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Episode Guide
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Introduction
ITC Recommended Screening Order
ITC Production Code Order
Production Order
Broadcast Order - ATV
Broadcast Order - ATV
Introduction
 
Since I put together this Episode Guide in 2001, more information regarding the production of The Champions has entered the public domain—thanks to vintage TV researcher Andrew Pixley and the people at Network DVD.
 
For me, the most exciting aspect to this has been the emergence of the order in which the series was filmed.
 
I wanted to reconfigure the Episode Guide to reflect this, but soon discovered that, because of the number of pages involved (including the screen capture galleries), and the complexity of the links they shared, it would have been enormously time consuming.
 
I have had to settle, therefore, for simply analysing and presenting the information I have been able to extract from the booklet that accompanied the Network DVD Champions soundtrack release.
 
Please note that the links to the episode synopses, cast lists, and screen capture galleries are confined to the first section: The ITC suggested screening order. There are no links from any of the other listings.
 
Mark.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2013
 
Recommended Screening Order
 
The episode listing below follows ITC’s suggested screening order, taken from the series’ “Programme Information” document.
 
At the foot of the episode index at the beginning of the guide, this recommendation appears:
 
“Please note that ‘The Interrogation’ should not be shown before: ‘The Beginning’, ‘Operation Deep-Freeze’, ‘The Invisible Man’, ‘A Case of Lemmings’.”
 
The reason for this, of course, is that “The Interrogation” contains flashbacks to the episodes mentioned.
 
Whoever compiled the list, however, overlooked the fact that “The Interrogation” also contains a scene from “The Search” and a brief (but narratively insignificant) establishing shot from “The Gun-Runners”…
 
 
Episode Title:
 
 
ITC Still No.: [*]
 
 
01
 
    The Beginning
 
02
 
    The Invisible Man
 
03
 
    Operation Deep-Freeze
 
04
 
    A Case of Lemmings
 
05
 
    The Interrogation
 
06
 
    The Search
 
07
 
    The Dark Island
 
08
 
    The Iron Man
 
09
 
    The Experiment
 
10
 
    The Fanatics
 
11
 
    The Silent Enemy
 
12
 
    To Trap A Rat
 
   
13
 
    The Gilded Cage
 
14
 
    Get Me Out Of Here!
 
15
 
    The Ghost Plane
 
16
 
    The Night People
 
17
 
    Twelve Hours
 
18
 
    Shadow of the Panther
 
19
 
    Full Circle
 
20
 
    Reply Box No. 666
 
21
 
    Project Zero
 
22
 
    The Survivors
 
23
 
    The Body Snatchers
 
24
 
    The Mission
 
25
 
    The Gun-Runners
 
26
 
    The Nutcracker
 
27
 
    The Final Countdown
 
28
 
    Happening
 
29
 
    Desert Journey
 
30     Autokill
 
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    Screen Captures
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    04*
 
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    06*
 
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    02*
 
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    10*
 
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    14*
 
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    21*
 
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    15*
 
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    20*
 
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    22*
 
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    18*
 
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    26*
 
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    23*
 
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[*]  
 
 
Promotional photographs circulated by ITC in the 1960s bore a two-number catalogue code (e.g.: “23/9”), with the two digits before the oblique stroke denoting the episode number, and those falling after it indicating the individual still reference. I have reproduced those I am aware of here (and in the relevant section of the gallery). Frustratingly, these do not correlate with the “CDC” prefixed code numbers and imply yet another sequence for the order of the episodes!
 
ITC Production Code Order
 
Below—thanks to the generosity of Network DVD and Andrew Pixley—is a list of The Champions episodes in Production Code order. It is intriguing to speculate what this means, exactly, and I'm tempted to suggest that it is the order in which the stories were commissioned.
 
We know that the scripts for The Search and The Invisible Man were prepared before filming began because scenes from them formed the basis of the screen tests for the cast—but against that idea is the fact that the second episode to be filmed—The Gun-Runners—appears close to the end of the list. It is difficult to accept that almost every episode was in development before filming began….
 
 
Episode Code:
 
    
Title:
 
 
C/DCW/4001
 
    The Beginning
 
C/DCW/4002
 
    The Search
 
C/DCW/4003
 
    The Invisible Man
 
C/DCW/4004
 
    The Dark Island
 
C/DCW/4005
 
    The Iron Man
 
C/DCW/4006
 
    Operation Deep-Freeze
 
C/DCW/4007
 
    The Experiment
 
C/DCW/4008
 
    The Fanatics
 
C/DCW/4009
 
    The Interrogation
 
C/DCW/4010
 
    The Gilded Cage
 
C/DCW/4011
 
    The Silent Enemy
 
C/DCW/4012
 
    To Trap A Rat
 
C/DCW/4013
 
    The Night People
 
C/DCW/4014
 
    Get Me Out Of Here!
 
C/DCW/4015
 
    The Ghost Plane
 
C/DCW/4016
 
    Twelve Hours
 
C/DCW/4017
 
    Full Circle
 
C/DCW/4018
 
    Shadow of the Panther
 
C/DCW/4019
 
    Reply Box No. 666
 
C/DCW/4020
 
    Project Zero
 
C/DCW/4021
 
    A Case of Lemmings
 
C/DCW/4022
 
    The Body Snatchers
 
C/DCW/4023
 
    The Survivors
 
C/DCW/4024
 
    The Gun-Runners
 
C/DCW/4025
 
    The Nutcracker
 
C/DCW/4026
 
    Autokill
 
C/DCW/4027
 
    The Final Countdown
 
C/DCW/4028
 
    The Mission
 
C/DCW/4029
 
    Desert Journey
 
C/DCW/4030
 
    Happening
 
 
Production Order
 
01
 
    The Dark Island
 
02
 
    The Gun-Runners
 
03
 
    The Beginning
 
04
 
    Operation Deep-Freeze
 
05
 
    The Silent Enemy
 
06
 
    The Search
 
07
 
    The Invisible Man
 
08
 
    To Trap A Rat
 
09
 
    The Mission
 
10
 
    The Iron Man
 
11
 
    The Experiment
 
12
 
    The Night People
 
13
 
    The Fanatics
 
14
 
    Get Me Out Of Here!
 
15
 
    A Case of Lemmings
 
16
 
    The Interrogation
 
17
 
    Twelve Hours
 
18
 
    Project Zero
 
19
 
    The Gilded Cage
 
20
 
    Full Circle
 
21
 
    The Body Snatchers
 
22
 
    The Ghost Plane
 
23
 
    Reply Box No. 666
 
24
 
    Shadow of the Panther
 
25
 
    The Survivors
 
26
 
    The Final Countdown
 
27
 
    The Nutcracker
 
28
 
    Autokill
 
29
 
    Happening
 
30
 
    Desert Journey
 
Broadcast Order - NBC
 
Aired: Mondays, 20:00 - 21:00 P.M., NYT.
 
 
01
 
    To Trap A Rat
 
02
 
    The Dark Island
 
03
 
    The Ghost Plane
 
04
 
    The Invisible Man
 
05
 
    The Gilded Cage
 
06
 
   The Mission
 
07
 
    Operation Deep-Freeze
 
08
 
   Happening
 
09
 
   The Night People
 
10
 
   The Silent Enemy
 
 
   10th June, 1968
 
   17th. June, 1968
 
    24th. June, 1968
 
    1st. July, 1968
 
    8th. July, 1968
 
    15th. July, 1968
 
    29th. July, 1968
 
    12th. Aug., 1968
 
    19th. Aug., 1968
 
    2nd. Sep., 1968
 
Broadcast Order - ATV
 
Aired: Wednesdays, 20:00 - 21:00 P.M.
 
 
01
 
    The Beginning
 
02
 
    The Invisible Man
 
03
 
    Reply Box No. 666
 
04
 
    The Experiment
 
05
 
    Happening
 
06
 
    Operation Deep-Freeze
 
07
 
    The Survivors
 
08
 
    To Trap A Rat
 
09
 
    The Iron Man
 
10
 
    The Ghost Plane
 
11
 
    The Dark Island
 
12
 
    The Fanatics
 
13
 
    Twelve Hours
 
14
 
    The Search
 
15
 
    The Gilded Cage
 
16
 
    Shadow of the Panther
 
17
 
    A Case of Lemmings
 
18
 
    The Mission
 
19
 
    The Interrogation
 
20
 
    The Silent Enemy
 
21
 
    The Body Snatchers
 
22
 
    Get Me Out Of Here!
 
23
 
    The Night People
 
24
 
    Project Zero
 
25
 
    Desert Journey
 
26
 
    Full Circle
 
27
 
    The Nutcracker
 
28
 
    The Final Countdown
 
29
 
    The Gun-Runners
 
30     Autokill
 
 
   25th Sept., 1968
 
   2nd. Oct., 1968
 
    9th. Oct., 1968
 
    16th Oct., 1968
 
    23rd. Oct., 1968
 
    30th Oct., 1968
 
    6th. Nov., 1968
 
    13th. Nov., 1968
 
    20th. Nov., 1968
 
    27th. Nov., 1968
 
    4th Dec., 1968
 
    11th Dec., 1968
 
    18th Dec., 1968
 
    1st. Jan., 1969
 
    8th Jan., 1969
 
    15th. Jan., 1969
 
    22nd. Jan., 1969
 
    29th. Jan., 1969
 
    5th. Feb., 1969
 
    12th Feb., 1969
 
    19th. Feb., 1969
 
    26th. Feb., 1969
 
    5th Mar., 1969
 
    12th Mar., 1969
 
    19th. Mar., 1969
 
    26th Mar., 1969
 
    2nd. Apr., 1969
 
    16th. Apr., 1969
 
    23rd. Apr., 1969
 
    30th Apr., 1969
 
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