Series 3 - Episode 19
by Martin Woodhouse
Designed by Philip Harrison
Directed by Don Leaver
Production Number : 3618
Teddington Studio 1
Thursday, 19th December, 1963
|VTR Inserts 3231/A )
- 42:03-43:30 - Scene 43 & 4 (shots 189-190) - Steed and Cathy in the culvert & bushes, escaping the interrogation facility.
- 50:04-51:34 - Scene 51 (shots 248-251) - tag scene - Steed keeps fussing over Cathy trying to make the coffee with one hand while he's being fitted by Lovell, her other in a sling, but it's he who spills the coffee.
Taping was stopped for approximately 5 minutes between the scene in Lovell's shop and the fire tower scene as they turned around the cameras:
BREAK - APP. 5'00" CAM. 1 MOVE TO POS. C - EXT. FIRE TOWER CAM. 2 MOVg TO POS. E - INT. FIRE TOWER CAM. 3 MOVE TO POS. B - INT. FIRE TOWER CAM. 4 MOVE TO POS. D - INf. FIRE TOWER CAM. 5 MOVE TO POS. B - INT. FIRE TOWER CAM. 6 ON ROSTRUM - POS. A - INT. TOWER. BOOM A MOVE TO POS. 2 - M.I.5. OFFICE BOOM B MOVE TO POS. 2 - INT. FIRE TOWER BOOM C MOVE TO POS. 2 - INT. FIRE TOWER
Friday, 20th December, 1963
|Tea break, line up,
normal scan, make-up
Expected: 51'25" excluding commercial breaks
Actual running time with bumpers: 51'58"
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||18th January 1964|
|Sydney||26th January 1965|
|Melbourne||14th February 1966|
|Cameras:||6 Pedestals (1 permanently on rostrum)
Practical Telephone betvreen Telephone Box and M.I.5. Office.
|Telecine:||A.B.C. Symbol and Avengers Opening Titles
2 35 mm. clips Caption Scanner
|Frederick Sempel||?||? (prior to episode)|
|Arne Langstrom||?||? (prior to episode)|
|George Arnold Meyer||?||? (prior to episode)|
|Ann Lisa Praviqz||?||? (prior to episode)|
|Herman Ludner||?||? (prior to episode)|
|Arthur Leacock||?||? (prior to episode)|
- 1:57 - They don't mention it on screen, but the script explicitly mentions Oliver and Charles briefing Steed at an M.I.5 Office.
- 5:10 - Cathy queries Anderson's procedure and Steed replies,"You've been reading the official handbook again".
- 5:50 - Steed describes Anderson: "He's reliable. By all the books he shouldn't be - lousy shot, can't swim, writes poetry. But! He's reliable".
- 8:36 - Steed calls Primrose 0042 to speak to Cathy.
- 14:00 (13:40) - Shades of The Prisoner when Steed tells fellow operator Anderson "Nobody retires, ever."
- 19:25 - slight loss of focus on the change of shot to Steed sniffing the cup of coffee.
- 24:52-25:02, 26:52-55 (24:33) onwards - Return of The Fly : yet more remastering problems with flies in the Canal+ studios landing on the transfer box.
- 26:13, 33:35 - telecine insert on monitors - Steed in cage.
- 26:48 - Charles has something stuck to his bottom lip.
- The Wringer tries to brainwash Steed with:
- 27:22, 34:25 - film of a tropical beach.
- 28:18 - drugged coffee.
- 28:34, 34:05 - psychedelic swirling hypnosis patterns and loud white noise [Steed counters this (30:08) by focusing on his watch]
- 29:40 etc. - time dislocation (randomly resetting the clocks)
- 29:40 - 2:30 compared to 8:15
- 31:28 - 1.00 on both (but Steed lost his watch outside the cage just before this point so it may have been altered)
- at this point he's given lunch, just one hour after breakfast
- 33:20 - The Wringer even tries time dislocation on Cathy when she arrives.
- 34:58 - they both say 4:25 (confirmed by Cathy)
- 30:48, 34:37 - film of WWII British artillery batteries, at very high volume.
- 32:17 - autosuggestion by voice over and sound effects.
- 34:09 - clock pendulums and the appropriate sound effects, mixed over the swirling patterns.
- 34:13 - photographs of faces, mixed with the pendulums and swirls.
- all of the above, mixed and faded in together.
- 34:43, 35:59 - telecine of Steed & Cathy in the cage on the monitors
- 36:02 - compression artefacts on a bad frame
- 37:51-38:03 - Douglas Cummings struggles with the lock and takes 8 seconds to open the gate to let Cathy out.
- 40:10 - the end of Steed's cage is clearly missing, revealing the film screen, but Cathy still goes to open the door.
- 45:33 - small smudge up and left of centre in Charles' medium shot
- 46:05 - £2 14/6 owing on the library book Proust that Steed lent Anderson
- Barry Letts (Oliver) is most famous for producing many, and directing several, of the Jon Pertwee Doctor Who stories; he did the BBC directors' course shortly after this episode and subsequently moved to the other side of the camera.
- Peter Sallis (Hal Anderson) is best known these days as the voice of Wallace from the Nick Park "Wallace and Gromit" animations.
- Douglas Cummings (Murdo) was last see as the sleazy Fatty Barker in The Gilded Cage.