|Opening theme||Roger Webb|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Norman Felton|
|Producer(s)||Robert Buzz Berger|
|Running time||50 mins|
|Production company(s)||Arena Productions|
|Picture format||35mm film 4:3 Colour|
|Original release||21 September 1969 –|
11 January 1970
Adam Strange, a retired Home Office criminologist, solves bizarre cases with the help of Hamlyn Gynt (Kaz Garas), Evelyn McClean (Anneke Wills) and sometimes Professor Marks (Charles Lloyd-Pack). He employs the latest techniques in forensic investigation, which he undertakes in his own laboratory in his flat in Warwick Crescent in the Maida Vale/Little Venice area of London.
Unlike other ITC productions, which were created in order to be sold to the U.S. market, Strange Report was created in collaboration with NBC's films unit Arena in the United States (the show's executive producer was Norman Felton, better known for his involvement in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.); the suggestion was that the first half of the series would take place in the United Kingdom, and the second half would see Strange visiting the United States. This idea could not be agreed upon, which explains why such a short season of episodes was created. Quayle and Wills decided not to continue with the series, owing to personal concerns.
The series's opening theme, composed by Roger Webb, was also available as sheet music.
Cast and charactersEdit
Filmed July 1968 – March 1969 on location and at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.
|Episode #||Prod #||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Filmed|
|1||104||"REPORT 5055: CULT|
Murder Shrieks Out"
|Charles Crichton||Moris Farhi||21 September 1969||Sep 1968|
|A pop singer is electrocuted during a charity performance; through this Adam Strange becomes involved with a religious sect focused on charitable works, and he requires Ham Gynt to infiltrate it.|
|2||103||"REPORT 0649: SKELETON|
Let Sleeping Heroes Lie"
|Peter Medak||Brian Degas and Tudor Gates||28 September 1969||Aug/Sep 1968|
|When it is found that a man whose skeleton has been found on a London Second World War bombsite was killed by a bullet and not a falling bomb, Strange investigates a thirty-year-old crime.|
|3||115||"REPORT 2641: HOSTAGE|
If You Won't Learn, Die!"
|Charles Crichton||John Kruse||5 October 1969||Feb 1969|
|Strange is called in to mediate when a Chinese diplomat is kidnapped and the Chinese government threatens to retaliate.|
|4||116||"REPORT 0846: LONELY HEARTS|
Who Killed Dan Cupid?"
|Peter Duffell||Roger Parkes||12 October 1969||Feb/Mar 1969|
|The owner of a lonely hearts club is murdered, and the police arrest a client recently introduced to a girl who has a big-time crook for a friend.|
|5||113||"REPORT 8319: GRENADE|
What Price Change?"
|Charles Crichton||Bill Strutton||19 October 1969||Jan 1969|
|A clash between factions at a university demonstrating about defence research looks like descending into violence. The police ask Strange to look into the affair.|
|6||110||"REPORT 3906: COVERGIRLS|
Last Year's Model"
|Peter Duffell||Terence Maples||26 October 1969||Nov/Dec 1968|
|Strange finds himself entangled in the world of fashion when Evelyn models for a designer whose collection is then stolen and is threatened unless she pulls out of the show.[ambiguous]|
|7||107||"REPORT 3424: EPIDEMIC|
A Most Curious Crime"
|Daniel Petrie||Don Brinkley||2 November 1969||Oct/Nov 1968|
|Strange meets the men who turn blood into gold by smuggling illegal immigrants into Britain. One of the immigrants has cholera, bringing with it heartbreak, disillusionment, and murder.|
|8||109||"REPORT 2475: REVENGE|
When a Man Hates"
|Charles Crichton||Martin Hall||9 November 1969||Nov 1968|
|Strange finds himself on the death list of a man released from prison, who is bent on wreaking revenge on the people who put him there. The problem is, who is he and where is he?|
|9||114||"REPORT 1021: SHRAPNEL|
The Wish in the Dream"
|Brian Smedley-Aston||Jan Read||23 November 1969||Feb 1969|
|Following a man's death, Strange becomes personally involved when he receives a coded tape recording. Uncanny events lead to an eternal triangle and possible murder.|
|10||112||"REPORT 8944: HAND|
A Matter of Witchcraft"
|Peter Duffell||Edward DeBlasio||30 November 1969||Dec 1968/Jan 1969|
|Strange is asked to help the police when a young office worker is murdered in brutal circumstances and witchcraft seems to be involved.|
|11||102||"REPORT 1553: RACIST|
A Most Dangerous Proposal"
|Peter Duffell||Arthur Dales||7 December 1969||Aug 1968|
|A story about the conflicting ideals of father and daughter: he a racist leader of an anti-black organisation, she tolerant and a believer in integration. When a clergyman is murdered and the father is suspected, Scotland Yard asks Strange to investigate a potentially explosive racial situation.|
|12||106||"REPORT 7931: SNIPER|
When is Your Cousin Not?"
|Peter Medak||Nicholas Palmer||14 December 1969||Oct 1968|
|A student leader is murdered in an East European country. A girl who claims to be Strange's cousin lures him there to investigate.|
|13||111||"REPORT 4821: X-RAY|
Who Weeps for the Doctor?"
|Charles Crichton||Roger Parkes||21 December 1969||Dec 1968|
|A man commits suicide because a set of X-ray photos shows he had a brain tumour. At the autopsy it is found that no such condition existed. Strange investigates how this mistake could have occurred.|
|14||105||"REPORT 2493: KIDNAP|
Whose Pretty Girl Are You?"
|Daniel Petrie||Don Brinkley||28 December 1969||Sep 1968|
|A beauty queen is kidnapped, but is it a publicity stunt or real? The girl's wealthy father asks Strange to help, and what is thought to be a hoax takes a nasty turn.|
|15||101||"REPORT 4407: HEART|
No Choice for the Donor"
|Robert Asher||Edward DeBlasio||4 January 1970||Jul/Aug 1968|
|When a noted heart surgeon goes missing, his wife goes to Strange, believing he has been kidnapped to perform a heart transplant on a ruthless foreign dictator using a live donor.|
|16||108||"REPORT 4977: SWINDLE|
Square Root of Evil"
|Brian Smedley-Aston||Leigh Vance||11 January 1970||Nov 1968|
|A gang of swindlers trick a banknote printing company into printing a massive order of a country's currency, but it soon transpires that the government of that country has no knowledge of the deal.|
The series was repeated on UK satellite channel Bravo in 1996/1997, and on UK digital terrestrial channel ITV4, from digitally restored prints, in 2005/2006. (The episode 'Heart' was not screened by ITV4.) Satellite channel Men and Motors also screened the series in 2007.
Techno Film released two episodes – "SHRAPNEL" and "HOSTAGE" – on Super 8 cine film for home use in 1970.
ITC Video released two VHS tapes of the series in the UK in 1994, containing the episodes – 'Heart'/'X-Ray', and 'Covergirls'/'Cult'.
The series was digitally restored for Carlton Visual Entertainment by BBC Resources in 2003. The full series was released on DVD in the UK by the Network imprint as a five-disc special edition in 2004 and as a four-disc edition in 2005. The special edition was subsequently re-released in the UK in 2007 and the regular one in 2009. The series was also released on DVD in Australia by Umbrella Entertainment in 2007. In 2011, Network re-released the episode 'Kidnap' in its retro-ACTION! Volume 1 Blu-Ray, this is the first time an episode of the series had been shown in a superior high-definition quality. The same episode was further released in Network's 2018 retro-ACTION! Blu-Ray.
The theme to the series by Roger Webb was released as a 7 inch single on Columbia records (DB 8803) in 1971. "The World of Love", the song from the episode 'Cult', was released as the B-side of The Strangers' first single, "I've Got You", on the little-known Harvard record label (Harv 001) in 1970. The accompaniment to the song is credited to Geoff Love who, in 1972, recorded his own version of the Strange Report theme for the Music For Pleasure LP Geoff Love and his Orchestra Play Your Top TV Themes (MFP 5272). This version can also be found on the Virgin Records CDs This Is Easy (1996) and This is....Cult Fiction Royale (1997), and the ITV 50 Cult TV Themes CD (2005) released to celebrate 50 years of ITV.
In 2009, Network issued a soundtrack album containing Webb's theme music and original scores composed for the episodes "REPORT 4407: HEART – No Choice for the Donor", "REPORT 1553: RACIST – A Most Dangerous Proposal", "REPORT 0649: SKELETON – Let Sleeping Heroes Lie", "REPORT 5055: CULT – Murder Shrieks Out", "REPORT 7931: SNIPER – When is Your Cousin Not?" and "REPORT 3424: EPIDEMIC – A Most Curious Crime", as well as unused and alternate takes, plus library music from other composers also used in the series.
Note: 'The Strangers' mentioned here should not be confused with either the Australian or Irish groups of the same name.