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EPISODES: 42.
LENGTH: 60 mins.
FORMAT: Colour, Film.
PRODUCTION: 1971 - 1972 Roger Mirams / Paramount Pictures Co-Production.
RUNNING ORDER: Official (see note under Episode Titles).
NETWORK: Nine.

CAST:
Erskine.......JACK THOMPSON
Lt. French.......KATY WILD
Gunther Haber.......PETER SUMNER
Col. Cato.......REDMOND PHILIPS
Support:
Jill Stewart.......ARNA-MARIA WINCHESTER
Capt. Pollock.......BILL HUNTER
Capt. Bergen.......STUART FINCH

CREW:
Producer.......ROGER MIRAMS
Associate Producer.......RON McLEAN
Music.......BRIAN RANGOTT & GEOFF HARVEY
Paramount Production Executive.......BRUCE GORDON

 

 

1. The General

Gen. Henschell.......Don Reid
Barrow.......Max Cullen
Mrs. Bergman.......Leila Blake
Bloke in pub.......Bryan Niland
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter
Japanese soldier 1.......Takeo Ong
Japanese soldier 2.......Masayuki Nagae
Japanese soldier 3.......Terry Erwin
Native.......Michael Springfield

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber, who once loved the same girl and now have an intense dislike of each other, are forced to work for Col. Cato. Cato sends them to New Ireland to kidnap a German officer from under the noses of the Japanese because he has a list of all German espionage agents in Australia. Erskine distrusts Haber’s loyalties, and his fears are realised when Haber, a German national, appears to defect to the enemy.

Airdate:
Sydney 2/8/71
Melbourne 26/8/71
Brisbane 15/9/71
Toowoomba QLD 20/9/71
Rockhampton QLD 29/1/72
Newcastle NSW 3/2/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 15/2/72
Canberra 23/2/72
Adelaide 2/12/75


EPISODE TITLES
1. The General
2. Death Railway
3. Portuguese Man Of War
4. The Prisoner
5. The Bridge
6. The Trader
7. The Escape
8. 27 Hours
9. The Volunteers - Part One
10. The Volunteers - Part Two
11. The Countess
12. The Cripple
13. The Assassin
14. The Tunku
15. The Gunner
16. The Saviour - Part One
17. The Saviour - Part Two
18. The Samurai
19. The Bunker
20. Reilley's Army
21. The Courier
22. The Doctor
23. The Major
24. The Lovers
25. The Chase
26. The Diplomat
27. The District Commissioner
28. The Troupers
29. The Encounter
30. The Breakout
31. The Interrogator
32. The Raiders
33. The Forger
34. The Correspondent
35. The Double Agent
36. The Misfits
37. The Mission
38. The Journey
39. The Decoy
40. The Murder
41. The Trail
42. The Rolls That Went To War

EPISODE RUNNING ORDER:
The running order of the episodes is given as shown in official lists. However, there are some anomalies. Episode 25, 'The Chase', features the new style 'stencil' titles, while episodes 26, 'The Diplomat', and 31, 'The Interrogator', feature the old style titles, suggesting they are out of order. (Although the later opening titles were substituted for the earlier titles on some prints, and therefore cannot be relied upon for an indication of the episode sequence, the style of the episode title and closing credits did not change). Nick Tate is introduced as agent Matt Parsons in episode 33, 'The Forger', yet makes a brief appearance in an earlier episode, No. 27 'The District Commissioner'. Tate reprises the role in episode 40, 'The Murder', the plotline of which is a classic device for a series finale (Cato's murder), and as episode 41, 'The Trail,' was filmed much earlier it is possible that 'The Murder' was intended to be the last episode (excluding the pilot episode of 'The Rolls That Went To War', which was attached to the end of the run as episode 42).

2. Death Railway

John Carpenter.......John Meillon
Julia Carpenter.......Lorraine Bayly
Telak.......George Assang
Sgt. Wills.......Martin Vaughan
Sgt. Shikoya.......Kuki Kaa
Wing Cmmdr. Burgess.......John Trenaman
Sir Geoffrey.......Charles McCallum
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: The Japanese are using Allied slave labour to build the Burma - Siam railway, and the only way to stop them is to bomb out the route ahead of the construction. Cato sends Erskine and Haber to Siam and deliberately ensures they are captured so they can obtain a blueprint of the railway. However, they discover an Australian engineer assisting the Japanese in the planning of the railway.

Notes: Segments filmed in Thailand, with the cooperation of the Thai Army.

Airdate:
Sydney 9/8//71
Melbourne 2/9/71
Brisbane 22/9/71
Tamworth NSW 5/10/71
Newcastle NSW 10/2/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 22/2/72
Canberra 1/3/72

Adelaide 3/2/76

 

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Ep. 2: John Meillon, Peter Sumner and Jack Thompson.

3. Portuguese Man Of War

Domenica.......Victoria Anoux
Carlos.......Alister Smart
Kleber.......Keith Lee
Capt. John Bennett.......Walter Sullivan
Hans.......Charles Thorn
Sergeant.......Gordon Piper
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ted Roberts
Director.......Ron Way

Synopsis: Wartime installations are being attacked in Sydney by German agents, and Cato devises an elaborate ploy to combat it. Suspicion falls on Haber, who is interned in a prison with some captured Germans, while Erskine tracks down the saboteurs supply line in the Portuguese fishing community. Haber and the German agents escape from prison, and with Erskine's help Haber manages to thwart their attempt to blow up the Queen Mary, which is carrying thousands of troops back from the Middle East.

Notes: A segment utilising the voice of Kevin Golsby as radio host James Brooks is taken from his role in episode 7 ‘The Escape’.

Airdate:
Sydney 16/8/71
Wollongong NSW 20/8/71
Melbourne 9/9/71
Traralgon VIC 9/9/71
Brisbane 29/9/71
Toowoomba QLD 4/10/71
Tamworth NSW 12/10/71
Canberra 29/5/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 2/10/72
Adelaide 10/2/76

 

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Ep. 3: Jack Thompson and Victoria Anoux.

4. The Prisoner

'Dingo'.......Henri Szeps
Pascoe.......Max Meldrum
Barrow.......Max Cullen
'Doc'.......Harry Lawrence
Prof. Maurice Trilby.......Don Crosby
'Prune'.......Reg Evans
Col. Mayusaki.......Kuki Kaa
Watchman.......Gerry Duggan
Dr. Hungerford.......Stanley Walsh
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter
Sangster.......Tony Thurbon
Japanese soldier.......Terry Erwin

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Cato fabricates evidence against Erskine and Haber framing them for an island massacre, in order to retain their services for his department. Erskine and Haber are then sent to Singapore to break into the notorious Changi Prison and rescue a British bacteriologist.

Notes: Some scenes filmed in Singapore, including at Changi where the Governor was persuaded to raise a Japanese flag for the first time since the war.

Airdate:
Sydney 23/8/71
Wollongong NSW 27/8/71
Tamworth NSW 19/10/71
Melbourne 20/11/71
Toowoomba QLD 13/12/71
Brisbane QLD 19/2/72
Newcastle NSW 5/4/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 18/4/72
Maryborough QLD 12/5/72
Port Pirie SA 16/1/73
Adelaide 17/2/76

 

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Peter Sumner and Jack Thompson.

5. The Bridge

John Levenson.......Graham Corry
Eric.......Gordon Piper
Yaseki.......Chin Yu Williams
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter
.......Ray Lamont
.......Rick Scully

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber discover a plan to blow up the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the day an Allied shipping convoy is due to leave. They intend to use the information to bargain their way out of Cato’s employ.

Airdate:
Melbourne 30/9/71
Brisbane 13/10/71
Toowoomba QLD 18/10/71
Tamworth NSW 26/10/71
Rockhampton QLD 5/2/72
Newcastle NSW 17/2/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 29/2/72
Canberra 8/3/72
Maryborough QLD 24/3/72
Adelaide 24/2/76

 

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Ep. 5: Bill Hunter.

6. The Trader

Jill Stewart.......Arna-Maria Winchester
Edith Harper.......Nancy Knudsen
Ruben Nathan.......Johnny Lockwood
Muswell Brown.......Tony Bazell
Victor Harper.......Bryan Niland
Radio operator.......Danny Adcock
Commander.......Raymond Duparc
Eddie Ellis.......Brian Evis

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber have to evacuate a small party from New Guinea. When the Japanese cut off their access to the coast they take refuge at a trading post, and suspicions grow when it seems that one of their number is in league with the enemy. Unknown to Erskine and Haber, one of the group, Jill Stewart, is an undercover agent in Cato’s employ.

Notes: Introduces Arna-Maria Winchester in a support role as Jill Stewart. A nude scene featuring Arna-Maria in a shower was almost censored for fear of offending viewers, and was finally retained because "it was too good to be deleted."
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Airdate:
Sydney 6/9/71
Melbourne 7/10/71
Toowoomba QLD 25/10/71
Tamworth NSW 2/11/71
Rockhampton QLD 26/2/72
Newcastle NSW 8/3/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 21/3/72
Canberra 29/3/72
Adelaide 9/12/75

 

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Ep.6: Arna-Maria Winchester.

7. The Escape

Gen. Gustav Hochstraadt.......Ewan Solon
James Brooks.......Kevin Golsby
Gardiner.......David Copping
Prof. Bunnington.......Gordon Lishman
Bosely.......Charles Moody
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: German aeronautics expert Gen. Gustav Hochstraadt is captured by Cato, who thinks that Hochstraadt is in the Pacific to advise the Japanese on construction of the V2 rocket. Erskine and Haber have to guard him against an escape attempt not only by German agents, but also from the Americans, with whom relations could be endangered by Cato's actions.

Notes: First of a two-part episode, continued in '27 Hours'.

Airdate:
Sydney 13/9/71
Wollongong NSW 17/9/71
Melbourne 14/10/71
Brisbane 27/10/71
Toowoomba QLD 1/11/71
Tamworth NSW 9/11/71
Rockhampton QLD 12/2/72
Newcastle NSW 24/2/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 7/3/72
Adelaide 16/12/75

 

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Ep. 7: Katy Wild

8. 27 Hours

Nurse.......Helen Morse
Gen. Gustav Hochstraadt.......Ewan Solon
Ron (pilot).......Ron Graham
Tony (co-pilot).......Tony Ingersent
White.......John Faassen
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber take Gen. Hochstraadt on a direct 27 hour flight to Colombo where he is to be handed over to the British. Haber's loyalties are tested as Hochstraadt, whose life is under threat from his own side, tries to use the 27 hours to win his freedom any way he can. When they are attacked by the Japanese and the pilot is killed, they are forced to trust Hochstraadt to fly the plane.

Notes: Second of a two-part episode, continued from 'The Escape'. Segments filmed in Colombo.

Airdate:
Sydney 20/9/71
Wollongong NSW 24/9/71
Traralgon VIC 21/10/71
Melbourne 23/10/71
Brisbane 3/11/71
Toowoomba QLD 8/11/71
Tamworth NSW 16/11/71
Rockhampton QLD 19/2/72
Newcastle NSW 2/3/72
Maryborough QLD 7/4/72
Adelaide
23/12/75

 

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Ep. 8: Helen Morse.

9. The Volunteers - part one

Elaine Harrison.......Jacki Weaver
Dowell.......Fred Betts
Corp. 'Disaster' Harmon.......Kevin Leslie
Eddie.......Reg Gorman
Capt. Charles Todmanton.......Warwick Simms
Sgt. Horrie Jackson.......Darryl Morton
Lee Yang.......Cecil Parkee
Girl on beach.......Michelle Fawdon
Major Sinclair.......Allan Lander
Sgt. Jennings.......Barry Donnelly
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber lead a daring raid against enemy shipping in Singapore Harbour, however it becomes obvious that one of the group is determined to sabotage the attempt.

Airdate:
Sydney 27/9/71
Wollongong NSW 1/10/71
Melbourne 30/10/71
Tamworth NSW 7/12/71
Rockhampton QLD 4/3/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 28/3/72
Canberra 5/4/72
Maryborough QLD 21/4/72
Brisbane 16/3/73
Adelaide 30/12/75

10. The Volunteers - part two

Dowell.......Fred Betts
Corp. 'Disaster' Harmon.......Kevin Leslie
Capt. Charles Todmanton.......Warwick Simms
Sgt. Horrie Jackson.......Darryl Morton
Lee Yang.......Cecil Parkee
William Bland.......James Moss
Native girl.......Sinan Leong
Sgt. Jennings.......Barry Donnelly
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: A saboteur endangers the mission in Singapore Harbour, and Haber is faced with the decision of abandoning Erskine to certain capture, or picking Erskine up and risking the lives of all the others on the mission.

Notes: Segments filmed in Singapore. Based on a true story, which later formed the basis of the 1989 mini-series Heroes.

Airdate:
Sydney 4/10/71
Wollongong NSW 8/10/71
Melbourne 6/11/71
Tamworth NSW 14/12/71
Coffs Harbour NSW 4/4/72
Ballarat VIC 12/6/72
Brisbane 23/3/73

11. The Countess

The Countess.......Anna Volska
German Ambassador.......Louis Wishart
Schmidt.......Peter Reynolds
Ikanyu.......John Soo
Alvares.......Richard May
Grekov.......Josef Drewniak
Schuder.......Roger Mirams
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber are sent to Macau, and violate the neutrality to obtain information on Japanese troop movements. They are assisted by the Countess, a local Allied agent.

Notes: Segments filmed in Macau. Producer Roger Mirams appears in a non-speaking role as a German agent.

Airdate:
Sydney 11/10/71
Wollongong NSW 15/10/71
Tamworth NSW 26/10/71
Melbourne 27/11/71
Toowoomba QLD 20/12/71
Brisbane 26/2/72
Maryborough QLD 30/6/72
Mt Gambier SA 19/9/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 16/10/72
Port Pirie SA
23/1/73
Adelaide 13/1/76

 


An advertisement for Spyforce from a Brisbane magazine

12. The Cripple

Joan.......Helen Morse
Agent 1.......Tim Eliott
Dr. Delaney.......Barry Lovett
Nurse.......Bunny Gibson
Agent 2.......Peter Armstrong

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine is injured and loses the use of his legs. The doctor maintains the disability is purely psychosomatic, and Col. Cato comes up with a devious plan to test the theory.

Airdate:
Sydney 18/10/71
Wollongong NSW 22/10/71
Melbourne 4/12/71
Toowoomba QLD 27/12/71
Brisbane 18/3/72
Maryborough QLD 21/7/72
Adelaide 20/1/76

 

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Ep. 12: Helen Morse.

13. The Assassin

Frank Newman.......Stewart Ginn
Anna.......Jill Forster
Carl Schmidt.......John Sanger
Corp. James Stacey.......John Marchant
American officer.......Mike Dorsey
Sentry.......Peter Corbett

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: A top German assassin is sent to Australia to kill General MacArthur. Cato has a devious plan to protect MacArthur - without his approval.

Airdate:
Sydney 25/10/71
Wollongong NSW 29/10/71
Brisbane 10/11/71
Melbourne 13/11/71
Toowoomba QLD 16/11/71
Maryborough QLD 4/8/72
Shepparton VIC 18/12/74
Adelaide 27/1/76

 

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Jack Thompson, Peter Sumner and Redmond Philips.

14. The Tunku

Elizabeth.......Anne Lucas
The Tunku.......Tom Lake
Komoto.......I. Sujimoto

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber are sent to Malaya to prevent the Tunku of the Selegore area from making a broadcast to his people instructing them to cease resisting the Japanese.

Notes: Segments filmed in Malaysia.

Airdate:
Sydney 1/11/71
Wollongong NSW 5/11/71
Melbourne 11/12/71
Toowoomba QLD 24/1/72
Tamworth NSW 1/2/72
Newcastle NSW 29/3/72
Canberra 19/4/72
Maryborough QLD 5/5/72
Adelaide 16/3/76

15. The Gunner

Jill Stewart.......Arna-Maria Winchester
Warrant Officer Reeves.......Peter Whittle
Pedro Vamaar.......Dennis Clinton
Vermeer Isaki.......Terry Erwin

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Haber and Jill Stewart are in New Guinea to sink Japanese shipping in Lae Harbour, and need help from a sole surviving, mentally unbalanced member of a lost artillery unit.

Notes: Jack Thompson has only a very minor role. Second appearance by Arna-Maria Winchester as Jill Stewart.

Airdate:
Sydney 8/11/71
Wollongong NSW 12/11/71
Brisbane 17/11/71
Toowoomba QLD 22/11/71
Tamworth NSW 23/11/71
Melbourne 18/12/71
Adelaide 23/3/76

 

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Ep. 14: Anne Lucas.

16. The Saviour - part one

Sister Hilda.......Benita Collings
Dr. Brookman.......Alfred Sandor
Lieutenant.......Bunny Gibson
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter
.......Gavin Hamilton
.......Francis Deal

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine, Haber and Lt. French are sent to New Guinea to bring back Brookman, a pacifist doctor wanted by the Americans because of his research involvement with the atom bomb experiment. Brookman refuses to leave, and French and a Lutheran nun are captured by the Japanese.

Notes: First Australian television role for American actor Alfred Sandor.

Airdate:
Sydney 22/11/71
Wollongong NSW 10/12/71
Toowoomba QLD 3/1/72
Tamworth NSW 11/1/72
Brisbane 4/3/72
Melbourne 29/3/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 9/5/72
Canberra 17/5/72
Maryborough QLD 2/6/72
Adelaide 13/4/76

 

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Ep. 16: Katy Wild.

17. The Saviour - part two

Sister Hilda.......Benita Collings
Dr. Brookman.......Alfred Sandor
Miss Smith.......Enid Lorimer
Gordon.......Matthew Crosby
Mike Somers.......Michael Springfield
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter
Boy.......Russell Crowe

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Lt. French and the nun are taken to a Japanese base camp where an elderly lady and a group of children are held captive. Erskine, Haber and Brookman are also captured, and it is revealed that a spy has been operating in their midst. Lt. French manages to escape, and an American pilot gone 'native' helps her free the others.

Airdate:
Sydney 29/11/71
Wollongong NSW 17/12/71
Toowoomba QLD 10/1/72
Tamworth NSW 18/1/72
Melbourne 5/4/72
Maryborough QLD 9/6/72
Adelaide 13/4/76

18. The Samurai

Nikolu Yaratomo.......Kuki Kaa
Leka.......Yanti Lay
American pilot.......Fred Shaw

Script.......Ron McLean
Directors.......Howard Rubie & David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber are sent to an occupied island to assassinate a high-ranking Japanese Intelligence officer, who models his life on the 11th century Samurai.

Airdate:
Melbourne 12/1/72
Swan Hill VIC 20/1/72
Tamworth NSW 8/2/72
Toowoomba QLD 14/2/72
Maryborough QLD 28/7/72
Mt Gambier SA 12/3/74

 


Katy Wild and Redmond Philips.

19. The Bunker

Soldier.......Brendon Lunney
Brigadier Peters.......Don Reid
Squadron Leader.......Ken Fraser
Japanese soldier 1.......Tom Nagasaki
Japanese soldier 2.......Lim Muy Hong
Sergeant.......Lex Mitchell

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber spend Christmas Eve trapped in a bunker with two Japanese soldiers, which is under fire from Allied and Japanese artillery. They come to regard each other as people, rather than ‘the enemy’.

Airdate:
Wollongong NSW 19/11/71
Sydney 20/12/71
Melbourne 1/1/72
Toowoomba QLD 17/1/72
Tamworth NSW 25/1/72
Brisbane 1/4/72
Newcastle NSW 17/5/72
Maryborough QLD 23/6/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 9/10/72
Adelaide 6/4/76

 

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Jack Thompson.

20. Reilley's Army

Leon Reilley.......Chips Rafferty
Kyeti.......Denys Piggot
Mrs. Reilley.......Diana Davidson
Roberts.......Patrick McCarville
Anali.......Bill Ward
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber are sent to New Guinea to bring back Reilley, who, with the help of some natives, has been waging a private war and jeopardising coast watchers.

Notes: Chips Rafferty’s final role.

Airdate:
Melbourne 23/9/71
Brisbane 6/10/71
Sydney 15/11/71
Toowoomba QLD 31/1/72
Newcastle NSW 19/4/72
Orange NSW 1/9/72

 


Ep. 20 advertisement.

21. The Courier

Van Gelder.......Jeff Ashby
Boundary rider.......Ben Blakeney
Lieutenant.......Roslyn Wilson
Brigadier Don Stevens.......Charles Thorn
Courier.......Shito Shega
Native 1.......Ben Blakeney
Native 2.......Steve Dodd

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine and Lt. French, escorting a captured Japanese courier from Darwin to Sydney, are stranded in the desert by a German agent.

Notes: Peter Sumner does not appear in this episode. Ben Blakeney appears in two roles, first in a minor part as a native 'extra' at the start of the episode, then later in a larger role as an outback boundary rider.

Airdate:
Sydney 17/1/72
Toowoomba QLD 28/2/72
Melbourne 8/3/72
Traralgon VIC 17/3/72
Maryborough QLD 18/8/72
Brisbane 16/2/73
Tamworth NSW 17/12/73

 

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Ep. 21: Katy Wild, Jack Thompson and Jeff Ashby.

22. The Doctor

Helga Vermaar.......Susannah Brett
Mrs. Vermaar.......Noeline Brown
Peter Vermaar.......Alan Tobin
Dr. Henry Holmann.......Kevin Manser
Woman in phone booth.......Beryl Cheers
Barman.......Les Foxcroft
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Cato develops a devious plan to combat German agents who have abducted the wife of a doctor in order to force his aid in sabotaging a supply of penicillin for Allied troops which could result in their death.

Airdate:
Sydney 24/1/72
Melbourne 26/1/72
Toowoomba QLD 21/2/72
Tamworth NSW 29/2/72
Wollongong NSW 2/4/72
Maryborough QLD 11/8/72
Brisbane 2/3/73

 

23. The Major

Jill Stewart.......Arna-Maria Winchester
Sgt. Maconichie.......Nick Tate
Major Hawkins.......Tony Wager
William Ferris.......Robert Blackman

Script.......Ron McLean
Directors.......Howard Rubie & David Baker

Synopsis: Erskine and Jill Stewart are sent to Burma to blow up a bridge to stop the Japanese advancing north into China. There they find a British regiment left behind as a ‘tactical rear guard’.

Notes: Peter Sumner does not appear in this episode. Final appearance by Arna-Maria Winchester as Jill Stewart. Some prints have been edited by deleting a topless scene and repositioning the episode title credits several minutes forwards.

Airdate:
Melbourne 5/1/72
Sydney 31/1/72
Toowoomba QLD 7/2/72
Tamworth NSW 15/2/72
Maryborough QLD 14/7/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 30/10/72
Brisbane 9/3/73

 

24. The Lovers

Trish Matthews.......Rowena Wallace
Bryce Matthews.......Don Pascoe
Terry Fellows.......Brendon Lunney

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber are sent to New Guinea to evacuate a Patrol Officer and two civilians, one of whom Haber was once going to marry.

Airdate:
Sydney 7/2/72
Tamworth NSW 7/3/72
Brisbane 6/4/73

25. The Chase

Sir Roland Jensen.......Max Osbiston
Corp. Rose.......John Armstrong
Capt. Charles Jensen.......Richard Lupino
Japanese officer.......Jimmy Shinohara

Script.......Ron McLean
From a story by.......Peter Schreck
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: Cato, under political pressure, sends Erskine and Haber to perform a rescue from a prison camp, only to find the Japanese are aware of the attempt.

Notes: First episode with new opening titles.

Airdate:
Sydney 14/2/72
Wollongong NSW 20/2/72
Melbourne 1/3/72
Traralgon VIC 7/4/72
Maryborough QLD 1/9/72
Brisbane 13/4/73
Mt Gambier SA 16/4/74

 

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Ep. 24: Rowena Wallace and Brendon Lunney.

26. The Diplomat

Horomoto.......Kuki Kaa
General Hacher.......Peter Reynolds
Yoriko.......I. Shimotu
Mitsui.......Cheiko Moriyu
Japanese soldier.......Shito Shega
Major Tanaka.......David Lu

Script.......Ron McLean
Directors.......Howard Rubie & David Baker

Synopsis: A Japanese cabinet minister is concerned that Japan cannot win the war and tries to organise a separate peace treaty through Col. Cato. Haber is sent to a Japanese island to obtain the names of the Cabinet members willing to surrender.

Notes: This episode has the original opening titles.

Airdate:
Melbourne 9/2/72
Sydney 21/2/72
Wollongong NSW 26/3/72
Newcastle NSW 31/5/72

Maryborough QLD 7/7/72
Coffs Harbour NSW 23/10/72

27. The District Commissioner

DC Charles Wilson.......Tony Wager
Mrs. Wilson.......Barbara Frawley
Martin.......Martin Nolo
Matt Parsons.......Nick Tate

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: A District Commissioner in Japanese occupied New Guinea is obsessed with the idea that Erskine is a coward, and prevents him from using the radio to cover his retreat. Complications arise when the Japanese attempt to start an inter-tribal civil war among the natives.

Notes: Extras were played by the people of the Asaro District, New Guinea, where segments of the episode were filmed. Nick Tate appears in one office scene with one line of dialogue, no name and no explanation for his presence. Anne Sidney was considered for the role of Mrs. Wilson, but was rejected because she was 'too young and pretty'.
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Airdate:
Melbourne 23/2/72
Sydney 28/2/72
Wollongong NSW 5/3/72
Traralgon VIC 24/3/72
Toowoomba QLD 3/4/72
Canberra 28/8/72
Maryborough QLD 8/9/72
Brisbane 20/4/73
Mt Gambier SA 17/7/74
Adelaide 8/6/76

 

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Ep. 26: Kuki Kaa.

28. The Troupers

Tripper.......Buster Fiddess
Shirlene.......Shirley Cameron
Waldo.......Colin Croft
Sgt. Yates.......Lex Mitchell
Capt. Bergen.......Stuart Finch
Japanese commandant.......John Soo
Mirna Williams.......Diana Davidson
Tracker.......Steve Dodd

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Ron Way

Synopsis: A group of entertainers who know the locations of Allied camps are captured by the Japanese, and Erskine and Haber are sent to rescue them before the Japanese can tap the information.

Notes: A segment was filmed in New Guinea, probably at the same time as ep. 27, 'The District Commissioner'. Katy Wild does not appear in this episode. First appearance by Stuart Finch in a support role as Capt. Bergen.

Airdate:
Melbourne 15/3/72
Sydney 15/3/72
Traralgon VIC 14/4/72
Maryborough QLD 15/9/72
Brisbane 27/4/73
Mt Gambier SA 24/7/74
Adelaide 15/6/76

29. The Encounter

Louise Delaporte.......Maggie Oehlbeck
Capt. Vincent Delaporte.......Reg Gillam
Gen. Thomas T. Thomas.......Richard Lewellyn
Col. Carter.......Harry Harris
Lt. J.G. Carter.......Jamie Hoskins
Diner.......Charles McCallum

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: An American deserter, Vincent Delaporte, is brought to Australia by Erskine to stand trial, but Col. Cato suspects the Americans are using Delaporte as a scapegoat. Cato takes elaborate steps to discover the truth.

Notes: Peter Sumner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Sydney 13/3/72
Melbourne 22/3/72
Toowoomba QLD 27/3/72
Wollongong NSW 16/4/72
Maryborough QLD 22/9/72
Brisbane 5/5/73
Adelaide 22/6/76

 

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Redmond Philips.

30. The Breakout

Capt. Greene.......Lionel Long
Sgt. Warren.......Kevin Leslie
Capt. Purnell.......Gregory Ross
Lt. Wills.......Patrick Ward
Priv. Daniel Johns.......Steven Tandy
Lance-Corporal Wada.......Ronnie Arnold

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: When a number of Australian soldiers are captured, Erskine is sent to New Guinea to break them out of a holding camp before the Japanese can learn of Allied troop movements.

Notes: Peter Sumner does not appear in this episode. Originally titled 'The Kokoda Breakout'.

Airdate:
Maryborough QLD 6/10/72
Melbourne 13/11/72
Tamworth NSW 29/1/73
Brisbane 11/5/73
Adelaide 29/6/76

 

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Ep. 30: Patrick Ward and Lionel Long.

31. The Interrogator

Pilot.......Gil Tucker
Baron Von Luchost.......Peter Guest
Nurse.......Barbara Wyndon
Klauss.......Michael Kent
Bill Endene.......Roger Milliss
Capt. Pollock.......Bill Hunter

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Ron Way

Synopsis: Cato and Lt. French are en route to an Intelligence Conference when they are captured by Germans. Cato is subject to an interrogation to obtain details of Allied troop ship movements.

Notes: This episode has the original opening titles.

Airdate:
Melbourne 19/1/72
Tamworth NSW 22/2/72
Toowoomba QLD 6/3/72
Brisbane 23/2/73
Adelaide 6/7/76

32. The Raiders

Owen Davies.......John Meillon
Capt. Bergen.......Stuart Finch
Duchess.......Mira Maric
Barnes.......Raymond Duparc
Jap commander.......Jimmy Shinohara

Script.......Ron McLean
Additional script material.......Terry Bourke
Director.......Terry Bourke

Synopsis: A Japanese sub has been raiding northern Australia. Haber and explosives expert Owen Davies, an unreliable drunk, are sent to destroy it.

Notes: Jack Thompson does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Melbourne 19/4/72
Toowoomba QLD 2/6/72
Maryborough QLD 20/10/72
Brisbane 25/5/73
Tamworth NSW 10/12/73
Adelaide 13/7/76

 

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Redmond Philips and Jack Thompson.

33. The Forger

Maria Hartman.......Kirrily Nolan
Matt Parsons.......Nick Tate
Chris Williams.......Fred Simms
Ragnar Gottling.......Louis Wishart
Wendy.......Leonora Cornwall
Bill Sloane.......Jack Allen
Miss Deakon.......Rilla Scott
.......Jim Scullen
.......Les Berryman
.......Bill Charlton

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: When forged Australian currency threatens the wartime economy, Haber and Matt Parsons track down a German counterfeit ring operating in a small country town in Queensland.

Notes: Jack Thompson does not appear in this episode. Nick Tate is introduced in a support role as Matt Parsons, although having already made a very minor appearance in episode 27, 'The District Commissioner'.

Airdate:
Sydney 17/4/72
Melbourne 26/4/72
Maryborough QLD 27/10/72
Brisbane 15/12/75
Adelaide 20/7/76

 

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Ep. 33: Kirrily Nolan.

34. The Correspondent

Lt. Virginia Wetherby.......Janet Kingsbury
Corey Manton.......Don Barkham
Sergeant.......John Ewart
Capt. Bergen.......Stuart Finch
Pilot.......John Clayton
Senator Cavill.......Hudson Fawcett
Commander Cavill.......Brian Evis

Script.......Ralph Petersen
Director.......Ron Way

Synopsis: Haber and Capt. Bergen are sent on a mission which is jeopardised when an American news correspondent reveals details of the operation.

Notes: Jack Thompson does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Sydney 27/3/72
Toowoomba QLD 2/6/72
Maryborough QLD 13/10/72
Melbourne 20/11/72
Tamworth NSW 3/12/73
Brisbane 29/12/75
Adelaide 27/7/76

 

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Ep. 34: Janet Kingsbury and Katy Wild.

35. The Double Agent

Kathy Reilly.......Jeanie Drynan
Sean Reilly.......John Fegan
James Cooper.......John Allen
Col. Fred Missingham.......John Morris
Mrs. Reilly.......Betty Dyson
Jones.......Brian Anderson
Lt. Masters.......Martin Magee

Script.......Ralph Petersen
Director.......Ron Way

Synopsis: A German agent is captured, and Haber takes his place in an effort to track down the suppliers of a German sub operating off the east coast of Australia.

Notes: Some establishment scenes are taken from episode 1, ‘The General’.

Airdate:
Maryborough QLD 17/11/72
Melbourne 4/12/72
Sydney 13/1/73
Tamworth NSW 14/1/74
Mt Gambier SA 20/11/74
Adelaide 3/8/76

36. The Misfits

Malone.......John Bonney
Brian Dorsey.......Tom Oliver
Henry Lawson.......Max Meldrum
Mallett.......Harry Lawrence
Murphy.......Reg Gorman
Col. Alistair Martin.......Graham Corry
'Rabbit' Wilson.......Mark Healey
Col. Fred Missingham.......John Morris
.......John Reilly

Script.......Terry Bourke
Director.......Terry Bourke

Synopsis: Erskine and Haber have to rescue cypher expert Col. Martin from a Japanese prison camp. Col. Martin is accompanied by a group of 'misfit' soldiers, which presents a major evacuation problem.

Airdate:
Melbourne 29/1/73
Toowoomba QLD 2/2/74
Brisbane 26/1/76
Adelaide 10/8/76

 

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Ep. 35: Peter Sumner, John Fegan and Jeanie Drynan.

37. The Mission

Mission Nurse.......Judy Lynne
Dr. O'Hara.......Edward Howell
Okiro.......Jim Clifford
Pilot.......Ron Graham
Co-pilot.......Tony Ingersent

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine has an attack of malaria which forces him to seek shelter in a mission on a Japanese occupied island. The mission has an uneasy truce with the Japanese, which Erskine's presence shatters completely. A mission nurse helps Erskine, and a deep attachment grows between them which ends in tragedy.

Notes: Peter Sumner does not appear in this episode. Aircraft scenes with Ron Graham and Tony Ingersent were taken from episode 8, '27 Hours'.

Airdate:
Maryborough QLD 3/11/72
Sydney 2/12/72
Melbourne 11/12/72
Toowoomba QLD 19/1/74
Mt Gambier SA 13/11/74
Brisbane 17/11/75
Adelaide 17/8/76

38. The Journey

Wayne Goodser.......Serge Lazareff
Navigator.......John Hargreaves
Gordon Bruce.......Ken Goodlet
Simons.......Owen Weingott
Pilot.......Lex Mitchell
Mrs. Goodser.......Alexandra Hynes
Merrick.......Vaughan Tracey
Col. David Fenchurch.......Raymond Duparc
Radio operator.......Doug Kingsman
Japanese officer.......Jimmy Shinohara

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......David Baker

Synopsis: On an escape flight from Burma, Erskine and Haber share a plane with five refugees, one of whom is a secret British agent. It is discovered that someone is radioing the plane's position to the Japanese, and then shortly after one of the passengers is murdered.

Airdate:
Coffs Harbour NSW 4/9/72
Maryborough QLD 1/12/72

Sydney 9/12/72
Melbourne 22/1/73
Toowoomba QLD 12/1/74
Tamworth NSW 28/1/74
Brisbane 10/2/76
Adelaide 24/8/76

 

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Katy Wild.

39. The Decoy

Judy.......Pat Bishop

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie


Synopsis: Erskine is sent to a Pacific island to blow up a Japanese fuel dump, as a cover for an Allied attack on a nearby island. Upon arrival he finds British women and their families held captive by the Japanese.

Notes: Peter Sumner and Katy Wild do not appear in this episode. Extras were played by the wives and children of the Naval Wives Association, HMAS Tarangau Naval Station on Manus Island, where segments were filmed.

Airdate:
Maryborough QLD 29/9/72
Melbourne 15/1/73
Sydney 3/2/73
Tamworth NSW 21/1/74
Shepparton VIC 26/3/75
Adelaide 31/8/76

40. The Murder

Brigadier Barton.......Gordon Glenwright
Matt Parsons.......Nick Tate
Major Tony Tyndale.......Walter Sullivan
Caretaker.......Gerry Duggan
Gravedigger.......Gordon Piper

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Col. Cato supposedly dies of a heart attack while working at his desk, but Erskine, Haber and French find evidence that he was murdered, and they work to expose the cover-up.

Notes: Nick Tate reprises his role as agent Matt Parsons.

Airdate:
Sydney 20/1/73
Melbourne 12/11/73
Maryborough QLD 17/2/74
Adelaide 7/9/76

 

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Ep. 39: Pat Bishop.

41. The Trail

Sabre Jones.......Anne Sidney
Penny Wilson.......Lyndal Moor
Gen. Tom Horrie.......John Blackall
Major Martin.......Lew Luton
Lt. Gen. John Dowell.......James Moss
Captain.......John Hargreaves
Soldier.......Steve Dodd

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine accompanies two Army nurses to a medical aid station on the Kakoda Trail in New Guinea. When he discovers a Japanese platoon in the region his report is ignored by the General in command of the area, who refuses to allow the post to be evacuated.

Notes: Peter Sumner does not appear in this episode. Segments filmed in New Guinea. Originally titled ‘The Angels’, a reference to natives who brought wounded soldiers out of the jungles and were dubbed ‘fuzzy wuzzy angels’ because of their heroism. The Army co-operated in the filming of this episode, which included building a field hospital. During most of the ten day shoot in New Guinea the cast were in wet clothes due to the rain, and if it wasn’t raining the Army would douse the actors with fire hoses.

Airdate:
Maryborough QLD 24/11/72
Toowoomba QLD 2/2/73
Melbourne 19/11/73
Adelaide 14/9/76

 

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Ep. 41: Anne Sidney and Lyndal Moor.

42. The Rolls That Went To War

Lady Veronica Savage.......Anne Sidney
Penelope.......Tina Cornioley
Juliet.......Marilyn Mayo
Latuece.......Don Barkham
Osgood.......Max Cullen
Brigenden-Smith.......Willie Fennell
Major Marcus Mills.......Tony Wager
Matthas.......Kuki Kaa
Doris Simpson.......Bunny Gibson
Stephanie.......Anne Lucas
Japanese officer.......Shito Shega

Script.......Ron McLean
Director.......Howard Rubie

Synopsis: Erskine's plane is shot down, and he is washed ashore on an isolated peninsula in Malaya. He is found by a group of Allied agents who crash-landed some months previously and are hiding out in an abandoned mansion. Erskine is wary of the group, but he must depend on them to help destroy a bridge, which is vital to Allied war efforts.

Notes: Pilot for a proposed spin-off series, to be titled 'The Rolls That Went To War'. Features different opening credits. Peter Sumner, Katy Wild and Redmond Philips do not appear in this episode, nor are their characters referred to. Some scenes are taken from episode 8, '27 Hours', episode 25, ‘The Chase’, and episode 32, ‘The Raiders’.

Airdate:
Traralgon VIC 2/2/73
Toowoomba QLD 16/2/74
Maryborough QLD 24/2/74
Sydney 7/11/75
Adelaide 21/9/76

22. TV Week, Aug 28, 1971.
23. TV Week, Dec 11, 1971.

 

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Ep. 42: Anne Sidney and Tina Cornioley opening credits.