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Episode Guide
The Survivors
 
Screenplay by
DONALD JAMES
 
Directed by
CYRIL FRANKEL
 
 
Over twenty years of imprisonment is enough to send anyone crazy. The Champions unearth a sinister story in the Austrian Alps. It’s a very strange treasure hunt.
 
 
What mystery lies behind the murder of three students in the Austrian Alps? On the surface, it’s a matter for the police rather than Nemesis, but the Austrian authorities are worried. There have been three or four killings over the years in the same lakeside vicinity, and there have been rumours of Nazi loot buried in the lake. It is known that the S.S. were prepared to make a last stand there in 1945 and that convoys of material has been taken to the area. Either gold or ammunition might be hidden. It is also known that many of the officers escaped.
 
Craig (STUART DAMON), Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) and Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) are sent to investigate when the Austrian authorities put in a request to Nemesis. They get a cool reception from the barman, Emil (BERNARD KAY), at a local gasthaus, but the promise of co-operation from the Burgomeister, Franz Reitz (CLIFFORD EVANS), a former staff Colonel in the Wermacht—a man whose brother was in the S.S. and who was among those preparing a last stand in the area.
 
Richard, diving in the lake, discovers an old German Army vehicle containing crates of ammunition which seems to confirm stories of the convoy of arms. Craig, in turn, dives down to investigate, and the waiting Richard is watched by Emil and a companion named Richter (DONALD HOUSTON). An attempt is made to shoot Richard, but just fails. Firing in return, he wings Emil and then sees Richter callously kill the wounded man.
 
Craig emerges from the lake with a map case. It contains German regimental positions in the last month of the war, and all the lines of communication lead to a disused iron mine. This, Craig and Richard surmise, could be the answer to the sinister mystery behind the efforts to keep the too-curious away from the district. All the spare equipment could well be safely hidden in the derelict mine-working, ready for use at any time.
 
Searching the rambling workings, they are very nearly trapped when a deliberate explosion brings down heavy falls. Instead of killing them, it opens up a blocked tunnel section, and the mine gives up its secret. They come across grave after grave, with plaques revealing identities of dead German soldiers—men buried alive by the S.S., with enough stores to feed them for a lifetime. How many still live? One is a bearded old man, Schmeltz (JOHN TATE), who reveals that the mine’s prisoners were Wermacht men who ran into an S.S. Division which was preparing to fight to the bitter end—and, having lost the last battle, were prepared to wait for another opportunity to arise.
 
There is one other survivor, pathetically driven out of his mind, Colonel Reitz (CLIFFORD EVANS), still in Wermacht uniform. The Burgomeister’s brother. Which means that Franz Reitz is not who he has claimed to be. He is the former S.S. man.
 
Sharron, meanwhile, has discovered what is happening and rushes to the mine in search of her companions. She, too, is trapped. But in trapping her, Franz Reitz begins the final chapter in the long, grim drama that has dominated his life since the end of the war...
 
 
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
 
 
Clifford Evans
 
Donald Houston
 
John Tate
 
Bernard Kay
 
Frederick Schiller
 
John Porter Davison
 
Stephen Yardley
 
Hugo Panczak
 
 
Franz Reitz/Colonel Reitz
 
Richter
 
Schmeltz
 
Emil
 
Mine Attendant
 
Hans
 
Pieter
 
Heinz
 
 
Production supervisor
 
Director of photography
 
Art director
 
Editor
 
 
Geoffrey Haine
 
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
 
Frank Maher
 
 
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 director
 
Second unit cameraman
 
Camera operator
 
Assistant director
 
Continuity
 
Special effects
 
 
Ray Austin
 
James Allen
 
John Winbolt
 
Ken Baker
 
Elizabeth Wilcox
 
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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