Australian TV TV

Link Men, The (Channel 9 1970-1971, Kevin Miles, Bruce Montague)

Link Men

Crime drama series The Link Men featured the cases of three detectives from the NSW police and based at Sydney’s CIB headquarters. The trio were specialist investigators who were detached from the CIB to carry out crime detection on an international Link basis – from murder to con tricks to industrial espionage.

The series was made with pretty big UK involvement both in front of the camera (star Bruce Montague, probably best known for his role in the sitcom Butterflies) and behind the cameras (writer Glyn Davies – who created the show) and executive producer George Spenton-Foster, the show was filmed in black and white mainly because the makers couldn’t find an overseas market, the series was given a publicity splash but the viewers didn’t take to it and in the TV Week of 7 March 1970 star Bruce Montague asked viewers to give the series a chance and that he thought the series would become the top crime series in Australia.

The Link Men had a budget for each episode of $1500 and 70% of the show was produced on video tape as opposed to film giving the production a less than high quality look.

The series was dropped before it finished its proposed 13 episode run (only 12 made it on air and the final three being shown many months later). In the TV Week of 21 March 1970 the producer George Spenton-Foster and star Bruce Montague laid the blame for the failure of the series at the feet of the writers and producer Michael Latimer blamed poor scripts and lack of planning.

In a 2 May 1970 edition of TV Week George Spenton-Foster made a number of other claims for the shows failure including the cast behaving like prima donnas, a nude scene of actress Elke Neidhart being clipped and Channel 9 stifling creativity.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 / 12×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1970 – 1971 black and white

Creator: Glyn Davies / Producer: Michael Latimer / Executive Producer: George Spenton-Foster

cast
KEVIN MILES as Detective Sergeant Randall
BRUCE MONTAGUE as Detective Sergeant Sutton
TRISTAN ROGERS as Constable Gamble