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Reluctant Bandit

1 9 6 5 (UK)
5 x 25 minute episodes

During World War II, Robert North (William Dexter), a brave English officer, captured the affection of the little village of San Filippo in western Sicily by performing a somewhat fortuitous act of heroism involving the capture of a large number of German soldiers.

Now North has returned, cautious and middle-aged, for a holiday in Sicily.

But he finds it a very different place from the country he knew during the war. Then the Mafia were extremely useful to the Allies, but now in peacetime, they constitute a purely destructive and oppressive force in Sicilian life.

There has already been one brutal Mafia murder since North’s arrival, and soon he and his old friends Lili (Maggie Fitzgibbon), Luigi (Michael Balfour) and Antonio (Carl Bernard) – who is now the mayor of San Filippo – find themselves involved with the bandits.

The production design for the series was by future Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott.

Robert North
William Dexter
Diana
Patricia Haines
Lili
Maggie Fitzgibbon
Luigi
Michael Balfour
Antonio
Carl Bernard
Carson
William Mervyn
Silvio
Michael Graham Cox
Johnny
Jack Rodney
Peppino
George Pastell
Angelina
Antonia Pemberton
Maresciallo
Mike Pratt
Bruno
Harold Kasket
Vino Gino
Will Stampe
Scarface
Benn Simons
Francesco
George Little
Prince Giorgio
Derek Sydney
Nino
Colin Goldring
Don Carlo
Julian Somers
Lodovico
Brian Spink
Rosa
Yvonne Barnes
Mafalda
Cynthia Etherington

Episodes

Return to Sicily | Quiet Day in San Fillipo | Not So Quiet in Montebianco |
The New Mafia | The Great Attack