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  • title card: white text reading 'Dead On Course' superimposed on the burning wreck of an aeroplane
  • Steed talks to Dr King, who is gazing at the see-through air controller's map that is between the camera and them. He taps his chin with some papers
  • Sister Isobel keeps a vigil by Margot's bedside
  • Deidre in close-up, being questioned by Steed (off-screen)
  • Dr King finds molotov cocktails in the crate of holy wine that Vincent opens for him
  • The Mother Superior fires a hail of bullets from her submachinegun up the ladder

Series 2 - Episode 14
Dead on Course

Teleplay by Eric Paice
Directed by Richmond Harding

Production Schedule

Episode 28
Production Number : 3501
VTR/ABC/1778
Teddington Studio 2

Friday 25th May 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 break 19.00-21.00

Saturday 26th May 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 and Make-up
15.30-16.15
Dress Rehearsal 16.15-17.30
Line up 17.30-18.00
RECORDING 18.00-19.00

Running time

Expected: 52'25"
Actual running time with bumpers: 52'13"

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).

Transmission

London 29th December 1962
Sydney 10th February 1964
Melbourne 20th August 1964

Murders

Victim Killer Method
Pilot Male nun(?) strangled
the passengers the villains blows to the head & forced crash landing on plane
Margot Male nun garroted
Mother Superior Dr King fire bomb
Click a name to see the face

Transport

Marque/type Plate
several DC-3s -

Minutiæ

  1. 4:29 - The mid shot of Dr King turning to talk to Steed when leaving Freedman's office has the focus all wrong - the wall behind Dr King is in focus, but he isn't; the focus has been corrected at 4:44 when Steed crosses to join him.
  2. 6:23 - A hair gets caught in the transfer plate at the bottom of the screen and remains until 7:30.
  3. 11:37 - A hair gets caught in the transfer plate at the bottom right corner of the screen; it goes out of focus at 11:43 and starts oscillating at 18:18. It becomes trapped again at 22:22 and remains there unti lthe end of the episode.
  4. 8:10 - Hughes is annoyed at Steed's intrusion into his domain but Steed acts oblivious to the angst he's causing.
  5. 16:14 (16:00) - You can see Trevor Reid's left eye twitch when Dr King reveals his corpse and we have a close-up of his face.
  6. 28:25 - Joyce's Public House has the 'phone number Ballynoch 342
  7. 32:23 - the mid shot of Steed and Dr King is slightly out of focus.
  8. 34:31 - Deidre gives Gerry the number 42320 - which Steed translates initially (42:13) as GBDBO - the letters on the dial - Freedman corrects it to GCDB0 and says that's the callsign of the incoming 10:15 flight from Montreal.
  9. 40:18 - another thread gets caught in the transfer plate and remains until the end of the episode.
  10. 42:30 - Freedman's 'phone number is Shamrock 424.
  11. 43:00 - naughty Dr King checks out Sister Isobel's backside when he takes her into the alcove to question her about Margot's death
  12. 45:00-45:10 - some distortion of the picture & again at 45:40, 45:47, 46:25 and 46:34 with the telecine inserts.
  13. 50:35 - severe horizontal banding after the mix from insert to live.
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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