. Several people commented at the time on Ian Ogilvy's suitability as 'James Bond' and, although I am glad he did not land the role ( he would not have been the first 'Saint' to become 007 ) you can see why they thought this.

Scottish actor Bill Simpson was best known for 'Dr.Finlay's Casebook', while Anthony Steel was a British matinée idol of the '50's. In a nice dig at the Bond movies, when we first see his character ( he is a British spy ) he is relaxing around a pool with lots of sexy ladies in bikinis. Susan Penhaligon would have recently been seen in that steaming pile of rubbish called 'Bouquet Of Barbed Wire' and its equally inane sequel 'Another Bouquet'. Catherine Schell had worked with director Kevin Connor recently on the second season of 'Space: 1999'.

This was one of the few 'Return' episodes to be novelised; though credited to Leslie Charteris, the author was in fact Peter Bloxham. Other stories to see the light of print included 'Duel In Venice' and 'Collision Course' ( retitled 'Salvage For The Saint' ).

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