Danger 5 Poster
|Created by||Dario Russo
|Written by||Dario Russo
|Directed by||Dario Russo|
Sean James Murphy
|Country of origin||Australia|
|Original language(s)||English, German, Russian, Italian, French, Japanese, Cantonese|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Running time||25 minutes (approx.)|
|Original channel||SBS One|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||February 27, 2012– present|
|Related shows||Italian Spiderman|
Danger 5 is an Australian action comedy television series on SBS One which premiered on 27 February 2012. It is set in a bizarre 1960s interpretation of World War II and follows a group of five international spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler and thwart his plans of world domination. The pulp magazine-inspired series was created by Dario Russo and David Ashby. A second season will screen in 2014.
After the success of the web series Italian Spiderman created by Alrugo Entertainment (Russo, Ashby, Tait Wilson, Will Spartalis and Boris Repasky), Australian broadcaster SBS became interested in turning the project into an interstitial television show. Due to ownership and copyright issues within the production team, the project fell through. Nonetheless, SBS were still interested in Russo and Ashby and in 2009 offered a development deal for a new show. Russo and Ashby submitted three concepts that, regardless what was chosen, they would be happy to make. Danger 5 was the chosen concept, the most ambitious and dense of the three.
Cast and Characters
- David Ashby as Jackson
- Aldo Mignone as Pierre
- Natasa Ristic as Ilsa
- Sean James Murphy as Tucker
- Amanda Simons as Claire
- Tilman Vogler as Chestbridge ("The Colonel")
- Carmine Russo as Adolf Hitler
- Paul Muscat as Emperor Hirohito
- Greg Marsh as Joseph Stalin
- Marlon Shepherdson as Benito Mussolini
- Craig Behenna as Joseph Goebbels
- Eddie Morrison as Hermann Göring
- Robert Tompkins as Josef Mengele
- Brendan Rock as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
- Tim Overton as Reinhard Heydrich
- Ben Finn as Heinrich Himmler
Series 1 (2012)
This list is ordered by the original air dates on SBS One in Australia.
|1.0||"The Diamond Girls – Prequel Episode aired on YouTube"||November 20, 2011|
|Deep in Nazi Germany, Jackson, Pierre and Tucker have been working undercover in Adolf Hitler’s favourite bar, the Black Dog, waiting for the perfect chance to knock off the big man, and end the Second World War. Things get complicated when Hitler turns up with a posse of bullet-proof She-Nazis who prove too formidable for even these three seasoned spies. After bungling the assassination attempt, Allied Command give the boys a little extra motivation in the form of two beautiful newcomers, Ilsa and Claire. Jackson, Pierre and Tucker will have to join forces with their reluctant new comrades to form Danger 5 so that they can succeed in their ultimate goal; to kill Adolf Hitler. On their first mission together, Danger 5 discover that Hermann Goring and the Nazis have been stealing the world’s supply of a rare black diamond known as Carbonado, thought to be behind the She-Nazis.|
|1.1||"I Danced For Hitler"||February 27, 2012|
|A team of Nazi zeppelins abduct the Eiffel Tower and Danger 5 heads straight to Paris to investigate. The team find help from an all-girl team of resistance vixens, but their plans are swiftly hampered by a Nazi task force raid. Ilsa and Claire are taken to a torture dungeon where Josef Goebbels recruits them as part of his dance troupe for Hitler’s birthday spectacular. Tucker and Pierre follow the girls to Hitler’s private retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, and try to mount a rescue mission. Meanwhile Jackson tries to stop the Nazis from stealing the Statue of Liberty.|
|1.2||"Lizard Soldiers Of The Third Reich"||March 5, 2012|
|American GIs are being decimated by Nazi dinosaurs all over the Western front. Danger 5 heads to Belgium to investigate and has a series of close shaves with a trigger-happy Triceratops and a perverted Nazi Pterodactyl. Claire discovers that the dinosaurs have all been implanted with a mysterious type of crystal, native to Antarctica and Danger 5 embark on a journey to the South Pole. Antarctica proves to be a lost plateau of prehistoric wonder where Danger 5 encounter the bizarre Dr Josef Mengele and his sinister volcano base filled with Nazi dinosaur minions.|
|1.3||"Kill-Men Of The Rising Sun"||March 12, 2012|
|Allied Air Support surrounding China is being thrashed by Japanese Zero fighters piloted by robot super soldiers and, to make matters worse, Japan itself has completely vanished from the map. Danger 5 sets off in their Danger Fighters to give the Japanese some healthy competition. The Japanese robo-pilots prove to be too formidable even for the Danger 5 team, who are shot out of the sky. After bailing from their damaged aircraft, Ilsa and Tucker find themselves in a mysterious spa-resort while Claire, Jackson and Pierre land amongst the insalubrious surrounds of General Chang’s Burmese Opium Pagoda. Danger 5 must reunite and locate Japan and put a stop to the every growing army of Japanese, Nazi robot soldiers.|
|1.4||"Hitler's Golden Murder Palace"||March 19, 2012|
|An Allied Agent has uncovered strange happenings at a Nazi-owned casino in West Africa where Hitler is rumoured to be located. After the agent goes missing under mysterious circumstances, Danger 5 is sent into Waheed Al-Quarn to smoke Hitler out of his African cash-hole. Things get complicated when Tucker is captured by Italian Submariners and Ilsa bumps into her ex-husband, Erwin Rommel, The Desert Fox.|
|1.5||"Fresh Meat For Hitler's Sex Kitchen"||March 26, 2012|
|Allied troops throughout Europe are spontaneously turning Nazi. Danger 5 are sent to connect with Field Marshall Jenkins as he travels out of Switzerland by train after a weekend of R and R at Switzerland’s top brothel ‘The Palomino’. Jenkins’ entire platoon has recently turned Nazi and Allied Command want him home safe before Jenkins can be turned too. Things turn pear-shaped on the train when Jenkins starts babbling Kraut-speak and has to be put out of his misery. Ilsa and Jackson knock off Reinhard Heydrich, a would-be Nazi jewel thief, in the drinks cart and accept a belt of whisky from a British spy who is not who he claims to be, buying them a one-way ticket to Hitler’s dungeon of occult perversions.|
|1.6||"Final Victory"||April 2, 2012|
|The world is under attack from invincible, giant Nazi monsters and Allied Command is ready to surrender, when out of the blue they receive a strange telegram from a man called Gibraltar, who claims to be from the lost city of Atlantis. Gibraltar claims that the Atlanteans have developed a weapon powerful enough to destroy the Nazi monsters and all they require is some refined uranium to complete the device. On their way to deliver the uranium to Atlantis in the Danger Submarine, Danger 5 comes under attack from perils of the deep, resulting in Jackson and Claire being separated from the team, feared dead. Ilsa, Pierre and Tucker reach the strange sanctuary of Atlantis and deliver the uranium, however, Gibraltar is not as friendly as he appears to be.|
Series 2 (2014)
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