CEREBRAL DOWNER after the Supermarionation splendour of CAPTAIN SCARLET. Speccy twat Joe Maclaine gets into a spinning wicker basket thing (called “The Big Rat”, for fuck’s sake) which then enables him to download “expert knowledge” so he can join MI5-style agency WIM, become top international blonde superspy, fight crime and dispense derring-do. A flop, all told, not least thanks to there being no demented vehicles with gadgetry a-plenty, plus episode titles like “International Concerto”, “The Unorthodox Shepherd” and “Business Holiday”.
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Every schoolboy knows the reason you stopped seeing Stanley on the telly was that his shows were too expensive but he’s still working, making several series for the radio. Sadly unlike his peers Eric and Ern we don’t get to see much of Stanley’s stuff on the telly anymore, presumably because many of his references are totally lost on most people under the age of fifty, but he’s clearly a master at work, whoever he’s doing.
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