helenheart.com – The Newfoundland Herald – December 1992



Elite anti-crime team works to uphold justice
Got an international conflict that needs to be handled with a delicate – but effective – touch? The Counterstrike team is ready for action

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They’re a team with a mission. They work behind the scenes, to apprehend criminals who might otherwise be above the law. They also work with an efficiency that can only come from being the best in their respective fields.

They are the Counterstrike team, an elite anti-crime ‘strike-team’ consisting of a multi-billionaire industrialist, a world-renowned journalist, an ex-SEAL, and a former Scotland Yard inspector and hostage negotiator. Counterstrike, now well into its second season, airs 9:30 pm Saturdays on NTV.

The action-adventure series blasted onto the scene in November of 1991, with an episode featuring a brutal terriorist kidnapping. Ultra-wealthy Alexander Addington (played by Christopher Plummer) was shot and his wife kidnapped by a group of international criminals. Addington finds his efforts to save his wife stiffled by bureaucracy and vows to do everything to uphold justice.

Addington contacts the best law man he can find – Peter Sinclair of Scotland Yard. Addington will offer unlimited finances to an elite team of private investigators whose purpose is to bring to justice the many criminals who hide in the cracks between existing law enforcement agencies.

Sinclair is played by Simon MacCorkindale who also doubles this season as the show’s executive production consultant. MacCorkindale is joined this season by French actress Sophie Michaud, and American newcomer James Purcell. The two replace Cyrielle Claire and Stephen Shellen who left at the end of last season.

Actually, “Replacing is a bad word,” says Michaud in an interview with TV Guide.

“In life, you meet people, you leave them, you meet other people. That’s it. They’re not replaced, they’re just new.”

Michaud plays Gabrielle Germont, a world-renowned journalist with a penchant for danger.

Purcell plays Hector Stone, a former Navy SEAL and ex-CIA agent who offers a tough image as a man who would rather die than jeopardize a mission.

Already the team has foiled would-be killers and prevented the spread of a deadly malaria medicine.

The action-packed show splits its filming between France and Canada, in a unique arrangement with Alliance Communications and its American and French co-producers.


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