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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining ITC series
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...
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by Colin Smith "keep on runni...

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3.0 out of 5 stars the zoo gang
i loved this series when it was first broadcast and was pleased to obtain it to watch and keep again brilliant
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining ITC series, 23 Dec 2010
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Colin Smith "keep on running" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Zoo Gang [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ITC Zoo Gang, 11 Jan 2011
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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Four French Resistance fighters reunite to bring law and order to the Riviera in this very short series from ITC.
It is an interesting mini series of pure escapism. And if you like other ITC productions you will like this.
The four characters had been in the French resistance in the second world war and they had split up. But now they are back together again. Each has an animal codename. Tommy Devon the team leader is the elephant, He works in an antiques shop on the French Riviera and recognises an old Nazi adversary and calls upon the other three operatives to help bring this war criminal to justice. The other operatives are Stephen Halliday an electronics expert known as the fox, Alec Marlowe a mechanical genius known as the tiger, and Madame Manouche Roget the widow of another team member who was killed in the war. He was known as the Wolf. She is also an explosives expert and has a son who is a French policeman. The newly formed team go on to tackle other crime I five more stories. There were only six episodes but it makes an interesting concept that could have been developed further.
The series stars John Mills in his first TV role. And Lilli Palmer. The theme music was provided by Paul McCartney.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my Resistance is low, 10 July 2008
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I well remember not being able to miss an episode of this series. It was, I think, the only TV series John Mills appeared in. A quintet of old French Resistance fighters from WW2, John Mills, Brian Keith, Lilli Palmer, Barry Morse and Vic Armstrong, getting together to fight crime in the South of France, Nice, Cannes and Marseilles. Sunshine and crime fighting, what a combination. I think it was late sixties early seventies and did not run for more than a couple of series.
Well worth watching again for nostalgia lovers.
Book was written by Paul Gallico.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Age of the Adventure Series........, 16 Sep 2013
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The Zoo Gang has a winning format........it has a strong cast, good story lines and scripts and exotic locations. In the 60s and 70s nobody did the 'adventure series' quite like the ITC productions. It was the golden age of this particular genre and The Zoo Gang delivers. A great shame that only 6 episodes were ever produced, but a treasure that we can all enjoy courtesy of Network DVD.

An ageing group of WW2 resistance fighters are reunited almost 30 years after the war ended to use their particular talents in forgery, impersonation and 'daring do' to 'out do' modern-day criminals and to raise money for a hospital. American Actor Brian Keith (The Parent Trap, Nevada Smith, The Russian Are Coming and so many other film and TV appearances I couldn't list them all), John Mills (simply a legend as far as British Cinema is concerned), German Actress Lilli Palmer (Thunder Rock, Operation Crossbow and again too many others to mention) and not least Canadian Actor Barry Morse (TV's The Fugutive, Space 1999, The Twighlight Zone, The Untouchables and a string of other films and tv work) make up The Zoo Gang, codenames - 'The Fox', 'The Elephant', 'The Leopard' and the 'The Tiger'.

Yes, it's nostalic. Yes, it's dated. But if you like good TV when the UK was the market leader and made other productions look ordinary - this is for you. Don't miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars careful when you buy things from your childhood memory, 15 Aug 2013
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I remembered this whilst ploughing through a list of "great stuff i remembered from my youth" Couldn't believe i'd found this 30+ year old t.v. on dvd to boot!!
Clever, inventive good t.v.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 70 s fun, 22 Dec 2013
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I was so fortunate to find this series was available, takes me right back to 1970 s Friday night tv . Great storylines
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5.0 out of 5 stars foxy with a funky theme tune by macca, 19 Jun 2013
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IF YOU LOOK AT THE COVER, YOU,D THINK THE ZOO GANG WAS ABOUT SOME GERIATRIC SOCIAL CLUB,NOT ONE OF THOSE FACES WOULD APPEAR ON T,V, IN 2013, BECAUSE THE WORLD DON,T LIKE LIVED IN LOOKS, THAT REFLECT A PAST THAT DIDN,T SEEK OUT A CAMERAMAN WAITING FOR UNCROSSED LEGS GETTING OUT A TAXI AT 4 IN THE MORNING!....THESE 4 GREAT ACTORS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT COME TOGETHER WITH ALL THE SKILLS THEY GAINED IN THE RESISTANCE,TO TRACK DOWN AND CAPTURE THE MAN WHO BETRAYED THEM! SET IN THE FRENCH TOWN OF NICE WHICH IN 1972 LOOKED LIKE THE PLACE WHERE DARK GLASSES AND A CRAVAT WERE THE ORDER OF THE DAY,,AND DAPPER TOMMY DEVON PLAYED BY THE VERY SLICK SIR JOHN MILLS,CARRIES THE LOOK AS YOU WOULD EXPECT! SUPPORTED BY A SID JAMES TYPE IN BARRY MORSE, THE SUPERB BRIAN KEITH WHO DESPITE LOOKING OUT OF PLACE,IS SOMEONE WHO DOES HIS JOB WITHOUT THROWING HIS HUGE FRAME AROUND. THE GENIUS OF THIS GANG IS HELD TOGETHER BY THE LEOPARD PLAYED BY LILLI PALMER, WHOM THE THREE GENTS SEEM TO ADORE.IF YOU ARE A YOUNG PERSON YOU MIGHT NOT GET THE APPEAL, BUT TO PEOPLE AROUND AT THE TIME THESE PEOPLE ARE LIKE RELATIVES YOU HAD OR WISHED YOU HAD! YES ITS CORNY, WITH A NICE HELPING OF CHEESE,BUT IT GET 5 STARS BECAUSE THE ACTORS CARRY IT OFF, AND IF YOU LIKE THE ROGER MOORE-TONY CURTIS TYPE BANTER THIS IS FOR YOU LOVED IT! PURCHASED THROUGH AMAZON UK.P.S. IT ALSO HAS ONE OF THE BEST THEME TUNES!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Zoo Gang - a short run but lasting memories, 20 April 2013
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.The Zoo Gang is a short run one off drama series set around the coast of southern France in the early seventies. The show features to household names - Barry Morse and John Mills.
Although eminently watchable, the series lacks character or story line development. This is in part due to the original story by Paul Gallico, and the fact tha Lord Lew grade could only secure the services of his leading cast for a short period of time.
Despite this the Zoo Gang is an enjoyable series, and I'm sure that many will enjoy this blast from the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Past viewing memories, 26 Dec 2012
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Christmas present for hubbie who loved it on the telly when it was on . A bit dated now but good viewing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super 1970's Adventure, 20 Jan 2012
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I can remember this series from my child hood in the mid 1970's and so have been really pleased to see this DVD pack.
The series is of just 6 adventures. Staring John Mills in a TV role for which he is well suited.
The stories centre around a group of WW2 underground fighters who come back together to help others.
An early idea of the USA Series "A" team maybe - but more British and well far fetched ? Good stories - good DVD print.
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