Cult TV Essentials


Freewheelers is a British television series which ran between 1968 and 1973 (8 series/104 episodes). It was the brainchild of television producer Chris McMaster.

The opening story introduces us to three young people who become caught up in the plans of ex-Nazi officer Karl von Gelb (Geoffrey Toone) to “reverse the verdict of the last war” and inflict revenge on his former enemies.

Under the direction of Colonel Buchan (Ronald Leigh-Hunt) of MI5 the trio thwart von Gelb’s scheme to launch Polaris missiles on London from a captured nuclear submarine.

This set the template for future stories with the teenagers regularly preventing von Gelb from carrying out massive and ingenious threats to Britain’s security.

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