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THE PROTECTORS (1972)

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Full Name: Harry Rule, Contessa Caroline di Contini, Paul Buchet
Series Name: The Protectors
Nationality: American, Italian, French
Organization: The Protectors
Occupation Agency

Creator: Gerry Anderson
Time Span: 1972 - 1974

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Harry Rule, Contessa Caroline di Contini, Paul Buchet are members of The Protectors.
       This organization is dedicated to helping people being victimized by powerful criminal elements. It is said to have agents in every major city in Europe. Who funds it and how it came to be created is never really disclosed.
       One of the lead agents, and possibly the man in charge, is Harry Rule. A largely stoic man with a considerable amount of experience, he has seen it all and fought most of it and has the scars to show for it. In his late 40s or early 50s, he can still handle his own fights but prefers to use his brain first. Rule is independently wealthy and does this work out of conviction, not for a pay check.
       Another person who is in no need of employment and who works routinely alongside Rule is the Contessa Caroline di Contini, the widow of an Italian aristocrat and the owner and operator of a private investigative agency in Italy. Her contacts come in handy all over the Continent and her ability to charm is as exceptional as her ability to fight if needed.
       The last person who makes up the three member of the trio whose adventures have been recorded is Paul Buchet, a man who is an expert with electronics and all sorts of gadgetry. Also very well off, likely from his own inventions, Buchet enjoys the challenges he routinely encounters working with Rule and di Contini.
       The cases that the three people find themselves facing run a wide gamut. Kidnapping, extortion, murder are common but so matters of international intrigue and they usually are mixed together, which makes it more challenging and more interesting to the Protectors.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1973

1 The Protectors The Protectors
Written by Robert Miall
Copyright: 1973

[plot unknown - might be a novelization]

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1973

1 The Collector The Collector
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1973

Published in TV Action Annual 1974 - 4 pages
Paul Buchet gloms onto evidence of the whereabouts of the Collector, a man that the Protectors have tried for several years to apprehend. Now it means breaking into his electrified fortification but they have determination on their side.
Click here to read the story.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1974
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TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:52
First Appearance:1972
Last Appearance:1974
Network:ITV

REGULAR CAST
Robert VaughnHarry Rule [ 1-2 ]
Nyree Dawn PorterCaroline di Contini [ 1-2 ]
Tony AnholtPaul Buchet [ 1-2 ]

       According to the "Official Gerry Anderson website", the talented and experienced producer duo Andersons were only partially the creators of this series. Lew Grade, the head of the British television network ITV, approached them with the broad stroke idea of putting together a show about a group of troubleshooters who go all over Europe fighting nasty criminals.
       Anderson then took this skeleton and put meat and skin on it and gave it a face and a voice. The Protectors was born.

       At the risk of repeating things said better elsewhere and likely getting it wrong, I commend anyone interested in knowing more to go to Wesley Britton's truly awesome site, specifically his page on this series.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:8
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1973

       Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were a married team of television producers who got their start doing "Supermarionation" shows. This word, created by Gerry Anderson, was according to Wikipedia, "(a portmanteau of "super", "marionette" and "animation") is a style of puppetry devised in the 1960s". It involved having marionettes controlled by very fine filaments moving about a set, their voices dubbed into mouth movements.
       The pair were very successful in the early 60s with hit shows for children like Thunderbirds, Stingray, and Fireball XL5.
       As another vehicle to tell their stories and promote their work, they created with City Magazines a weekly comic book anthology called TV Century 21 (Century 21 Productions was the name of the Anderson's company).
       In addition to serialized episodes of the shows mentioned above, this magazine produced stories for popular television shows. Since The Protectors was a Century 21 program, it made sense to include stories about this group as well once the show started.
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MY COMMENTS

       The television show was mildly fun to watch. I say mildly even though the two main stars were first-rate actors and they did darn good with what they had. I felt it was lukewarm to me because I never quite got a feel for what these folks did. I mean, of course they helped people but the concept of the group was epherial to me. Plus even my short attention span could have handled 60 minutes (well, 40+ with commercials) to build up the story a bit more.
       The graphic adventures are okay but again nothing noteworthy. That makes sense because of what they had to work with. Considering that, they were not bad.
       The one book was a novelization of a couple of episodes and did not add anything in my opinion.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

Your Average Grade:   B-

YOUR OPINIONS

chrisno1 B- 2020-11-29

I''ve recently managed to catch a lot of repeat epidodes on ITV4 and rather enjoyed them. The set-ups are simple, the acting bearable. They look exotic and often the


chrisno1 B- 2020-11-29

I''ve recently managed to catch a lot of repeat epidodes on ITV4 and rather enjoyed them. The set-ups are simple, the acting bearable. They look exotic and often the s


chrisno1 B- 2020-11-29

I''ve recently managed to catch a lot of repeat epidodes on ITV4 and rather enjoyed them. The set-ups are simple, the acting bearable. They look exotic and often the filming is done on location, still unusual for the 70s. The biggest downside is the 25min running time. The show would have benefited from being 50mins. I understand it was the last prime time Saturday night show made by ITC to be such a length. I am tracking down the book for a quick read. Sorry about the duplicate posts.


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