Man of the World (TV series)

Man of the World was an ATV drama series, distributed by ITC Entertainment. The show ran in the United Kingdom in 1962 and 1963 for 20 one-hour episodes in monochrome.

Man of the World
Titlecard of the pilot episode, which was filmed in colour.
Created byLeslie Harris
StarringCraig Stevens
Tracy Reed
Theme music composerHenry Mancini
Composer(s)Ivor Slaney
Edwin Astley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Leslie Harris
Producer(s)Harry Fine
CinematographyBrendan J. Stafford
Walter J. Harvey
Running time49 min.
Production company(s)ATV
DistributorIndependent Television Corporation
Original networkITV
Picture format35mm film 4:3 B/W
Audio formatMono
Original release29 September 1962 (1962-09-29) 
22 June 1963 (1963-06-22)
Related showsThe Sentimental Agent


The series stars Craig Stevens as Michael Strait, a world-renowned photographer whose assignments lead him into investigating mysterious goings-on amongst the rich and glamorous and intrigue from far-flung place as Iraq, Indo-China, and Algiers. Tracy Reed co-stars in the first season.


Main cast

Guest cast



The series' theme music was by Henry Mancini, with incidental music under the control of Ivor Slaney using many musical cues of Edwin Astley.[1]


Airdate[2] is for ATV London. ITV[3] regions varied date and order.

Production number here refers to the order of the Network DVD.

Series one

Filmed on location and at Shepperton Studios

Episode # Prod # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1102"Death of a Conference"David GreeneTudor Gates and Robert E. Thompson29 September 1962 (1962-09-29)
When an Algerian revolutionary is assassinated at peace talks that Mike Strait is covering he is plunged into mystery involving French nationalists and Algerian separatists. Stars Warren Mitchell, Patrick Troughton, John Carson, Gerald Flood, Zena Marshall and Alan Rowe.
2101"Masquerade in Spain"David GreeneLindsay Hardy6 October 1962 (1962-10-06)
Assigned to take pictures of one of the richest women in the world Strait and the woman are kidnapped. Stars Graham Starke, Clifford Evans, Noel Coleman, George Coulouris and George Pastell. Pilot episode filmed in colour.
3104"Blaze of Glory"Harry BoothJohn Roddick13 October 1962 (1962-10-13)
When Tony Gardner, an ace racing driver, eyesight is failing which he refuses to accept is putting his and other drivers' lives at risk Strait investigates a minor road accident he had the year before. Stars Graham Starke, Patricia Donahue, Peter Dyneley, Eric Pohlmann, Jane Merrow and Martin Miller.
4103"The Runaways"Charles CrichtonMichael Pertwee20 October 1962 (1962-10-20)
An impressionable young heiress, Joanne, falls in love with a penniless conman that leads to disaster when Mike Strait decides to break them up with unexpected consequences for himself. Stars Noel Harrison, Erica Rogers and Renée Houston.
5106"The Frontier"Anthony BushellLindsay Galloway27 October 1962 (1962-10-27)
On the Indo-China border Strait on assignment discovers Chinese soldiers occupying an Indian village while building a road. Strait with the help of a beautiful Indian doctor trick the Chinese into leaving but when their ruse fails the doctor makes a dramatic sacrifice to save the threatened village. Stars Leela Naidu, Gary Raymond, Peter Arne, Alfred Burke, Burt Kwouk and George Little.
6108"The Sentimental Agent"Charles FrendJack Davies3 November 1962 (1962-11-03)
In Havana, Cuba Strait is jailed for taking pictures in a restricted area and a charming rogue comes to his aid. Stars Carlos Thompson, Shirley Eaton, Peter Jones, John Hollis, Cyril Shaps and Steve Plytas. Spin-off series The Sentimental Agent.
7105"The Highland Story"Charles FrendLindsay Galloway10 November 1962 (1962-11-10)
Assigned to report on the Scottish clan system Strait finds the residents of a village not very forthcoming when the protection of the clan includes killers from Australia. Stars Finlay Currie, John Laurie, Noelle Middleton, Ray Barrett, Kenneth Watson, Andrew Downie and Patsy Smart.
8107"The Nature of Justice"Harry BoothTudor Gates17 November 1962 (1962-11-17)
Assigned to cover a story in Iraq led by a famous archaeologist who allows greed to compromise his principals over the discovery of an ancient stone tablet. Stars Robert Flemyng, Bernard Archard, Ewen Solon, Jacqueline Ellis, Michael Mellinger and Glenn Beck.
9109"The Mindreader"Anthony BushellWilton Schiller and Robert E. Thompson24 November 1962 (1962-11-24)
A girl's ability to read minds threatens her health and a normal life unless Strait uncovers if she is a fraud or scientific explanation of her ability. Stars Juliet Mills, Moira Redmond, Patrick Wymark, Jack Watson, Leslie French and Alec Ross.
10111"Portrait of a Girl"Charles CrichtonMichael Pertwee1 December 1962 (1962-12-01)
Strait meets Joanne again and finds himself involved in a fraud to extract money from her father by selling a fake painting by Thomas Gainsborough. Stars Erica Rogers, Colin Gordon, Michael Goodliffe, Bessie Love, Neil McCarthy and John Glyn-Jones with an uncredited appearance by Donald Sutherland.
11110"Specialist for the Kill"Jeremy SummersLindsay Hardy8 December 1962 (1962-12-08)
The CIA employ Strait to photograph passengers arriving on a plane landing in West Germany to identify a unique assassin intent on killing the East German president making a visit to the American sector. Stars Derren Nesbitt, Paul Maxwell, Kenny Baker, George Pravda, Oscar Quitak and Gábor Baraker.
12112"A Family Affair"Anthony BushellNorman Borisoff and Robert E. Thompson15 December 1962 (1962-12-15)
In Paris for a fashion shoot Strait is caught up in an explosion and when his film of the devastation is confiscated by a bogus policeman Strait becomes involved in the supposed death of a dangerous OAS fanatic. Stars Lisa Page, Richard Warner, Eugene Deckers, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Alan Gifford, Keith Pyott and Richard Leech.
13113"Shadow of the Wall"Harry BoothIan Stuart Black22 December 1962 (1962-12-22)
Strait goes to West Berlin for a photo shoot and stumbles into a spy plot where his friend, with a young English wife, has been arrested for passing secrets to the east with evidence provided by Strait. Stars Paul Maxwell, Suzanne Neve, Joseph Furst, Charles Lloyd-Pack, Sheila Raynor and Steven Scott

Series two

Episode# Prod # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1114"The Bandit"Charles CrichtonJohn Pudney and Ian Stuart Black11 May 1963 (1963-05-11)
While photographing a Greek temple in Sicily Strait becomes involved with a charismatic bandit who has kidnapped a tempestuous actress and has to play cards with the bandit to save his and the girls life. Stars Sam Wanamaker, Natasha Parry, John Woodvine, Robert Rietti, Gertan Klauber and Nigel Hawthorne.
2115"The Enemy"John Llewellyn MoxeyJulian Bond18 May 1963 (1963-05-18)
Strait on assignment in Vietnam is ambushed and is treated at a mission run by an Italian doctor who has rejected 'The West'. Communist troops take over the mission and put the doctor on trial for allowing freedoms of thought and Christian values. Sentenced to death Strait is given help from a surprising quarter to free the doctor. Stars Anthony Quayle, John Meillon, Tsai Chin, and John Hollis.
3117"Double Exposure"Jeremy SummersJack Davies25 May 1963 (1963-05-25)
The CIA ask Strait to go undercover as a chauffeur to an eccentric old lady and go behind the Iron Curtain, when she goes on her annual holiday to take the waters, to photograph a General that the CIA believe has died and been replaced by a double. Stars Nigel Davenport, Cicely Courtneidge, Brian Wright, Erika Remberg and John Tate.
4116"Jungle Mission"Harry BoothLindsay Galloway1 June 1963 (1963-06-01)
Strait flies to the Amazon jungle in search of a story about a rebel leader and encounters an order of nuns trying to establish a mission in the face of opposition from the local headhunting natives. Stars Paul Maxwell, Alexander Davion, Noelle Middleton, Alan Rowe, Ken Farrington and Isobel Black.
5118"In the Picture"John Llewellyn MoxeyBrian Clemens8 June 1963 (1963-06-08)
An exhibition of Strait's photographs reveal the existence of a secret plot to assassinate a European president leads the plotters to destroy the exhibition and negatives always one step ahead of Strait. Stars Wensley Pithey, Albert Lieven, Nadja Regin, Maurice Kaufmann, Bartlett Mullins, André Maranne and Peter Madden.
6119"The Bullfighter"Harry BoothMarc Brandel15 June 1963 (1963-06-15)
Photographing a young bullfighter Strait finds someone is prepared to go to any lengths to stop the young man becoming famous as he follows in his father's footsteps. Stars Ferdy Mayne, Marla Landi, Joseph Cuby, Eileen Way, John Bailey and Michael Peake.
7120"The Prince"Charles CrichtonArthur Berlin22 June 1963 (1963-06-22)
Loscha, a small country between Burma and China and Strait becomes involved in establishing the identity of a 12-year-old boy who may be a Prince in order to avert a revolution. Stars Geoffrey Keen, Michael Sirr, Larry Cross and Robert Arden.


  2. Dates from ITC Episode guide issued with the Network DVD
  3. History of ITV
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