1 9 5 6 (USA)
26 x 25 minute episodes
This modest and underrated comedy series from a Paul Gallico character revolved around Hiram Holliday – a meek little newspaper proof-reader who saved his New York-based publisher a small fortune when he inserted a comma in a news story.
As a reward, his bosses gave him $8,000 and sent him on a month-long all-expenses-paid vacation.
Through years of secret practice, it appeared that the inoffensive, bespectacled Holliday was, in fact, something of a James Bond type, developing skills in physical combat, shooting, piloting and in activities as diverse as rock climbing and scuba diving.
During his trip around the world, Holliday solved crimes and thwarted foreign spies in every port of call he visited.
His adventures got back to his bosses and they quickly dispatched reporter Joel Smith (Ainslie Pryor) to accompany Holliday on his improbable escapades.
NBC cancelled the series in early 1957 and the entire series later ran on the BBC from 1960 to 1961.