- White rollneck blouse with turned back cuffs, white wool jacket with black piping along the collar and button holes, with two bands of black on the cuffs and one around the waist, white wool pants, black & white boots
- (1) without the jacket
- (2) with wrap-around sunglasses
- black and white jacket, the buttonhole line and waist forming a cross, with the intersection contrasted in white, worn over (6)
- peter pan collared sleeveless dress, fastened with a zip up the back, with false diagonal lacing up the front in 3 Xs, top a pale green to contrast the white of the collar, laces and skirt, the colour descending in a curved downward point (semi peasant-style) at the waist, with white shoes
- leather open overall (zipped up back), worn with a white high-collared shirt with long sleeves and 10 or12 cloth-covered buttons and b/w boots
- marigold suit with large white cuffs, three double diamond shaped frogs instead of buttons down the front
- grey three-piece suit with pale shirt and silk tie, quickly covered with a barber's sheet
- Royal Navy Commander's uniform
- Tank Corps Major's uniform
- Royal Air Force Squadron Leader's uniform
- (1) with dark bowler and umbrella
- dark single breasted three-piece suit with a dark shirt and tie, with overcoat with dark collar detail
- (1) with dark bowler, later with the overcoat of (7)
- wing collar shirt with black trousers, waistcoat and bow tie (butler's uniform), sometimes with apron, later with tail coat
- (8) with dark patterned cravat, brown gloves and black umbrella with whangee cane handle
- butler's uniform like (9) but with pin-striped trousers and black tail coat
- navy chalk-stripe three-piece suit with dark bowler and black umbrella of (10), white shirt and silk tie
A note on the timecodes
Where I have listed two sets of timecodes, the first is from the 2009-11 Optimum Releasing/Studio Canal DVD sets, any other timecodes are from the A&E and Contender DVD sets from a decade beforehand.
The new releases have been remastered and their frame rate has been changed, resulting in a shorter running time. However, the picture quality has increased markedly. I assume this is because they used a simple 2:2 pulldown (24 @ 25)
when converting from the original film masters (film runs at 24 frames per second, while PAL runs at 25fps, the new DVDs are in PAL format).
This pulldown was also the cause of audio errors on many episodes, especially for Series 5, as the audio sped up to match the new rate (4% faster), rather than being properly pitch-shifted. Checking the dialogue sheets, which list the feet and frames of the reels, it looks like the speed change is around 5.04%, so there may be some cuts as well - probably from around the commercial breaks and ends of reels, as they amount to about 25 seconds. All my assumptions are based on the episodes having been filmed on standard 35mm film, which has 16 frames per foot and runs at 24 frames per second, so a minute of footage uses 90 feet of film (1,440 frames).
These audio errors have been corrected in the currently available DVDs, but the 2:2 pulldown remains. There is also the addition of a Studio Canal lead-in, converted to black and white to match the episode for Series Four, but colour for Series Five, adding an extra 18 or 19 seconds to the runnning time and making it harder to match timecodes with previous releases. It's annoying that it has been slapped on every single episode, Series 1-3 didn't suffer this indignity.
The previous Contender and A&E DVD releases didn't seem to suffer from these problems, so I assume they either used soft telecine and preserved the original 24fps rate of the film (my preferred option in DVDs) or they used 24 @ 25 pulldown (2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:3 Euro pull-down)
. Let's hope the much-rumoured bluray release will revert to native 24fps with soft telecine so we won't have these problems again.