1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 5 (UK)
39 x 25 minute episodes
“Zero One” was the call sign of the International Air Security Board, an international security network dedicated to the safety of air travel all around the world, with its headquarters at London Airport.
Its chief agent was airline detective Alan Garnett (Nigel Patrick) who was called upon to combat hijackers and smugglers, prevent disasters, and generally preserve peace in the air and at airports.
American Jim Delaney (Bill Smith) was Garnett’s assistant and Maya (Katya Douglas) was his Indian secretary.
Guests in the series included Warren Mitchell, Arthur Lowe, Margaret Rutherford, Leonard Sachs, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Victor Spinetti, Lois Maxwell, Peter Sallis, Moira Lister, Harry H. Corbett, Michael Robbins, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell and Vincent Ball.
The series was co-produced by MGM but flopped in the US where sponsors shied away from its narrative matter of sky-jackings, trafficking and sabotage.
The bulk of the filming took place at the MGM Studios at Boreham Wood in Hertfordshire where the complete flight deck of a modern airliner was built to be used in many episodes. Eight airlines and four aircraft-producing companies gave spares to help build this set.