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Episode Guide
The Final Countdown
 
Screenplay by
GERALD KELSEY
 
Directed by
JOHN GILLING
 
 
The Champions face the task of finding a World War II atom bomb which could launch another major war.
 
 
The years roll back to the end of World War II for a group of Germans who are meeting in a country house near Hamburg. The man they are awaiting is Von Splitz (ALAN MacNAUGHTAN), who has at last been released by the Russians. For nearly a quarter-of-a-century, he has been kept going in the hope of retaliation and in the knowledge that survival would provide the opportunity for him to win the last battle of the Second World War after all. He was the head of a Special Operations department and the man responsible for making what would have been Germany's last bid for victory with an atom bomb which would have razed London to the ground. But the 'plane carrying it never reached London. Where is the bomb now?
 
Von Splitz has been deliberately released so that his movements can be watched, but when he disappears the Nemesis organisation is called in and the task of finding him given to Craig (STUART DAMON), Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) and Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT).
 
Their first break-through comes when a former Luftwaffe pilot named Eisen (BASIL HENSON) is admitted to hospital in a dying condition and mutters the name of Von Splitz. The information is passed on to Intelligence and then to Nemesis. Richard goes to the hospital. Eisen can no longer talk, but Richard's uncanny sense of hearing enables him to learn what the pilot is trying to say.
 
Eisen was the pilot who was to have dropped the atom bomb on London, but he was shot down. Now, after trying to discover from him where the bomb landed, Von Splitz has ordered him to be killed. Eisen can give Richard only as much information as he has given to Von Splitz, and that's a very vague clue to the bomb's whereabouts. It's somewhere in Germany and probably in a lake.
 
The Champions and Von Splitz are on equal terms, both with the same amount of information—but if Von Splitz finds the bomb first, he will undoubtedly set it off in the hope that it will set America and Russia at each other's throats in a new war, each in the belief that the other has started it all.
 
Eisen's daughter, Anna (HANNAH GORDON), is able to provide some vital information. The race is on in earnest. Von Splitz and his comrades are the first to find the bomb, but Craig is not far behind them, only to be caught by the Germans. He escapes and makes contact with Richard and Sharron. But can they reach the bomb, which has now been set to explode, and defuse it in time?
 
 
AN
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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
 
 
Alan MacNaughton
 
Wolf Frees
 
Derek Newark
 
Basil Henson
 
Morris Perry
 
Hannah Gordon
 
Norman Jones
 
Michael Lees
 
 
Von Splitz
 
Doctor Neimann
 
Kruger
 
Wolf Eisen
 
Schultz
 
Anna
 
Heiden
 
Tom Brooks
 
 
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 cameraman
 
Camera operator
 
Assistant director
 
Continuity
 
Special effects
 
 
Ray Austin
 
James Allen
 
John Winbolt
 
Ken Baker
 
Sally Ball
 
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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