The Protectors (1972–1974)
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Harry is on a train returning from Edinburgh to London. He gets into conversation with a fellow traveller. This man is the poetic Shadbolt, but there is something about him that Harry ... See full summary »

Director:

John Hough

Writer:

Tony Barwick
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... Harry Rule
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Contessa Caroline di Contini (credit only)
Tony Anholt ... Paul Buchet (credit only)
Tom Bell ... Shadbolt
Georgina Hale ... The Girl
Stanley Stewart Stanley Stewart ... Police Inspector
Neville Barber Neville Barber ... Attendant
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Harry is on a train returning from Edinburgh to London. He gets into conversation with a fellow traveller. This man is the poetic Shadbolt, but there is something about him that Harry cannot possibly know. Shadbolt is also a professional assassin and his presence on the train is no coincidence. He has been paid to kill Harry at a given time, a fact to which Harry must tumble for the ultimate show-down. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Adventure | Crime

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1974 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the establishing shots of the train throughout the story, the diesel loco pulling the cars switches between two completely different body styles. See more »

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Not a typical episode, taut and tense
23 January 2010 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Shadbolt marks itself from the start as an odd entry in the list of episodes of The Protectors. Quickly establishing its plot - as it must in a 25 minute running time - we learn that Shadbolt is a man, and a paid assassin. His target? Harry Rule himself.

Apart from an early few minutes with a mousy librarian, one of those great stereotypes, this episode is a two-hander between the hunted, Rule (Robert Vaughn), and the hunter, Shadbolt (Tom Bell). With two locations, the interior of a train from Edinburgh to London and a derelict patch of land somewhere en route, the action becomes tense and the mood claustrophobic.

An intriguing episode - it may not completely succeed but has enough going on to keep you watching.


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