No week screams "old TV shows" like this week does. Theatrical movies are sparse — The Haunting of Molly Hartley, anyone?
But A&E Home Entertainment comes to the rescue in a big way: 14 discs in The Spy Collection Megaset. It runs 38½ hours and will set you back 100 bucks ($99.95 in gasoline pricing), but it contains some rare and precious stuff: the premiere episodes of four secret-agenty series: The Prisoner, The Champions, The Persuaders and The Protectors.
Two additional episodes of Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner are included, but there is much more from the other series in the set.
The first 15 episodes of The Champions are included. Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and William Gaunt play crime fighters with an international organization. When their plane crashes in the Himalayas, they are rescued by members of a lost Tibetan tribe who give the three special powers of strength and psychic abilities.
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Roger Moore turns up, paired with Tony Curtis, as millionaire playboys who travel the world getting involved in mysteries in The Persuaders.
Four years after he was The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Robert Vaughan was Harry Rule, an international private eye in The Protectors. The first 26 episodes of the series are in this megaset.