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1 - The Beginning

Original title : The Beginning
First Aired : 25.09.1968 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Dennis Spooner
Cast : Anthony Chinn (Chinese Commander), Kenneth J. Warren (Whittaker), Felix Aylmer (The Old Man), Joseph Fürst (Chislenkan), Jeremy Fritz (Ho Ling), Burt Kwouk (Chinese Major)

The Story : Nemesis agents Craig Sterling, Richard Barrett and Sharron Macready crash-land in Tibet after stealing bacteriological material from the Chinese. Rescued by an unknown Tibetan tribe who give them special powers, they must use them to escape the pursuing Chinese.

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2 - The Invisible Man

Original title : The Invisible Man
First Aired : 02.10.1968 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Peter Wyngarde (John Hallam), James Culliford (Charles Sumner), Basil Dignam (Frederick Howard), Aubrey Morris (Van Velden), Steve Plytas (Boursin), Dave Prowse (Weightlifter)

The Story : Craig is captured by Dr. Hallam and has a small device implanted into his ear while unconscious. When Craig re-awakens, he hears voices in his head giving him orders. Richard and Sharron must get to Craig before he is killed.

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3 - Reply Box No. 666

Original title : Reply Box No. 666
First Aired : 09.10.1968 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Philip Broadley
Cast : Fiona Curzon (Girl in prologue (uncredited)), Anton Rodgers (Jules), George Murcell (Nikko), Brian Worth (Bourges), Nike Arrighi (Corinna), Linbert Spencer (Clive), George Roubicek (Semenkin), Imogen Hassall (Cleo)

The Story : Craig masquerades as a dead foreign agent. When he is given away as a spy, he is dropped into the ocean and Richard and Sharron frantically search the Caribbean for him.

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4 - The Experiment

Original title : The Experiment
First Aired : 16.10.1968 (UK)
Director : Dave Bowen, Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Tony Williamson
Cast : Allan Cuthbertson (Cranmore), Madalena Nicol (Dr. Margaret Daniels), Caroline Blakiston (Marion Grant), Philip Bond (Officer), Russell Waters (Barman), Nicholas Courtney (Dr . Farley), David Bauer (Dr. Glind)

The Story : Mad scientist Cranmore tries to recreate super-humans to equal the Nemesis trio. Sharron is tricked into the experiment and Cranmore awaits her rescue, hoping to ensnare Craig and Richard.

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5 - Happening

Original title : Happening
First Aired : 23.10.1968 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Brian Clemens
Cast : Jack MacGowran (Banner), Grant Taylor (General Winters), Michael Gough (Joss), Bill Cummings (Aston)

The Story : Three men find themselves in an atomic test area with a bomb due to go off at any time. If it does, it will devastate much of Australia. One of the men there is Richard Barrett.

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6 - Operation Deep-Freeze

Original title : Operation Deep-Freeze
First Aired : 30.10.1968 (UK)
Director : Paul Dickson
Writing credits : Gerald Kelsey
Cast : Patrick Wymark (General Gomez), Robert Uquhart (Hemmings), Walter Gotell (Jose), Peter Arne (Margoli), Dallas Cavell (Ship's Captain), George Pastell (Colonel Santos), Michael Godfrey (Mendoza), Martin Boddey (Gregson), Derek Sydney (Zerrilli), Alan White (Hoffner)

The Story : A tyrannical Central American leader establishes a nuclear missile base in Antarctica. Craig and Richard get a frosty reception.

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7 - The Survivors

Original title : The Survivors
First Aired : 06.11.1968 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Clifford Evans (Franz Reitz/Colonel Reitz), Donald Houston (Richter), John Tate (Schmeltz), Bernard Kay (Emil), Frederick Schiller (Mine Attendant), John Porter Davison (Hans), Stephen Yardley (Pieter), Hugo Panczak (Heinz)

The Story : While investigating the murder of three students in the Austrian Alps, the Champions discover a map that leads them to a mine where a group of German soldiers were buried alive by the SS.

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8 - To Trap A Rat

Original title : To Trap A Rat
First Aired : 13.11.1968 (UK)
Director : Sam Wanamaker
Writing credits : Ralph Smart
Cast : Guy Rolfe (Walter Pelham), Edina Ronay (Sandra), Michael Standing (Edwards), Toke Townley (Peanut Vendor), Kate O'Mara (Jane Purcell), John Lee (Ambulance Doctor), Michael Guest (Ambulance Man)

The Story : Drug addicts are becoming victims not only of their vice but of the lethal effects of tainted dope that is being distributed in London. Scotland Yard cannot track down the dealers and the Nemesis organisation is asked to help.

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9 - The Iron Man

Original title : The Iron Man
First Aired : 20.11.1968 (UK)
Director : John Llewellyn Moxey
Writing credits : Philip Broadley
Cast : George Murcell (El Caudillo), Patrick Magee (Pedraza), Robert Crewdson (Callezon), Michael Mellinger (General Tornes), Steven Berkoff (Carlos), Norman Florence (Cabello)

The Story : Nemesis agents take on a very unusual role as domestic staff, when asked to protect the life of a former dictator. Domestic duties give way to dangerous circumstances.

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10 - The Ghost Plane

Original title : The Ghost Plane
First Aired : 27.11.1968 (UK)
Director : John Gilling
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Andrew Keir (Dr. John Newman), Hilary Tindall (Vanessa), Michael Wynne (Coates), Dennis Chinnery (Bridges), Tony Steedman (Hardwick), Derek Murcott (Admiral), Paul Grist (Pilot), John Bryant (Crolic)

The Story : The Champions find themselves hot on the trail of a broker when asked to investigate a man whose plans for a revolutionary aircraft have been shelved.

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11 - The Dark Island

Original title : The Dark Island
First Aired : 04.12.1968 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Tony Williamson
Cast : Vladek Sheybal (Max Kellor), Brandon Brady (Withers), Alan Gifford (Admiral), Bill Nagy (Controller), Benito Carruthers (Perango), Andy Ho (Kai Min), Richard Bond (Radar Operator)

The Story : When three agents fail to return from a tropical island, the Champions are sent to investigate.

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12 - The Fanatics

Original title : The Fanatics
First Aired : 11.12.1968 (UK)
Director : John Gilling
Writing credits : Terry Nation
Cast : Gerald Harper (Croft), Donald Pickering (Colonel Banks), Julian Glover (Anderson), David Burke (I) (Richard Carson), David Morrell (Krasner), Barry Stanton (Faber), John Robinson (I) (Collings)

The Story : When Richard Barrett infiltrates a gang of fanatical assassins, he learns that Tremayne is to be their next victim. Will he be able to stop the killers in time?

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13 - Twelve Hours

Original title : Twelve Hours
First Aired : 18.12.1968 (UK)
Director : Paul Dickson
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Mike Pratt (Raven), Peter Howell (Admiral Cox), John Turner (Lieutenant-Commander Street), John Stone (II) (Naval Captain), Viola Keats (Madame Drobnik), Henry Gilbert (Drobnik), Laurie Asprey (Jackson), Rio Fanning (Telegraphist)

The Story : Richard and Sharron accompany a visiting President and his wife on a submarine journey, but an assassination attempt means that they will require all of their powers to save the President.

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14 - The Search

Original title : The Search
First Aired : 01.01.1969 (UK)
Director : Leslie Norman
Writing credits : Dennis Spooner
Cast : John Woodvine (Kruger Haller), Reginald Marsh (Conrad Schultz), Joseph Fürst (Doctor Rudolf Mueller), Patricia English (Suzanne Taylor), Ernst Walder (Albrecht), Gábor Baraker (Innkeeper)

The Story : After stealing an atomic submarine, loaded with four nuclear weapons, a neo Nazi regime holds London hostage. The Champions are now in a race against time to stop these villains.

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15 - The Gilded Cage

Original title : The Gilded Cage
First Aired : 08.01.1969 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Philip Broadley
Cast : John Carson (Symons), Jennie Linden (Samantha), Clinton Greyn (Lovegrove), Charles Houston (Orley), Tony Caunter (Brandon), Sebastian Breaks (Haswell), Vernon Dobtcheff (Manager)

The Story : Richard is kidnapped from his flat and is held prisoner by a mysterious gang. Craig is sent by Tremayne to track down Richard's whereabouts.

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16 - Shadow of the Panther

Original title : Shadow of the Panther
First Aired : 15.01.1969 (UK)
Director : Freddie Francis
Writing credits : Tony Williamson
Cast : Zia Mohyeddin (Prengo), Donald Sutherland (David Crayley), Tony Wall (Riley), Hedger Wallace (Charters), Christopher Carlos (Doctor), Tania (Girl In Red), Kenneth Gardnier (Waiter)

The Story : Voodoo magic? Or something with a logical explanation? This is what the Champions have to find out when a Nemesis scientist apparently dies of fear ... to the sinister background of throbbing Voodoo drums.

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17 - A Case of Lemmings

Original title : A Case of Lemmings
First Aired : 22.01.1969 (UK)
Director : Paul Dickson
Writing credits : Philip Broadley
Cast : Edward Brayshaw (Del Marco), John Bailey (Umberto), Jeanne Roland (Claudine), Michael Graham (Jacquet), Michael Slater (Pillet), Olive McFarland (Madame Carnot), Jacques Cey (Frenchman), Madge Brindley (Frenchwoman)

The Story : The Champions are sent to Italy to find out why a number of Interpol agents have committed suicide.

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18 - The Interrogation

Original title : The Interrogation
First Aired : 29.01.1969 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Dennis Spooner
Cast : Colin Blakely

The Story : Craig Stirling awakes to find himself imprisoned, and brutally questioned..... Why is Tremayne unconcerned?

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19 - The Mission

Original title : The Mission
First Aired : 05.02.1969 (UK)
Director : Robert Asher
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Anthony Bate (Pederson), Dermot Kelly (Hogan), Patricia Haines (Sophia), Harry Towb (George), Robert Russell (Maltman), Paul Hansard (Emil Boder)

The Story : Craig and Sharron pose as a gangster and his moll in an attempt to block an escape route for criminals. Richard poses as an alcoholic down and outer.

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20 - The Silent Enemy

Original title : The Silent Enemy
First Aired : 12.02.1969 (UK)
Director : Robert Asher
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Paul Maxwell (Captain Baxter), Warren Stanhope (Admiral Parker), James Maxwell (Stanton), Marne Maitland (Minoes), Esmond Knight (The Minister), David Blake Kelly (Lighthouse Keeper Number One), Rio Fanning (Lighthouse Keeper Number Two)

The Story : Craig, Richard and Sharron have to follow the path of a nuclear submarine in which all of the crew were found dead.

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21 - The Body Snatchers

Original title : The Body Snatchers
First Aired : 19.02.1969 (UK)
Director : Paul Dickson
Writing credits : Terry Nation
Cast : Bernard Lee (Squires), Ann Lynn (Inge Kalmutt), Philip Locke (Yeats), J. G. Devlin (Frank Nicholls), Gregory Phillips (David Fenton), Christina Taylor (Lee Rogers), Fredric Abbott (White)

The Story : Craig, Sharron and Richard go to Wales to find the meaning behind a mysterious message received by a journalist. Richard gets cold feet!

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22 - Get Me Out Of Here!

Original title : Get Me Out Of Here!
First Aired : 26.02.1969 (UK)
Director : Cyril Frankel
Writing credits : Ralph Smart
Cast : Frances Cuka (Anna Maria Martes), Ronald Radd (Commandante), Philip Madoc (Angel Martes), Eric Pohlmann (Minister), Anthony Newlands (Cuevos), Godfrey Quigley (Josef), Norman Florence (Police Captain), Ricardo Montez (Detective)

The Story : A world-famous doctor is held captive on a Caribbean island and The Champions are sent to the rescue.

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23 - The Night People

Original title : The Night People
First Aired : 05.03.1969 (UK)
Director : Robert Asher
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Terence Alexander (Douglas Trennick), Adrienne Corri (Mrs. Trennick), David Lodge (I) (Porth), Anne Sharp (Jane Soames), Michael Bilton (Dan), Walter Sparrow (George Whetlor), Jerold Wells (Hoad), Frank Thornton (Clerk)

The Story : Sharron takes a few days' holiday in Cornwall and disappears. Craig and Richard's search leads them into an encounter with hooded monks, ghostly woods and the supernatural.

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24 - Project Zero

Original title : Project Zero
First Aired : 12.03.1969 (UK)
Director : Don Sharp
Writing credits : Tony Williamson
Cast : Rupert Davies (Voss), Peter Copley (Antrobus), Geoffrey Chater (Forster), Reginald Jessup (Grayson), Jan Holden (Miss Davies), Nicholas Smith (Postmaster), Donald Morley (Sloane), Maurice Browning (Wittering), John Horsley (Chairman), Eric Lander (Hedges), Jill Curzon (Stewardess), Bruce Beeby (Pilot), John Moore (III) (Travis)

The Story : The Champions, disguised as scientists, investigate the disappearance of several key boffins working on the same top-secret experiment.

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25 - Desert Journey

Original title : Desert Journey
First Aired : 19.03.1969 (UK)
Director : Paul Dickson
Writing credits : Ian Stuart Black
Cast : Yole Marinelli (Sonia), Tony Cyrus (Major Tuat), Henry Soskin (Branco), Reg Lye (Curtis), Nik Zaran (Said), Roger Delgado (Yussef), Peter Madden (Sheikh), Jeremy Brett (The Bey)

The Story : The country of El Hammi is close to revolution and can only be restored with the return of the Bey, a young man currently enjoying life in Rome, who is reluctant to return to his strife ridden homeland. Craig, Sharron and Richard abduct him and try to force him to return home but with people who are making money from the turmoil looking to kill him, it might be too late.

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26 - Full Circle

Original title : Full Circle
First Aired : 26.03.1969 (UK)
Director : John Gilling
Writing credits : Donald James
Cast : Patrick Allen (Westerman), Martin Benson (Garcian), John Nettleton (Booker), Gabrielle Drake (Sarah), Jack Gwillim (Carrington), James Donnelly (Pickering), Lawrence James (Sergeant Fairfax), Victor Brooks (Collins)

The Story : Craig poses as a prison inmate to find out who is attempting to free another prisoner. His subsequent escape leads him into further danger.

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27 - Nutcracker

Original title : Nutcracker
First Aired : 02.04.1969 (UK)
Director : Roy Ward Baker
Writing credits : Philip Broadley
Cast : John Bown (Walcott), William Squire (Duncan), David Langton (Lord Mauncey), Michael Barrington (Manager), John Franklyn-Robbins (Warre), David Kelsey (Travers), Dervis Ward (Guard), Robert Mill (Assistant)

The Story : To check if a NATO vault is truly impregnable, the agents are assigned to test its security. However, the vault is programmed to kill any intruder.

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28 - The Final Countdown

Original title : The Final Countdown
First Aired : 16.04.1969 (UK)
Director : John Gilling
Writing credits : Gerald Kelsey
Cast : Alan MacNaughtan (Von Spitz), Derek Newark (Kruger), Basil Henson (Wolf Eisen), Morris Perry (Schultz), Hannah Gordon (Helden), Michael Lees (Tom Brooks), Wolf Frees (Dr. Neimann), Norman Jones (Heiden)

The Story : The Champions, after uncovering the latest plans of a neo-Nazi Group, find that have to trace an unexploded bomb before it detonates.

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29 - The Gun-Runners

Original title : The Gun-Runners
First Aired : 23.04.1969 (UK)
Director : Robert Asher
Writing credits : Dennis Spooner
Cast : David Lodge (I) (Filmer), Paul Stassino (Guido Scluameni), William Franklyn (Hartington), Guy Deghy (Schroeder), Jeremy Fritz (Burmese Police Captain), Nicholas Chagrin (Ministry Clerk), Wolfe Morris (Nadkarni)

The Story : The Champions have to stop a ruthless gang of gun-runners in the Burmese jungle.

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30 - Autokill

Original title : Autokill
First Aired : 30.04.1969 (UK)
Director : Roy Ward Baker
Writing credits : Brian Clemens
Cast : Eric Pohlmann (Barka), Paul Eddington (Klein), Harold Innocent (Dr. Amis), Richard Owens (George Brading), Rachel Herbert (Loretta Brading), Conrad Monk (Mechanic), Bruce Boa (American Colonel)

The Story : Using a fake Police Station as a hideout, a doctor programmes Nemesis agents to kill each other. When Richard is brainwashed, the Champions face their deadliest foe - each other.

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