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Screenplay by
GERALD KELSEY
 
Directed by
PAUL DICKSON
 
 
A little man with a gun is as strong as a big man with a gun. This is the maxim of the leader of a small country who, in an attempt to make the United Nations recognise his despotic power, establishes a secret missile base in Antarctica. It results in deep-freeze treatment for the Champions.
 
 
Reports of a mysterious explosion which has taken place in a remote region of Antarctica leads to Craig (STUART DAMON) and Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) being sent there to investigate. Their base is one of the scientific stations manned by a dozen nations, the Commander (MARTIN BODDEY) of which warns them that previous search parties have failed to return. Accompanied by one of the scientists, Hemmings (ROBERT URQUHART), they set off on another search, and find not only the dead body of one of the missing men but a strange valley, surrounded by glaciers but with browned, bare earth. Obviously, it is the scene of an atomic explosion.
 
They eventually discover an uncharted base which is the headquarters of General Gomez (PATRICK WYMARK), head of a Central American state. It is also a secret missile base, set up by Gomez with the intention of making the United Nations recognise his despotic power and accept his country into UNO.
 
Hemmings is killed, but Craig and Richard succeed in breaking into the base and find a secret cache of atomic shells. Craig starts a time-fuse attached to one of them; in two hours, it will blow the whole place sky-high.
 
But they are captured before they can get away, and Gomez leaves them in an underground chamber, in which they will freeze to death. Back at Nemesis headquarters, however, Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) has a premonition that something is wrong, and she sends out a general alert to the Base Commander, asking him to search the area.
 
Gomez, assuming that Craig and Richard are dead, places them on a sledge so that the bodies, if found, will be somewhere in the icy wastes; but, with their super human powers, the Champions are able to withstand the cold. There is little time, however, for them to overpower their guards before the ammunition cache explodes...
 
 
AN
ITC
PRODUCTION
 
Series created by
Monty Berman
and Dennis Spooner
 
© Copyright Incorporated Television Co. Ltd. MCMLXVII
 
 
Stuart Damon
 
Alexandra Bastedo
 
William Gaunt
 
Anthony Nicholls
 
 
Craig Stirling
 
Sharron Macready
 
Richard Barrett
 
Tremayne
 
 
Patrick Wymark
 
Robert Urquhart
 
Walter Gotell
 
Peter Arne
 
Dallas Cavell
 
 
General Gomez
 
Hemmings
 
Jost
 
Margoli
 
Ship’s Captain
 
 
George Pastell
 
Michael Godfrey
 
Martin Boddey
 
Derek Sydney
 
Alan White
 
 
Colonel Santos
 
Mendoza
 
Gregson
 
Zerrilli
 
Hoffner
 
 
Associate Producer
 
Director of photography
 
Art director
 
Editor
 
 
Johnny Goodman
 
Frank Watts
 
Charles Bishop
 
Derek Hyde-Chambers
 
 
Musical director
 
Theme composed by
 
Post-production supervisor
 
Production manager
 
Casting
 
 
Edwin Astley
 
Tony Hatch
 
Philip Aizlewood
 
Malcolm Chistopher
 
Judith Jourd
 
 
Sound editor
 
Sound recordists
 
 
Music editor
 
Associate art director
 
Set dresser
 
Construction manager
 
 
Alan Corder
 
Len Abbott,
Dave Bowen
 
Deveril Goodman
 
John Graysmark
 
John Jarvis
 
Bill Greene
 
 
Second unit director
 
Second unit cameraman
 
Camera operator
 
Assistant director
 
Continuity
 
Special effects
 
 
John Hough
 
James Allen
 
John Winbolt
 
Ken Softley
 
Isabelle Byers
 
Sid Pearson
 
 
Scenic artist
 
Production buyer
 
Make-up supervisor
 
Hairdressing
 
Wardrobe supervisor
 
Supervising electrician
 
 
A.J. Van Montagu
 
Sid Palmer
 
Gerry Fletcher
 
Pat Grant
 
Laura Nightingale
 
Ted Hallows
 
 
The Champions
 
Made on location and at
ASSOCIATED BRITISH ELSTREE STUDIOS
ENGLAND.
 
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