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An assassination attempt in a submarine provides the Champions with tense under-sea drama.
Protecting a visiting President from an East European state is always a worrying assignment, but for two of the Champions, Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) and Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO), the danger appears to be over, temporarily at least, when the subject of their assignment, President Drobnic (HENRY GILBERT), is safely under-water in the submerging nuclear submarine he is inspecting with his wife (VIOLA KEATS).
But an assassination attempt has already been put in hand by the placing, among the ship’s stores, of a remote control explosive device.
The explosion causes the ship to sink to the sea-bed, badly damaged and with contact cut off. The captain is killed and the President so severely injured that an immediate operation is necessary. Only one person aboard has the ability to carry out the operation, and that is Sharron, and she can do this only if the submarine remains still. But the only possible way of bringing the vessel to the surface is to pump out the forward hatches and the movement would undoubtedly kill the President. Richard, acutely aware of the international repercussions of his death, orders the pumping to be delayed until the operation can be completed.
It’s a gamble with the lives of everyone on board and it meets with violent opposition from Raven (MIKE PRATT), the civilian engineer who is carrying out tests with a skeleton crew, and another civilian worker, Jackson (LAURIE ASPREY).
Richard has to take strong action. The operation goes on, and as it does so the supply of oxygen becomes less and less. Men are losing consciousness. Civilians on board begin to panic. But the operation is a success and instructions are given for the pumping to begin.
Raven is forced to show his hand when, with the President still alive, he attempts to shoot him but is foiled by Richard. The chances of anyone surviving are becoming increasingly remote, but it is Craig Stirling (STUART DAMON) who, from shore base, is able to use his uncanny telepathic contact with Richard to make the surfacing possible and also to reveal the truth about the assassination plot...
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
Mike Pratt
Peter Howell
John Turner
John Stone
Viola Keats
Henry Gilbert
Laurie Asprey
Rio Fanning
Admiral Cox
Lieut.-Com. Street
Naval Captain
Madame Drobnic
Associate Producer
Director of photography
Art director
Johnny Goodman
Frank Watts
Charles Bishop
Derek Hyde-Chambers
Musical director
Theme composed by
Post-production supervisor
Production manager
Stunt arranger
Edwin Astley
Tony Hatch
Philip Aizlewood
Malcolm Chistopher
Judith Jourd
Bill Sawyer
Sound editor
Sound recordists
Music editor
Associate art director
Set dresser
Construction manager
Roy Lafbery
Len Abbott
Claude Hitchcock
Alan Willis
John Graysmark
Brian Rider
Bill Greene
Camera operator
Assistant director
Special effects
Harry Gillam
Denny Lewis
Annabel Davis-Goff
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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