Question: Question: I would like to know the name of the TV show with the theme music containing the words "where the soul of a man is easy to buy" and "some of us are going to try." Mark M., London, England, U.K.
Answer: Televisionary: That was Tony Christie singing the theme to the British thriller The Protectors, 52 episodes of which were produced from 1972-74 by Lew Grade (The Saint) and Gerry Anderson (best know for puppet adventure shows such as Thunderbirds and Stingray as well as for the live-action Space 1999). Those of us here in the U.S. saw it in syndicated form around that time.
The series starred Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter and Tony Anholt as a trio of heroes for hire who nation-hopped around Europe, battling baddies. All in all, it blended elements of Vaughn's previous series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with the fashion of The Avengers. (Vaughn was an American, Porter was the British widow of a rich Italian and Anholt was French.)
After U.N.C.L.E., Vaughn had said he would never do another TV show. The offer of good pay reportedly lured him back in front of the camera, but it wasn't long before he was unhappy with the entire project. I must confess I've never seen the series myself (yes, I have my lapses), but from what I've heard, the unhappiness showed.