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Episode Guide
The Ghost Plane
Screenplay by
Directed by
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...
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
Andrew Keir
Hilary Tindall
Michael Wynne
Dennis Chinnery
Tony Steedman
Derek Murcott
Paul Grist
John Bryams
Doctor John Newman
Associate Producer
Director of photography
Art director
Johnny Goodman
Frank Watts
Charles Bishop
Peter Pitt
Musical director
Theme composed by
Post-production supervisor
Production manager
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
Special effects
Ray Austin
Jimmy Harvey
John Winbolt
Ernie Morris
Sally Ball
Sid Pearson
Scenic artist
Production buyer
Make-up supervisor
Wardrobe supervisor
Supervising electrician
A.J. Van Montagu
Sid Palmer
Gerry Fletcher
Michael Jones
Laura Nightingale
Ted Hallows
The Champions
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