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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'THE GOLDEN FLEECE	' superimposed on two military caps hanging from hooks above an empty metal shelf
  • Mr Lo and Captain Jason meet at the Chinese restaurant
  • Jimmy Jones's face hit the windscreen of the car, breaking the glass
  • Steed relaxes with a Tintin comic in the original French edition
  • A pile of the munitions, made of pure gold
  • Captain Jason regrets their plan, but only because they can't help the veterans anymore; Major Ruse watches him from behind while Sgt-M Wright goes to pack his kit

Series 3 - Episode 4
The Golden Fleece

by Roger Marshall and Phyllis Norman
Designed by Anne Spavin
Directed by Peter Hammond

Production Schedule

Episode 56
Production Number : 3603
VTR/ABC/2715
Teddington Studio 1

Thursday 23rd May 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 19.00-21.00

Friday 24th May 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" excluding commercial breaks
Actual running time with bumpers: 51'54"

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 7th December 1963
Sydney 9th June 1964
Melbourne 7th January 1965

Equipment

Cameras: 3 Pedestals, Turner Arm.
Telecine: Caption scanner.

Murders

Victim Killer Method
Jimmy Jones Mr Lo Run over
Click a name to see the face

Minutiæ

Time codes here include the Studio Canal logo from the remastered 2010 set, which runs for 18 seconds.

  1. 00:30 - You can tell it's Peter Hammond directing - the episode starts with close-ups of action and objects and it's not until 01:28 that we see anyone's face. The episode is strewn with close-ups and shots through glass (e.g. 9:00).
  2. 8:00 - what sort of Chinese restaurant serves saki?
  3. 14:00 - the camera completely loses focus as Steed takes Cathy's place at the door, I suspect they're preparing for the shot in the mirror of her walking away at 14:04
  4. 16:05 - Cathy is infuriated when Steed finally reveals that Lo, the gold smuggler, is staying at the Yam Sing restaurant, and she throws a cushion at him. She's even angrier at 30:00 wihen she realises her museum job was set up by Steed.
  5. 21:00 - Captain Yorke & Corporal Jones were dealing with the Hong Kong connection.
  6. 24:10 - When Cathy remarks, "oddly enough, my rent doesn't pay itself" Steed suggestively says, "I did suggest an alternative arrangement" and blows gently on her forehead.
  7. 36:09 - a hair gets trapped at the bottom right of the screen and wavers in and out of focus. It disappears at 38:48.
  8. 46:11 - When Wright goes looking for "number five picket" you can see two people running across the back of the set behind the wire fence.
  9. 46:41 - when Cathy throws Wright against thefence, the entire thing nearly falls down.
  10. 42:57 - A minor theme of the season occurs in this episode, when Steed is seen reading a Tintin book.
    In this episode it's a French-language copy of "Tintin au Pays de l'or noir" (Tintin in the land of black gold).
  11. A couple of cars make a rare appearance here - an army Landrover, Jimmy's elderly Austin which he was run over with by Mr Lo, and a Vespa in the back of his garage.

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