Franklyn plays British Intelligence Operative Peter Dallas
in Top Secret a popular series set in Argentina. Peter
Dallas takes a sabatical from his work in the UK and returns to
Argentina, the country where he was brought up. Once back in Argentina,
Peter Dallas is engaged by wealthy businessman Miguel
Garetta (Patrick Cargill) to undertake jobs with which the the
official law and order agencies cannot be seen to be involved.
Peter Dallas is assisted with his
crime-busting duties by his nephew Mike (Alan Rothwell). The
duo pursue villains in both bustling cities and quiet remote villages
in the Pampas. The experience gained from his work with British
Intelligence proves to be invaluable for Dallas in this world
of espionage and intrigue.
Franklyn spent two months in Argentina with a small unit under the
direction of Ian Fordyce to film the establishing shots for the series,
which was produced by Jordan Lawrence for Associated-Rediffusion
Television. The series first aired in August 1961 and concluded in July
1962. The first season in 1961 had 14 episodes, and season two in 1962
consisted of 12 episodes.
In addition to
making William Franklyn a household name, the series also starred many
other well known actors, including Paul Eddington, Derek Waring, Alfred
Burke, Honor Blackman, Hugh Burden and Gerald Flood.
researching for information about Top
Secret, we were fortunate to make personal contact with William
Franklyn, star of the series. Following
our initial telephone contact with William, we received a letter from
him which mentioned his 1960s series Top
Secret of which he had fond memories. However, the letter
did not reach us by the conventional route; i.e. a delivery by the
friendly regular postman. The aforementioned letter had evidently
delivered to the wrong address, whose occupants had opened and read the
contents and seeing the words 'Top Secret', thought it must be a matter
of 'National Security'! The letter eventually reached us,
the friendly local constabulary in a police car!