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Directed by
The Champions probe a Caribbean conundrum. Who wants a parrot that speaks Greek?
A man is stabbed to death in a Montego Bay hotel. He had been travelling on a French passport, posing as Jean Valentin, a French businessman dealing in plastics. But he has been identified as a formidable and dangerous G.P.U. agent, specialising in all uses of explosives, by the name of Semenkin.
What was he doing in the Caribbean? It’s a problem for Nemesis to solve, and Craig (STUART DAMON), Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) and Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) are sent to Jamaica to investigate, with Craig masquerading as Semenkin.
The first mystery is a personal add in the dead man’s possession: “Wanted, A parrot that speaks Greek. Reply Box No. 666.” But why has Semenkin inked the figures into eights?
Craig’s investigations take him to a gift shop run by a man named Nikko (GEORGE MURCELL), believed to be Semenkin’s contact, and he is right in his guess that the parrot advertisement is a code to identify Semenkin. Craig is accepted as the G.P.U. agent and meets Jules (ANTON RODGERS). One thing becomes clear: they are searching for something in Montego Bay. But what? Craig has to go carefully to avoid revealing his lack of knowledge in this respect as they fly over the bay, piloted by the attractive Corinne (NIKE ARRIGHI). When his masquerade is detected, Craig is shot in the back and dumped overboard.
Sharron senses that something has happened to Craig but her intuition tells her that he is, in fact, alive and she and Richard are able to plot his approximate whereabouts. He’s very close to one of the smaller, uninhabited islands.
There is, however, one inhabitant on the island, as Craig discovers when he struggles ashore: a native named Clive (LINBERT SPENCER), who treats his wounds and tells him of a ’plane that has crashed on the other side of the island.
Is this the object of the intensive search? When Craig reaches the wreck, he realises that it is—and why Semenkin had been sent to blow it up and thus destroy its secrets. But by now, Jules and Corinne have spotted it, and it’s a race between them and Richard and Sharron to get to it first...
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
Anton Rogers
George Murcell
Brian Worth
Nike Arrighi
Linbert Spencer
George Roubicek
Imogen Hassall
Production supervisor
Director of photography
Art director
Geoffrey Haine
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
Anthony Arnell
Bill Sawyer
Sound editor
Sound recordists
Music editor
Associate art director
Set dresser
Construction manager
Alan Corder
Len Abbott
Dave Bowen
Deveril Goodman
John Graysmark
Brian Rider
Bill Greene
Second unit director
Second unit cameraman
Camera operator
Assistant director
Special effects
Ray Austin
James Allen
John Winbolt
Ken Baker
Elizabeth Wilcox
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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