The Saint on TV

The Saint was finally adapted for television in 1962, with Roger Moore portraying the Saint in 71 black and white, and 47 color episodes. The show came to an end in 1969, but later resurfaced in 1979, aptly named The Return of The Saint. Ian Ogilvy was the new Saint for 24 color episodes, but didn't last long. A pilot for a new Saint show was made in 1987 by D.L. Taffner, starring Andrew Clarke as The Saint. There were no other episodes other than the one pilot episode. Then, in 1989 the Saint was once again welcomed back to television in six 2-hour movies featuring Simon Dutton as Simon Templar, alias the Saint. The Saint returned again to the small screen in 2013, with Adam Rayner in the starring role.

[Sound Icon]Listen to a short version of the 1967 Saint Theme.

    Roger Moore The Saint (1962-1965)

    Starring Roger Moore

    In late 1961, Leslie Charteris finally sold the television rights to The Saint to producer Robert S. Baker, who teamed up with Lew Grade of ITC to film 71 black and white episodes. These episodes were based on the books and short stories written by Leslie Charteris, with additional material added by the screenwriters listed below including Harry Junkin. The show was well-received by British audiences, but ITC could not find a network in the US to carry the show. ITC syndicated The Saint in the US, and it became a huge hit, making it one of the most successful first-run syndicated shows in history.

    1962 - Black and White

  1. The Talented Husband, screenplay by Jack Saunders
  2. The Latin Touch, screenplay by Gerald Kelsey and Dick Sharples
  3. The Careful Terrorist, screenplay by Gerald Kelsey and Dick Sharples
  4. The Covetous Headsman, screenplay by John Roddick
  5. The Loaded Tourist, screenplay by Richard Harris
  6. The Pearls of Peace, screenplay by Richard Harris
  7. The Element of Doubt, screenplay by Norman Borisoff
  8. The Arrow of God, screenplay by Julian Bond
  9. The Effete Angler, screenplay by Norman Borisoff
  10. The Golden Journey, screenplay by Lewis Davidson
  11. The Man who was Lucky, screenplay by John Gilling
  12. The Charitable Countess, screenplay by Gerald Kelsey and Dick Sharples

    1963 - Black and White

  13. The Romantic Matron, screenplay by Larry Forrester
  14. The Invisible Millionaire, screenplay by Kenneth Hayles
  15. The Gentle Ladies, screenplay by John Graeme
  16. The Ever-Loving Spouse, screenplay by Norman Borisoff
  17. The Saint Sees it Through, screenplay by Ian Martin
  18. The Fellow Traveller, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  19. Starring the Saint, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  20. Judith, screenplay by Leonard Grahame
  21. Teresa, screenplay by John Kruse
  22. The Elusive Ellshaw, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  23. Marcia, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  24. The Work of Art, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  25. Iris, screenplay by Bill Strutton
  26. The King of the Beggars, screenplay by John Gilling
  27. The Rough Diamonds, screenplay by Bill Strutton
  28. The Saint Plays with Fire, screenplay by John Kruse
  29. The Benevolent Burglary, screenplay by Larry Forrester
  30. The Bunco Artists, screenplay by Lewis Davidson

    1964 - Black and White

  31. The Well Meaning Mayor, screenplay by Robert Stewart
  32. The Sporting Chance, screenplay by John Kruse
  33. The Wonderful War, screenplay by John Graeme
  34. The Noble Sportsman, screenplay by John Graeme
  35. Luella, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  36. The Lawless Lady, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  37. The Good Medicine, screenplay by Norman Borisoff
  38. The High Fence, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  39. Sophia, screenplay by Robert Stewart
  40. The Miracle Tea Party, screenplay by Paddy Manning O'Brine
  41. Lida, screenplay by Terry Nation
  42. Jeannine, screenplay by Terry Nation
  43. The Scorpion, screenplay by Paul Erickson
  44. The Revolution Racket, screenplay by Terry Nation
  45. The Saint Steps In, screenplay by John Kruse
  46. The Loving Brothers, screenplay by John Graeme
  47. The Man who liked Toys, screenplay by Basil Dawson
  48. The Death Penalty, screenplay by Ian Stuart Black
  49. The Imprudent Politician, screenplay by Norman Hudis
  50. The Hi-jackers, screenplay by Paul Erickson
  51. The Unkind Philanthropist, screenplay by Marcus Demain

    1965 - Black and White

  52. The Damsel in Distress, screenplay by Paul Erickson
  53. The Contract, screenplay by Terry Nation
  54. The Set-up, screenplay by Paddy Manning O'Brine
  55. The Inescapable Word, screenplay by Terry Nation
  56. The Rhine Maiden, screenplay by Brian Degas
  57. The Golden Frog, screenplay by Michael Cramoy
  58. The Sign of the Claw, screenplay by Terry Nation
  59. The Frightened Inn-Keeper, screenplay by Norman Hudis
  60. Sibao, screenplay by Terry Nation
  61. The Crime of the Century, screenplay by Terry Nation
  62. The Happy Suicide, screenplay by Brian Degas
  63. The Chequered Flag, screenplay by Norman Hudis
  64. The Crooked Ring, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  65. The Abductors, screenplay by Brian Degas
  66. The Smart Detective, screenplay by Michael Cramoy
  67. The Persistent Parasite, screenplay by Norman Hudis
  68. The Man Who Could Not Die, screenplay by Terry Nation
  69. The Saint Bids Diamonds, screenplay by Pat Lasky and Jesse Lasky Jr.
  70. The Spanish Cow, screenplay by Michael Cramoy
  71. The Old Treasure Story, screenplay by Ronald Duncan

    Roger Moore The Saint (1966-1969)

    Starring Roger Moore

    With most of the original Charteris stories translated to the small screen, and the contract running down, ATV-ITC penned a new contract to continue the series, in color, and with newly created stories that Charteris had the right to request any changes he wanted. The producers had to submit the stories to Charteris, but unfortunately they were not legally obligated to take any of his advice -- advice that they were paying him a steep consulting fee for. Along with the new contract came a deal with NBC in America to show The Saint in network primetime. The color series lasted 41 episodes, with many of the best being penned by John Kruse. All of the color episodes in this series are available in DVD sets from A&E Home Entertainment.

    1966 - Color

  72. Queen's Ransom, screenplay by Leigh Vance
  73. The House on Dragon's Rock, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  74. The Russian Prisoner, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  75. The Reluctant Revolution, screenplay by John Stanton
  76. The Helpful Pirate, screenplay by Roy Russell
  77. The Convenient Monster, screenplay by Terrence Feely
  78. The Angel's Eye, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  79. The Man Who Gambled With Life, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  80. The Man Who Liked Lions, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin (orginal story by Douglas Enfar)
  81. The Better Mousetrap, screenplay by Leigh Vance
  82. Little Girl Lost, screenplay by Leigh Vance
  83. Paper Chase, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin

    1967 - Color

  84. Flight Plan, screenplay by Alfred Shaughnessy and Anthony Squire
  85. Escape Route, screenplay by Michael Winder
  86. The Persistent Patriots, screenplay by Michael Pertwee
  87. The Fast Women, screenplay by Leigh Vance
  88. The Death Game, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin (story by John Kruse)
  89. The Art Collectors, screenplay by Michael Pertwee
  90. To Kill a Saint, screenplay by Michael Winder
  91. The Counterfeit Countess, screenplay by Philip Broadley
  92. Interlude in Venice, screenplay by Paddy Manning O'Brine
  93. Simon and Delilah, screenplay by C. Scott Forbes
  94. Island of Chance, screenplay by Leigh Vance
  95. The Gadget Lovers, screenplay by John Kruse
  96. Double in Diamonds, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin (story by Donald Ford and Derek Ford)
  97. The Power Artist, screenplay by John Kruse
  98. When Spring is Sprung, screenplay by Michael Pertwee
  99. The Gadic Collection, script supervision by Harry W. Junkin
  100. Legacy for the Saint, screenplay by Michael Winder

    1968 - Color

  101. The Desperate Diplomat, screenplay by Terry Nation
  102. The Organisation Man, screenplay by Donald James
  103. The Double Take, screenplay by John Kruse
  104. The Fiction Makers, part 1, screenplay by John Kruse and Harry W. Junkin
  105. The Fiction Makers, part 2, screenplay by John Kruse and Harry W. Junkin
  106. The Time to Die, screenplay by Terry Nation

    1969 - Color

  107. The Master Plan, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  108. The People Importers, screenplay by Donald James
  109. The Scales of Justice, screenplay by Robert Holmes
  110. Where the Money is, screenplay by Terry Nation
  111. The Ex-King of Diamonds, screenplay by John Kruse
  112. Vendetta for the Saint, part 1, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin and JohnKruse
  113. Vendetta for the Saint, part 2, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin and JohnKruse
  114. The Portrait of Brenda, screenplay by Harry W. Junkin
  115. The World Beater, screenplay by Donald James
  116. Invitation to Danger, screenplay by Terry Nation
  117. The Best Laid Schemes, screenplay by Joseph Morhaim and A. SandfordWolf
  118. Locate and Destroy, screenplay by John Stanton

    Ian Ogilvy The Return of The Saint (1978-1979)

    Starring Ian Ogilvy

    In the late 1970's ITC decided to renew the Saint and continue the series. Robert Baker proposed a "Son of the Saint" solution to the age problem, with Roger Moore appearing in various episodes as the new Saint's father. This was scrapped, and Ian Ogilvy took over the halo for 24 episodes as Simon Templar. The show featured very high-quality production values, and was shot on location all over the world. People still saw the Saint as Roger Moore, and while some were beginning to accept Ian Ogilvy in the role, the show was cut short before he had a chance to turn the majority to his rendition.

    1978 - Color

  119. The Judas Game, screenplay by Morris Farhi
  120. The Nightmare Man, screenplay by John Kruse
  121. Duel in Venice, screenplay by John Kruse
  122. One Black September, screenplay by John Goldsmith
  123. The Village that Sold its Soul, screenplay by John Goldsmith
  124. Assault Force, screenplay by Morris Farhi
  125. Yesterday's Hero, screenplay by John Kruse (story by Roger Parks)
  126. The Arrangement, screenplay by Anthony Terpiloff
  127. The Poppy Chain, screenplay by John Kruse
  128. The Armageddon Alternative, screenplay by Terence Feeley
  129. The Imprudent Professor, screenplay by Terence Feeley
  130. Signal Stop, screenplay by John Kruse
  131. The Roman Touch, screenplay by John Goldsmith
  132. Tower Bridge is Falling Down, screenplay by Leon Griffiths
  133. The Debt Collectors, screenplay by George Markstein

    1979 - Color

  134. Collision Course: The Brave Goose, screenplay by John Kruse
  135. Collision Course: The Sixth Man, screenplay by John Kruse
  136. Hot Run, screenplay by Tony Williamson
  137. The Murder Cartel, screenplay by John Goldsmith
  138. The Obono Affair, screenplay by Michael Pertwee
  139. Vicious Circle, screenplay by John Goldsmith
  140. Dragonseed, screenplay by John Kruse
  141. Appointment in Florence, screenplay by Philip Broadley
  142. The Diplomat's Daughter, screenplay by Michael Pertwee

    Andrew Clarke The Saint in Manhattan (1987)

    Starring Andrew Clarke

    Robert Baker still believed in the Saint, and decided to give it another go with Australian Andrew Clarke in the lead role. He teamed with D.L. Taffner Ltd., to produce a one-hour pilot episode that aired on CBS.

    The show did not make the fall schedule; instead, CBS decided to show it and have viewers call in and vote to put it on the schedule. About 44,000 people called in, with over 40,000 of them voting in favor of the show. These numbers did not sway CBS, especially since the show did not fair well against whatever was playing on the other two networks that night, and it declined to purchase any future episodes.

    1987 - Color

  143. The Saint in Manhattan, screenplay by Peter Gethers and David Handler

    Simon Dutton The Saint (1989)

    Starring Simon Dutton

    In 1989 the Saint was once again welcomed back to television in six 2-hour movies featuring Simon Dutton as Simon Templar, alias the Saint. D.L. Taffner Ltd., produced the episodes as part of The Mystery Wheel of Adventure, a series of ten new made-for-TV movies.

    Bob Baker was involved as a consultant to the series, but Charteris' expertise was not utilized and his criticisms were ignored.

    1989 - Color

  144. The Brazilian Connection, screenplay by Anthony Horowitz
  145. The Blue Dulac, screenplay by Peter Palliser
  146. The Software Murders, screenplay by Peter Palliser
  147. The Big Bang, screenplay by John Goldsmith
  148. Wrong Number, screenplay by John Goldsmith
  149. Fear in Fun Park, screenplay by Patricia Johnson

    Adam Rayner The Saint (2013)

    Starring Adam Rayner

    After the Val Kilmer movie in 1997, Roger Moore bought the rights to remake a television series. After many years of rumors, reported stars, and scripts, the new show finally came together in 2012. Shooting began in late December 2012 with Adam Rayner as the new Simon Templar. The show includes a role for both Roger Moore, and Ian Ogilvy (of The Return of the Saint), so it is clear that the Producers are keeping The Saint very close to his roots.

    2013 - Color

  150. The Saint, screenplay by Jesse Alexander



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