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The Guardians: This Is Quarmby (ITV 21 Aug 1971, with Richard Vernon)

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In This Is Quarmby the resistance movement is growing more confident, they are able to interrupt a radio speech by Prime Minister Timothy Hobson and put forward some of their own viewss. Naturally it doesn’t go down well. Norman decides its time the special branch of The Guardians were given the job of bringing down Quarmby. Hobson also brings in old MI5 colleague Dace.

As the radio transmissions get more brazen, leading up to persuading the nation to stage a demonstration – turning up five minutes late for work – the race is on to stop them. Dace, who has brought in Eleanor Benedict (an old family friend) as his assistant, proves to have a handle on what Quarmby are up to but is unable to stop the mass protest happening. It’s also obvious, once The Guardians discover the exact location where the broadcasts are coming from (a moving train carriage just to make tracking trickier) and kill the people making the broadcast that it makes little difference. Within minutes another Quarmby has set up a broadcast from another location.

Richard Vernon is casually brilliant as Dace, not sure at this stage whether he is sticking around but he is a great addition to the cast.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 21 August 1971 at 10.10pm

Writer: Arden Winch / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: Brian Parker

cast
Derek Smith as Norman
Cyril Luckham as Sir Timothy Hobson
Lynn Farleigh as Eleanor
Christine Shaw as TV Presenter
Richard Vernon as Dace
Robert Russell as Gibb
John Rhys-Davies as First Guardian
Ken Hutchinson as Second Guardian
John Hartley as Third Guardian
Graham James as Fourth Guardian

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