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Episode Guide
The Body Snatchers
 
Screenplay by
TERRY NATION
 
Directed by
PAUL DICKSON
 
 
The Champions encounter eerie drama in Wales and defeat a macabre espionage plot.
 
 
A message from a top newspaper man, Nichols (J.G. DEVLIN), takes Richard Barrett (WILLIAM GAUNT) to a remote village in Wales. Nichols has stumbled on a remarkable story and needs Richard’s help. The cub reporter who tipped him off has already been killed, and Nichols himself is murdered soon afterwards—but Richard has already learned enough to begin his own investigations.
 
The sensational clue to the mystery is to be found in a rambling old house which has been taken over as a research centre, now closely guarded. And in the house is the body of General Carl Patterson, one of the most important men in the Pentagon defence team. Very ill, and close to death, he has been abducted, and Nichols has discovered that he is the subject of an experiment in cryobiology—the technique of deep-freezing bodies so that they can be brought to life again later. Whoever is running this research centre seems to have perfected the process.
 
The research scientist is a girl named Inge Kalmutt (ANN LYNN) and the man forcing her to work on General Patterson is a stranger named Squires (BERNARD LEE). He is holding her father as ransom.
 
Richard succeeds in getting into the old house, but the terrified Inge betrays his presence. He is overwhelmed by sheer force of numbers and finds himself placed in a container and put through the deep-freezing process. He should be frozen to death in under an hour, but his super-human resistance enables him to stand up to the treatment and break out of the container.
 
The whole pattern of the eerie drama takes shape as it is revealed that Squires is a man who, in his own words, is selling immortality. The presence of General Patterson’s body is part of a fantastic and macabre espionage plot. Patterson was the one man who knew the entire United States defence system. While alive, he was protected day and night, but there is no security risk involving a dead man. However, if Inge Kalmutt’s experiments are successful, his body can be brought out of the deep freeze and he can be revived sufficiently to make him talk. The government Squires is working for will be very interested...
 
Meanwhile, Nemesis boss Tremayne (ANTHONY NICHOLLS) has linked the disappearances of Richard and the General, and it’s known that Richard has gone to Wales. Craig Stirling (STUART DAMON) and Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) follow him there, and arrive just in time to give Richard a helping hand when he very much needs it.
 
 
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
 
 
Bernard Lee
 
Ann Lynn
 
Philip Locke
 
J.G. Devlin
 
Gregory Phillips
 
Christina Taylor
 
Fredric Abbott
 
 
Squires
 
Inge Kalmutt
 
Yeats
 
Frank Nicholls
 
David Fenton
 
Lee Rogers
 
White
 
 
Associate Producer
 
Director of photography
 
Art director
 
Editor
 
 
Johnny Goodman
 
Frank Watts
 
Charles Bishop
 
Inman Hunter
 
 
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
 
 
Rydal Love
 
Len Abbott, Dave Bowen
 
Alan Willis
 
John Graysmark
 
Brian Rider
 
Bill Greene
 
 
Second unit director
 
Second unit cameraman
 
Camera operator
 
Assistant director
 
Continuity
 
Special effects
 
 
Ray Austin
 
Jimmy Harvey
 
Harry Gillam
 
Colin Lord
 
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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