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Episode Guide
The Ghost Plane
 
Screenplay by
DONALD JAMES
 
Directed by
JOHN GILLING
 
 
A frustrated scientist’s vendetta with officialdom leads to his selling his secrets to a foreign power—secrets that will provide supremacy in the air.
 
 
Dr. John Newman (ANDREW KEIR) is a scientist whose plans for a revolutionary new aircraft, capable of incredible speeds, have been shelved by the British Government. He is now a Professor at Cambridge, his project apparently forgotten—until a mysterious ’plane hurtles at fantastic speed through the air off Hong Kong, wrecking a U.S. Navy plane as it does so.
 
There is every indication that it is Chinese, but Allied experts are confident that China could not yet be in possession of know-how and materials to manufacture such a plane.
 
The mystery is taken up by the Nemesis organisation, with Craig (STUART DAMON), Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) and Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) investigating and following up clues which take them to Dr. Newman, his fiancee, Vanessa (HILARY TINDALL), and his assistant, Bridges (DENNIS CHINNERY).
 
Newman says his design—the main problem of which was the cooling system to prevent the aircraft burning up at high speed—must have been stolen by a foreign power. The reference to the cooling system problem has a significant link-up when Sharron follows Vanessa to a warehouse run by a refrigeration and general export company. She ’phones Richard to tell him where she is, and then investigates the warehouse. In doing so, she overhears a man named Coates (MICHAEL WYNNE) and Vanessa discussing a consignment which has just left the docks—and turns round to find Newman levelling a revolver at her.
 
She accuses him of selling his design to China, and Newman admits: “Years and years of work wasted by politicians’ stupidity... but I have my commercial interest to think of now. The West could have bought my invention; they turned it down. The East didn’t. It’s as simple as that. The important thing to me is that my work, my genius, is in use, and not gathering dust on some Ministry shelf.”
 
He’s not worried about Sharron knowing this. She won’t be able to tell anyone else because she is not likely to survive being locked in one of the giant refrigerators. And Sharron very nearly does freeze to death before subliminal warning of her plight takes Craig to her rescue—and an explanation of the warehouse which reveals how the vital Ghost Plane components are being exported. It’s a plane which is being transported piecemeal in such innocent guises as refrigerators and car accessories.
 
The latest consignment will put China in possession of 250 of these remarkable planes—unless it can be diverted. It’s a chase which takes the Champions across Europe and to an explosively dangerous climax...
 
 
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
 
 
Andrew Keir
 
Hilary Tindall
 
Michael Wynne
 
Dennis Chinnery
 
Tony Steedman
 
Derek Murcott
 
Paul Grist
 
John Bryams
 
 
Doctor John Newman
 
Vanessa
 
Coates
 
Bridges
 
Hardwick
 
Admiral
 
Pilot
 
Crolic
 
 
Associate Producer
 
Director of photography
 
Art director
 
Editor
 
 
Johnny Goodman
 
Frank Watts
 
Charles Bishop
 
Peter Pitt
 
 
Musical director
 
Theme composed by
 
Post-production supervisor
 
Production manager
 
Casting
 
Stunt arranger
 
 
Edwin Astley
 
Tony Hatch
 
Philip Aizlewood
 
Malcolm Chistopher
 
Anthony Arnell
 
Bill Sawyer
 
 
Sound editor
 
Sound recordists
 
 
Music editor
 
Associate art director
 
Set dresser
 
Construction manager
 
 
Alan Corder
 
Len Abbott,
Claude Hitchcock
 
Deveril Goodman
 
John Graysmark
 
Brian Rider
 
Bill Greene
 
 
Second unit director
 
Second unit cameraman
 
Camera operator
 
Assistant director
 
Continuity
 
Special effects
 
 
Ray Austin
 
Jimmy Harvey
 
John Winbolt
 
Ernie Morris
 
Sally Ball
 
Sid Pearson
 
 
Scenic artist
 
Production buyer
 
Make-up supervisor
 
Hairdressing
 
Wardrobe supervisor
 
Supervising electrician
 
 
A.J. Van Montagu
 
Sid Palmer
 
Gerry Fletcher
 
Michael Jones
 
Laura Nightingale
 
Ted Hallows
 
 
The Champions
 
Made on location and at
ASSOCIATED BRITISH ELSTREE STUDIOS
ENGLAND.
 
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