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Freewheelers

1 9 6 8 – 1 9 7 3 (UK)
104 x 30 minute episodes

Crime-fighting teenagers Sue Craig (Wendy Padbury), Mike Hobbs  (Adrian Wright) and Steve Walker (Leonard Gregory) are recruited by dashing, debonair MI6 intelligence agent – and master of disguise – Colonel Buchan (Ronald Leigh-Hunt).

The original kids were Bill Cowan (Tom Owen), Chris Kelly (Gregory Phillips) and Terry Driver (Mary Maude). Chris was replaced in series 2 by Chris Chittell as Nick Carter.

Villain Von Gelb was played by Geoffrey Toone.

Later episodes featured the brilliant Professor Nero (Jerome Willis) who had found the answer to the world’s food shortage. He planned to bombard microscopically small animal and vegetable life in the sea with radiation to cause the ocean’s plankton to grow enormously which, in turn, would vastly increase the weight of the fishermen’s catch.

Unfortunately, a radiation accident and government rejection of further financial aid completely changed Nero’s personality and he became a man obsessed with revenge and a single-minded desire to punish the whole world for not realising the potential of his scheme.

Southern TV’s most successful serial ran for 104 episodes (eight series’ of thirteen stories each) between 1968 and 1973.

Colonel Buchan
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Bill Cowan
Tom Owen
Terry Driver
Mary Maude (1)
Jeanne Moody (2)
Chris Kelly
Gregory Phillips
Nick Carter
Chris Chittell
Sue Craig
Wendy Padbury
Mike Hobbs
Adrian Wright
Steve Walker
Leonard Gregory
Von Gelb
Geoffrey Toone
Ryan
Richard Shaw
Burke
Michael Ripper
Professor Nero
Jerome Willis

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