Friday January 5, 2018
Some of these shows will be reviewed in greater depth next year – but all of them merit a place in anyone’s DVD collection:
The Invisible Man 1958-1959
Scientist Peter Brady, the invisible gentleman of the title, roams the land (or at least the Home Counties) in his Austin-Healey 100/6, defeating rotters who are chiefly identifiable via their over-use of Brylcreem. The scenes of Mr. Brady at the wheel of the Healey were often accomplished by stunt professionals crouched below the screen and navigating via a narrow gap in the open driver’s door.
Edgar Wallace - 1960-1965
A must for all fans of the Wolseley marque as no 1960s British B-film would have been complete without a 6/90, 6/99 or 6/110 clanging through Wimbledon in pursuit of low-rent villain. Edgar Wallace was one of the last series of second feature pictures made in the UK and enthusiasts of fine motor cars will enjoy a succession of Jaguar Mk. II, MG Magnette ZB and Ford Zephyr getaway cars. And, yes, that is a very young John Thaw driving a Vauxhall Victor FB Estate in Five to One and Michael Caine as an “Irish” (!) gangster in Solo for Sparrow.
The Avengers Series 5 1967
The Invaders – 1967-1968
‘The Invaders – a Quinn Martin production!’ David Vincent is on the run from some irate alien invaders who are cunningly disguised as human beings. During the 1970s and 1980s, The Invaders was a staple of daytime television during Bank Holidays and I do remember being impressed by the array of new Ford Galaxies, Mustangs and Mercurys that our hero drove every week. As Dearborn provided many of the cars for the show, it was also common to have millionaires favouring Lincoln Continentals while the villains seemed to have a fleet of four door hardtop Galaxies finished in a tasteful shade of maroon.
hriller 1973 – 1976
Memorable for the opening sequence and, in terms of motor-cars, for the episode One Deadly Owner, in which a fashion model buys a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud SIII, only to discover that it is haunted.
Sapphire & Steel 1979 – 1982
‘All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned’. These were the stirring words of the off-screen announcer (who sounds like David Suchet) before every adventure of two interdimensional agents. And their last assignment involved a Triumph Renown and a petrol station where time has ceased to function…
Knight Rider 1982 - 1986
‘Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law’. Or, an everyday story of how a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and a chap with a mullet hairstyle rids LA of over-acting villains - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WIK5QxWjDQ . At least Mr. Hasselhoff didn’t sing at them.