Unique collection of engaging, original spycraft entertainment unlike anything on TV for the last 60 years. The plots are full of oblique, intelligent humour and, thank God, were not used to further the cold war propaganda agenda.
United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, UNCLE, an organisation devoted to safeguarding world peace. Versus the international Mafia, crooked royalty, bankers and other greedy lowlife operating all over the world is very close to the real world so it draws you in. These scallywags are of course THRUSH, or Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity.
Many of the writers and other contributors were veterans, drawing on their wartime experience which sharpens the edges. In the first few minutes of the first episode we are introdued to an explosive substance called Thermite which, it is now emerging, may have been used for the controlled demolition of New York's Twin Towers on 9/11.
Decades ahead of its time. This was cutting edge TV drama of television's golden age to get your grandparents to buy a set and along with the Honour Blackman and Diana Rigg era 'Avengers'
has yet to be bettered. Over 100 episodes have filled many evenings for us when there is, as usual nowadays, 50 channels, but nothing, other than RT, worth watching on the box.
There are still fishy and faltering attempts to stop this being properly released in the UK... more reason to splash out, but get it shipped over the Atlantic & it'll only cost you £80 all up. So open channel D and, if you're as discerning as I am about how to relax of an evening, this is one you'll watch slowly right through, and won't let go.