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The CHAMPIONS Visual Guide
Opening Titles
Nemesis HQ
Craig Stirling
Sharron Macready
Richard Barrett
Tremayne
The Commentaries - Episodes 01 - 10
The Commentaries - Episodes 11 - 20
The Commentaries - Episodes 21 - 30
The Commentaries - Episodes 21 - 30
Project Zero
Project ZeroProject ZeroProject Zero
Project ZeroProject ZeroProject Zero
SYNOPSIS: On a visit to a vineyard, Sharron is taken to the tasting room. There—by the bouquet alone—she realises that the bottle she has been given has been incorrectly dated. Instead of being from 1959, the vintage is from 1961. At first, she is met with disbelief, but when her guide tastes the wine for himself, he realises she is right, and berates the cellarmaster—much to Sharron’s amusement.
VOICEOVER: “Sharron Macready. One of The Champions. Possessing, with Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett, incredible powers. Survivors of an aircrash in the mountains of Tibet, where they met a people of an unknown civilisation, who mended their bodies, and endowed them with fantastic qualities and skills. Qualities and skills both physical and mental to the peak of human performance. Now, Sharron—on a visit to a vinyard—takes a sip of wine, and a sense of taste—a palate the equal of an expert—is revealed. Another of the gifts that were bestowed upon them. Gifts that are a secret to be closely guarded. A secret that enables them to use their powers to their best advantage, as the champions of law, order and justice: operators of the international agency of Nemesis.”
The Survivors
The SurvivorsThe SurvivorsThe Survivors
The SurvivorsThe SurvivorsThe Survivors
SYNOPSIS: Sharron is propping up the bar of “The White Horse” at Chilham, in Kent, and being eyed up by one of the locals. When the man notices that the female Champion is showing an interest in the dartboard, he suggests she has a go… With her first attempt, Sharron scores a bullseye, causing the local to eye her suspiciously. Realising she is in danger of exposing her enhanced abilities, the Nemesis agent aims her next shot wide of the mark—directly at the scoreboard. Her would-be suitor, thinking the young woman has missed because she is inept, is reassured and turns back to the bar, leaving Sharron to reflect on the narrow escape she has had—in more ways than one!
VOICEOVER: “Sharron Macready. One of The Champions. Endowed with the senses and qualities of a super human. Endowed, with Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett, her companions in the plane crash in Tibet, by the lost civilisation that saved them. Endowed with special powers and skills. A secret known only to them. Now they are able to use their powers and skills to their best advantage, as champions of law, order and justice: operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
The Body Snatchers
The Body SnatchersThe Body SnatchersThe Body Snatchers
The Body SnatchersThe Body SnatchersThe Body Snatchers
SYNOPSIS: A group of children are playing soccer in a city street. When the ball is accidentally kicked into a enclosed yard, one of the boys attempts to retrieve it by reaching through the railings of an iron fence—and finds himself trapped! A young girl raises the alarm, and two men attempt to free him by pulling on the bars—without success. Craig is passing by, and alerted by the crowd, moves the two men aside and—unaided—is able to use his superhuman strength to bend one of the railings and free the boy.
VOICEOVER: “Craig Stirling. One of The Champions. Craig Stirling: possessing, with Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett, incredible powers. Survivors of an aircrash in the mountains of Tibet, where they met a people of an unknown civilisation who mended their bodies and endowed them with fantastic skills. Super qualities, remaining their secret, which they use to their best advantage, as the champions of law, order and justice: operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
The Mission
The MissionThe MissionThe Mission
SYNOPSIS: A montage of clips from existing material. Beginning with a lengthy excerpt from Sharron’s encounter with two amorous hitchhikers from the Commentary for The Full Circle, we then see a handful of highlights from Richard’s escape from the prison compound on The Dark Island, before concluding with a near-complete version of Craig’s encounter with a runaway van from the Commentary for The Ghost Plane.
VOICEOVER: “Sharron Macready. One of The Champions. When Sharron Macready, Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett crashed in the snows of Tibet and encountered The Lost People, they could not even have imagined the powers that they would be given. Craig, Sharron and Richard: the three champions of law, order and justice. Able to use their gifts to their best advantage, as operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
The Gun-Runners
The Gun-RunnersThe Gun-RunnersThe Gun-Runners
The Gun-RunnersThe Gun-RunnersThe Gun-Runners
SYNOPSIS: Sharron’s night off is interrupted by an urgent summons from Tremayne, but when she arrives in the street where she has parked her car, she finds it has been blocked in by other vehicles, both bow and stern. Two gallant “tired and emotional” gentlemen offer assistance to the apparent damsel in distress, and attempt to push the car free. Their efforts come to nothing, but they give Sharron the idea of dragging the car free herself, using her enhanced strength. Unfortunately, this causes her two would-be rescuers to fall face down into a large puddle but Sharron, at least, is on her way…
VOICEOVER: “When Sharron Macready, Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett crashed in the snows of Tibet and encountered The Lost People, they could not even have imagined the powers that they would be given. Sharron Macready. One of The Champions. Intelligent. Beautiful. Now, like Richard and Craig, she is endowed with the senses and qualities of a super human. Craig, Sharron and Richard: the three champions of law, order and justice. Able to use their gifts to their best advantage, as operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
NOTES: I have to say, I think Sharron behaves rather despicably in this one. I know she was in a hurry, desperate to attend the urgent summons to Nemesis H.Q. on what could have been a matter of global import, but she should have shown a little more sympathy for the prostrated revellers who were, after all, going out of their way to help her. Although she gives them a nod of thanks as she steps over them to get into her car, she could at least have helped them to move onto the pavement, out of harm’s way…
Nutcracker
NutcrackerNutcrackerNutcracker
NutcrackerNutcrackerNutcracker
SYNOPSIS: Holidaying on a “Dude Ranch”, Craig witnesses a display of markmanship from an arrogant, latterday gunslinger, who is challenging members of the crowd of onlookers to try and best him, for a wager. Unable to resist, Craig volunteers and wins the bet hands down, by rapidly firing all six of his rounds through holes already made in the target by the bullets of his opponent during an earlier contest (à la “Robin Hood”).
VOICEOVER: “Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett. The Champions. Endowed with the qualities and skills of super humans. Qualities and skills both physical and mental to the peak of human peformance. Gifts given to them by an unknown race of people from a lost city in Tibet. Gifts that are a secret to be closely guarded. A secret that enables them to use their powers to their best advantage, as champions of law, order and justice: operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
NOTES: This vignette has all the hallmarks of being hastily improvised, from its opening (which consists of movie footage of a 19th Century U.S. cavalry officer riding across the desert) to the “Western Street” set, which is a redress of the shack that was at the heart of Happening, and made a brief appearance in Desert Journey. It is also notable for its supporting cast. In addition to stunt arranger Frank Maher as the gunslinger, I am convinced that one of the women onlookers is (based on some of the behind-the-scenes images in the DVD stills gallery) the series’ hairdresser.
The Final Countdown
The Final CountdownThe Final CountdownThe Final Countdown
The Final CountdownThe Final CountdownThe Final Countdown
SYNOPSIS: It is winter. A group of children playing in the snow find a small, unexploded bomb. Richard is nearby, attempting to dig his Land Rover free from a snowdrift. He sees one of the children manhandling the explosive device and races to his side, averting disaster by snatching the bomb from the child’s grasp and hurling it for an incredible distance, far from the group, where it explodes.
VOICEOVER: “Richard Barrett. One of The Champions. Endowed with the senses and qualities of a super human. Endowed, with Craig Stirling and Sharron Macready, his companions in the plane crash in Tibet, by the lost civilisation that saved them. Endowed, by the mysterious people, with special powers and skills. Now they are able to use their power and skills to their best advantage, as the champions of law, order and justice: operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
Happening
HappeningHappeningHappening
HappeningHappeningHappening
SYNOPSIS: In circumstances that are never explained, Richard finds himself trapped on the top floor of a burning warehouse, sans jacket. His only means of escape is to leap from an access door far above the ground. To his amazement (and that of two firemen attending the blaze), he lands without injury.
VOICEOVER: “Richard Barrett. One of The Champions. A fire, and no logical way of escape for Richard Barrett, but once again the gifts given to him by the unknown race of people from the lost city in Tibet are called on and used. Three people: Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett—endowed with the qualities and skills of super humans. They are gifts that are a secret to be closely guarded, but it is a secret that enables them to use their powers to their best advantage, as the champions of law, order and justice.”
NOTES: It probably goes without saying, but this particular Commentary was based around footage that Monty Berman filmed of a nearby studio that caught fire one day. Arguably its most memorable moment is the shot where the Fireman directing the effort to subdue the blaze looks over his shoulder, directly into camera, and gives Monty a very dirty look!
Desert Journey
Desert JourneyDesert JourneyDesert Journey
Desert JourneyDesert JourneyDesert Journey
SYNOPSIS: At Highgrove Pubic Baths, in Hillingdon, Sharron astounds two lifeguards by effortlessly executing an Olympic-standard barrel dive into the pool, and then swimming five lengths underwater without taking a breath!
VOICEOVER: “Sharron Macready. One of The Champions. Possessing, with Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett, incredible powers. Survivors of an air crash in the mountains of Tibet, where they met a people of an unknown civilisation, who mended their bodies and endowed them with fantastic skills. A morning swim, and the length of time spent underwater that puzzles two men who watch. Just another of their super qualities which remain their secret. Super qualities which are now used to their best advantage, as the champions of law, order and justice: operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
NOTES: Somewhat alarmingly, the diver who executes Sharron’s impressive entry into the water appears to be conspicuously male! One nice touch, however, is that when Sharron completes her swim, she is shown gasping for air—another example of the effort the creators of The Champions went to to emphasise that there were limits to the protagonists enhanced abilities.
Autokill
AutokillAutokillAutokill
AutokillAutokillAutokill
Synopsis: At a well-attended party being held in a large, modernist house, we find Sharron and Richard moving among the guests, dispensing food and drink. As Richard attends to a group of people occupying the stairs, one of the women flirts with him—to the Champion’s obvious delight. The man at the woman’s side is unimpressed, and as Richard moves on, the jealous partygoer trips him. To the amazement of everyone, the Nemesis agent executes a perfect mid-air somersault, and lands neatly at the foot of the stairs, without spilling a drop from any of the drinks on the tray he is carrying.
VOICEOVER: “Richard Barrett. One of The Champions. Possessing, with Craig Stirling and Sharron Macready, incredible powers. Survivors of an air crash in the mountains of Tibet, where they met a people of an unknown civilisation, who mended their bodies and endowed them with fantastic skills. Skills that include dexterity and control. Now, with the extent of their powers a secret known only to them, they are able to use their super qualities to their best advantage, as champions of law, order and justice: operators of the international agency of Nemesis.
NOTES: There are a couple of really nice touches to this “final” Commentary. Initially, the camera favours Sharron, who is seen entering the frame and crossing the room, dispensing food as she goes. This leads the viewer to believe that the female Champion is to be the focus of this “vignette”—until, surprisingly, Richard appears and David Bauer’s narration begins! It’s an inventive break from the format and adds an intriguing dimension to the characters, suggesting that Richard and Sharron’s lives are interwined off-screen. Given that both of the (presumably) off-duty Nemesis operatives are acting as hosts raises the possibility that the house and the party may be Sharron’s, and that Richard is helping out. Alternatively, perhaps the gathering is being held by a mutual friend of theirs who has asked for their help? Am I mad for having such thoughts? Either way, the party seems to be taking place in the entrance hall of the mansion from The Final Countdown. Maybe The Champions were celebrating averting yet another threat to world peace, and Craig was in the kitchen somewhere, preparing the hors d’ouvres. Interestingly, one of the female guests was also present at the “Dude Ranch” featured in the Commentary for Nutcracker.
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