Neville Whiting plays Air
Police inspector Major James Bigglesworth (Biggles) in
this Granada Television produced series from 1960. Biggles' colleagues
Hebblethwaite (John Leyton) and Lord
Bertram 'Bertie' Lissie (David Drummond). Biggles'
arch-enemy is Hauptmann
Erich von Stalhein, played by Carl Duering.
ran for 24
x 30 minute episodes from April 1 1960 until September 9 1960. The
series is based on the characters created by William Earl Johns,
writing under the pen name of Captain W.E. Johns. Johns had been a
pilot but did not hold the rank of captain. Biggles
first appeared in print in a story entitled The White Fokker,
published in the very first issue of the magazine Popular Flying in April 1932.
series was adapted from Johns' books by H.V. Kershaw for Granada
Television. Tony Warren wrote some of the stories for the series and
the directors include, Derek Bennet, Douglas Hurd and Stuart Latham.
Biggles episodes were broadcast
live or videotaped as 'live' and produced at the Quay Street studios of
Granada Telelevision in Manchester. Read
about John Leyton's memories of the making of Biggles.
The following episodes have survived and
are held in the ITN archives
At the Home Front (April 1 1960) / Biggles Flies North
(April 22 1960) / Biggles Follows On (May 27 1960) / Biggles
Takes Charge (July 1 1960) / Biggles On Mystery Island
(July 22 1960) / Biggles Baits the Trap (August 3 1960) / Biggles
At Worlds End (August 24 1960) / Biggles Turns the Scale
(September 2 1960) / Biggles Springs the Lock (September 14 1960
) / Biggles in the East (September 25 1960) / Biggles On
the Nile (October 5 1960).