Between 1971 and 1973 Group Three were contracted by Lew Grade to produce The Protectors – a thriller detective series starring Robert Vaughn, Tony Anholt and Nyree Dawn Porter. It was not the sort of thing Gerry wanted to do at all but Lew told him to take it or leave it. It was work – and it did involve actors, not puppets, so he took it. It was made mostly on location all over Europe and also at EMI-MGM Elstree studios. 26 episodes were made and were pretty successful leading to a second series of 26 being commissioned.