Series 3 - Episode 5
Death à la Carte
by John Lucarotti
Designed by Richard Harrison
Directed by Kim Mills
Production Number : 3604
Teddington Studio 1
Thursday 6th June 1963
|Line Up and Make Up||19.00-19.30|
|VTR Insert (VTR/ABC/2716A) between||19.30-21.00|
- VTR Insert 2716A - 43:53-45:29 - the sequence of Steed climbing out the penthouse window and up onto the roof.
Friday 7th June 1963
|Tea break, line up,
normal scan, make-up
|Photo oall (Honor Blackman, Patrick Macnee)||16.05-16.15|
Actual running time with bumpers: 51'46"
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||21st December 1963|
|Sydney||28th April 1964|
|Melbourne||26th November 1964|
|Telecine:||ABC symbol and opening captions, 2 35mm. inserts; Caption Scanner.|
|Emir Akaba||---||natural causes (heart attack)|
|Lucien||Ali||broken neck (hit with crowbar)|
Time codes here include the Studio Canal logo from the remastered 2010 set, which runs for 18 seconds.
- 6:17 - there's a large smudge at the top right of the lens of camera 5, and two smaller spots near the top edge in the left corner - most obvious in the MS of Spender entering suite (6:17) and the profile shot of the Emir speaking to Umberto (12:48) - they remain for the whole episode.
- 7:38 - there's a small spot near the centre of the top of camera 2's lens.
- 7:56 - there's a small blurred smudge top left of centre of camera 3's lens and several smaller smears bottom right, and another just left of centre - most visible in the CU of Mellor pouring drinks (7:56) and the MS of Emir & Umberto (12:23) - they remain for the whole episode.
- 30:44 - Steed, posing as chef Sebastian Stonemarten, is supposed to have a specialty of faisan à la langue docienne - he and Cathy are aghast when the Emir orders it for dinner.
- 33:10 - Umberto first reveals his East-end roots when he calls Steed "You great big steamin' nit" for knocking his canneloni to the floor.
- 46:54 - Ali drops the key that Mellor throws to him.
Watch for the scene in the kitchen where the cameraman nearly knocks over a table when he raises the camera.