1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 0 (Canada)
26 x 30 minute episodes
George Salverson created this CBC series – which premiered on 23 September 1969 – revolved around fast-talking, trouble-shooting newspaperman McQueen (former Wojeck costar Ted Follows), who wrote a daily column called “The Actioneer”, which tried to help people with their problems.
Episodes dealt with a range of subject matter, from the operations of con men to injustice in areas like education, immigration and plain old human relations.
McQueen was an unconventional hero – frustrated by red tape and crushed by authority – and his methods were often questionable but effective – although he lost as often as he won.
He was helped in his endeavours by attractive mini-skirted assistants Natasha (Jan Goldin) and Denise (Daphne Gibson).
The first 13 episodes were filmed at the Toronto Telegram. A permanent newspaper office set was eventually built at CBC’s Sumach Street headquarters in Toronto.
Ted Fellows died in Ontario on 21 October 2016, aged 89.
You’ll Never Be Lonely | Mr Flim Flam | There’s a Car Upside Down on My Lawn | Faith Healer | Vanity, Vanity | How Could You Use a Poor Maiden So | All the World’s a Stage | Brotherly Love | Home Is Where the Draft Ain’t | Man with the Green Head | Walk, Don’t Run | Carnival | Five Hectic Hours | The Last of the Medicine Men | Rewrite Column Four