Mission: Impossible (1988–1990)
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His long-spanning career as a successful Washington columnist and broadcaster has provided Arthur Six with a lot of sensitive information about important people in the world of politics, ... See full summary »


Colin Budds


Bruce Geller (created by), Walter Brough


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Episode credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Jim Phelps
Thaao Penghlis ... Nicholas Black
Antony Hamilton ... Max Harte (as Tony Hamilton)
Phil Morris ... Grant Collier
Jane Badler ... Shannon Reed
Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ... Voice on Disc (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Calvin ... Doyle
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Senator Tom Oxenford
Anthony Ingersent Anthony Ingersent ... Judge Vossberg
Peter Marshall Peter Marshall ... Male Reporter
Roger Newcombe ... TV Announcer
Paul Paye Paul Paye ... News Vendor
Richard Romanus ... Arthur Six
Alison Venning Alison Venning ... Female Reporter


His long-spanning career as a successful Washington columnist and broadcaster has provided Arthur Six with a lot of sensitive information about important people in the world of politics, law, and business. This information Six then likes to use for blackmail purposes, leading him to control a number of men and women in very high positions. His main adversary at the moment is Senator Tom Oxenford, who wants Six indicted by a grand jury for being involved in a blackmail conspiracy against the American government. Jim Phelps and his team of agents are assigned to making certain that Six really is indicted by the jury, and, moreover, to find and erase his secret records of blackmail information. Written by Anonymous

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25 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Judge Vossberg: You can't print it! You'll destroy me!
Arthur Six: Of course I can print it, Judge, in 450 newspapers all over the country unless you declare a mistrial.
Judge Vossberg: I can't do that! The evidence against the man on trial i-is conclusive!
Arthur Six: Of course if you didn't want me to use this as my lead story tomorrow, I could always print something more favorable. "24 years as a distinguished Federal judge."
Judge Vossberg: Everyone will know that I sold out. I could get disbarred.
Arthur Six: Listen, Vossberg, I'm a journalist. I give the ...
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Australianess Further Diminished
14 March 2013 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Washington TV & print journalist Arthur Six (Richard Romanus) digs up dirt to blackmail politicians. In the process he destroys lives for financial and political gain with the aid of his sadistic henchman Doyle (John Calvin). The team is dispatched to discredit him.

One of the challenges the second version of the Mission: Impossible TV series, which ran on ABC TV from 1988 to 1990 for 35 episodes, was to hide the Australianess which came through.

The cast would be augmented each week by a guest star who was usually an established American star but mostly the bit parts would be filled with Australian actors attempting foreign accents. That along with obvious use of stock footage to set action outside Australia would tend to clue viewers in to where it was really being shot - Queensland.

Here we have solid American actors Richard Romanus and John Calvin in American actress Jane Badler's first full episode as an IMF team member. We also have a scene at the Lincoln Memorial with Peter Graves and Richard Romanus which better ties together the shots of the Washington, DC skyline with the action in the episode. The finale is a party scene with actors dressed in American continental congress-era costume with a massive American flag.

They reduced the amount of Australians in the cast to main cast members Anthony Hamilton and Thaao Penghlis which allowed the show to better present itself as what it was scripted to be - the adventures of an American special missions force rather than an Australian special missions force.

Thaao Penghlis and Anthony Hamilton were well-established in America but their Australianess would tend to stand out more with other Australian actors as guest stars. When accents of lesser known Australian actors portraying American characters slipped it was confusing to American audiences.

Aussie actor Roger Newcombe who bore a resemblance to American character actor Jack Kehoe was an exception and should have been used on this series more. Here he has a minor turn as a TV host.

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