Amphicar memories from England


Ken Butterfield

I was first introduced to the Amphicar on children's TV in 1965 in a
programme called
Orlando! I watched every week just to see the trendy swinging
sixties cult-car on the opening credits.

Orlando O'Connor (Sam Kydd) originally appeared in the Moroccan based
adventure series
Crane, as the beachcomber friend to Patrick Allen's lead character.

In 1965 he was returned to England for this children's teatime
series, which ran
for three years. Filmed mostly around London's (as yet) undeveloped
Docklands area,
the stories centred round a detective agency that had been inherited
by two
youngsters, Steve (David Munro) and Jenny Morgan (Judy Robinson). In
their first
adventure they teamed up with Orlando, who was trying to find the
murderer of
an ex-Navy friend, whom Orlando had hoped would help him establish a
enterprise. From then on the trio stayed together solving all manner
of cases with
the aid of a supposedly magic Arabic charm called a 'Gizzmo'
Naturally Orlando O'Connor drove an Amphicar...I remember it well.but
have never seen the programme repeated.
Did you see this programme in the USA?

Happy New year from Ken Butterfield(Grown up now but still lusting
after an Amphicar!)