By the end of the 1960s, British television had done adventurers and sleuths to death. If Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
was the supernatural spin on the mystery format, The Champions
was the science-fiction version, mixing comic-book superheroics into the globe-trotting do-gooders formula. In the pilot, square-jawed Craig Sterling (Stuart Damon), model-gorgeous Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) and ironic Brit Richard Barrett (William Gaunt)--agents of an international good-guy organisation called Nemesis--find themselves in a Shangri-La-style forgotten Tibetan civilisation, where they undergo training in extrasensory perception and superhuman strength. Back home, they use their powers to tackle a mixture of ordinary crime and more complicated nefarious plans that have a semi-science fiction feel. The good-looking Damon and Bastedo seem to have had their personalities erased in the mountains, leaving Gaunt to shoulder all the acting weight. Nevertheless, it has a kind of creaky, straight-faced charm, like some lost British take on Marvel Comics' superhero teams.
Volume Four features: "The Survivors", which concerns a murder in the Alps, with Clifford Evans; and "To Trap a Rat", in which lethal heroin hits the streets, with vintage 1968 beauty Kate (Triangle) O'Mara and Edina Ronay. --Kim Newman
The entire series (30 episodes in all) of the classic 1960's television adventure series in which Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and William Gaunt play three crime fighters with extra sensory powers and extraordinary powers of sight, smell and hearing. The episodes are: 'The Beginning', ' The Invisible Man', 'Reply Box No. 666', 'The Experiment', 'Operation Deep-Freeze', 'The Survivors', ' To Trap a Rat', 'The Iron Man', 'The Ghost Plane', 'The Dark Island', 'The Fanatics', 'Twelve Hours', 'The Search', 'The Gilded Cage', 'Shadow of the Panther', 'A Case of Lemmings', 'The Interrogation', 'The Mission', 'The Silent Enemy', 'The Body Snatchers', 'Get Me Out of Here!', 'The Night People', 'Project Zero', 'Desert Journey', 'Full Circle', 'Nutcracker', 'The Final Countdown', 'The Gun-Runners' and 'Autokill'.