Series 2 - Episode 8
Death of a Great Dane
Teleplay by Roger Marshall and Jeremy Scott
Directed by Peter Hammond
Production Number : 3511
VTR/ABC/2093 & 2093A
Teddington Studio 1
Wednesday 31st October 1962
|VTR INSERT 2093A||17.30-18.00|
Inserts 2093A - Scene 5 Steed and Cathy look at slides of Litoff in her flat and discuss the sudden stop of his charitable donations.
Thursday 1st November 1962
|Tea break, Line-up,
Normal scan, and Make-up
Expected: 51'25" + 2 commercial breaks 2.30
Actual running time with bumpers: 53'50"
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||17th November 1962|
|Sydney||16th December 1963|
|Melbourne||2nd July 1964|
|Mrs Miller||2nd Assistant||strangled|
|'61 Hirondelle (not seen)|
- 1:50-3:12 - Cathy says she used a 250 ISO film at f5.6 with a 500mm lens to take pictures of the pickiforms (woodpeckers), and tells Steed the spots in the pictures are because she shot in the rain. She says she only got three photos in a week, but there are lots of negatives with birds on them (some of them clearly false). Cathy remarks that they don't just sit still and pose for you and Steed replies, "They do for me!"
- 5:52 (5:35) - the joke gun jams and Mrs Miller has to pull it briefly off camera to reveal the flag with BANG! written on it. She then still goes on to say "it's really very clever".
- 11:37, 40:17-20, 44:55, 46:16, 46:40 & 47:40 - visual interference.
- 20:27 - there's a smudge on Camera 4's lens as Steed walks in to see Getz, you can see it again at 22:35 and any time the camera is used (e.g. 25:15). It must have happened after the joke shop scene as it appears in the first penthouse scene at 10:50. The lens must have been wiped during the second ad break, as it's gone at 37:50.
- 26:00 - Steed describes Sir James' car as being "a '61 Hirondelle, it's the biggest car on the block". This is an allusion to "The Saint"; Leslie Charteris invented the marque "Hirondelle" for Simon Templar's car, which was an amalgam of the best features of a Bentley, Rolls Royce and Daimler.
- 27:33 - the view from Litoff's balcony is clearly a painted backdrop
- 30:58 - At the wine tasting, Steed identifies:
- Saint-Emilion - Chateau Petit-Village
- Pontet Carnet 52
- Corque-Michotte 49
- Haut Brion '47
- Ausone '49 - Steed corrects him and says it's the '53.
- 34:06 - Litoff's medical history: Two thromboses, initial cholesterol on 260, BP over 180, enlarged left ventricle indicated by EKG.
- c. 44:00 - A small spot appears on the lens on camera 2 at top right.
- 47:10-47:15 - the shadow of the boom microphone waves across Getz's temple for a moment.
- 49:56 (48:35) - someone in a beige coat at the back of the set can be seen, through the internal window, getting up from a sofa and edging out of shot as Steed and Cathy look out of the window looking to escape.
- 50:20 (49:02) - John Laurie fluffs a line "Couldn't we take it with them - them with us"