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9 April 2009

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Teleplay by
Shane Rimmer

Directed by
Leo Eaton

Edited by
Len Cleal

Original UK Airdate:
February 16th, 1969 (ATV Midlands)

"I've got an idea, Pat. It may sound far-fetched, but I think it's your only chance."

Joe 90 is abducted by two desperate convicts
who have trapped the Canadian Prime Minister.

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Two convicts, Real and Marney, escape from a work party in the Canadian mountains and seize an unexpected opportunity to make a daring getaway and a fortune.

For their escape coincides with the arrival of the Prime Minister. A salute is to be fired in his honour from an old gun on a hill overlooking a railway bridge, but the two convicts overcome the gun crew and take charge. They blow the far end of the bridge away as the train approached, and then destroy the other end of the bridge so that the train is trapped.

Real and Marney then signal the authorities and demand one million dollars as ransom and also a helicopter to help their escape. Unless these terms are met, and if any rescue attempt is made, they will blow the train to smithereens.

But Joe 90 is on holiday there, with the brain patterns of an Olympic bob sleigh champion to help him enjoy his visit, and he is persuaded to take the money to the convicts, with a helijet. The two men double-cross him, however. Joe is captured and taken as hostage in the helijet.

The Prime Minister is safe and is rescued from the train just as the entire bridge collapses, but Joe is in dire peril - until he sees a chance to take the controls of the helijet and teach the convicts a sharp lesson ......

Regular Cast:
Joe, Mac
Additional Voice Cast:
Guard Pierre Gary Files
Warden (voice) David Healy
Paul Réal David Healy
Marney Keith Alexander
Gun Captain Gary Files
Captain Pat Moran Gary Files
Guard Eddie Gary Files
Robbins Gary Files
Prime Minister MacCormack Keith Alexander

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