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EPISODES:  13, including pilot.
LENGTH: 
60 Mins.
FORMAT: 
Mono, Video and Film Integration.
PRODUCTION:  
1969 - 1970 TCN-9 Production.
RUNNING ORDER:  Airdate / official.
NETWORK: 
Nine.

CAST:
Det. Sgt. John Randall.......KEVIN MILES
Det. Sgt. Harry Sutton.......BRUCE MONTAGUE
Det. Const. Ray Gamble.......TRISTAN ROGERS

Support:
Det. Russell (Forensic).......MAX MELDRUM

CREW:
Executive Producer.......GEORGE SPENTON-FOSTER
Music.......GEOFF HARVEY
Devised by.......GLYN DAVIES


EPISODE TITLES
~   (Pilot episode)
1. Home Run
2. To Hang By A Thread
3. Die Laughing
4. Where Is Your Daughter's Head?
5. See Amsterdam And Die
6. Flair For Murder
7. Tide And Time
8. The Dishonoured Samurai
9. Truth Is Stranger Than Murder
10. The Quiet One
11. Somebody's Kid Is Missing
12. You'd Never Get It Wholesale


~ (Pilot Episode)

.......Lorraine Bayly
.......Enid Lorimer
.......Clarissa Kaye

Producer.......Glyn Davies

Notes: Pilot Episode. Intended to be the first episode, it was never screened as it was considered sub-standard by TCN-9.

Airdate: Never screened.

1. Home Run

Max Hilden.......John Fegan
Dale.......Sandy Gore
Larry Madigen.......Michael Latimer
Det. Insp. Willcox.......John Warwick
Kelly Lawson.......Christina O'Brien
Det. Russell.......Max Meldrum
Security officer.......Charles Moody
Senator Richard Thorsen.......Don Smith

Script.......Tony Morphett
Director.......Jonathan Dawson
Producer.......Pat Condon

Synopsis: A corrupt Australian born union leader, Hilden, is deported from the U.S.A. after 40 years as a result of an enquiry headed by Senator Thorsen. When the Senator visits Sydney, Hilden masterminds his murder by arranging for playboy gunman Larry Madigan to shoot Thorsen at his hotel. However, the Senator was a member of the Mafia being groomed for the White House, and the Mafia then seek vengeance on the man who arranged the murder.

Notes: Intended to be episode 2, this became the first episode, replacing the sub-standard pilot.

Airdate:

Melbourne
14/1/70
Sydney 15/1/70
Coffs Harbour NSW 27/1/70
Brisbane 14/2/70

 


Ep. 1: Bruce Montague, John Fegan and Tristan Rogers

2. To Hang By A Thread

Cheryl Jackson.......Kate McKittrick
Harold Carpenter.......Guy LeClaire
Janet Cleary.......Yvonne Matthews
Mrs. Jackson.......Jessica Noad
Miss Wyburn.......Phillipa Baker
Russell Moore.......Peter Collingwood
Pat Harris.......James Bowles
Page.......Stephen Costain
Wal Byrne.......Roger Cox
'Darkie'.......John Kernahan
Neighbour.......Lalla Fanning

Script.......Ted Roberts
Director.......George Spenton-Foster
Script Editor.......Glyn Davies

Synopsis: Cheryl Jackson, a young redhead girl from the country, unexpectedly wins a photographic beauty contest sponsored by the Carpenter Model Agency. Against the wishes of her fiancee, she leaves home to collect her prize money and pursue a modelling career in the city. Soon after her arrival the mutilated body of a young redheaded woman is found in a suitcase in Sydney Harbour. Initially it is thought to be Cheryl Jackson, but investigations uncover an elaborate scheme to conceal a murder by having Cheryl substitute for the victim.

Airdate:
Sydney 22/1/70
Melbourne 4/2/70
Brisbane 7/3/70
Maryborough QLD 1/5/70
Adelaide 21/5/70

 


Bruce Montague and Kevin Miles

3. Die Laughing

.......Peter Sumner
.......Diana Perryman
.......James Condon
.......Don Crosby
.......Julie Costello
.......Elisabeth Crosby

Synopsis: The investigation following the discovery of a vagrant's body uncovers the tragic life led by his wealthy widow. She lived unaware that her husband, a wartime hero and happy family man, had become a Sydney derelict.

Airdate:

Melbourne
21/1/70
Sydney 29/1/70
Brisbane 21/2/70
Toowoomba QLD 2/3/70
Coffs Harbour NSW 3/3/70
Adelaide 23/4/70

 


Ep. 3: Kevin Miles and Diana Perryman

4. Where Is Your Daughter's Head?

Josef Vogelsang.......Owen Weingott
.......Pat Bishop
.......Jeff Ashby
.......Graham Rouse

Director.......Jonathan Dawson

Synopsis: While escaping from a Nazi prison camp during World War 2, Sydney Jewish art dealer Josef Vogelsang stole a valuable Titian painting. In Australia he must keep the existence of the painting a secret for fear of being deported. Members of a right wing organisation, knowing Vogelsang's position, blackmail him for $10,000 and terrorise Jewish members of the community.

Airdate:

Melbourne
28/1/70
Sydney 5/2/70
Brisbane 28/2/70
Toowoomba QLD 9/3/70
Maryborough QLD 17/4/70

 


Tristan Rogers, Kevin Miles and Bruce Montague

5. See Amsterdam And Die

Carol Crane.......Carmen Duncan
Bruce Crane.......Frank Thring
Jack Westam.......Mike Dorsey
Jill Manners.......Rosemary Butcher
Bloem.......David Raphael
Stiengler.......Theo Ten Brummelaar
Hans Van Stroom.......Don Reid
Jorden.......Alan Harvey
Janitor.......Archie Hull
Tyler.......Mike Dawkins
Cleaner.......Fay Hastings

Script.......Kenneth Hayles
Director.......John Alaimo


Synopsis: Van Stroom, a Dutch gemologist, is murdered in a small hotel in Amsterdam, Holland, and the Sydney CIB become involved when Van Stroom is found to be carrying an Australian passport. An international investigation into diamond smuggling leads to Bruce Crane, a domineering gemologist, and his sister Carol.

Airdate:

Melbourne
11/2/70
Sydney 12/2/70
Toowoomba QLD 9/3/70

 


Bruce Montague

6. Flair For Murder

Director.......Jonathan Dawson

Synopsis: Lionel Porter, front man for an underground criminal organisation, raises bail for a fast gun-hand who is needed for a special job. The prisoner just released, and with a grudge, attempts to murder Det. Sgt. Sutton, but is himself slain by Bennie, a hired killer. Later, in the planning of a jewel robbery, the killer's boss orders Bennie to ‘eliminate’ one of the conspirators, but the boss is unaware that his own daughter is in love with the intended victim.

Airdate:

Melbourne
18/2/70
Sydney 19/2/70
Brisbane 14/3/70
Griffith NSW 30/3/70
Toowoomba QLD 30/3/70

 


Kevin Miles

7. Tide And Time

Lady Ramsden.......Jacqueline Kott
'Big Greek' .......Moshe Kedem
.......Peter Williams
.......Sean McEuan

Script.......Gregory Marton
Director.......John Alaimo

Synopsis: A small rowing boat is found floating in Sydney Harbour, and slumped across the floor lies a dead man with a fishing spear in his chest. He had been 'fishing' for a cylinder full of stolen fashion drawings for Ralph Ramsden, an over-mothered little rich boy. Suddenly Ralph realises that he is caught as prime suspect in an intricate web of deadly espionage.

Airdate:

Melbourne
25/2/70
Sydney 26/2/70
Orange NSW 14/3/70
Brisbane 21/3/70
Toowoomba QLD 6/4/70

 


Tristan Rogers, Bruce Montague and Kevin Miles

8. The Dishonoured Samurai

Caroline Burns.......Elke Neidhardt
Michael Jenner.......Lex Mitchell
David Lewis .......Alistair Duncan
Thomas Kenward.......John Faasen
Joe Burns.......Brian Moll
Sgt. Omaka Yamasaki
.......Rick Scully
Mrs. Jenner.......Kay Taylor
Tony (barman).......Robert McPhee
Takio Mishu.......Terry Irwin
Photographer.......Tony Relf
Hotel porter.......Lee Mon Chee

Script.......Ted Ager
Director.......George Spenton-Foster
Script Editor.......Glyn Davies

Synopsis: A young paperboy witnesses a strange and morbid spectacle on a lonely beach - a Japanese man digging a grave with another man helping him. The second man helps him fill it - with the aid of a bullet through the chest. When the Link Men are called in to investigate this and two other macabre murders, all paths seem to lead to the Japanese man. The methods of the murderer cause the Link Men to adopt an unusual method of investigation to solve the crimes.

Airdate:

Melbourne
4/3/70
Sydney 5/3/70
Coffs Harbour NSW 17/3/70
Brisbane 4/4/70
Toowoomba QLD 13/4/70

9. Truth Is Stranger Than Murder

Airdate:

Sydney 12/3/70
Melbourne 25/3/70

 


Kevin Miles and Bruce Montague

10. The Quiet One

Marguerita Costello.......Jeanie Drynan
Tony Amarato.......Lionel Long
Giovanni Amarato.......Tom Lake
Mario Costello.......Eric Reiman
Moretti.......Don Pascoe
Johnny Amarato.......Leon Gregory
Det. Russell.......Max Meldrum
Mario Costello.......Max Cullen
Frank.......Frankie Davidson
Benito Costello.......Jeff Kevin
Mrs. Amarato.......Lyndall Barbour
Rocky Costello.......Jim Clifford
Hardy.......Colin Hughes

Script.......Tony Morphett
Director.......Jonathan Dawson
Producer.......Michael Latimer

Synopsis: Giovanni Amarto, a fruit and vegetable farmer, tries to sell his produce outside the Mafia and is burnt to death in a Mafia reprisal, and his sons head on a course seeking vengeance.

Airdate:

Melbourne
11/3/70
Sydney 19/3/70
Shepparton VIC 16/3/70
Albury NSW 19/3/70
Orange NSW 21/3/70
Coffs Harbour NSW 24/3/70
Perth 31/3/70
Brisbane 11/4/70
Toowoomba QLD 20/4/70

 


Ep. 10: Jeanie Drynan and Leon Gregory

 

11. Somebody's Kid Is Missing

Janice Whitman.......Sue Lloyd
Bert Whitman.......John Meillon
Joe Seberg.......Keith Lee
Sgt. Kelly.......Bob Haddow
Terry.......Gerard Maguire
Wilson.......Les Foxcroft
'Mother'.......Lois Ramsey
Don Yates.......Gregory de Polnay
Constable.......Gary Day
Edie Whitman.......Maggie Dence
Anna Seberg.......Judi Farr
Beatrice Birdie.......Eve Wynne

Script.......Don Barkham
Director.......John Alaimo
Producer.......Michael Latimer

Synopsis: Two young men abduct a schoolgirl, believing she is the daughter of very wealthy parents, but it appears the police have a case of mistaken identity on their hands.

Airdate:

Melbourne
18/3/70
Sydney 26/3/70
Coffs Harbour NSW 31/3/70
Toowoomba QLD 27/4/70
Maryborough QLD 5/6/70
Ballarat VIC 5/5/71

 


Ep. 11: Sue Lloyd

12. You'd Never Get It Wholesale

Henry Sims.......Peter Reynolds
Seaman.......Peter Whitford
Doctor.......James Elliott

Script.......Ted Ager
Director.......George Spenton-Foster
Producer.......Michael Latimer

Synopsis: While Det. Const. Gamble investigates the death of a child caused by drug taking, Det. Sgt. Sutton is involved on a fraud case concerning the sale of a yacht. These two seemingly individual investigations tie together and lead the detectives to a drug trafficking racket.

Airdate:
Shepparton VIC 30/3/70
Melbourne 1/4/70
Sydney 2/4/70
Albury NSW 2/4/70
Coffs Harbour NSW 7/4/70
Orange NSW 11/4/70
Perth 14/4/70
Brisbane 25/4/70
Toowoomba QLD 4/5/70

 

~  Where Did You Meet Carol Johnston?

Carol Johnston.......Barbara Frawley
Judy Raymond.......June Salter
.......Reg Livermore

Synopsis: The investigation into the death of a young society girl brings to light many conflicting stories concerning her private life.

Notes: Incomplete episode. Scheduled for screening in Sydney on 26/2/70 as episode 7, and in Orange NSW on 28/2/70, and actually being listed in programme guides, this episode was scrapped after extensive filming as it was considered sub-standard by TCN-9. Subsequently, episode 8 'Tide And Time' became episode 7, and all following episodes were renumbered accordingly.

Airdate: Never screened.

 


Ep. 12: Peter Reynolds


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