le jet d’eau
what’s newitc programme informationepisode guidestills gallery’the champions’ in the pressmemorabiliaeditorials and commentschampions links
Episode Guide
Click to EnlargeThe Mission
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Screenplay by
Directed by
A mission for tramps provides a cover for a macabre organisation providing an escape route for wanted war criminals and other crooks—and Sharron very nearly has her features changed...
How are so many escapes being organised for so many still-wanted war criminals and other crooks? They apparently disappear off the face of the earth. The latest is Emil Boder (PAUL HANSARD), a former Nazi, and it is believed that he has arrived in London.
And for Craig Stirling (STUART DAMON) it means a complete change of personality when he assumes the guise of a deported American Mafiosa gangster of Italian birth, with Sharron Macready (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) as his tarty girl-friend. American and British authorities co-operate in publicising his “deportation,” and the escape-route organisation falls into the trap. Craig is duly contacted with offers of help to make him disappear.
The organisation is run by a former Nazi prison camp surgeon named Dreuchman, who now calls himself Dr. Pedersen (ANTHONY BATE), using a tramps’ mission as a cover. Pedersen’s clients undergo advanced plastic surgery which provides them with entirely new faces enabling them to disappear into thin air.
The new arrival provides Pedersen with the opportunity he has been awaiting for a long time: someone who can afford to pay a lot for the physical transformation... enough to enable Pedersen to retire at last.
Plans go ahead for operations on both Craig and Sharron, and Sharron is the first to go into the operating theatre. By now, Richard Barrett (WILLIAM GAUNT) has also arrived on the scene, and it’s touch and go whether they can save Sharron before she is operated on. But there is also little time left in which to collect all the evidence required against Pedersen and the details about the wanted men whose faces he has already changed.
Unexpectedly, it is Emil Boder who proves to be the key-man when he discovers what sort of new face he has been given and that Pedersen has been deliberately planning his death. There is one thing a plastic surgeon cannot do: he cannot operate on his own face...
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
Dermot Kelly
Anthony Bate
Patricia Haines
Harry Towb
Robert Russell
Paul Hansard
Emil Boder
Associate Producer
Director of photography
Art director
Johnny Goodman
Frank Watts
Charles Bishop
Inman Hunter
Musical director
Theme composed by
Post-production supervisor
Production manager
Stunt arranger
Edwin Astley
Tony Hatch
Philip Aizlewood
Malcolm Chistopher
John Owen
Bill Sawyer
Sound editor
Sound recordists
Music editor
Associate art director
Set dresser
Construction manager
Roy Lafbery
Len Abbott
Dave Bowen
Alan Willis
John Graysmark
Brian Rider
Bill Greene
Second unit director
Second unit cameraman
Camera operator
Assistant director
Special effects
John Hough
James Allen
John Winbolt
Ken Baker
Annabel David-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
Made on location and at
Return to Top of PagePreviousReturn to IndexNext