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SEASON TWO
Originally transmitted between 9:50pm and 10:40pm on Saturday nights.
Is That Tiger, Man
TX : 30th April 1966
Director :
Moira Armstrong
Script :
John Elliot
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Paul Maxwell (Al Stevens), Kenneth Gardiner (Sam), Justine Lord (Steve Thornton), Neville Taylor (Waiter), Michael Coles (Tiger), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), Russ Henderson and his Steel Band.
Synopsis : Peter Thornton, who is in charge of drilling operations in the Caribbean, has struck oil - and with the certainty that the company will develop a major oilfield, he believes a permanent manager will take his place while he returns to England. Then, perhaps, he will have a chance to save his marriage, threatened by a bored wife and her relationship with "Tiger", a professional diver.

Radio Times publicity : April 28, 1966 -
The Troubleshooters - Danger, glamorous women, and board-room politics - all have a place in the lives of the men from Mogul. Oil is an inflammable commodity in every sense of the word, as the news has underlined again and again in recent months. Trouble of one kind and another tends to be an occupational hazard for those who search for oil, refine it, ship it, and sell it. Tonight BBC Television begins a new series of stories about the men and women involved in the most romantic of modern industries. The series is set against the background of Mogul International, a vast commercial empire whose concerns stretch right across the globe. Ranging from Venezuela to the Alps to Antarctica, The Troubleshooters (produced by Peter Graham Scott) picks up where Mogul left off, using film extensively to venture even further afield. Action is the essence of the series, stemming from settings such as a desert oil rig, a tanker at sea, a Far East revolution; and there is drama, too, in the conflict between personal life and the demands of the company which often faces the people who work for Mogul - for there are many different kinds of oilmen. Says John Elliot, originator of the idea of Mogul and a major contributor to both series: "The oil king is all-powerful and hedged about with the mystery of secret correspondence and private trans-continental telephone calls, and by the ceremony of his secretaries and advisers; his kingdom has its own serried ranks of carefully graded subjects. They take coffee with sheikhs. They pump ten thousand gallons of fuel into an aircraft as casually as you would put three gallons into your car. They are prospectors, tearing about in huge trucks; they work in offices, and have pension schemes and clean handkerchiefs. Some die in swamps of mysterious tropical diseases, some grow geraniums outside their garages …". Several of the oilmen who feature in The Troubleshooters are already familiar from Mogul, others will be new to viewers.

When You Gotta Go
TX : 7th May 1966
Director :
Terence Dudley
Script :
Kenneth Slater
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Ric Hutton (Harry Bennett), Wendy Gifford (Hilary Dawson), Frank Lieberman (Bob Stacey), Suzanne Neve (Sarah Davidson), Anna Parry (Jeannie), Ray Roberts (First Mechanic), Michael Sheard (Second Mechanic) and Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart).
Synopsis : Mogul's world water-speed attempt hits trouble when a man dies attempting a water speed record. Alec Stewart must decide which is the danger - driver, boat or sabotage.

Trivia : Donald Campbell said he enjoyed the play transmitted on 7 May 1966, but it couldn't happen to him. On 4 January 1967, he was killed when his boat crashed on Coniston Water.

Thea
TX : 14th May 1966
Director :
James Gatward
Script :
John Elliot
Cast :
Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), John Craig (Frank Arnold), Rudolph Walker (Ken), Earl Cameron (Thomas), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Mary Webster (Thea), Nancie Jackson (Mrs Gibbon), Joss Ackland (Mr Gibbon) and Anthony Howard (Lionel English).

Synopsis :
A Mogul geologist blows himself up. When his fiancée arrives in Trinidad at carnival time she brings a crisis for Thornton.

Trivia : At 10:10pm, Match Of The Day on BBC-2 transmitted recorded highlights of the FA Cup Final between Everton and Sheffield Wednesday. This broadcast started with a further half-hour remaining to The Troubleshooters episode. The match was historic as Everton were the first English football club to reach the final (held at the Empire Stadium, Wembley) without conceding a goal in the preceding rounds. Everton returned from 2-0 down to score three goals in a fifteen-minute period during the second half to clinch the Toffee's third FA Cup final triumph, and their first in thirty-three years (when they defeated Manchester City).

If You Can't Lick 'Em
TX : 21st May 1966
Director :
John Frankau
Script :
David Weir
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Geoffrey Denton (Whitestone), Edward Judd (Bixby), Pauline Stroud (Margo), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Keith Pyott (Merrian), Julian Somers (Popesco) and Molly Weir (Mrs McBride).

Synopsis :
Alec Stewart and Jane Webb are sent to Rumania. Their mission - to buy a man for Mogul.

Radio Times publicity :
May 19, 1966 - Mogul Challenged In The Troubleshooters: "But who is Ian Bixby?". Alec Stewart's wife puts the question - and Stewart, as a top executive of Mogul International, is very much concerned with finding all the answers. Mogul's petrol sales have been falling off in several areas because garages are being taken over by a smaller oil company, F.M.P - and the reason for all the activity is Ian Bixby, "the man behind the latest petrol price war". Mogul decides that an example must be made of F.M.P. As Managing Director Brian Stead says, "quite apart from the principle of the thing, they could become a damned nuisance". But F.M.P are not so easily intimidated. They are a public company controlled by the Merrian family. The one weak link is Bixby, their new marketing expert. And as far as Stead is concerned, every man has his price ... In this latest episode of The Troubleshooters the action moves from the oilfields to the executive suite - where the oilmen may wear Savile Row suits instead of overalls but are just as tough, and a contract can be a sharp-edged weapon. In Mogul's campaign against their impudent rival, Peter Thornton, who knows Bixby of old, has the job of finding out what kind of deal he has with F.M.P; from then on Alec Stewart, assistant to Brian Stead, steps in to handle the delicate business of luring Bixby away from F.M.P and at the same time hitting the company where it hurts most - their fuel supply. Alec Stewart, a character first introduced in this series, has a well-documented background. Holding a science degree, he is an ex-R.A.F fighter pilot; tough both emotionally and intellectually, and at his best as a negotiator. His wife, Roz, is an independent women who runs a fashion boutique in Chelsea, selling beautiful clothes to women like herself. Stewart, known to some people at Mogul as "Smart Alec", is played by Robert Hardy, an actor with a particular reputation for his many Shakespearean roles at Stratford and the Old Vic. Among his most notable BBC credits have been the Age Of Kings series, the thriller serial The Dark Island, and The Picardy Affair. In tonight's story, the driving ambition behind Stewart's smooth façade becomes evident as he handles a delicate situation. For if he fails to tempt Bixby away from F.M.P he will be falling down on his job; if he succeeds, he may make life at Mogul more difficult for himself. But Stewart is too subtle a negotiator to believe that the shortest route to an objective is a straight line. The route to Ian Bixby, for examples, goes by way of Rumania, and to Mogul the end justifies any means. When Stewart ironically asks Brian Stead: "Morals are what you find at the end of fairy tales?" Stead has a short answer: "Exactly…".

This Is Where I Came In
TX : 28th May 1966
Director :
Max Varnel
Script :
John Lucarotti
Cast :
Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Burt Kwouk (Ban-Di), Petra Davies (Susan Arles), T P McKenna (Geoffrey Arles), Francis de Wolff (Sir Bryan Trussler), Justine Lord (Steve Thornton), Susan Grey (Night-Club Singer), Carl Duering (Mr Lin), Julian Sherrier (Chang) and Salmaan Peer (Pilot).


Synopsis :
Peter Thornton faces a revolution and the collapse of his marriage when he tries to replace Mogul's manager in a new Asian state
.

Trivia:
The song featured in this episode was composed by Tony Mehan.

Birdstrike
TX : 4th June 1966
Director :
John Frankau
Script :
John Lucarotti
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), John Bown (Air Controller), Roy Purcell (Air Supervisor), Adrienne Corri (Monserrat Vera), Peter Copley (Compton-Forbes), Barbara Lewis (Nurse), Robert MacLeod (McNab), Ian Ricketts (Operator), Walter Sparrow (Captain) and Richard Coe (First Officer).

Synopsis :
The first aircraft using Mogul's new fuel crashes. Who is to blame - Mogul or their pilot?

Trivia : At 9:30pm on BBC-2, The Likely Lads returned for their third and final season, opening with the episode Outward Bound.

The Fires Of Hell
TX : 11th June 1966
Director :
Terence Dudley
Script :
Vincent Tilsley (from a story by James Mitchell).
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Joseph O'Connor (Captain Kenny), Pauline Munro (Sheila Frost), Michael Hawkins (Arthur Frost), Peter Clay (Jackson), Richard Steele (Withers), John Martin (Bradshaw), Marian Diamond (Anna Kenny), Douglas Blackwell (Contractor), Lewis Teasdale (Badger) and Robert Fyfe (Green).

Synopsis :
A pleasant voyage on a supertanker becomes a nightmare for Peter Thornton and Jane Webb when there are threats to blow up the ship.

Wingless Wonder
TX : 18th June 1966
Director :
Moira Armstrong
Script :
John Elliot
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Brian Hayes (Marsden), David Collings (Roy Binns), Geoffrey Chater (Deputy Chairman), Yvonne D'Alpra (Valerie), John Hart Dyke (Ellis), James Cairncross (Lofthouse), Bella Emberg (Hilda), Leader Hawkins (Pinney), Wendy Gifford (Hilary Dawson), John Woodnutt (Hubbard) and Edward Rees (Chairman Of Tribunal).

Synopsis :
Mogul is guilty of swindling and blackmail - says Roy Binns. How could Jane Webb fall for such a man?

Cablegrams Come Expensive
TX : 25th June 1966
Director :
James Gatward
Script :
Anthony Read
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Justine Lord (Steve Thornton), Enid Lorimer (Mrs Thornton), Veronica Strong (Ruth Saire), George A Cooper (Stuart Mackinley), Charles Tingwell (Blue Hughes) and John Tate (Uncle Jed).

Synopsis :
Emotional problems cloud the excitement of homecoming when Peter Thornton goes back to Australia after his divorce.

Operation Saigon
TX : 2nd July 1966
Director :
Terence Dudley
Script :
John Elliot
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Denis Chin Sue (Chauffeur), Barry Chan (Song Nh'a), Emrys Jones (Gareth Williams), Andy Ho (Colonel Yu), Anthony Chin (Colonel Kai Twan), Margo Jenkins (Mrs Williams), Phil Brown (Harry Tobin), Andre Charise (Monsieur Ribault), Vincent Ball (Captain Grainger), Vernon Joyner (Rupert Locke), Bruce Beeby (Edward R Polk), Tsai Chin (Kha Loi), Ronald Rubin (US Sergeant), Ewen Solon (General Stassney), Anna Mai (Singer), Mona Chong (Bar Girl) and Gina Bon (Madame Nien).

Synopsis :
A bomb explodes as Alec Stewart arrives at Saigon Airport. Soon he becomes heavily involved in the conflicts of a warring people.

Baptism Of Fire
Ray Barrett in Baptism Of FireTX : 9th July 1966
Director :
Max Varnel
Script :
Ian Kennedy Martin
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Peter Zander (Arab Overseer), Douglas Livingstone (First Petrol Officer), John Downey (Second Petrol Officer), Lilian Grassom (Telephone Operator), David Bauer (Paley), David Crane (Wireless Operator), Margo Mayne (Air Hostess) and Valentine Dyall (Arab Chauffeur).
Synopsis : Fire, explosive and dangerous, breaks out in Mogul's new rig in the Persian Gulf. Alec Stewart and Peter Thornton clash head-on in their efforts to save it.

Join The Club
TX : 16th July 1966
Director :
Moira Armstrong
Script :
John Elliot
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Jeremy Longhurst (Jeremy Black), Janet Michaels ("Prue"), Alan Gifford (Lindman King), Jerry Stovin (Ted Donhoff), Michael Beint (Jacko), David Bedard (Don Wilkins), Alysoun Austin (Penny) and Geoffrey Chater (Deputy Chairman).

Synopsis :
Trouble boils up for Brian Stead during a cross-country car rally. Willy Izard has to put his personal life before Mogul.

Trivia : At 7:00pm on BBC-1, David Coleman introduced World Cup Grandstand, direct from Wembley, featuring Mexico and England in an important Group One match. England were making only their second appearance in the qualifying stages for the quarter-finals, and with an attendance of 92,750, spectators and viewers alike were treated to a 2-0 victory.

Radio Times publicity :
July 14, 1966 - Philippa Gail in The Troubleshooters. After chattering away for over an hour Philippa Gail suddenly admitted: "I'm terrified of press interviews. Can never think of a thing to say - don 't even have a hobby, never mind an `angle'. Told one journalist a lot of nonsense about drama schools being dens of vice and about my parents putting me on the stage in the hope that it would cure my tantrums. He simply quoted it all! My heart skipped several beats when I read PHILIPPA GAIL FINDS A CURE FOR TANTRUMS. My trouble is I can't help being flippant. Sometimes I try to write serious fiction and when I read it over it nearly always turns out to be hysterically funny. But you must forgive anything I say today because it's one of the few days I've had off in months. I've been on a clothes-shopping spree, paid forty-five-pounds for a dress, so I'm feeling a bit punch-drunk". Miss Gail at home - a Knightsbridge flat shared with two girl friends - is practically unrecognizable as the actress who plays the competent secretary Jane Webb in The Troubleshooters. The real person is not only gigglier, she looks younger and tinier and (because of a luminous golden quality in skin and hair) even more exciting. "I gather I look about twenty-seven in the part. I'm actually twenty-three. Jane Webb is much more efficient than I am. I did once do a secretarial course, though. Got half way through. Perhaps I could have become a journalist - always wanted to write - but not a secretary in a business office. I couldn't bear a job that wasn't creative - well, I mustn't be so sweeping as to say business is never creative - but the people I admire are those who write books, paint pictures, win wars, build their own houses - always dashing about getting different things done. All I do is act. Oh yes, it's creative work: you re-create emotions and atmospheres you have experienced and you use your imagination to act out situations you've never been in". Philippa's main reason for pursuing an acting rather than a writing career is that she is "desperately lazy". She finds it hard to work alone and has difficulty getting started - "though I am able to lose myself in writing and let twelve hours go by and not notice. Sometimes I read a good book and think I'll never write anything up to that standard. Then I read a rotten book and I'm encouraged to think I could do better". Though quite passionately enthusiastic about books, Philippa doesn't gush much over theatrical performers. "Only a few artists have the magic to make me want to go out on a rainy night to see them. Garbo is certainly one. And Joan Sutherland. I'm beginning to think Vanessa Redgrave has it. David Warner has certainly got that mystique. On television I find David Frost quite magical. Cook and Moore are wonderful comedians. And Patrick Wymark is among my favourite actors. I'd love to do a stage play with him".

Do Your Best For The Lads
TX : 23rd July 1966
Director :
Roger Jenkins
Script :
James Mitchell
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Peter Halliday (Hepburn), Alan Hockey (Charlie Willis), Robert Pitt (Frazer), Nigel Stock (Arthur Rogers), Robert Jennings (George Ferris), Joss Ackland (Sam Jardine), Ann Bell (Ellen Jardine), Liz McKenzie (Barmaid), Roger Avon (Cummings), Douglas Cummings (Todd) and Elizabeth Wallace (Myra Johnson).

Synopsis :
The building of a new supertanker for Mogul in a Tees-side shipyard becomes a seven-million-pound headache for Peter Thornton.

Trivia : At 8:15pm on BBC-2, Mr John Jorrocks, a comedy production based on the works of R S Surtees (and adapted for television by Michael Voysey), premiered. Jimmy Edwards featured as Mr Jorrocks, with Angela Baddeley as his wife.

Someone's Head Has To Roll
TX : 30th July 1966
Director :
John Frankau
Script :
David Weir
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Alan Gifford (General Al Casey), Warren Stanhope (Miller), Michael Kane (Fison), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), John Paul (Andrew Jolly), John Barron (Price), Brian Oulton (Tomkiss), Elizabeth Shepherd (Jocasta Sinclair), John Carson (Tom Sinclair), Carl Bernard (Richardson), John Glyn-Jones (David Harris) and Eric Landen (Peter Wilkes).

Synopsis :
Willy Izard, with Brian Stead and Alec Stewart, faces a desperate threat to his position in Mogul. As usual this "licensed anarchist" (as Stead has called Izard) views the crisis with amused detachment - although this may be just a protective front.

Radio Times publicity :
July 28, 1966 - Bernard Adams talks to the man who plays Izard in The Troubleshooters: Izard is played by Philip Latham - a very tall, very slim, very elegant man - who was observing golf on the television when he was finally tracked down during a Troubleshooters tea-break. It turns out that he is also a golf participator: "I play a fair amount - off fourteen nowadays. I used to be off six when I could play more". He lives in Essex with his wife and his two young children. He plays "gentle" tennis, grows roses, and goes to see James Stewart and Cary Grant films. Prematurely grey and not unlike his great favourite among actors, James Stewart, he is not yet forty. Just a decade ago he came up to London to "have a bash", as he puts it, after spending several years (post-RADA) with repertory companies. "I hung around London - hoping. And then I got a bit part in The Dam Busters. I was almost covered in goggles and flying kit for much of the time". Then came a big television opportunity - a leading part in a "dramatized documentary" about alcoholism. So began a long spell of profitable television employment. In occasional intervals between jobs he has appeared in West End plays (like The Gazebo with Ian Carmichael) and the odd Hammer film.

Troubled Waters
TX : 6th August 1966
Director :
Max Varnel
Script :
John Lucarotti
Cast :
Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Geoffrey Keen (Brain Stead), Arthur Mullard (Hasher Brown), Hal Galili (Art Bronovsky), Edwina Carroll (Cathy Demarest), Patricia English (Denny Carson), David Healy (Bob Stevens), Walter Randall (Ted Rogers), Frank Singuineau (Jettaro), Callen Angelo (Dave), Ronald Rubin (Fred Wilding), George Webb (Police Inspector) and Oliver Maguire (Pilot).
Synopsis : Peter Thornton faces great danger when a hurricane strikes Mogul's new Caribbean drilling rig.

What's Yours Is Mine
TX : 13th August 1966
Director :
James Gatward
Script :
Ian Kennedy Martin
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Kevin Brennan (James Lentin), Patrick Barr (John Hallmaine), Edric Connor (Chief Cofe Okanl), Leslie A Rocker (Canning), Jack Howlett (Agate), John Stratton (Harold Dowding), Jan Conrad (Norrstrand), David Langton (Ogilvy), Clifton Jones (D.bouti, Q.C), Dennis Alaba Peters (Chief Otabala) and Andre Dakar (President Abomey).

Synopsis :
Brian Stead faces a crisis when an African state seizes a Mogul refinery.

Radio Times publicity :
August 11, 1966 - Shooting The Troubleshooters: How does one organize a Caribbean hurricane for The Troubleshooters? You may have wondered after seeing the storm scenes in "Troubled Waters" last week. One way is to go down to Devon and film the angry surf under Ilfracombe pier. Some of the sequences were obtained like this, though others were Trinidad in truth. If you spotted the changes in location, producer Peter Graham Scott's film experts will be sorely disappointed. Mingling the real and unreal is part of their job. Last May, in the episode "Thea", many of the Trinidad carnival scenes were filmed on the spot, but others were staged in the BBC Ealing film studios with London West Indians as "extras". The air disaster in "Bird Strike" was shot with the help of a BEA flight-simulator. The heart-stopping motor crash in "Join The Club" was real, but stunt-driver Stan Hollingsworth was unscathed, and car repairs cost only six pounds. It is hoped Ray Barrett (playing Peter Thornton) will fare no worse on location in Spitzbergen, where he is due soon to topple a tracked vehicle into an icy ravine. Among the hotter shots have been those in "Baptism Of Fire", filmed partly at an oil rig in the Persian Gulf, partly at a BBC bonfire on the Essex marshes. Filming in the North Sea would hold up oil drilling to the tune of six-thousand-pounds a day, so the camera units have been cheating with a fully-equipped training rig in a field at Eakring (Nottingham). The airfield at Radlett (Hertsfordshire) has masqueraded as a landing strip in Saigon, and Peter Graham Scott's garden at Sunningdale (Berkshire) as a West African jungle.

The Bigger They Are
TX : 20th August 1966
Director :
Brian Parker
Script :
Bryan Cooper
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Charles Sinclair (Surveyor), Jerome Willis (Doctor Newman), William Franklyn (Michael Rennane), Peter Hager (Gregory), Douglas Storm (Count Solferini), Camilla Hasse (Christina), Steve Plytas (Tollini), Carmen Woolfe (Tollini's Girlfriend), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), Kenneth Cowan (Commissionaire), Deidre Turner (Susan), Chip Coveney (Newman's Assistant) and Arthur Pentelow (Bishop).

Synopsis :
None available at present.

Trivia : Such was the success of the premiere of the programme in June 1966, Johnny Speight's comedy Till Death Us Do Part was repeated from August 20 (a mere nineteen days after the conclusion of the first series). The episode Arguments, Arguments … was transmitted at 8:25pm, directly prior to The Troubleshooters.

Some Wet Night In Sauchiehall Street
TX : 27th August 1966
Director :
Roger Jenkins
Script :
George Byatt
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Duncan McIntyre (Gordon Craigie), Nora Gordon (Mrs Craigie), James Copeland (Bruce MacCallum), Jane Hylton (May MacCallum), Bryden Murdoch (Andrew Garvie), Isla Cameron (Heather Garvie), Tony Cyprus (Bulah), David Phethean (Harry), Angus Mackay (Lambert), Michael Reuben (Arab Boy) and Reed de Rouen (Olafsen).
Synopsis : Peter Thornton finds himself involved in the problems of Scotland - in the Libyan desert.

Radio Times publicity :
August 25, 1966 - Tonight's Troubleshooters story is about personnel trouble in one of Mogul's pumping stations in North Africa. Professional and personal conflicts have broken out between two Scots engineers - MacCallum, a brilliant, mercurial Glaswegian, and Garvie, a sound, efficient man from Edinburgh. They have presented totally different schemes for re-equipping the station, and their conflict has now reached a point where Brian Stead has to send out Peter Thornton (Ray Barrett) to arbitrate.

Error Of Judgement
TX : 3rd September 1966
Director :
James Gatward
Script :
Lee Dunne
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Neil McCallum (Ray Kennedy), Sheila Hammond (Jackie Burke), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), Morris Perry (Giraud), Walter Sparrow (Jimmy Rice) and Felix Felton (St Laurent)..

Synopsis :
A joy-ride becomes a nightmare for Alec Stewart, driving through France in an international car rally.

They're Probably Drilling For Oil
TX : 10th September 1966
Director :
Max Varnel
Script :
John Lucarotti
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Donald Gee (Ole Daugeson), Sebastian Breaks (Sven Hendriks), Olive McFarland (Nina Kapler), Alison Marlowe (Inger), George Lee (First Russian), Patrick Jordan (Per Heiden), Gertan Klauber (Laexei Lavrovsky), Larry Drew (Second Russian) and Joyce Leigh-Crossley (Barmaid).

Synopsis :
Trapped in the Arctic wastes of Spitzbergen, one mistake could cost Peter Thornton his life.

A Run For Their Money
TX : 17th September 1966
Director :
Brian Parker
Script :
Ray Jenkins
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Stewart Bevan (Twp Morris), Peter Welch (Bob Stevenson), Artro Morris (Herbert Davies), John Barrard (Arnold Maddox), Edward Evans (Elwyn Leonard), Gwyneth Owen (Mair Leonard), Maureen Nelson (Fay Maddox), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), Margaret John (Grace Trevor), Peter Hughes (Sydney Barron), Wyn Jones (Gareth Morris), Bill Meilen (Morris Tonna), Ronald Mayer (Ministry Official), Rodney Diak (Mr Dee), Norman Claridge (Mr Andrews) and Edward Rees (Harry Gorring).

Synopsis :
Fierce emotions are roused when Mogul plans a new refinery in Wales. Alec Stewart has the tough task of dealing with hostile locals.

Radio Times publicity :
September 15, 1966 - The Troubleshooters: Mogul's plan to rebuild a refinery in Wales runs into local difficulty. Of the many fears that beset civilized man, the one that seems to be gaining the most ground (and with good reason) is the fear of home peace being shattered by the demands of modern commerce. A pylon, erected to carry much-needed electricity, sparks off protests from those whose views are obstructed. A hitherto quiet street becomes a one-way artery and the residents' moans mingle with the roar of traffic. Or the disruption can be more personal: a few days ago a couple complained that if a sewage pipe were laid under their garden it would disturb the graves of their pet cat and dog. There is no simple answer to such problems. Sometimes the resident-citizen wins and a bird sanctuary or beauty spot is left undefiled; more often the worker-citizen gets to work on the landscape and the local inhabitant has to suffer for the benefit of progress; occasionally a company is forced to respond to local feeling and modify its intentions. Oil firms are constantly in trouble: people say their activities are space-consuming, noisy, and unsightly. But the world is avid for oil, so there is no happy solution, only compromise or resignation. Tonight, The Troubleshooters, in a timely and dramatically exciting story, face up to the problem. Set on the West coast of Wales, the episode, "A Run For Their Money", deals with the opposition to Mogul's plan to rebuild a thirty-million-pound refinery and tanker terminal. The script is by Welshman Ray Jenkins, his first for the series though he has written many television documentaries and plays. He spent many weeks researching in Wales.

Happy Landings
TX : 24th September 1966
Director :
Roger Jenkins
Script :
John Elliot
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Gordon Jackson (Alan Prescott), Mona Bruce (Mary Watterson), Glyn Edwards (Ted Edwards), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), Geoffrey Chater (Deputy Chairman), Elizabeth Proud (Barmaid) and Laurie Webb (Attendant).

Synopsis :
Trouble flares for Alec Stewart when a hero from his past intrudes on the present.

Radio Times publicity :
September 22, 1966 - The Troubleshooters: The Mogul Oil Company likes to regard itself as a thoroughly enlightened organization. It believes in taking such matters as staff relations very seriously, and at frequent intervals it calls in selected members of its outlying staffs to attend courses at Mogul House. These courses are designed to keep the exiles in touch with central company policy, and they also give the top management an opportunity to spot likely talent. So promotions to Head Office sometimes result from them. Rarely - but sometimes. In tonight's story, called "Happy Landings", Alan Prescott is summoned to one of these affairs. Once a much-decorated fighter ace, Prescott has for the past fifteen years been managing the Mogul depot at Inverness. Now his children are grown, he feels ready to try his luck once more in a larger sphere, and he sees the invitation as a chance - probably his last - to escape from obscurity. He is particularly encouraged by the fact that the Mogul executive who has been placed in charge of the course is Alec Stewart (Robert Hardy), once Prescott's junior and close friend in the R.A.F. His hopes run high … "Happy Landings" is written by John Elliot, and the regular cast is joined tonight by Gordon Jackson as the guest star. This familiar Scottish actor, who has appeared in dozens of British films, plays the long-overlooked but still ambitious Alan Prescott. This is not Mr Jackson's first part with war-hero echoes; he appeared memorably in Tunes Of Glory in the cinema, though for BBC Television he has been cast more peaceable in Doctor Finlay's Casebook.

There's Nothing Like The Great Outdoors
TX : 1st October 1966
Director :
James Gatward
Script :
John Lucarotti
Cast :
Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), William Sylvester (Brian Skinner), David Griffin (Greg Harley), Hamilton Dyce (John Horler), John Tate (Milt Addis), John Bloomfield (Frank Marshall), Jeanne Moody (Honey Marshall) and Trick Wilson (Jacques Benoit).

Synopsis :
Every year in his report the chairman of the Mogul Oil Company outlines the plans for future drilling. This year there are none. The only possibility of a new site is an area in Northern Ontario where a survey team has been working in vain for two years. Time is running short, and head-office man Peter Thornton is sent out to Canada to hurry the team along. He finds himself in an explosive situation.

Out Of Your Evil Dream
TX : 8th October 1966
Director :
John Warrington
Script :
John Gould
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philip Madoc (Vanstirom), David William (John Bartlett), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart), John Junkin (Macann), Lesley Nunnerley (Mrs Bartlett), Gilles Dattas (Boy), Harry Locke (Du Roi), Elizabeth Digby Smith (Mrs Macann) and Arthur Gross (Doctor)..

Synopsis :
Is Mogul's new chemical crop spray a killer? Alec Stewart must judge when a scientist rebels.

Four Cheers For Geoffrey
TX : 15th October 1966
Director :
Brian Parker
Script :
James Mitchell
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Michael Poole (Mullins), Denzil Ellis (Hoskins), Clifford Cox (Thorpe), Jonathan Elsom (Geoffrey Brady), Geoffrey Reed (Summers), Derek Benfield (Sloan), George Betton (Old Brady), Milton Johns (Larry Dwyer), William Redmond (Burns), Jerry Ram (Indian Worker), John De Marco (Waiter) and Gillian Raine (Sheila Laidlaw)..

Synopsis :
Blackmailer, fraud, agitator - or brilliant young executive? Finding the truth about Brady is one of Peter Thornton's toughest assignments.

No Such Thing As Luck
TX : 22nd October 1966
Director :
Roger Jenkins
Script :
David Weir
Cast :
Robert Hardy (Alec Stewart), Geoffrey Keen (Brian Stead), Ray Barrett (Peter Thornton), Philippa Gail (Jane Webb), Philip Latham (Willy Izard), Derek Sydney (Doctor Nugent), George Murcell (Al Nillson), Sean Lynch (Pete Rogers), Robert Pitt (Rocky Greig), Ian Cunningham (Alan Protheroe), Patricia Denys (Marion Flood), Geoffrey Lumsden (Ted Whickham), Deborah Stanford (Roz Stewart) and Geoffrey Denton (Sir Richard Costello).

Synopsis :
Mogul is the only major oil company which has so far failed to strike gas in the North Sea. Indeed, in tonight's story - the last in the present series - bad weather has put all the drilling rigs out of action and the company is in danger of having to forfeit its concessions. Brian Stead orders an all-out effort and puts Alec Stewart and Peter Thornton in charge.

Mogul Season One episode guide

Guide compiled by Matthew Lee. Please note episode synopsis are derived from descriptions in TV listings magazines of the period.