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Shadow Squad


Shadow Squad cast
The photo above is of Peter Williams as Don Carter

Series Description

Shadow Squad was a 30 minute crime drama series on ITV. For the first 26 episodes it was about a former member of Scotland Yard who got disgusted with police regulations that he felt were keeping him from apprehending criminals. He formed his own private agency called the Shadow Squad and vigorously pursued crooks in his own way.

Shadow Squad Cast

Peter Williams .................. Don Carter
George Moon ..................... Ginger Smart
John Horsley .................... Superintendent Whitelaw
Rex Garner ...................... Vic Steele (1957)
Kathleen Boutall ................ Mrs. Moggs (1957)

Shadow Squad Trivia

    

After the first 26 episodes of Shadow Squad, Rex Garner was replaced as the lead character with Peter Williams. They explained the dissapearance of Garner's character, Vic Steele by having him go on a long term case in Australia.

Shadow Squad was possibly the first and definitely one of the few TV series where two episodes per week were broadcast with the first ending in a cliffhanger. Typically, the star or some other innocent character would find themselves in a position where it appeared that something really bad was going to happen to them. Often it appeared that they were going to die. Then audiences would be told to find out what happened by tuning in for the conclusion three days later! Even though fans knew that the person was highly unlikely to die, a very large percentage came back for the conclusion.

Peter Williams lived in Britain his entire life but he was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA!

John Horsley went on to a long term career on television that lasted through 1997, most notably as "Justice Mowbray" on "Crown Court" and "Sir Ralph Shawcross" on "You Rang, M'Lord?".

The final episode of Shadow Squad titled, "Swan Song" was one of those unusual ones that fans love! There was a case involving a murder in a TV studio and at the end of the episode it was made clear that the studio was the Granada studio where Shadow Squad was filmed! Then Peter Williams and George Moon turned to the camera and told the fans their real names, shook hands and walked offstage!

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Shadow Squad - The First Season

  1. First Blood - Part 1 (6/17/1957)
  2. First Blood - Part 2 (6/20/1957)
  3. Boomerang - Part 1 (6/24/1957)
  4. Boomerang - Part 2 (6/27/1957)
  5. Soho Serenade - Part 1 (7/1/1957)
  6. Soho Serenade - Part 2 (7/4/1957)
  7. Murder in Mink - Part 1 (7/8/1957)
  8. Murder in Mink - Part 2 (7/11/1957)
  9. Safe Bet - Part 1 (7/15/1957)
  10. Safe Bet - Part 2 (7/18/1957)
  11. The Switch Trick - Part 1 (7/22/1957)
  12. The Switch Trick - Part 2 (7/25/1957)
  13. Dead Letter - Part 1 (7/29/1957)
  14. Dead Letter - Part 2 (8/1/1957)
  15. The Reverend Marcus Field - Part 1 (8/5/1957)
  16. The Reverend Marcus Field - Part 2 (8/8/1957)
  17. The Rent Racket - Part 1 (8/12/1957)
  18. The Rent Racket - Part 2 (8/15/1957)
  19. A Case of Blackmail - Part 1 (8/19/1957)
  20. A Case of Blackmail - Part 2 (8/22/1957)
  21. The Happy Holiday - Part 1 (8/26/1957)
  22. The Happy Holiday - Part 2 (8/29/1957)
  23. Smart Work - Part 1 (9/2/1957)
  24. Smart Work - Part 2 (9/5/1957)
  25. Marry in Haste - Part 1 (9/9/1957)
  26. Marry in Haste - Part 2 (9/12/1957)
  27. Judge Without Jury - Part 1 (9/16/1957)
  28. Judge Without Jury - Part 2 (9/19/1957)
  29. Judge Without Jury - Part 3 (9/23/1957)
  30. Robbery Without Violence - Part 1 (9/26/1957)
  31. Robbery Without Violence - Part 2 (9/30/1957)
  32. Pearls of Great Price - Part 1 (10/7/1957)
  33. Pearls of Great Price - Part 2 (10/10/1957)
  34. Pearls of Great Price - Part 3 (10/14/1957)
  35. It's in the Bag - Part 1 (10/17/1957)
  36. It's in the Bag - Part 2 (10/21/1957)
  37. Race Against Time - Part 1 (10/24/1957)
  38. Race Against Time - Part 2 (10/28/1957)
  39. Vicious Circle - Part 1 (10/31/1957)
  40. Vicious Circle - Part 2 (11/4/1957)
  41. Needle in a Haystack - Part 1 (11/7/1957)
  42. Needle in a Haystack - Part 2 (11/11/1957)
  43. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - Part 1 (11/14/1957)
  44. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - Part 2 (11/18/1957)
  45. Lost in a Shuffle - Part 1 (11/21/1957)
  46. Lost in a Shuffle - Part 2 (11/25/1957)
  47. The Missing Cheese - Part 1 (11/28/1957)
  48. The Missing Cheese - Part 2 (12/2/1957)
  49. The Mortimer Millions - Part 1 (12/5/1957)
  50. The Mortimer Millions - Part 2 (12/9/1957)
  51. Double and Quits - Part 1 (12/12/1957)
  52. Double and Quits - Part 2 (12/16/1957)
  53. There's No Place Like ... - Part 1 (12/19/1957)
  54. There's No Place Like ... - Part 2 (12/23/1957)
  55. The Big Steal - Part 1 (1/6/1958)
  56. The Big Steal - Part 2 (1/9/1958)
  57. Without a Trace - Part 1 (1/13/1958)
  58. Without a Trace - Part 2 (1/16/1958)
  59. The Female of the Species - Part 1 (1/20/1958)
  60. The Female of the Species - Part 2 (1/23/1958)
  61. Safe Conduct - Part 1 (1/27/1958)
  62. Safe Conduct - Part 2 (1/30/1958)
  63. Vital Statistics - Part 1 (2/3/1958)
  64. Vital Statistics - Part 2 (2/6/1958)
  65. Positive Proof - Part 1 (2/10/1958)
  66. Positive Proof - Part 2 (2/13/1958)
  67. The Search for Linda Morgan - Part 1 (2/17/1958)
  68. The Search for Linda Morgan - Part 2 (2/20/1958)
  69. A Trick Worth Two - Part 1 (2/24/1958)
  70. A Trick Worth Two - Part 2 (2/27/1958)
  71. The Man Who Wasn't There - Part 1 (3/3/1958)
  72. The Man Who Wasn't There - Part 2 (3/6/1958)
  73. The Artistic Touch - Part 1 (3/10/1958)
  74. The Artistic Touch - Part 2 (3/13/1958)
  75. Under the Counter - Part 1 (3/17/1958)
  76. Under the Counter - Part 2 (3/20/1958)
  77. Clown for a Day - Part 1 (3/24/1958)
  78. Clown for a Day - Part 2 (3/27/1958)
  79. Where There's a Will - Part 1 (3/31/1958)
  80. Where There's a Will - Part 2 (4/3/1958)
  81. Black Angel - Part 1 (4/7/1958)
  82. Black Angel - Part 2 (4/10/1958)
  83. Gift Horse - Part 1 (4/14/1958)
  84. Gift Horse - Part 2 (4/17/1958)
  85. The Profit Motive - Part 1 (4/21/1958)
  86. The Profit Motive - Part 2 (4/24/1958)
  87. Illegal Entry - Part 1 (4/28/1958)
  88. Illegal Entry - Part 2 (5/1/1958)
  89. The Man on Top - Part 1 (5/5/1958)
  90. The Man on Top - Part 2 (5/8/1958)
  91. Double Trouble - Part 1 (5/12/1958)
  92. Double Trouble - Part 2 (5/15/1958)
  93. Pillar of Society - Part 1 (5/19/1958)
  94. Pillar of Society - Part 2 (5/22/1958)
  95. Trouble in the Sun - Part 1 (5/26/1958)
  96. Trouble in the Sun - Part 2 (5/29/1958)
  97. Mark of the Mantis - Part 1 (6/2/1958)
  98. Mark of the Mantis - Part 2 (6/5/1958)
  99. Lost and Found - Part 1 (6/9/1958)
  100. Lost and Found - Part 2 (6/12/1958)
  101. Road to Nowhere - Part 1 (6/16/1958)
  102. Road to Nowhere - Part 2 (6/19/1958)
  103. From Natural Causes - Part 1 (6/23/1958)
  104. From Natural Causes - Part 2 (6/26/1958)

Shadow Squad - The Second Season

  1. Return Passage - Part 1 (9/15/1958)
  2. Return Passage - Part 2 (9/18/1958)
  3. Sweet Poison - Part 1 (9/22/1958)
  4. Sweet Poison - Part 2 (9/25/1958)
  5. Beside the Seaside - Part 1 (9/29/1958)
  6. Beside the Seaside - Part 2 (10/2/1958)
  7. No Way Out - Part 1 (10/6/1958)
  8. No Way Out - Part 2 (10/9/1958)
  9. Rainbow's End - Part 1 (10/13/1958)
  10. Rainbow's End - Part 2 (10/16/1958)
  11. The Doll Merchant - Part 1 (10/20/1958)
  12. The Doll Merchant - Part 2 (10/23/1958)
  13. Double Shuffle - Part 1 (10/27/1958)
  14. Double Shuffle - Part 2 (10/30/1958)
  15. Streets of Gold - Part 1 (11/3/1958)
  16. Streets of Gold - Part 2 (11/6/1958)
  17. The Kovacs Affair - Part 1 (11/10/1958)
  18. The Kovacs Affair - Part 2 (11/13/1958)
  19. Brought to Book - Part 1 (11/17/1958)
  20. Brought to Book - Part 2 (11/20/1958)
  21. The Little Rebel - Part 1 (11/24/1958)
  22. The Little Rebel - Part 2 (11/27/1958)
  23. Blind Corner - Part 1 (12/1/1958)
  24. Blind Corner - Part 2 (12/4/1958)
  25. Method in Her Madness - Part 1 (12/8/1958)
  26. Method in Her Madness - Part 2 (12/11/1958)
  27. The Painting - Part 1 (12/15/1958)
  28. The Painting - Part 2 (12/18/1958)
  29. A Song for Christmas - Part 1 (12/22/1958)
  30. A Song for Christmas - Part 2 (12/25/1958)
  31. You Can't Win All the Time - Part 1 (12/29/1958)
  32. You Can't Win All the Time - Part 2 (1/1/1959)
  33. Lost, Stolen or Strayed - Part 1 (1/5/1959)
  34. Lost, Stolen or Strayed - Part 2 (1/8/1959)
  35. Cry Wolf - Part 1 (1/12/1959)
  36. Cry Wolf - Part 2 (1/15/1959)
  37. The Refugees - Part 1 (1/19/1959)
  38. The Refugees - Part 2 (1/22/1959)
  39. Car for Sale - Part 1 (1/26/1959)
  40. Car for Sale - Part 2 (1/29/1959)
  41. The Smiler - Part 1 (2/2/1959)
  42. The Smiler - Part 2 (2/5/1959)
  43. The Fatal Trap - Part 1 (2/9/1959)
  44. The Fatal Trap - Part 2 (2/12/1959)
  45. The Travelling Lady - Part 1 (2/16/1959)
  46. The Travelling Lady - Part 2 (2/19/1959)
  47. Solo for Ginger - Part 1 (2/23/1959)
  48. Solo for Ginger - Part 2 (2/26/1959)
  49. The Dark Stranger - Part 1 (3/2/1959)
  50. The Dark Stranger - Part 2 (3/5/1959)
  51. One White Lie - Part 1 (3/9/1959)
  52. One White Lie - Part 2 (3/12/1959)
  53. The Directors' Dilemma - Part 1 (3/16/1959)
  54. The Directors' Dilemma - Part 2 (3/19/1959)
  55. The Last Letter - Part 1 (3/23/1959)
  56. The Last Letter - Part 2 (3/26/1959)
  57. The Silent Witness - Part 1 (3/30/1959)
  58. The Silent Witness - Part 2 (4/2/1959)
  59. The Amateurs - Part 1 (4/6/1959)
  60. The Amateurs - Part 2 (4/9/1959)
  61. The Blind Gunner - Part 1 (4/13/1959)
  62. The Blind Gunner - Part 2 (4/16/1959)
  63. Hero on the Run - Part 1 (4/20/1959)
  64. Hero on the Run - Part 2 (4/23/1959)
  65. The Reckless Motorist (4/27/1959)
  66. Out of the Blue (5/4/1959)
  67. The Dark Years (5/11/1959)
  68. The Amazing Mr Shane (5/18/1959)
  69. The Wedding Dress (5/25/1959)
  70. The Family Affair (6/3/1959)
  71. One Step to Murder (6/10/1959)
  72. The Kick-Back (6/17/1959)
  73. Swan Song (6/24/1959)

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