1 9 6 8 – 1 9 6 9 (UK)
30 x 60 minute episodes
The Champions are a trio of humans – American Craig Sterling and Britons Richard Barrett and Sharron Macready – endowed with the qualities and skills of superhumans.
The extraordinary physical and mental skills the three possessed were given to them after they were saved and healed by a tribe from a lost city in Tibet following a plane crash in the Himalayas in episode one.
As a result of this endowment by the lost Tibetan tribe, they had amazing intuition, computer-like intelligence and Olympian levels of strength and endurance. They could also communicate using telepathy.
Their ‘gifts’ are a closely guarded secret which enables them to use their powers to their best advantage as “champions of law, order and justice”, working as operators of the Geneva-based international peace agency of Nemesis, dedicated to controlling the balance of power throughout the world.
The Champions missions were never trivial. They dealt only with situations that might erupt into international incident.
On the organisation’s behalf, the super-agents were dispatched to any situation judged capable of causing a serious threat to world stability.
What lifted The Champions above the ordinary was undoubtedly the screen presence of the main characters – American heartthrob Stuart Damon, William Gaunt and blonde bombshell-with-brains Alexandra Bastedo (pictured above), later seen as a guest star in Absolutely Fabulous – with Anthony Nicholls as the trio’s imperturbable boss at Nemesis, Tremayne.
Commander W. L. Tremayne
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