Saturday, June 13, 2020

STRANGE REPORT - Episode 01 - "Report 5055 - CULT - Murder Shrieks Out" (1969)

This week's Saturday Night Special is a strange one! 
Once again, Thanx to Lord Litter in Berlin for pointing this one out to me!

"Strange Report" was a 1960's British TV show about a criminologist named Adam Strange that was on for one season of sixteen episodes from 1969 to 1970!

The first episode was titled "Report 5055 - CULT - Murder Shrieks Out" and involves a brotherly but murderous cult called The Cypress Fund that gets donations of goods from all over the world, but are siphoning off a large portion of it for their own nefarious and greedy means!

The star of the show is Anthony (A Study In Terror) Quayle as Adam Strange!

Born in Lithuania, Kaz (Humanoids From The Deep) Garas is Adam Strange's assistant Hamlyn Gynt. I'm not sure who has got the stranger name, the actor or the character!

Anneke (Dr Who, The Avengers) Wills is the lovely Evelyn McClean, a talented artist who lives next door to Adam Strange!

Look to the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's a helicopter flying into the Cypress Fund's compound with their beloved leader on board!

The leader of The Cypress Fund is Ray (The Avengers) McAnally as Lars.

Flying in with Lars are the musical spirit of the organization, the demure Pamela (Necromancy) Franklin as Maggie, and Christopher (What's Up Superdoc?) Mitchell as guitar player and singer Jay Brand.

You've just really got to hear this pure pop pablum if nothing else.......

.....And you can doing that by watching about the first 2 1/2 minutes of this video where they perform a song that must be called something like, "A World Of Love!"
Or you can watch the whole show if you want!

There's one big problem with this world of love though.........

................Somebody has rewired Jay's guitar, and he gets electrocuted right on the spot!

Strange and Maggie have got some history together, so he volunteers to help her find out what happened to Jay Brand.

Evelyn shows that she has some real style!

Strange and Gynt are on the case!

Evelyn spends the night with Maggie to make her feel more safe and comfortable, and Maggie shares some pictures like this one of her and Jay Brand in happier times!

They also look through a scrapbook of Maggie's photographs that will later help Strange figure it all out!

This is the swingin' sixties flat that Maggie lives in!

Actually, the whole show is eye candy like this cool record player!

Strange seeks help from the big boys!
How's that for bigger than life?

He has a few trials, but eventually Adam Strange will get it all figured out.
Personally, I'm hoping I can find some time to watch the other fifteen episodes now!


Rich Arithmetic Horton said...

Wonder if Adam Strange got his moniker from the DC Comics sci-fi hero with the same name?

EEGAH!! said...

I did a little searching around and as far as I can tell, it's a No, but really, who knows?

Lacey said...

This was one of the first "procedural" cop shows and was rather popular. However, the stars were not used to working on an American TV schedule of 25 episodes a season and would not come back for a second season.

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