"Consilio et prudentia... Sneaky is best"
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A derelict old mansion suddenly comes to life without the knowledge of its owner, Lord Brett Sinclair. The unexpected outcome is that Brett has to impersonate himself, with Danny as his butler, when probing the mystery.
The old mansion known as Greensleeves has belonged to the Sinclair family for generations, but it is a long time since it has been occupied except for an aged butler named Moorhead (ARTHUR BROUGH). It is only by chance that Lord Brett Sinclair (ROGER MOORE) discovers that it has been restored, certainly not with his permission or his money or by anyone he knows.
Entering Greensleeves though a secret tunnel, he and Danny Wilde (TONY CURTIS) come across a letter, accompanied by photographs of Brett, addressed to a theatrical agent asking him to find an actor who resembles Brett.
Brett takes the obvious course. He goes to the agent, pretending to be an out-of-work actor, and is promptly sent to Greensleeves to impersonate himself! The mansion's new occupants, Sir John Hassocks (ANDREW KEIR), Piers Emerson (TOM ADAMS) and Melanie Sadler (ROSEMARY NICOLS), are sufficiently impressed by the resemblance to hire him for the job they need him for. They explain that they are from the Foreign office and the deceptio is necessary because Richard Congoto (CY GRANT), the Prime Minister of Zanda, has agreed to come to England in secret for an important conference, but insists that he should stay with his schooldays friend Brett Sinclair. And they say the real Brett, after agreeing to loan them his house, has now changed his mind about being present himself.
Brett is duly tutored for his role as Lord Brett Sinclair by the attractive Melanie. Hardly surprising, he proves to be a quick learner! In fact, it is because he seems to know so much about the Sinclair family and Greensleeves that Melanie's first suspicions about him are aroused.
By then, Brett has brought Danny in to help him by persuading Moorhead to say that he has to visit an ailing relative. Danny is brought in as a replacement butler.
Congoto duly arrives with his daughter Carmen (CARMEN MUNROE) and Finance Minister Kibu (CLIFTON JONES), but Melanie's increasing suspicions make the others decide to take no unnecessary risks, and after the initial reunion with Congoto Brett is "called away" and is unable to join them for dinner. He has, in fact, been knocked out and imprisoned in a cellar.
Hassocks reveals the truth to Congoto. He and his colleagues are nothing to do with the Government: they represent a huge consortium of mining companies who are interested in Zanda's nickel deposits, and have tricked him into coming to England. Congoto rejects all their offers, but is in dire straits when he discovers that Kibu is in the plot as well and that Carmen will be killed unless he signs a contract.
Brett has one advantage over all the others. He knows all the secret passageways and trap-doors. And he not only has Danny to help him but also finds Melanie on his side. The adversaries are tough, but not quite tough enough to cope with an English peer, his American "butler" and a mansion that has a character of its own!.
DEVISED AND PRODUCED BY ROBERT S. BAKER
"The Persuaders!" theme by JOHN BARRY
In charge of Production - JOHNNY GOODMAN
Director of Photography - TONY SPRATLING
Lord Sinclair's clothes designed by Roger Moore.
Assistant Director - PETER PRICE
Sound Recordist - CLAUDE HITCHCOCK
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