The BEST Episodes of The Persuaders!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2020

Network: ITV

English Lord Brett Sinclair and American Danny Wilde are both wealthy playboys, they are teamed together by Judge Fullton to investigate crimes which the police can't solve. These two men are complete opposites, but become great friends through their adventures and constantly risk their own lives for one another.

Element of Risk

#1 - Element of Risk

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 24, 1971

At a London airport, a gang of crooks who are planning a bullion heist mistake Danny for a criminal mastermind when the man's suitcase accidentally ends up in Danny's luggage cart.

star 8.49
39 votes
Directors: Gerald Mayer
Writers: Tony Barwick
That's Me Over There

#2 - That's Me Over There

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 3, 1971

In order to catch a war criminal, Danny must impersonate the kidnapped Brett, but how will he explain an English Lord with a Brooklyn accent?

star 8.27
75 votes
Directors: Leslie Norman
Writers: Brian Clemens
The Old, the New and the Deadly

#3 - The Old, the New and the Deadly

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 1971

It seems that everyone including a former Nazi wants a German Eagle statuette, and they think that Danny is the one who has it.

star 8.21
103 votes
Directors: Leslie Norman
Writers: Brian Clemens
Someone Waiting

#4 - Someone Waiting

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Feb 25, 1972

star 7.98
46 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: Terry Nation
Anyone Can Play

#5 - Anyone Can Play

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 1971

Danny has to go on the run from enemy agents after his gambling winnings at a Brighton casino turn out to be part of a communist plot to pay off spies when they use the right code words.

star 7.95
105 votes
Directors: Leslie Norman
Writers: Tony Williamson
Chain of Events

#6 - Chain of Events

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 26, 1971

While out camping at Brett's family estate, Danny gets chained to a brief case which he can't get off that contains a bomb.

star 7.93
103 votes
Directors: Peter Hunt
Writers: Terry Nation
Take Seven

#7 - Take Seven

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 1971

Danny and Brett try to help a girl whose "long lost brother" has suddenly appeared, cutting her off from her inheritance.

star 7.92
168 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Terry Nation
The Morning After

#8 - The Morning After

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 21, 1972

Brett wakes up one morning and discovers that he got married the night before.

star 7.86
43 votes
Directors: Leslie Norman
Writers: Walter Black
The Long Goodbye

#9 - The Long Goodbye

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 10, 1971

When Danny and Brett find the decade-old dead body of a scientist in a crashed plane in the Scottish Highlands, several women claiming to be his daughter offer them various inducements to part with the formula they found.

star 7.83
41 votes
Directors: Roger Moore
Writers: Michael Pertwee
The Man in the Middle

#10 - The Man in the Middle

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 17, 1971

When Brett's plan to capture a traitorous British spy by pretending to be him results in his own capture, Danny enlists the aid of one of Brett's relatives to rescue him.

star 7.82
44 votes
Directors: Leslie Norman
Writers: Donald James
Greensleeves

#11 - Greensleeves

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 1971

Brett's family mansion seems to have been restored without his knowledge, and taken over by strangers. To find out why, he pretends to be the actor they have hired to impersonate him, and ends up helping the Prime Minister.

star 7.76
139 votes
Directors: David Greene
Writers: Terence Feely
Powerswitch

#12 - Powerswitch

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1971

When the Judge tricks Brett and Danny into identifying a dead woman found floating in the waters of the French Riviera, they end up investigating an international stock swindle.

star 7.68
107 votes
Directors: Basil Dearden
Writers: John Kruse
The Time and the Place

#13 - The Time and the Place

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1971

Danny runs into political intrigue when he discovers the dead body of a reporter, then can't find it until it turns up in a car crash hours later.

star 7.56
82 votes
Directors: Roger Moore
Writers: Michael Pertwee
Read and Destroy

#14 - Read and Destroy

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 28, 1972

Seeking sanctuary with his old friend Brett is a spy who plans to publish his memoirs, which contain the name of every NATO, SEATO, and ANZUS agent.

star 7.49
67 votes
Directors: Roy Ward Baker
Writers: Peter Yeldham
The Gold Napoleon

#15 - The Gold Napoleon

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1971

Danny and Brett must discover whether or not Gold Napoleon coins are the originals, or replicas as a coin dealer claims them to be.

star 7.44
174 votes
Directors: Roy Ward Baker
Writers: Val Guest
A Home of One's Own

#16 - A Home of One's Own

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 31, 1971

Danny buys a `handy man's special' cottage in England and discovers that his neighbors are into the occult.

star 7.28
40 votes
Directors: James Hill
Writers: Terry Nation
Five Miles to Midnight

#17 - Five Miles to Midnight

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 7, 1972

Trying to open a travel business, Danny and Brett encounter a New York hoodlum who needs to be smuggled out of Italy after he killed an Italian gangster.

star 7.24
45 votes
Directors: Val Guest
Writers: Terry Nation
The Ozerov Inheritance

#18 - The Ozerov Inheritance

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 11, 1972

To retain the family jewels, an elderly Russian duchess must present proof of her marriage into the Russian Royal Family, which she says she can do with the help of a journal kept by one of Brett's uncles.

star 7.20
40 votes
Directors: Roy Ward Baker
Writers: Harry W. Junkin
A Death in the Family

#19 - A Death in the Family

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 4, 1972

Brett's relatives are being killed off one by one, so Brett and Danny decide to find the killer before he gets to Brett.

star 7.13
69 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Terry Nation
Nuisance Value

#20 - Nuisance Value

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 14, 1972

After Danny is accused of kidnapping his blind date, a rich man's spoiled daughter, Brett and Danny decide to help rescue her from the real kidnappers but have problems keeping her rescued.

star 7.10
40 votes
Directors: Leslie Norman
Writers: David Wolfe, Tony Barwick
Someone Like Me

#21 - Someone Like Me

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 1971

After Brett loses seven days, Danny thinks Brett is acting strange but Brett thinks someone is impersonating him. They both can't be right.

star 7.06
135 votes
Directors: Roy Ward Baker
Writers: Terry Nation
To the Death, Baby

#22 - To the Death, Baby

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 18, 1972

Brett and Danny both end up wooing an heiress after they are asked to break up a romance between a her and a gigolo who is courting her.

star 6.78
72 votes
Directors: Basil Dearden
Writers: Donald James
Angie...Angie...

#23 - Angie...Angie...

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 1971

An childhood friend of Danny's from the Bronx turns out to be a hit man hired to kill an American labor leader on holiday at the Cannes Film Festival.

star 6.67
72 votes
Directors: Val Guest
Writers: Milton S. Gelman
Overture

#24 - Overture

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1971

A retired judge who regrets those criminals he had to let get away arranges for Brett and Danny to meet, and then gets them arrested so that they have the choice of either helping him out in his fight against crime or staying in jail. Their first assignment is to locate an heiress by her heart-shaped birthmark.

star 6.36
229 votes
Directors: Basil Dearden
Writers: Brian Clemens