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The Zoo Gang (1974)

The Zoo Gang


60 minutes

Adventure / Mystery


Brian Keith as Stephen 'The Fox' Halliday  
John Mills as Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon
Barry Morse as Alec 'The Tiger' Marlowe 
Lilli Palmer as Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget  
Seretta Wilson as Jill Burton  
Michael Petrovitch as Lt. Georges Roget 

The series theme music was composed by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney. The score was composed by Ken Thorne.

6 episodes aired on ITV from April 5, 1974 to May 10, 1974.
1 Revenge: Post-Dated - Thomas sees a former war criminal (Walter Gotell) in the town and tells Manouche. Together they decide to contact their former comrades, who come to France and help deliver the criminal to the police. After they complete the mission Alec and Steven decide to stay on a while with their old friends.

2 Mindless Murder - The gang uncovers extortion racketeers who are targeting two married movie stars (Ingrid Pitt and Clinton Greyn). The extortionists want the Morning Star, a rare diamond in the care of the Martins. The gang decides to take out the crooks, but first they have to get their hands on the well-secured diamond themselves.

3 African Misfire - The art collection of a deposed African president (Earl Cameron) is stolen and the gang sets about recovering it, only to discover they know the thief - a former wartime colleague.

4 The Lion Hunt - When the revolutionary Pedro Ortega - 'El Leon' (Roger Delgado) - enters France and is accidentally arrested by Manouche's son Georges, the police and the ministry need him released again. Georges gets the gang to get El Leon out of prison but then they find that the minister had arranged a deal with El Leon for a million Francs but was going to double-cross him, so the gang set about saving the day.

5 The Counterfeit Trap - The gang decides to stop a gold-smuggling ring, paying for the gold with counterfeit French Francs. Alec gets arrested when the police think he killed the couriers. Peter Cushing stars as the local investigating magistrate with Jacqueline Pearce as his wife.

6 The Twisted Cross - The gang comes to the aid of a German (Bernard Kay) being attacked in an alley. It turns out that he is the only one who knows the location of a submarine full of sunken treasure. The gang agrees to help him in return for a share of the loot to pay for Claude's memorial hospital. They dive for the treasure and recover the only surviving piece - a jeweled swastika - which is immediately confiscated by French custom officers. But they quickly discover that the custom officers are fakes who killed the real officers, and the gang comes up with a plan to recover the piece and make a little more money. 

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