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The Protectors is a British television series, an action thriller created by Gerry Anderson. It was Anderson's second TV series using live actors as opposed to electronic marionettes, and also his second to be firmly set in contemporary times. It was also the only Gerry Anderson produced television series that was not of the fantasy or science fiction genres. It was produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment production company. Despite not featuring marionettes or any real science fiction elements, The Protectors became one of Anderson's most popular productions, easily winning a renewal for a second season. A third season was in the planning stages when the show's major sponsor pulled out, forcing its cancellation.

The Protectors first aired in 1972 and 1973, and ran to 52 episodes over two series, each 25 minutes long - making it one of the last series of this type to be produced in a half-hour format. It starred Robert Vaughn as Harry Rule, Nyree Dawn Porter as the Contessa Caroline di Contini, and Tony Anholt as Paul Buchet. Episodes often featured prominent guest actors.

  1. Gerry Anderson


Series Cast

  1. Robert Vaughn as Harry Rule

    Robert Vaughn

    Harry Rule

    52 Episodes

  2. Tony Anholt as Paul Buchet

    Tony Anholt

    Paul Buchet

    52 Episodes

  3. Nyree Dawn Porter as Contessa Caroline de Conti

    Nyree Dawn Porter

    Contessa Caroline de Conti

    52 Episodes

  4. Yasuko Nagazumi


    14 Episodes

  5. Anthony Chinn as Chino

    Anthony Chinn


    12 Episodes

  6. Michael Da Costa

    Emil Markov, Hotel Man, Cafe Owner

    3 Episodes

  7. Jacqueline Stanbury

    Susan, Car Hire Receptionist

    2 Episodes

  8. Prentis Hancock as William Arthur Mackay and William Arthur MacKay

    Prentis Hancock

    William Arthur Mackay, William Arthur MacKay

    2 Episodes

  9. Jill Townsend as Monica Davies

    Jill Townsend

    Monica Davies

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2 - The Protectors

Season 2

1973 | 26 Episodes

Season 2 of The Protectors premiered on September 21, 1973.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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