The Persuaders

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  • 1971
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (5,832)

The Persuaders is a British television show that aired from 1971 to 1972 on ITV. The show starred Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde and Roger Moore as Lord Brett Sinclair, two wealthy playboys who are approached by a retired judge named Fulton (played by Laurence Naismith) to use their skills to help him solve crimes and protect society.

The show is known for its blend of action, adventure, and humor, with Curtis and Moore playing off each other beautifully. They have a great chemistry on screen and their witty banter and playful insults have become a hallmark of the show.

The Persuaders follows Wilde and Sinclair as they travel around the world, getting involved in espionage, smuggling, and other nefarious activities. They also find themselves in the midst of a number of beautiful women, many of whom try to manipulate them for their own purposes.

Despite their carefree lifestyles, Wilde and Sinclair take their job seriously and are highly skilled at what they do. They work together to foil villains and protect innocent people, often putting themselves in danger in the process. Their adventures are filled with car chases, gun fights, and fist fights, as well as more romantic interludes with the many glamorous women they cross paths with.

Throughout the show, Wilde and Sinclair face many challenges, both personal and professional. They have to navigate their own egos and personal differences while also dealing with the dangers of their job. They also have to contend with Fulton, who sometimes has a different way of doing things.

Despite the danger and adventure, however, there is always a sense of lightness to The Persuaders. The show never takes itself too seriously and is often tongue-in-cheek. Curtis and Moore are clearly having a great time playing their characters, and this sense of enjoyment is contagious.

Overall, The Persuaders is a fun and entertaining show that combines action, adventure, and humor in a unique way. Curtis and Moore are a dynamic duo who bring a lot of energy and charisma to their roles, and they are supported by a wonderful cast of characters. If you're looking for something fun and lighthearted to watch, The Persuaders is definitely worth checking out.

The Persuaders is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on September 17, 1971.

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Read And Destroy
24. Read And Destroy
January 28, 1972
An exchange of spies goes awry when one of them, Felix, makes a break for it, evading both sides involved in the bargain. He seeks out his old school friend Brett Sinclair who is soon dragged into Felix's world of espionage. Danny, meanwhile, is persuaded to help the C.I.A. search for Felix which means he'll be pitted against Brett - something he inevitably relishes! Kate O'Mara and Joss Ackland co-star in this fast-paced caper.
The Morning After
23. The Morning After
January 21, 1972
What a morning after! Brett wakes up after a heavy night and finds he's married! He can barely recall previous events but Danny is certain he's been conned into wedlock. When Brett offers to buy himself out the marriage, his bride counters she is willing to have it annulled - free of charge. Danny and Brett must find out exactly what's happening...
The Long Goodbye
22. The Long Goodbye
December 10, 1971
Whilst holidaying in Scotland, Danny and Brett stumble across the corpse of a man killed when his small light aircraft crashed. They also find some papers he was carrying which contain details of a secret formula. It transpires the formula - whatever it may be - is highly sought after and soon Danny and Brett become the targets of people determined to seize it. This episode co-stars Nicola Paget and Peter Sallis.
A Home Of One's Own
21. A Home Of One's Own
December 31, 1971
Danny buys a dilapidated old cottage and although Brett rolls his eyes at his friend's purchase, he agrees to help him make it habitable again. But inevitably, there's trouble. A local landowner tries to bully Danny into selling him the cottage and there's a dead body at the bottom of a nearby well. Add to this a mysterious and beautiful woman and Danny and Brett have all the ingredients for another unlikely adventure!
The Time And The Place
20. The Time And The Place
October 22, 1971
Roger Moore directed this episode which begins with Danny and Brett stopping to help a female motorist whose car has broken down by the side of a forest. She's less than thrilled by their presence, however, and could this be something to do with they corpse they quickly discover lying the woods? Danny and Brett and thrown into another adventure and uncover a terrifying plot which involves the planned murder of the prime minister.
Anyone Can Play
19. Anyone Can Play
November 5, 1971
Danny and Brett are spending time in the seaside resort of Brighton but even here the mismatched duo becomes enmeshed in trouble! Danny visits a casino and inadvertently utters a number of passwords which convince the manager that he is in fact a criminal colleague due to collect a large sum of money. A number of games are therefore for rigged so the American wins big. But when it's discovered who Danny really is, the order comes through that he must lose... his life!
Someone Waiting
18. Someone Waiting
February 25, 1972
Lois Maxwell, best known for playing Miss Moneypenny in over a dozen Bond movies, co-stars in this episode set in the world of motor racing. Brett is due to take part in an imminent race but clearly someone doesn't want him to win. When an attempt on his life fails a henchman is sent to beat him up. Danny and Brett must find out who is behind the actions - and stop them!
Element Of Risk
17. Element Of Risk
December 24, 1971
A case of mistaken identity leads a group of crooks to believe that Danny is a criminal mastermind who has traveled to England to help commit a colossal robbery. Brett and Judge Fulton are soon caught up in the deadly situation as Danny tries to bluff the villains, foil the robbery, get the girl and stay out of prison!
The Ozerov Inheritance
16. The Ozerov Inheritance
February 1, 1972
A Russian Grand Duchess seeks the help of Danny and Brett. It appears she must prove she is the rightful owner of some family jewels she stores in a bank in Switzerland. What should be a routine legal matter becomes more dangerous when an expert asked to clarify the jewellery's provenance is murdered... The episode co-stars Arnold Ridley and is directed by Roy Ward Baker.
Someone Like Me
15. Someone Like Me
October 29, 1971
More mystery than usual in this eerie episode directed by Roy Ward Baker (A Night to Remember). Lord Brett Sinclair is behaving in a bizarre fashion and even physically attacks Danny. Is it the real Brett or a double? And who is the mysterious Miss Lindsay who seems to be behind the whole thing? Bernard Lee, best known as the character of M in the Bond movies, appears as in this episode. When Roger Moore took the role of 007 he was re-united with Lee who played his boss in his first four Bond films.
The Gold Napoleon
14. The Gold Napoleon
September 24, 1971
Danny is standing near a beautiful woman in an airport when a shot rings out and she is injured. Was the bullet intended for her or Danny? It's the start of an adventure which involves murder and gold - millions of dollars worth of gold... Susan George (Straw Dogs) guest stars in this 24 carat episode!
Take Seven
13. Take Seven
October 1, 1971
When her wealthy parents died, Jenny Lindley inherited their estate but then a man claiming to be her long-lost brother appears. A court decides he is in fact Mark Lindley and therefore he inherits the riches which were briefly Jenny's. Judge Fulton questions whether the court was correct and sends Danny and Brett to investigate. Inevitably it leads to danger, action & a race against time!
Five Miles To Midnight
12. Five Miles To Midnight
January 7, 1972
Joan Collins and Jean Marsh star in this sizzling episode in which Judge Fulton once again calls on the services of Danny and Brett. This time he's asking them to get crime lord Frank Rocco from Rome to the US where he'll give evidence that will put a number of fellow hoods behind bars. But getting Rocco to America is going to be a dangerous mission although luckily there's glamour for the boys in the form of the enigmatic Sidonie...
To The Death, Baby
11. To The Death, Baby
February 18, 1972
A wealthy, beautiful woman is targeted by crime bosses who intend to steal her riches. Their novel ploy entails hiring a conman to seduce her and thus gain access to her money. When Danny and Brett hear of the scheme they resolve to foil the plan by seducing her themselves! Guest stars include Thorley Walters and Roger Delgado.
That's Me Over There
10. That's Me Over There
December 3, 1971
Geoffrey Keen (The Spy Who Loved Me) co-stars in this episode directed by Leslie Norman (X: The Unknown) and written by Brian Clemens (creator of The Professionals). It concerns mistaken identity with a difference as Danny Wilde must pass himself off as a member of the English aristocracy - Lord Brett Sinclair!
A Death In The Family
9. A Death In The Family
February 4, 1972
Denholm Elliott (Raiders of the Lost Ark) co-stars in this amusing episode which has a touch of the Ealing comedies about it as Roger Moore appears in his normal role of Brett Sinclair, plus a number of Brett's relations who have been marked for murder! Clearly someone is looking to end the Sinclair dynasty - but why, and who?
Angie, Angie
8. Angie, Angie
November 19, 1971
Danny and Brett are given another assignment by Judge Fulton. It involves travelling to the Cannes Film Festival but they can expect guns not glamour as their job is to protect a man marked by the mob. Things get complex when it appears the would-be assassin is an old friend of Danny's...
Nuisance Value
7. Nuisance Value
January 14, 1972
Zorakin is an immensely wealthy man with a very beautiful daughter, Lisa. Danny meets her in a hotel in Spain and co-incidentally, she is kidnapped shortly after. Although he tried to prevent the abduction, Danny is suspected by Zorakin of being behind the kidnapping. Luckily, Brett is on hand to help out, because they have to find Lisa whilst keeping Danny safe from Zorakin's plans for revenge
The Old, The New And The Deadly
6. The Old, The New And The Deadly
November 12, 1971
There's no Nazi like an old Nazi, as Danny and Brett discover when they become embroiled in a plot which has its origins in WWII. Le Comte Marceau is an ex-Nazi who is desperate to keep his past a secret. He'll go to extreme lengths to keep his crimes hidden and when Danny unwittingly becomes involves in his schemes he hires a killer to 'take care' of the troublesome American. This fast-moving episode co-stars Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who) and Derren Nesbitt (Where Eagles Dare).
Chain Of Events
5. Chain Of Events
November 26, 1971
Danny and Brett decide to relax on a camping holiday but their rest and relaxation is shattered when Danny encounters a parachutist who falls from the sky and clips an attach? case to his wrist. The linking chain can't be broken nor the case itself opened. The inconvenience turns to danger when it emerges that certain people will kill for this case... This episode was directed by Peter Hunt, best known for helming On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
The Man In The Middle
4. The Man In The Middle
December 17, 1971
Judge Fulton discovers there's a traitor in the heart of the British intelligence services and determines that the best people to root out the mole would therefore be outsiders. Enter Danny and Brett who are plunged into the dangerous, double-dealing world of sinister spies and exotic temptresses... Movie legend Terry-Thomas plays Archie Sinclair-Beauchamp bringing a touch of humour to this dramatic episode.
3. Greensleeves
October 8, 1971
Greensleeves is one of Brett's old family estates - an old mansion thought to be disused and forgotten. But Brett discovers someone has repaired the house and has contacted a theatrical agent looking for an actor who looks like him. And so Brett ends up 'impersonating' himself, and Danny plays his butler... All very strange, but as they seek to find out what's happening they uncover some more sinister secrets...
2. Powerswitch
October 14, 1971
When the dead body of Julie Blake is found floating in the blue sea off the Cote d'Azure, Judge Fulton enlists the help of Danny and Brett to bring her killer to justice. They're helped by Julie's old friend, the beautiful Pekoe (played by Annette Andre - The Champions) and soon find themselves caught up in a plot concerning a millionaire with a deadly score to settle.
1. Overture
September 17, 1971
Danny Wilde and Lord Brett Sinclair are two wealthy playboys who enjoy living the good life. But their intelligence and resources are frittered away on louche living. A mysterious judge named Fulton brings them together, intent that they should join forces and fight crime. Despite the comic clash of egos Danny and Brett are able to collaborate and begin their partnership by tracking down a crime boss the world believes to be dead...
Where to Watch The Persuaders
The Persuaders is available for streaming on the ITV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Persuaders on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    September 17, 1971
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (5,832)