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Return of the Saint 

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This series chronicles the swashbuckling exploits of Simon Templar, a modern day Robin Hood of sorts.
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1979   1978  

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Series cast summary:
Ian Ogilvy ...  Simon Templar 24 episodes, 1978-1979
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Simon Templar is a modern day Robin Hood of sorts. He steals from rich criminals and keeps the loot for himself (usually in such a way as to put the rich criminals behind bars). He's dashing, suave, charming, and he's always one step ahead of the bulldog-like Inspector Claude Eustace Teal. This series chronicles his swashbuckling exploits. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Adventure | Crime

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Trivia

Around forty-five actors had guest roles on this and the Sir Roger Moore Saint series. See more »

Alternate Versions

The two-part episode "Collision Course" was re-edited into the feature-length film "Saint and the Brave Goose, The." See more »

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Featured in It'll Be Alright on the Night 2 (1979) See more »

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Fair, but not really The Saint
9 January 2009 | by thud-5See all my reviews

Sorry if this offends some, but I have major problems with this series. Starting with Ian Oglivy as Simon Teplar. Now, his character name may be the same as the character played by Sir Roger Moore in the original series, but he isn't really The Saint. He is vaguely Saint-like, but is far too much a puppet of the organization for which he works.

Instead of suave and cunning, Oglivy's Templar is brash. Rather than a twinkle in his eye, this new "Saint" seems to vacillate between looking slightly embarrassed and looking just bit too smug.

True, I am one of those, "James Bond WAS Sean Connery" and "Simon Templar WAS Roger Moore" types. Perhaps that colors my perspective, but watching some of these episodes in 2008-09 hasn't done anything to change my opinion of the show back in 1978-79 when I first saw it. I have also gone back to watch several of the Roger Moore series recently. They hold up. Rather nicely, too.

The plots are paper thin and the supporting acting is sometimes painful. I would give examples, but they would end up being spoilers.

For completists out there, go for the DVD. For Ian Ogilvy fans, go for it. But, if you have warm, fuzzy memories of the original The Saint shows, don't say that one crabby old fart didn't warn you.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Son of the Saint See more »

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Budget:

GBP3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(24 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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