Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Persuaders Set to Return amid Cult TV Boom

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Persuaders Set to Return amid Cult TV Boom

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Byline: JESSICA HODGSON

Shows from the golden age of television given the remake treatment The Avengers (1961-69) Starring Patrick MacNee, Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg.

Remade as: The Avengers (film, 1998), starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.

The Fugitive (1963-67) Starring David Janssen and Barry Morse.

Remade as: The Fugitive (film, 1993), starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones.

Mission: Impossible (1966-73) Starring Martin Landau and Greg Morris.

Remade as: Mission: Impossible (film, 1996), starring Tom Cruise and Jon Voight.

The Saint (1962-1969) Starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar.

Remade as: Return of the Saint (TV, 1978-1979), starring Ian Ogilvy, and The Saint (film, 1997), with Val Kilmer.

IT WAS the prototype for British camp, with Roger Moore swanning around the globe romancing beautiful women under the thin pretext of solving international crimes.

Now the cult Seventies series The Persuaders, which co-starred Tony Curtis, has become the latest programme to rekindle the nostalgia of TV executives.

Chiefs at Carlton International, the worldwide arm of ITV, want to remake the show for a new generation.

The original series, made in 1971, established Moore as a debonair eyebrow-raising smoothy in the role of Lord Brett Sinclair. He plays opposite Curtis's Danny Wilde, a self-made millionaire from the Bronx. They are brought together by a Svengali who turns their feckless playboy images to advantage and establishes them as undercover investigators.

The show bombed in America and was cancelled after one series - but Britons took to their ludicrous capers and The Persuaders achieved cult status. Along with The Saint, the series set the tone for a generation of British dramas.

It also helped launch Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969 -1970) Starring Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope.

Remade as: Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (TV 2000 -), starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Star Trek (1966-1969) Starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

Spin-offs: Nine films and several TV series, including The Next Generation.

Moore into the role for which he is best known - as Sean Connery's replacement in the James Bond films. …

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