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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'THE MAURITIUS PENNY' superimposed on Peckham's body slumped over his desk
  • Brown watches the auction from behind a brass eagle
  • Brown shoots Goodchild in the middle of the auction hall when the auctioneer's gavel falls
  • extreme close-up of Cathy being shocked
  • Dr Gray threatens Steed with her dental instruments
  • Matterley announces to the facists that the day of New Rule has been postponed

Series 2 - Episode 7
The Mauritius Penny

Teleplay by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks
Directed by Richmond Harding

Production Schedule

Episode 37
Production Number : 3510
Teddington Studio 1

Wednesday 17th October 1962

Camera rehearsal 10.00-12.30
Lunch break 12.30-13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30-18.00
Supper break 18.00-19.00
Camera rehearsal 19.00-21.00

Thursday 18th October 1962

Camera rehearsal 10.00-12.30
Lunch break 12.30-13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30-15.30
Tea break, Line-up,
Normal scan, Make-up
Dress rehearsal 16.15-17.30
Notes 17.30-18.00
Line-up 18.00-18.30
VTR 18.30-19.30

Running time

Expected: 51'25" + 2 commercial breaks 2.05
Actual running time with bumpers: 51'56"

The bumpers between the acts are generally 10 seconds from fade in to the "End of Act" bumper to the end of audio before the commercial, a 10 second still without audio, then cut to the next act bumper. This would play with the theme for around 10 seconds. Accordingly, with the episodes being in 3 acts, the running time of the action is approximately a minute less than listed above, minus the opening and closing credits (normally 0'16", with a 2" fade, and anywhere from 0'41" to 1'20", hard cut or 1" fade or mix, respectively).


London 10th November 1962
Sydney 2nd December 1963
Melbourne 25th June 1964


Cameras: 4 Pedestals (1 Pathfinder for Act One only)
Sound: 4 Booms, 1 stand mic., non-prac. tape recorder, grams., tape, 2 prac. telephones
Telecine: ABC symbol, 17 Slides, 6 captions


Victim Killer Method
Pechkam Goodchild revolver
Goodchild Brown revolver
Click a name to see the face


Marque/type Plate


  1. 2:31 - the cameraman takes 3 seconds to adjust the focus for the MLS from Steed's MCU. The mike's in a bad place as well, and Cathy sounds like she's at the bottom of a well until she stands up.
  2. 3:08 - Cathy tells Steed that having the Mauritius penny on a list of sale is like finding a Da Vinci at your local newsagent and Steed quips, "You'd be surprised at the artwork my newsagent sells" (by which of course he means under-the-counter illicit pornography). On the way out, Cathy discovers that Steed has a copy of "The World's Rare Stamps", marked at the page for the Mauritius Penny; realising he knew full well the value of the stamp all along, she smiles wryly.
  3. 4:20 - Parking was already a problem in London in 1962, Steed spends much of the episode reacting to his parking buzzer, which reminds him his meter is about to expire.
  4. 4:30 - If you look closely at the page describing the penny, you'll notice it's someones autobiography:
    The [port?] I came to seemed a green and fortunate haven for th... ... Ah! Ships you can refit, making them as good as n... ... four hundred men in their blueish hospital garb and t... ...ies can never be made good as new. You can only ... ...them, and do your best. Legs and arms, legs and a... ... one or the other, and some want both. etc.
  5. 6:30 - Steed does badly when trying to bluff his way through the stamp shop - he finds some ordinary cheap Empires interesting, and dismisses a Napoleon III set as sonething he collected as a child, at which Goodchild says they're worth £85 - and they're labelled £100
  6. 8:10 - Goodchild's test for Steed was to offer him a false stamp - a Maltese tuppenny blue - The Maltese 2d. stamps were grey (1860, 1903, 1914, 1921), or purple and grey (1903) and a brown and blue in 1922; the blue stamp was 2½d.
  7. 11:18 - Richard Vernon misses his cue and Patrick Macnee looks quizzically at him several times before he makes his bid of £25, having expected him to say something earlier. Thisa also causes the auctioneeer to ad lib, and he takes a bid of £20 then repeats the "Eighteen pounds" lines, trying to ellicit a response from Vernon.
  8. 12:00-12:30 - Cathy buys the late Major Wilder's entire stamp collection of 25 albums for a mere £50 by accident - she was waving at Steed - and tells the porter for Grosvenor Auction Rooms Ltd. to deliver them to Steed's address, 5 Westminster Mews, SW1.
  9. 15:27 - The main piece of the auction is an Unperforated 1857 Ceylon 9d. brown with 4 clean margins, starting at £500, sold to Lord Matterley for £1,000.
    Stanley Gibbons (2006):
    								1857 Imperf.
    								8		9d.   brown	£35,000.00   £900.00

    It's gone up 3500% in value in 44 years!

  10. 17:57 - The coded list from Paris mentions such lowlights of the philatelic world as:

    There is, of course, also the remarkable highlight that gives the episode its name:

  11. 18:46 - Steed finds three strip club membership cards and a ticket to a turkish bath in Goodchild's pockets and tell Cathy he was clearly a clean-living young man. He also notes six trips abroad in the last year in Goodchild's passport.
  12. 19:13 - Sheila Gray's surgery is at 33 Wimpole St, W1.
  13. 20:33 - shot 131 - there's a speck of dust on Camera 1's lens at top right and - 21:13, shot 132 - a smudge on Camera 2's, centre top.
  14. 26:00 - The coded list that Brown reads out, that apparent means Norway and Denmark and starting operations the same time they do, is: He then says "You don't have to look at your catalogue to know what that means, do you?"
  15. 32:45 - Steed's teeth: Upper right 8, present; Upper right 7, sound; Upper right 6, MOD cavity; all sound to the Upper left 5, which has an occlusal filling.
    At this point Miss Power waves a card on which she had written "This is not Goodchild"
  16. 36:36 - Steed and Shelley are both Old Etonians, Shelley saying he was in Young house.
  17. 41:17 - a technician wearing headphones can be seen at bottom right pulling some cables out of the way.
  18. 48:33 - Lord Matterley's very short speech to the fascists is:
    "I have not had the pleasure, of addressing you before. You have been led to believe, that a great day in British history has arrived. (sotto voce) But it is now my duty to inform you, that owing to unforseen developments, the day of the New Rule must be postponed." (uproar ensues).
  19. 48:59 - The camera collides with something - probably one of the bren guns - as it tracks backwards up the aisle. It's almost certainly Steed's gun as he has his umbrella hanging off the end of the magazine, and the umbrella falls off, clattering to the ground at 49:04.
  20. 50:10 - Cathy claims to have found a British Guiana 1856 4 cent black with 4 perfect margins in one of the late Major Wilder's stamp albums. There were no black Guiana 1856 stamps, they were all black ink on coloured paper, printed locally as an expected issue of stamps had failed to reach the colony, and countersigned by postage clerks to prevent forgery. All known examples have marks and countersignatures, so a stamp with 4 perfect margins doesn't exist at all. The 1c magenta is said to the world's rarest stamp, now worth US$935,000 and as there's only one in existence, Gibbons doesn't bother to give it a value.
    Stanley Gibbons (2006):
    								1856 Imperf.
    								23   6	1c.   black on magenta	   
    								24		4c.   black on magenta	   	  £7,000.00
    								25		4c.   black on blue	£23,000.00   £9,500.00
    								26		4c.   black/blue (Sept)	  	 £42,000.00
    								1856 (b) Paper coloured through.
    								27   6	4c.   black/deep blue (Aug)  	 £60,000.00
Times are from the re-mastered 2009 Optimum Releasing DVD set, any times in brackets are from the previously released DVD sets which had frames with interference or banding deleted, resulting in shorter running times.

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