The series concerned a special group of operatives working for Australian Intelligence during World War II and operating from a top-secret headquarters in Sydney. HOME . Corporal Markidis intervenes and pleads that Stoker is mentally ill. Read the latest Spyforce episode guides & recaps, fan reviews, news, and much more. CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW . Find TV episodes, reviews, ratings, lists, and links to watch Spyforce online on SideReel - An Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda" was modified as "Spyforce" theme tune. Facing a barrage of fire Erskine and Gunther Haber rescue Stoker and fight off the enemy and escape. Colonel Cato  They take him back to Sydney where he is Court Martialled. In all 42 episodes were produced. It was very much intended to highlight the important role played by Australian forces in achieving victory in World War II, but also remain exciting and compelling. He had long harboured an ambition to make a TV series set during the war. An Australian World War II espionage adventure series. Producer Roger Mirams was also careful to avoid stereotypes of the genre, and tired formulas for the battle scenes. One scene was even filmed at the infamous Changi prison, where, after several hours of negotiation, the Governor was persuaded to raise the Japanese flag for the first time since the war. Matt Parsons  Knowing that if the codes fell into enemy hands Colonel Cato orders Erskine and his partner Gunther Haber to find Stoker and recover the codes. Erskine and Haber are sent in to destroy a vital road bridge that carries the goods to the construction camps for the Burma-Siam railway. © Copyright 2021 Nostalgia Central. While on the run he meets up with Erskine and Gunther Haber. Jack Thompson (in his first lead role) played the part of Erskine, a boozing, womanising Australian planter living in New Guinea. Stuart Finch Colonel Cato recruits both Erskine and Gunther Haber into the Special Intelligence Unit as civilian operatives due to their intimate knowledge of the South West Pacific and New Guinea. Watch Spyforce episodes, get episode information, recaps and more. This 14 disc collection is presented in a comprehensive two volume set, delivering all 41 episodes of authentic, action-packed wartime television viewing. Max Cullen Australian Intelligence Officers during World War 2. Soon deaths occur and further information comes to light that Markidis has also poisoned the water supply. His mission is to sabotage a Japanese convoy in Lae harbour and is ambushed by a enemy patrol where he is injured. The way the main characters interact and change over time was carefully scripted by Mirams. 1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 2 (Australia) 42 x 60 minute episodes. It was the first lead role for Jack Thompson. On 8 Disc, All Regions OR DOWNLOADS. SPYFORCE FEATURE ARTICLE . McLean wrote 35 of the episodes. Spyforce was a wartime espionage adventure series produced in Australia by the Nine Network as a co-production with Paramount Pictures.. The series is about the life of Soviet spy Maksim Isaev operating in Nazi Germany under the name Max Otto von Stirlitz, played by the Soviet actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov. Haber is dropped off in New Guinea where he meets a local agent. It was produced by Nine Network in conjunction with Paramount Pictures.. Watch Spyforce - Season 1, Episode 1 - The General: Unknown. Watch Spyforce - Season 1, Episode 15 - The Gunner: Aired Unknown Dec 18, 1971 on The Nine Network The idea appealed to American producers Paramount Pictures, who backed Mirams to begin production without having seen a script. German agents have abducted the wife of a doctor to blackmail him into helping them. Bill Hunter Spyforce was designed by Roger Mirams to be a wartime espionage action adventure in the format of a weekly, hour-long television mini-film. Despite being based upon a war setting, character development played a key role in Spyforce. [citation needed] Indeed, their human failings are made clear, and their plans do not always come to fruition. It was originally intended to produce 26 episodes, but following the success of the first series, Mirams held talks with both Nine Network and Paramount Pictures, who backed him for a second series. They succeed in blowing up the bridge. Spyforce was a wartime espionage adventure series produced in Australia by the Nine Network as a co-production with Paramount Pictures. Roger Mirams was a newsreel cameraman and war correspondent during World War II. His secretary was Lieutenant French (Katy Wild). They are offered/coerced by Australian intelligence, a chance to rescue her, if they first go in and kidnap a German officer who is visiting the island. Both are reluctant at first, so Cato fabricates false evidence against them to coerce them into co-operating. The series was shot in colour even though Australian TV was broadcast in black and white at the time. Erskine and Gunther Haber are sent behind enemy lines to locate an Australian Medic, Corporal Michael Markidis, who is being held captive by the Japanese. Spyforce (TV Series 1971–1972) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. An Australian World War II espionage adventure series. The narration during the opening credit sequence stated: Early in 1942 the Japanese Army swept through the South Pacific towards the Australian mainland. Early in the production, the cast and crew travelled to Singapore, Macao, Thailand, Hong Kong and other Asian countries for a five-week location shoot, to obtain background filming that would be worked into episodes later. The Japanese army in Spyforce was made up of mainly Asian students from universities in Sydney – Ironically, almost every Asian nationality except Japan was actually represented in their ranks. Cato develops a devious plan to combat German agents who have abducted the wife of a doctor in order to force his aid in sabotaging a supply of penicillin for Allied troops which could result in their death. During the following 27 hours they resist countless attacks from the Japanese before eventually making it back to a waiting submarine that takes them back to Australia. 1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 2 (Australia) After their own medic is killed they force Markidis to attend to their wounded and sick. Erskine and Haber are two New Guinea plantation owners force to leave by the invading Japanese army. Sgt Pearl orders the members of C Company to storm and capture Hill 32 which is held by the Japanese. To ensure their co-operation, Cato fabricated damning evidence blaming them for an island massacre. Watch Spyforce - Season 1, Episode 12 - The Cripple: After Erskine is hit by mortar fire, he is unable to walk. He spends the rest of his life in a mental institution. [7], http://www.classicaustraliantv.com/spyforce.htm, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spyforce&oldid=995920535, 1976 Australian television series endings, Use Australian English from September 2011, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2010, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Shortly after the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney, Colonel Cato, the Commanding Officer of the Special Intelligence Unit, sends Erskine to, Colonel Cato has received intelligence reports that the, Colonel Cato creates false evidence linking Gunther Haber and Erskine to a massacre on a small Pacific island in order to demonstrate the lengths he will go to in order to force them to work alongside each other, and to force them to carry out the orders he commands. Spyforce season 1 episode 12 The Cripple : Erskine is shot and loses the use of his legs. Jill Stewart  Spyforce has been repeated many times, and episodes are still likely to be screened at ridiculous times in the early hours of the morning, albeit wildly out of sequence. Created by Ron McLean, Roger Mirams, Brian Wright. Comes on DVD-R in paper sleeves. They find him cowering in a cave trembling with fear and with the Japanese approaching rapidly. It does not dwell on torture by Japanese soldiers, or portray Australians as perfect. Markidis breaks out of the camp and is hunted by the Japanese. The protagonists are members of a secretive special elite unit known as the Special Intelligence Unit, headed by Colonel Cato, who is only responsible directly to the Prime Minister of Australia. INTERVIEWS . Spyforce investigates a medical drug smuggling ring. These men were directed into sabotage operations deep behind enemy lines throughout the Pacific area. Having manipulated them into continuing service with his department, he sends the pair to, Gunther Haber and Erskine discover a plot to destroy the. The two are part of an elite unit of special operatives, the Special Intelligence Unit, and their adventures are loosely based upon those of the real Services Reconnaissance Department who often operated behind Japanese-held lines during the war.[2]. This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 16:09. The pilot impressed Paramount, who bought overseas distribution rights, and the Nine Network, who bought the local rights. They are blackmailed into becoming Australian espionage agents due to their knowledge of the New Guinea area. Erskine is parachuted into Burma with a beautiful female operative, Jill Seymour, in order to blow up a bridge. F.A.Q. Aired Unknown Aug 26, 1971 on The Nine Network Captain Bergen  Erskine captures a Japanese courier who has valuable information about Japanese troops at. Unlike most previous war films, Spyforce deliberately steered away from the notion that the United States was solely responsible for Japan's defeat, and highlights the important role Australian forces played in the defeat of the Imperial Japanese Army. Spyforce: Watch full length episodes & video clips. Lieutenant French  Join / Sign Up Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. All is not as it seems when it is discovered that Private Anthony Stoker had deserted in the face of the enemy carrying with him allied codes that are crucial to the allied effort in the Pacific. The Spyforce episode guide includes recaps for every episode from every season and a full list of where you can watch episodes online instantly. German agents have abducted the wife of a doctor to blackmail him into helping them. [1], The series centres on the action and adventures of lead actor Jack Thompson's character Erskine, and his main support character, Peter Sumner's Gunthar Haber. When he discovers a Japanese platoon in the region his report is ignored by the General in command of the area, who refuses to allow the post to be evacuated. Redmond Philips portrayed the ruthless and calculating Colonel Cato (pictured at right), the head of a special intelligence unit responsible only to the Prime Minister. Melbourne Listener In-TV… However, Cato has additional plans and … A bold, exciting and highly authentic wartime television series created by Roger Miriams, SPYFORCE also features a strong line-up of Aussie talent, including: Bill Hunter, John Hargreaves, Nick Tate, Jeanie Drynan, John Meillon and Serge Lazareff.Also included is the rarely-seen pilot episode for the SPYFORCE spin-off 'The Rolls That Went To War' which never proceeded as a full series. The doctor suspects the disability is only psychosomatic. They come across the base of a British long range penetration group, whose officer (Tony Wager) has an affair with Seymour, and whose sergeant (Nick Tate) is bullying a fellow soldier (Robert Blackman). One of these groups may well have been called: Spyforce. Captain Pollock  Although some episodes were filmed on location in New Guinea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and also in Changi Prison in Singapore, most of the filming was done in the Australian bushland surrounding Sydney. Directed by Howard Rubie. The series continued to air in reruns through 21 September 1976. One interesting fact is that Russell Crowe made his debut on the show at the age of six (his parents were caterers on the set). LINKS . As a result numbers of civilian planters and soldiers were formed into highly trained espionage teams by Allied Headquarters in Australia. Also included is the rarely-seen pilot episode for the spin-off series 'The Rolls That Went To War' which didn't get past pilot stage, and consequently became the final SPYFORCE episode. Spyforce TV Series (1971–1972) Complete Series. In Yugoslavia, it was the second most popular show, and Katy Wild became the pin-up girl of male viewers. Spyforce season 1 episode 1 The General : The Japanese army have invaded New Ireland and plantation owners, Erskine and Haber have fled to Australia leaving behind a woman they both love. On one of the shows, Woobinda, Animal Doctor, he established a good working relationship with writer Ron McLean. With Jack Thompson, Peter Sumner, Redmond Phillips, Katy Wild. After a bloody battle which sees half the company killed, including Sgt Pearl, victory is secured and Corporal Markidis along with Privates Girdis, Perkins, Storch & Scotts proudly hoist the Australian flag. A rancid batch of penicillin is to be sent to doctors to kill soldiers injected with the drug. Forced to flee by the advancing Japanese, he resented the fact that the Army were not able to stop the enemy before they got to his plantation. Peter Sumner was Gunther Haber, a cultured German who had been interned in Australia at the start of the war. Spyforce investigates a medical drug smuggling ring. They specialise in infiltrating behind enemy lines for rescue and intelligence gathering missions. 42 x 60 minute episodes. The series was based upon the adventures of Australian Military Intelligence operatives in the South West Pacific during World War II. Australian Intelligence Officers during World War 2. With Jack Thompson, Peter Sumner, Redmond Phillips, Katy Wild. SPYFORCE EPISODE DETAILS . Mirams showed McLean a concept he had been working on called Sparrowforce and McLean were enthusiastic.[3][4]. They are blackmailed into becoming Australian espionage agents due to their knowledge of the New Guinea area. The first episode – retitled "The General" – aired in Sydney on 8 August 1971, and the rest of Australia on 26 August 1971. Actor Peter Sumner, who first rose to prominence in the 1970s espionage drama Spyforce, has died at the age of 74. They come across a soldier, who is the remnant of an artillery unit that was ambushed by the Japanese, which has … Barrow  The main directors were Howard Rubie and David Baker. Born Peter Sumner-Potts, one of his first professional roles was working at the ABC — doing a range of tasks including writing, producing, directing, voice overs and working on radio shows. Not knowing who he is or what he holds the Japanese shoot Stoker and he is badly wounded. [3], Mirams went on to establish a strong reputation in the world of children's TV. Spyforce videos - Watch Spyforce videos, featuring Spyforce interviews, clips and more at TVGuide.com. Spyforce season 1 episode 41 The Trail : Erskine accompanies two Army nurses to a medical aid station on the Kakoda Trail in New Guinea. Both Erskine and Haber agreed to work for the Army reluctantly, being coerced by Colonel Cato because of their knowledge of the Pacific Islands. The final episode of Spyforce (The Rolls That Went to War) was in fact an attempt to make a pilot for a new series, this never emerged. Much of their work must remain top secret. Spyforce is an Australian television series that aired from 1971 to 1973 on Nine Network.The series was based upon the adventures of Australian Military Intelligence operatives in the South West Pacific during World War II. 1. The series was last aired on Australian television in Adelaide on 21 September 1976, but has been re-run several times since. Spyforce sold well overseas, especially in Britain, America and South-East Asia. Arna-Maria Winchester. Peter Sumner Actor Russell Crowe appeared briefly in one episode as a child actor at the age of seven. 2. “And that gave … Continue reading One of Best Australian Drama War movies Best war movies ever Nick Tate Episode Recap Spyforce on TV.com. Gunther Haber  A rancid batch of penicillin is to be sent to doctors to kill soldiers injected with the drug. Erskine  Most of the series was then subsequently filmed in bushland at Narrabeen (a northern suburb of Sydney) and at Deep Creek, off Sydney’s Wakehurst Parkway, which doubled for the jungles of New Guinea – although at times it looked patently like Australian bush, with gum trees clearly visible in the background. Other leading roles were played by Leonid Bronevoy, Oleg Tabakov, Yuri Vizbor, Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, Rostislav Plyatt, Vasily Lanovoy, and Mikhail Zharkovsky. Erskine and Haber are two New Guinea plantation owners force to leave by the invading Japanese army. All rights reserved. [citation needed], Spyforce was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in April 2013. Click ' VIMEO ' to view all episodes As the Japanese Army sweep through the South Pacific region towards the Australian mainland in 1942, civilian planters are enlisted to join commissioned soldiers, forming highly trained espionage teams known as SPYFORCE, directed into classified sabotage operations deep behind enemy lines. Even Germany and Japan bought the series – each buying only the episodes they weren’t in! The DVD set is compatible with all region codes. Several ideal Sydney locations, such as Middle Head Fortifications were also used. Cato's unit is responsible for sabotage and covert operations, often behind enemy lines, against Japanese forces in the South West Pacific during World War II. A chronic case of diarrhoea breaks out amongst the Japanese Soldiers and it is discovered that Markidis has been dispensing laxatives instead of headache pills. Like Erskine, Haber also owned a plantation which he was forced to abandon ahead of the Japanese. They overran the Malay Peninsula and reached deep into the jungles of New Guinea. The complete series was released on DVD in April 2013. Unlike many previous war films, particularly American ones, Spyforce does not portray the protagonists as invincible, who always win an easy victory. It was produced by Nine Network in conjunction with Paramount Pictures. In 1959 he made a pilot called The Coastwatchers but no series resulted. Stoker spots them and makes a run to the exit of the cave. He made the pilot episode, "Spy Catcher", which was shot in November 1970. The series concerned a special group of operatives working for Australian Intelligence during World War II and operating from a top-secret headquarters in Sydney. 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