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Jango (ITV 1961, Robert Urquhart, Moira Redmond)

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Crime drama series Jango focuses on criminology expert Jango Smith (Robert Urquhart) who uses his skills to tackle various detective cases. Jango always wore a tweed hat and carried a twisted walking stick and also sported (sometime before Columbo too) a shabby raincoat.

The character of Jango had previously been seen in an episode of Murder Stamp.

Cast: ROBERT URQUHART as Jango Smith; MOIRA REDMOND as Bee Smith

Creators: Geoffrey Bellman, John Whitney / Script Editor: Robert Urquhart / Director: Cyril Coke

UK / ITV – Associated Rediffusion / 8×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 25 January – 22 March 1961

THE ONE OFF

MURDER STAMP Broadcast: Thursday 13 Oct 1960 @ 9:35pm / 1×60 minute episode / black and white
Nairobian criminologist Jango Smith, on attachment to Scotland Yard, investigates an old case.

Writers: Geoffrey Bellman, John Whitney
Director: Jonathan Alwyn

THE SERIES

1. A LITTLE OF WHAT SHE FANCIED (Broadcast: Wednesday 25 Jan 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Scotland Yard seek out Jango’s help in the case of a posioned woman.

guest cast
DEREK FRANCIS as Superintendent Ballock / MANNING WILSON as Inspector Gold / ANITA WEBB as Helen Drye

Writer: Albert Henry Webb
Director: Cyril Coke

 

2. MIND THE DOORS, PLEASE (Broadcast: Wednesday 1 Feb 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Jango has to solve a case whose key ingredient is a locked bank vault.

guest cast
JAMES CAIRNCROSS as Graham / HAROLD GOODWIN as Harris / RICHARD VERNON as Parkinson

Writers: Peter Ling, Sheila Ward
Director: Cyril Coke

3. THE BUMBLING BURGLAR (Broadcast: Wednesday 8 Feb 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Jango retraces the steps of a burglar who broke into a house but didn’t steal anything.

guest cast
BERNIE WINTERS as Hymie / RICHARD COOKE as Thompson / RICHARD WARNER as Humpernickel

Writer: Mike Watts
Director: Cyril Coke

4. THE ITCHING FINGERS OF LADY FFOULKES (Broadcast: Wednesday 15 Feb 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Lady Ffoulkes, an old friend of Jango’s, calls him in when she discovers she may have succumbed to kleptomania.

guest cast
ATHENE SEYLER as Lady Ffoulkes / DUDLEY FOSTER as Store Manager / PATRICK NEWELL as Mr Cartwright

Writers: Peter Ling, Sheila Ward
Director: Cyril Coke

5. GREAT DAY FOR JANGO (Broadcast: Wednesday 22 Feb 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Jango becomes caught up in a case of blackmail involving a missing truck.

guest cast
SAM KYDD as Alf / PATRICK McALINNEY as Mr Murphy / ELIZABETH BEGLEY as Mrs Murphy

Writer: Don Matthews
Director: Cyril Coke

6. SEVEN SWORDS OF HAVERSHAM (Broadcast: Wednesday 8 Mar 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Jango is surprised by the outcome of his latest case – tracking down a missing sword belonging to Lord Haversham.

guest cast
WILLIAM KENDAL as Lord Haversham / NOEL HOWLETT as Harkness / DIANA KING as Mrs Harkness

Writer: Albert Henry Webb
Director: Cyril Coke

7. TREACLE ON THREE FINGERS (Broadcast: Wednesday 15 Mar 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Tracking a burglar through a graveyard lead Jango into a sticky situation.

Writer: Mike Watts
Director: Cyril Coke

8. CHAMPAGNE FOR BEE (Broadcast: Wednesday 22 March 1961 @ 8.00pm)
Director: Cyril Coke