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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'IMMORTAL CLAY' superimposed on the water tank containing the 'corpse'
  • Machen, on the left, shows Cathy some of the teacups he potted
  • Allen asks Mara out on a date
  • de Groot sneers at Miller for being obsessed with Mara
  • Steed and Mara cling to eachother as they hide in the wardrobe
  • Anne admits to Richard - and Steed - that she let Lander into the pottery

Series 2 - Episode 16
Immortal Clay

Teleplay by James Mitchell
Directed by Richmond Harding

Production Schedule

Episode 43
Production Number : 3516
VTR/ABC/2298 & 2298A
Teddington Studio 1

Wednesday 9th January 1963

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 19.00-20.00
Line-up & Make-up 20.00-20.30
VTR Insert 20.30-21.00

Insert 2298A - Scene 39, the shoot-out in the pottery shop.

Thursday 10th January 1963

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
15.30-16.15
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: 52'07"

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 10th January 1963
Sydney 23nd December 1963
Melbourne 16th July 1964

Equipment

VTR PRE-VTR
Cameras: 4 Pedestals 4 Pedestals
Sound: 3 booms, 3 pract. telephones (Suburban Living Room, Diamond Workshop and Ross's Office), 1 slung mic. for Wharf, echo, grams & tape. 1 boom
Telecine: ABC symbol and caption scanner only. 1 insert

Murders

Victim Killer Method
Lander Allen Marling accidentally
hit his head
while fighting
Harry Miller de Groot revolver
Click a name to see the face

Transport

Marque/type Plate
none

Minutiæ

  1. It seems ironic to me that Jon Rollason, who played Dr Martin King for the first three episodes recorded for the 1962 was a potter, and wasn't rehired to appear in this episode - perhaps this was a left over script from those early days.
  2. 2:11 (2:08) - the corpse in the tank is pretty obviously a mannequin.
  3. 4:28 - Mara is excited about some gossip in a magazine - "Joy Tracey's going to have a film test. Joy Tracey - this year's Miss England" - "Beautiful raven-haired Joy Tracey, has been offered a film test by producer Ray Birch. Miss Tracey, a secretary, is 37-23-36".
  4. 8:50 - Steed says: "This will be a breakthrough in the problem of solving the problem of friction on high-speed aircraft and rockets" The scripts reads: "This could be a breakthrough in solving the problem of friction on high-speed aircraft and rockets."
  5. 10:42 - There's a split second CU of Alan in profile, then the vision cuts back to the previous shot
  6. 16:55 - De Groot says: "How soon will my order be roddy?"
  7. 17:27 - Allen's previous 'good ideas' included:
    • Cheap way of making porcelain (which cost them £3,000)
    • Electrical insulators
    • Teapot with a non-drip spout
    • Flameproof kitchenware
  8. 32:32 - De Groot gets it wrong again - "Paint it and put it in with the set for Laipz- Leipzig"
  9. 35:55 (35:21) - the camera crashes into the sink Miller's working at.
  10. 41:09 - picture breaks up
  11. 48:18 - the director cuts to a MCU of Miller's body, but it's completely out of focus and the operator hurriedly focuses it.
  12. 48:39 - Steed tangles with de Groot in a very unfocused shot
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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