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Man In A Suitcase - Sixties City

Man In A Suitcase - Sixties City  Man In A Suitcase - Sixties City
A British action series produced by ITC, filmed in and around Pinewood Studios (Sound Stages J and K) and on location in London, England during 1966 / 67. There were 30 colour one-hour episodes, originally screened from September 27th 1967. The eponymous hero was McGill, a former CIA agent, who had been framed and tossed out of the agency. He became a freelance operator working in Europe, using his skills as a private eye.

Several years prior to becoming a private detective he was third in the chain of command of the European network of the CIA. His immediate superior, Harry Tysson, instructed him to allow a scientist named La Forbe to defect to Eastern Europe.

Soon after, Tysson himself was believed killed in a plane crash in the Mediterranean. McGill was then branded a traitor and dishonourably discharged. He later discovered that the situation had been engineered by the CIA to place La Forbe as a double agent – and that Tysson didn’t die.

However, to reveal the truth would probably result in the death of the double agent and his former boss, who is also undercover. McGill remains in Europe, with no permanent home, carrying a suitcase with a change of clothes and a gun. For a £300 fee he takes on a variety of dangerous assignments and receives no help from the authorities or his former colleagues.

Sir Lew Grade had noticed actor Richard Bradford in the film ‘The Chase’ and offered him the part of McGill (the character’s first name is never revealed). The Texas-born actor had studied at Lee Strasberg’s Method Actor’s School and his hair had begun to turn prematurely grey at the age of 16.

He portrayed the character of McGill as a humourless man, but a person sympathetic to the plight of others, with his own code of honour. He is assigned to track down blackmailers, kidnappers, assassins, gold thieves and foreign agents in cases which take him as far afield as Portugal and Africa.

Guest players in the series included Judy Geeson, Donald Houston, Felicity Kendall, John Gregson, Donald Sutherland and Barbara Shelley.
Richard Bradford - Man In A Suitcase - Sixties City

The images used here are by kind permission of 'Man In A Suitcase', the only website to be officially acknowledged by the series star, Richard Bradford. There are many more fine images on the site, full episode information and many interesting facts and articles about the series.

Episodes and first transmission dates:

BRAINWASH
- September 27th 1967

THE SITTING PIGEON
- October 4th 1967

DAY OF EXECUTION - October 11th 1967

VARIATION ON A MILLION BUCKS
(Part 1) - October 18th 1967

VARIATION ON A MILLION BUCKS (Part 2) - October 25th 1967

MAN FROM THE DEAD - November 1st 1967

SWEET SUE - November 8th 1967

ESSAY IN EVIL - November 15th 1967

THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS - November 22nd 1967

ALL THAT GLITTERS - November 29th 1967

DEAD MAN'S SHOES - December 6th 1967

FIND THE LADY - December 13th 1967

THE BRIDGE - December 20th 1967

THE MAN WHO STOOD STILL - December 27th 1967

BURDEN OF PROOF - January 3rd 1968


THE WHISPER - January 10th 1968

WHY THEY KILLED NOLAN - January 17th 1968

THE BOSTON SQUARE - January 24th 1968

SOMEBODY LOSES, SOMEBODY... WINS? - January 31st 1968

BLIND SPOT - February 7th 1968

NO FRIEND OF MINE - February 14th 1968

THE JIGSAW MAN - February 21st 1968

WEB WITH FOUR SPIDERS - February 28th 1968

WHICH WAY DID HE GO, McGILL? - March 6th 1968

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN - March 13th 1968

THE REVOLUTIONARIES - March 20th 1968

WHO'S MAD NOW?
- March 27th 1968

THREE BLINKS OF THE EYES - April 3rd 1968

CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS - April 10th 1968

NIGHT FLIGHT TO ANDORRA - April 17th 1968
Man In A Suitcase - Sixties City
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Richard Bradford




Mersey Beat Magazine Bill Harry attended the Liverpool College of Art with Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon and made the arrangements for Brian Epstein to visit The Cavern, where he saw The Beatles for the first time. Bill was a member of 'The Dissenters' and the founder and editor of 'Mersey Beat', the iconic weekly music newspaper that documented the early Sixties music scene in the Liverpool area and is possibly best known for being the first periodical to feature a local band called 'The Beatles'. He has worked as a high powered publicist, doing PR for acts such as Suzi Quatro, Free, The Arrows and Hot Chocolate and has managed press campaigns for record labels such as CBS, EMI, Polydor. Bill is the critically acclaimed author of a large number of books about The Beatles and the 60s era including 'The Beatles Who's Who', 'The Best Years of the Beatles' and the Fab Four's 'Encyclopedia' series. He has appeared on 'Good Morning America' and has received a Gold Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.


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