The Champions (1968–1969)
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The Final Countdown 

After twenty-five years in prison for war crimes Nazi Field Marshall von Splitz is released and evades observers. He and his followers are anxious to trace an atom bomb, jettisoned from a ... See full summary »

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

Monty Berman (creator), Gerald Kelsey | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Stuart Damon ... Craig Stirling
Alexandra Bastedo ... Sharron Macready
William Gaunt ... Richard Barrett
Anthony Nicholls ... Cmdr. W.L. Tremayne
Alan MacNaughtan ... Von Splitz (as Alan McNaughtan)
Wolf Frees ... Dr. Neimann
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Kruger
Basil Henson Basil Henson ... Wolf Eisen
Morris Perry ... Schultz
Hannah Gordon ... Anna
Norman Jones ... Heiden
Michael Lees ... Tom Brooks
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After twenty-five years in prison for war crimes Nazi Field Marshall von Splitz is released and evades observers. He and his followers are anxious to trace an atom bomb, jettisoned from a stricken Heinkel in the last days of World War Two. Having questioned and killed two former Luftwaffe pilots they find it in a lake in Germany and intend to detonate it, playing West against East to start another war. The Champions also locate it, after speaking to an ex-R.A.F. pilot who downed the Heinkel and have a race against time to get to the chateau where the bomb has been taken and is slowly ticking... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1969 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dated but watchable hocum!
5 August 2006 | by flugluftholgateSee all my reviews

Fans of The Champions will be familer with the format. Baddies plot to end world, baddies get upper hand, boring bit in middle while goodies regroup and finally goodies win before the end of the programme!!! AND Sharron MacReady's bufont does not get out of place! Luftwaffe 'experten' and German secret weapons enthusiasts will like this. Nasty Nazi von Splitz is let out of prison and after getting a few other Nazi chum's plan to recover a lost atomic bomb. Guess when it was written and filmed such stuff was seen as fiction, we know now that the truth is probably stranger. A number of sources have since revealed that perhaps Nazi Germany did test a weapon at Thuringia (a)and there is evidence that two Stuka dive bombers did have atomic weapons and were ready to go but the crews had other ideas... Who knows the real truth. A very prophetic programme, swap the Nazis for some other group with ideas of world domination and the Nazi weapon for a Soviet one... This episode does have the battered Jaguar going over the cliff, how many times has that happened!

Try (a) BBCi News Report 14 march, 2005 (b) 'Hitler's Miracle weapons' by Friedrich Georg, 2005, Helion


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