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Zero One
MGM & BBC 1962 - 1965
SEASON ONE
Stone Face
TX : 3rd October 1962
Director : John Jacobs
Script : David T Chantler


Cast : Michael Goodliffe (Peter Elkinson), Brenda Bruce (Sarah Elkinson) and Alex Scott (Jenkins).

Publicity : Zero One - Nigel Patrick as Alan Garnett, the chief investigator of the International Air Security Board in the new series beginning tonight: Every day some two-hundred-thousand people and over fifteen million tons of mail and freight are carried by two-hundred commercial airlines serving scores of cities in fifty-five different countries. An enormous industry, and one which has its own special crime problems. Because of the range and speed of modern airliners and the frontiers they cross, international criminals often find the industry well-suited to their own nefarious purposes. Naturally the airlines of the world do their best to combat this misuse of their services. To do so they employ security men to deal with the crimes and the problems affecting the people and the property they fly. Early this year this branch of the airline industry was highlighted by the publication of Airline Detective, a book of reminiscences dealing with the adventures of Donald Fish, former security officer of B.O.A.C. But though the work of these security men is usually very successful, it is sometimes handicapped by the fact that they are employed by individual airlines. Some of the smaller lines even find it difficult to maintain any full-time security staff. However, through the pioneer work of Donald Fish and others, plans are now being made to set up an international air security force, covering all air transport services and effective in every airport throughout the world. It is expected that this force will come into existence within the next few years. The series of adventures beginning tonight is therefore fictitious but it is based on reality and is in some respects ahead of it. Its title, Zero One, is taken from the code name for the International Air Security Board. This is an international network of security men who have full powers of investigation - though no power of arrest - over everyone and everything that travels by air. The organization has a man stationed at every major airport in the world. These men are nationals of the country in which they are based - but they all take their orders from the Zero One headquarters at London Airport. Here in Britain, at the crossroads of international air-travel, are based the chief investigator, Alan Garnett, his American assistant Jimmy Delaney, and their Indian secretary Maya. In the leading role of Alan Garnett, the new series brings to the television screen one of Britain's top stage and film actors - Nigel Patrick. Although in his long career he has appeared in and directed many plays - the recent The Pleasure Of His Company and Settled Out Of Court, for instance - and films - League Of Gentlemen, The Trials Of Oscar Wilde - he is virtually unknown in the television medium. In close support are American film-actor Bill Smith as Jimmy Delaney, and Katya Douglas as Maya. This young actress has made films in India as well as here, and includes among her credits The Road To Hong Kong. In addition to the three resident stars, Zero One will feature many other outstanding actors and actresses in its weekly episodes. Today's opening episode, "Stone Face", has guest stars Michael Goodliffe, as airline pilot Peter Elkinson, and Brenda Bruce, as his wife, Sarah. The story deals with two things that are vital in the life of a pilot: he must be in perfect health and he must be free from domestic worries. When Elkinson's memory seems to be failing him, it is more than his personal happiness that is at stake - the lives of his passengers could be endangered. His problem soon becomes one for the air security officers. Incidentally, Zero One does not deal with air crashes or plane disasters - that is the province of air safety. But in the weeks ahead you can look forward to plenty of suspense, action, and a sprinkling of humour as handsome debonair Alan Garnett and his colleagues tackle the many other problems of air security. (Radio Times, September 27, 1962).

Notes : Episodes were originally transmitted 9:30pm to 9:55pm on BBC 1.


Glidepath
TX : 10th October 1962
Director : Silvio Narizzano
Script : John Kruse


Cast : George Baker (Cargan), George Pastell (Masra), Andrew Faulds (Colonel Said Keen) and Nigel Arkwright (Professor Dammah).

Publicity : Zero One: London Airport is one of the busiest airfields in the world, with airliners in the world, with airliners landing and taking off almost continually throughout the day. Because of its geographical position it stands right at the crossroads of international air travel. It is the perfect setting, therefore, for the headquarters of the imaginary organization called the International Air Security Board - better known as Zero One - which features in the new series of fictional adventures continuing tonight. When the filmed episodes of the series were being made, with Nigel Patrick starring as chief investigator Alan Garnett, much of the action was shot on location at London Airport. But the bulk of the filming was done in the M.G.M Studios at Boreham Wood in Hertfordshire. There the complete flight-deck of a modern airliner was built to be used in many episodes with minor changes for different airlines. Eight major airlines and four aircraft-producing companies gave spares to help build this set. But it was not only in the building of the studio set that airlines gave help. Every major international airline offered full cooperation in the making of the series. Therefore, when the action of an episode takes place, say, in India or Australia, the planes and the crew of the appropriate airlines operating in those parts of the world will be seen. The background to the stories, although they themselves are fiction, is thus completely authentic. Tonight's episode is called "Glidepath" and features George Baker as the pilot of a plane bringing the president of a Middle Eastern state to London. But during the flight it is discovered that one of the tyres has been tampered with - and the plane will explode on landing. Jimmy Delaney (played by Bill Smith), Garnett's American assistant accompanying the president, has to make a decision that may well cost the lives of all on board. (Radio Times, October 4, 1962).


The Lair
TX : 17th October 1962
Director : Silvio Narizzano
Script : Bill Pertwee


Cast : Margaret Rutherford (Mrs Pendenny), Susan Travers (Gaye Stevens), Beatrice Varley (Miss Pinto) and Robert Flemyng (David Clandon).

Publicity : Zero One At 9:25pm: The new series about the work of the Imaginary International Air Security Board brings to the television screen, as guest stars in individual episodes, many of Britain's top actresses and actors. Tonight's guest is the incomparable Margaret Rutherford. The story concerns a flight from Montreal. When young Mrs Clandon dies, apparently of heart failure, another passenger, the elderly Mrs Pendenny (played by Margaret Rutherford) accuses Mr Clandon of murdering his wife. Obviously her charges must be investigated - but Mrs Pendenny is known by her friends, among them Mrs Trapp (Amy Dalby), to be an incorrigible liar … (Radio Times, October 11, 1962).


The Contender
TX : 24th October 1962
Director : Silvio Narizzano
Script : Bill Pertwee


Cast : Kieron Moore (Paddy Farrell), Delphi Lawrence (Jill), Redmond Phillips (Professor Joslyn), David Bauer (Mancini), Philo Hauser (Shaffer) and Jacqueline Jones (Miriam).

Publicity : Zero One - The Contender: The protection of passengers from would-be attackers is just as much part of an airline security officer's job as the safeguarding of freight. In tonight's episode a tip-off reveals that an attempt will be made to knock out a heavyweight championship contender on an airline flying from Los Angeles - before he can even reach the ring in London. So Alan Garnett (played by Nigel Patrick), the chief investigator of International Air Security, has the difficult task of getting the threatened boxer, Paddy Farrell (played by guest star Kieron Moore), safely to his destination. And Garnett doesn't know in what form the danger will come … (Radio Times, October 18, 1962).


Donovan's Disaster
TX : 31st October 1962
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : Lewis Davidson

Cast : Patrick McAlinney (Donovan) and Diane Aubrey (Teresa).


The Bovard Affair
TX : 14th November 1962
Director :
Pat Jackson
Script : David John

Cast : Eric Pohlmann (Dialent) and Richard Pasco (John Cameron).

Synopsis : Garnett, personally escorting a valuable painting to an art museum in New York, finds on arrival that he has been guarding a fake. He feels it is his duty to trace the real masterpiece as quickly as possible.


Fly Away Peter
TX : 21st November 1962
Director :
George Pollock
Script : David John and Jan Read

Cast : Peter Destoge (Peter Firth), Lana Morris (Mrs Warner) and Robert MacLeod (Mr Warner).

Synopsis : Many children make long journeys alone in planes, but when little Peter Firth arrives from Chicago and there is no one to meet him, he becomes just another responsibility of Zero One.


Return Trip
TX : 28th November 1962
Director :
George Pollock
Script : David T Chantler


Cast : Patricia Neal (Margo), Bill Nagy (Mike Stacey), Robert McKenzie (Steve Mailer) and Lionel Murton (Captain Taylor).

Publicity : Nigel Patrick In Zero One: "Do sit down," says Nigel Patrick in that crisp, nut-cracker voice of his, but he remains standing himself. Every so often he paces to and fro across the carpet of his pleasant Chelsea home, and you can almost hear the creaking of invisible swing-doors. If his blue eyes weren't twinkling, he would look the very images of Zero One's Alan Garnett swooping through Customs after a suspect. Or, if not Garnett, then "something in the City," says an accountant. "Not that!" he protests. "Six months in an accountant's office was all I could stick". His parents, both on the stage, thought accountancy "safe", but young Nigel, or "Paddy", switched himself over to the theatre as fast as he could. Yet Zero One finds this star of stage and films acting in television, virtually for the first time. It is true he was in Morning Departure in the old Alexandra Palace days of fifteen years ago, but his fame has built up over a long period of stage successes like Noose, Escapade and The Pleasure Of His Company, and films like Spring In Park Lane with Anna Neagle, Raintree County with Elizabeth Taylor, League Of Gentlemen, and The Trials Of Oscar Wilde. Sometimes he is tough, but mostly we see him as the handsome, debonair man-about-town. Does Zero One mean a change of heart? Is he hardening up? "Not a bit," he insists. "There's every sort of plot in Zero One. You'll find light themes treated seriously, serious situations dealt with lightly. They cover practically every mood I have ever played". Garnett in Nigel Patrick's hands has something that was not written into the role. He is always impeccably smart. Voted in 1961 one of Britain's ten best-dressed men, Patrick says: "I insisted on that. I adore `casuals' at the right time, but when a man's doing an important job he ought to be clothed immaculately for the part". (Radio Times, November 22, 1962 - Article by Ernest Thomson).

Synopsis : A young woman suffering from loss of memory in Chicago, and a murder the same evening in Detroit…it takes the astute mind of Garnett to suspect, and eventually prove, a connection between the two.


The Marriage Broker
TX : 5th December 1962
Director :
Peter Graham Scott
Script : Phyllis White and Robert White


Cast : Andre Melly (Tina), Lois Maxwell (Miss Smith), Martin Miller (Papa Kadopolis) and Selma Vaz Dias (Mrs Kadopolis).

Publicity : Zero One - The Marriage Broker: Lovely Tina Stavros (played by Andree Melly) travels halfway across the world, from New York to Athens, to marry a pen-pal whom she has accepted on the strength of a photograph. But when she gets there she finds the picture is of someone else, and it is left to Alan Garnett (Nigel Patrick), the chief investigator of International Air Security, to comfort the tearful girl and help her solve her marriage problems. (Radio Times, November 29, 1962).

Synopsis : Trying to sort out a marriage problem may be nothing to do with Air Security, but Garnett finds himself acting as a marriage broker when he is faced with a formidable Greek family with two unmarried sons, and a pretty girl who has come all the way from New York to marry one of them.


Gunpoint To Shannon
TX : 12th December 1962
Director :
Wolf Rilla
Script : John Kruse


Cast : Bessie Love (Mrs Glorny), John Crawford (Rikki Jourdan) and Joyce Blair (Jinx Rayner).

Publicity : Zero One: In tonight's story, "Gunpoint To Shannon", someone on board a flight from New York is being kidnapped, and Airline Security chief Alan Garnett (played by Nigel Patrick) has the difficult task of trying to find out which passenger it is. Only fifteen minutes before the airliner is due to land he starts his investigations. In doing so he pretends to be a friendly tourist and gets into conversation with each of the passdengers. And as he talks to Hafner (Gertain Klauber), a scientist on his way to Berlin, another passenger, Rikki (John Crawford), accompanied by his girlfriend Jinx (Joyce Blair), starts to take a suspicious interest … (Radio Times, December 6, 1962).

Million Dollar Lift
TX : 19th December 1962
Director :
Roy Baker
Script : David T Chantler

Cast : Hugh McDermott (Archy Vance).

Synopsis : When Archy Vance, released from a United States prison, flies to London, he is recognized at the airport by Garnett, who puts Delaney on trial. Delaney soon finds himself deeply involved in a robbery which is as startling as it is audacious.


Big Sister
TX : 27th December 1962
Director :
Tony Leader
Script : James Cavanagh

Cast : Clifford Elkin (Mohan), Diana Hope (The Barmaid) and Peter Stephens (The Man).

Synopsis : Maya begins to suspect that her brother may be implicated in narcotics smuggling when he starts to spend far more than an air steward's salary. Since he got the job on her recommendation this places her in a spot.


Deadly Angels
TX : 2nd January 1963
Director :
Tony Leader
Script : David John (from a story by John Kruse)

Cast : Jacqui Chan (Len Fu), George Benson (Williams), Eric Young (Jerry), Milton Reid (Chang), Peter Madden (The Reverend Judd), Myo Tom (Captain Lee), Martin Boddey (Bank Manager), Michael Chow (Ming), James Goei (Chan) and Anthony Chinn (Driver).


Everybody's Uncle
TX : 9th January 1963
Director :
Charles Frend
Script : Robert Stewart

Cast : Joseph Tomelty (Uncle George), Joan Rice (Mrs Brown) and George Sperdakos (Mr Brown).

Synopsis : Garnett and Delaney are on the track of the illegal adoption racket between Italy and America, but seem to draw a blank when it leads them a delightful children's nursery run by the benign "Uncle George".


The Good Old Days
TX : 21st January 1963
Director :
Silvio Narizzano
Script : David T Chantler


Publicity : On Your Screen Tonight - Zero One: When Air Security is called in to investigate the death of an elderly passenger, who apparently fell through an open door on a cross-Channel flight, Alan Garnett (Nigel Patrick) finds himself mixing with out-of-work actors. (Radio Times, January 17, 1963).

The Man Who Waited
TX : 30th January 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : David John

Cast : Alan Gifford (Langford), Eddie Byrne (Brodick) and Zena Walker (Mrs Langford).

Synopsis : Garnett and Delaney wonder what a professional assassin can be doing at the unimportant Middle East airfield of Garobo.


Danger On Cloud Seven
TX : 6th February 1963
Director :
Wolf Rilla
Script : Robert Stewart

Cast : Freddy Mayne (The Count), Adrienne Corri (Hope Branch), Mavis Villiers (Mrs Morgan) and Paul Carpenter (Hunt).

Synopsis : When a luxury air tour of Europe proves dangerously expensive to one of the wealthy tourists, Garnett joins the party and almost becomes a blackmail victim himself.


Downdraft
TX : 13th February 1963
Director :
Peter Maxwell
Script : Lewis Davidson

Cast : Charles Carson (Hamish), Jerry Stovin (Dunk), Al Mullock (The Radio Operator) and William Sherwood (Snelgrove).

Synopsis : It is vital that pioneer airman Selkirk and his daughter Jo get the Class One licence which will make Selkirk Airways a recognized airline.


Discord
TX : 20th February 1963
Director :
Peter Graham Scott
Script : John Bridley


Cast : Harry H Corbett (Vladimir), Bernard Archard (Atkins) and Willoughby Goddard (Roberts).

Publicity : Zero One - Discord: When Vladimir Petrovsky (Harry H Corbett), a famous Eastern European concert pianist, asks for and is given political asylum at London Airport, it is Alan Garnett (Nigel Patrick), the chief of Air Security, who makes all the necessary arrangements. Because of this Petrovsky regards Garnett as his hero and refuses to perform in public without him, and since the pianist is very much in demand the airline detective finds himself with a heavy list of engagements. But at one reception Garnett meets a friend, David Roberts (Willoughby Goddard), and a man from M.I.5 and learns that Petrovsky is perhaps not as genuine as he seems … (Radio Times, February 14, 1963).

Synopsis : A famous pianist from behind the Iron Curtain seeks political asylum in this country. Is he genuine, or is he perhaps a spy?


SEASON TWO
The Golden Silence
TX : 22nd May 1963
Director :
Tony Leader
Script : Robert Stewart

Cast : Moira Lister (Mrs Grey), Julie Arnall (The Lady Doctor), Lloyd Lamble (Roth) and Geoffrey Toone (The Lawyer).

Synopsis : Has the music teacher really lost her hearing because of the roar of jet aircraft? Inspite of the expert's opinions, Garnett still has his doubts.


Notes : Episodes were originally transmitted 9:55pm to 10:20pm on BBC 1.


And Maya Makes Three
TX : 29th May 1963
Director :
Roy Baker
Script : Michael Pertwee

Cast : Jack Watling, Nora Nicholson and Paul Stassing.


The Creators
TX : 5th June 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : John Kruse

Cast : Bill McGuire (Nolan), Nadia Rejin (Didi Druson) and Alan Tilvern (Tony).

Synopsis : Film star Didi Druson receives a number of mysterious threats telling her she will "never see twenty-five". Although he suspects a publicity stunt, Garnett agrees to fly to Vienna with her on the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday.


Ghost Strip
TX : 12th June 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : Michael Pertwee

Cast : Maurice Hedley (Rogers), John Bonney (The First Pilot), Roy Spencer (The Second Pilot) and Ian Curry (The Third Pilot).

Synopsis : A deserted airfield - a plane with stolen gold - and in the hut the tea is still warm in the teapot. This is the mystery Delaney has to solve when he flies to the emergency landing strip in the African bush.


The Impostor
TX : 3rd July 1963
Director :
Robert Lynn
Script : Michael Pertwee

Cast : Muriel Pavlow (Jean Denning), Derek Farr (Ian Denning), Simon Lack (Ryland) and Ingeborg Wells (Lucette).

Synopsis : A sick man, suffering from loss of memory, is identified as the wealthy Ian Denning, believed lost in the South American jungle three years before. But his wife does not recognize him - is he an imposter?


The Last Of The Squadron
TX : 10th July 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : Lewis Davidson and Michael Pertwee

Cast : Gerard Heinz (The General), Marie Burke (Frau Singer), Michael Ripper (Karl) and Carl Durring (Jakob).

Synopsis : Garnett goes to West Germany to investigate a report from an ex-Luftwaffe General that planes are landing at a disused airfield. Is the General imagining things, or is there really a mystery to be solved?


The Stowaway
TX : 17th July 1963
Director :
Tony Leader
Script : Jan Read and David John

Cast : Bob Kanter (Hassett), Terence Fallon (Red Wylie) and Robert Ayres (Colonel Veiter).

Synopsis : Garnett has reason to believe a murderer has stowed away in the nosewheel housing of a freight plane bound for New York. But murderer or not, the man's life is in danger.


Key Witness
TX : 31st July 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : Lewis Davidson

Cast : David Langton (Barry), Kevin Brennan (The Fat Man), David Bauer (Sporinza) and Janet Thompson (Angela).

Synopsis : An ex-bootlegger decides to tell all he knows to a Congressional Crime Committee. To stop him, his old associates kidnap his granddaughter.


Hurricane
TX : 7th August 1963
Director :
Peter Graham Scott
Script : David T Chantler

Cast : Peter Arne (Tom), Kenneth J Watson (The Beachcomber), Gordon Tanner (Taggart) and Richard Coleman (The Pilot).

Synopsis : Delaney's holiday on the idyllic Caribbean island is rudely interrupted when he finds it is in the direct path of Hurricane Hilda - and there is only one small plane to fly everyone out.


Louder Than Nightingales
TX : 14th August 1963
Director :
Tony Leader
Script : David John

Cast : Moira Redmond (Annabelle), Harold Kasket (Halima) and Alec Mango (Azmoon).

Synopsis : Delaney has reasons to believe the saying "Diamonds Sing Louder Than Nightingales" when Garnett sends him to Teheran to investigate the disappearance of some valuable packages of gems from the registered mail.


Stopover
TX : 21st August 1963
Director :
Peter Graham Scott
Script : Phyllis White and Robert White

Cast : George Coulouris (Garcia), Campbell Singer (Lopez), Soroya Rafat (Dolores) and Patrick Mager (Gallegos).

Synopsis : Delaney, on a visit to South America, finds himself involved in the aftermath of a small revolution.


The Switch
TX : 28th August 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : Phyllis White and Robert White


Cast : William Lucas (Alex), Alfred Burke (Jenkins), Barbara Ferris (Dora), Ken Parry (Frenchy) and Gerald Andersen (The Doctor).

Publicity : Zero One: Back on duty tonight as the tough but debonair Alan Garnett is Nigel Patrick with a short series of some new adventures. As the head of International Airline Security (better known under its code name of Zero One), Garnett's life is a busy one, fighting crime affecting the major airlines of the world. Based on London Airport he is ably helped in his job by his assistant, an American called Jimmy Delaney (Bill Smith), and his beautiful Indian secretary Maya (Katya Douglas). Tonight's story presents a typical problem for Garnett and his team. Called "The Switch", it begins in France where two jewel thieves, Alex and Frenchy, have succeeded in stealing a huge diamond known as the Goriot. But the diamond's size is a bit of an embarrassment, for it makes the gem too "hot" to get rid of in Paris. So the thieves decide to smuggle the diamond to London. An ingenious plan is thought up - a plan involving the duping of Garnett and the using of his office at London Airport in the attempt to smuggle the diamond into Britain. Alex and French contact their London associate, Jenkins, and the plan is put into operation. The plan, however, starts to go wrong and the outcome is a most hectic day for Garnett. At the same time Garnett has another problem on his hands. He is having to undergo a medical check-up, and when the doctor finds his blood pressure is too high he suggests Garnett should take the day off and come back for another check in the evening … (Radio Times, July 1, 1963).


Triple Cross
TX : 4th September 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : David T Chantler

Cast : Dudley Foster (Abdul Pasha), Marne Maitland (Carief) and Warren Mitchell (Suleman Bay).

Synopsis : Garnett wonders who is double-crossing whom when he gets involved with five Middle East notables and some very valuable jewels.


Delayed Reaction
TX : 11th September 1963
Director :
George Pollack
Script : Phyllis White and Robert White


Cast : Sarah Lawson (Mrs Gates), Geoffrey Keen (Mr Gates), Nigel Green (Saunders) and Seymour Green (Williams).

Publicity : Zero One: A dying man claims that one of the passengers on an airline fliught to Athens has been secretly poisoned, but the police are unable to get from him the person's name, and as the plane is already on its way it becomes a case for International Airline Security. An emergency landing at Brussels is arranged, and Jimmy Delaney (Bill Smith) is detailed to find the victim. He starts to question the passengers, among them a tourist called Mrs Gates (Sarah Lawson). (Radio Times, September 5, 1963).

Synopsis : Garnett receives information that one of the eight passengers on a flight to Athens has been poisoned and will die before the plane reaches its destination.


The Trial
TX : 25th September 1963
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : Lewis Davidson

Cast : Peter Sallis (Major Konel), Janet Barrett (Miss Euston), Nigel Davenport (Mills) and Leonard Sachs (Count Zaretski).

Synopsis : When a Pole shoots a German on a British plane flying over the Austrian border, and the plane lands in an East European country, it sounds like a case for the United Nations!


SEASON THREE
A Case Of Charity
TX : 2nd September 1964
Director :
Henry Kaplan
Script : David T Chantler

Synopsis : The airport payroll is stolen, and one of the notes is changed in Rome by a small-time confidence trickster. Garnett uses the lesser criminal to lead him to the real thief.


Notes : Episodes were originally transmitted 7:30pm to 7:55pm on BBC 1.


And One To Go
TX : 12th July 1965
Director :
Wolf Rilla
Script : David T Chantler


Cast : Charles Lloyd Pack (H P Finch), Gerald Andersen (Doctor Chantler), Moira Redmond (Marian Dorlian), Patrick Holt (Mr Dorlian) and Hugh David (Jackson Bentley).

Publicity : Zero One - And One To Go: It is panic stations at Kensington air terminal when air security officer Alan Garnett (Nigel Patrick) brings together the passengers from an apparently routine flight from Paris. Garnett himself, of course, is not easily upset - even though the trouble this time is the discovery of a case of smallpox among the passengers. But two passengers are so put out that they are missing when heads are counted for inoculation purposes. One wants to hide from her husband the fact that she has been to Paris; the other is convinced he is about to be arrested. (Radio Times, July 8, 1965).


Point Of View
TX : 19th July 1965
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : Lewis Davidson

Cast : John Carson (Makay), Patrick Barr (Arliss), David Sumner (Charlie Canoe) and Joseph Cury (Tamel).

Synopsis : The extension of the airstrip on a lovely Pacific Island will mean the coming of tourists and the end of a beautiful native paradise. So when the beacon light is deliberately extinguished, sabotage is suspected.


The Body
TX : 26th July 1965
Director :
Pennington Richards
Script : David T Chantler


Cast : Hugh McDermott (Archie Vane), Gordon Sterne (Ziggy), Jeremy Lloyd (Cecil) and Keith Pyott (Humbolt).

Publicity : Zero One: Like many another man who spends most of his waking hours looking out for lawbreakers, Alan Garnett (Nigel Patrick) has got used to anticipating trouble. Old adversaries emerging from gaol are one of the portents, and even if Garnett is not, like the Western sheriff, faced with one of those "him or me" situations he often finds pretty soon that he has a case on his hands. It is like that in tonight's Zero One story when Archie Vane (Hugh McDermott) and his colleague Ziggy (Gordon Sterne) arrive at London Airport. They have just come out of gaol, and since Garnett was responsible for sending them there he can hardly help wondering what their new plans are. As it turns out, they are right in his territory again, for Vane, a smooth-talking confidence trickster, has developed a plan that depends on smuggling a body into the country - by air. In this he is to be helped by a fellow convict, Cecil Humbolt (Jeremy Lloyd), who has discovered that his wealthy uncle, Sir Philip Humbolt (Keith Pyott), lives in a London dosshouse, emerging only once a year to sign papers. With a polished bit of trickery they might be able to cheat him of a cool million pounds. (Radio Times, July 22, 1965).


Excess Baggage
TX : 2nd August 1965
Director :
Silvio Narizzano
Script : Phyllis White and Robert White

Cast : David Oxley (The Sheik), Wolfe Morris (Rasool), Norah Gorson (Anees), Petra Davies (Nadja) and Tony Thawnton (Clarence).

Synopsis : Searching for missing persons can be another of Zero One's tasks; but Delaney is faced with unusual difficulties when he is given a few hours in which to find the wife of a Sheik, whom no one has seen unveiled.

 


Nigel Patrick on the cover of the Radio Times.

In a rare transatlantic collaboration between BBC Television and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Television, Zero One concerned the fictional International Air Security Board and their attempts to ensure that criminal activity was kept at bay and peaceful air travel was ensured for all.


Katya Douglas as Maya.

The primary team consisted of Chief Investigator Alan Garnett (Nigel Patrick), his assistant Jimmy Delaney (William Smith) and their secretary, Maya (Katya Douglas).


Bill Smith as Jimmy.

Based at London airport, their work consisted of preventing hijackings, ensuring that illegal goods were not brought into the airport and investigating suspicious deaths and the activities of persons under suspicion inside the airport and aboard flights.


Stoneface.

Over the course of thirty-nine half-hour episodes, the programme's content would prove the essential basis upon which The Revenue Men would be based several years later (smuggling goods and criminal activities would become more prominent in later episodes, when the programme moved away from mundane security matters and became more of an action-adventure series rather than an insight into the work of air security professionals).


Glidepath.

The series, whilst cultivating a modest audience following in its initial season, proved more difficult to schedule as the BBC's own dramatic output increased, and the final series was a sporadic affair in which episodes produced two years previously finally reached transmission in an extremely irregular fashion.


The Liar.

The series featured noteworthy performances from the likes of Margaret Rutherford, George Baker, Michael Goodliffe and Harry H Corbett; notable contributions to the scripts came from David T Chantler, Michael Pertwee and Robert Stewart (who would later be responsible for the creation of Bergerac); Peter Graham Scott and Pennington Richards were prominent in terms of direction (the former would later describe this series as "Danger Man as (an) airline investigator"), whilst the series was produced by Lawrence P Bachmann.


The Contender.

This series was transmitted both in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, but has never been made commercially available in either country.



Return Trip .

Text © Matthew Lee 2004.


The Marriage Broker.


Gunpoint To Shannon.


The Good Old Days.



Discord.


The Switch.


Delayed Reaction.



And One To Go.


The Body.

Characters
Portrayed By
Alan Garnett
Nigel Patrick
Jimmy Delaney
William Smith
Maya
Katya Douglas

The series was based on the book Airline Detective by Donald Fish. The series was produced by Lawrence P Bachmann.