The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
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The Persuaders and every spy in the business are after a British Agent for his highly confidential memoirs, nevertheless, before retrieving the manuscripts, they must first find them.


Roy Ward Baker


Peter Yeldham (screenplay by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Danny Wilde
Roger Moore ... Lord Brett Sinclair
Joss Ackland ... Felix Meadowes
Nigel Green ... John Cavendish
Kate O'Mara ... Heidi Schulman
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Sir Charles Worthington
Magda Konopka ... Ingrid Meadowes
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ... Col Ivan Ivanov
George Merritt ... Chivers
Carl Bohen Carl Bohen ... Dieter Schultz (as Carl Bohun)
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Joe Pfeiffer
Brian Hayes Brian Hayes ... Benson


Whilst being exchanged for a Soviet spy at a remote border crossing freelance agent Felix Meadowes goes on the run and asks his old school friend Brett to help him lie low. He has written his memoirs and both the British and American governments, the latter employing Danny as their man, are anxious to retrieve them. Danny and Brett are now working against each other and to complicate matters Felix has two wives, and has made provision for both in the event of his death. The memoirs are actually on a microfilm hidden in Felix's toupee, but who will get to them first? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

28 January 1972 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Danny Wilde meets with American agent Joe Pfeiffer on the centre-circle of an empty football ground to avoid anyone eavesdropping on their conversation. These scenes were filmed at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford Football Club. See more »


There is major grammatical error in the German writing on one of the signs in the beginning of the episode. Instead of "Sie betreten den DDR" it should correctly read "Sie betreten die DDR". See more »


Lord Brett Sinclair: You wouldn't trust your mother, would you?
Felix Meadowes: Her, least of all, she used to spy for the Egyptians!
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Great Cast!
8 April 2020 | by marklaw-37806See all my reviews

Amazing to see BOTH Nigel Greene and Josh Ackland (the go-to actor for any East vs West drama) in this episode for the TV series.

Even more astonishing is the remarkable performance by George Merritt.

Shines out from the screen!

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