Broadcast in 1974, this is an all-too short complete series of only six episodes, starring John Mills as Tommy Devon (codename: The Elephant), Lilli Palmer as Manouche Roget (codename: The Leopard), Barry Morse as Alec Marlowe (codename: The Tiger) and Brian Keith as Stephen Halliday (codename: The Fox).
The four veterans of the French resistance are reunited almost 30 years after the end of the second world war, to seek out the man who betrayed them to the Nazis. Further episodes see the gang facing various dangers and adventures whilst fighting crime.
Although there are other ITC productions that I enjoy more, this series does have a lot going for it, for example, compared to some other ITC series, this show benefits from being shot on location, in this case the French Riviera, and with the addition of good scripts and four high calibre and likeable lead actors, each episode makes for pleasant and enjoyable viewing.
The series was made in colour, with good picture and sound quality, each episode is around 50 minutes in length. No subtitles.
* SPECIAL FEATURES:
* Series Introduction by Barry Morse.
* Audio commentaries on Mindless Murder and The Counterfeit Trap with director John Hough and camera operator Douglas O'Neons.
* Episode Trailers.
* Commercial Break Bumper Teaser introduction for The Counterfeit Trap.
* Episodic and PR Image Galleries featuring a suite of Ken Thorne's incidental music for the series.
* 26-Page Commemorative Booklet, with details of the four lead stars, plus the directors, producers, and series writer Paul Gallico.
Here is a list of the episodes with synopsis:
REVENGE: POST DATED - Old wartime resistance comrades are reunited: The opportunity to avenge betrayal to the Nazis, with imprisonment, torture and death for one of their comrades, presents itself nearly thirty years after their capture. Their revenge not only leads to catching a master criminal but to an adventurous new chapter in their own lives.
Guest Star: Walter Gotell.
MINDLESS MURDER - The meaningless murder of three girls set the Zoo Gang on a trail revealing a ruthless extortion racket, danger for two film stars at the Cannes Film Festival, an audacious theft on the part of the gang and to Manouche setting herself up as the killer's target.
Guest Stars: Ingrid Pitt and Clinton Greyn.
AFRICAN MISSFIRE - A deposed African President's art collection is stolen: There are unexpected developments when the Zoo Gang steal it back again and discover that the thief is one of Manouche's oldest and dearest friends.
Guest Stars: Keiron Moore and Earl Cameron.
THE COUNTERFEIT TRAP - Robbing Peter may be one way to pay Paul - but the Zoo Gang go one better when they steal forged money to pay for smuggled gold.
Guest Stars: Peter Cushing, Jacqueline Pearce and Philip Madoc.
THE LION HUNT - The Zoo Gang's lion hunt is not for an animal but an heroic revolutionary known as "El Lion", whose unfortunate arrest while entering France presents a matter of delicacy only to be solved by his escape from prison. but the Zoo Gang meet with unexpected problems.
Guest Stars: Leo Genn, Roger Delgado and Ferdy Mayne.
THE TWISTED CROSS - The Zoo Gang re-enact a wartime exploit to catch up with a mystery that had its beginnings in the days when the Nazi war machine was beginning to crumble.
Guest Stars: Micheal da Costa and Bernard Kay.