Tales of the Smuggler (1981)

Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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Created by Richard Carpenter, the British adventure series Smuggler took place in 1802 during the early stages of the Napoleonic wars. The central character was former British naval officer Jack Vincent (Oliver Tobias), who elected to enrich himself by becoming a smuggler. Avoiding violence whenever possible, Vincent enjoyed outwitting British revenue officers and tweaking the nose of the French higher-ups by indulging in various espionage activities. Others within Vincent's orbit were petty thief Honesty Evans (Hywel Williams Ellis), to whom Jack owed his life, and the gorgeous, kidnap-prone Sarah Morton (Lesley Dunlop). Telecast by HTV in 13 half-hour installments from April 5 to July 19, 1981, Smuggler proved popular enough to warrant a sequel, titled The Adventurer.