Cargill's Lovejoy is fantastic, and Macnee and Rigg ad lib fluidly. Great stuff!
- knee-length brown fur coat and grey marle woollen dress, silver shoes, crocodile handbag
- (1) with black gloves
- grey marle knee-length dress with black neck and hem, zipped up back, black gloves and patent leather handbag
- black shoestring strap evening dress with feathered hem, knee length, with mink stole, black high heels, black gloves, small black purse
- funerary dress - fur neck and cuffs on cotton ankle-length nightie, white slippers
- black open-neck blouse with leather vest (laced up front, flared hem) with leather trousers
- above (maybe?) with leather cap and light head scarf
- dark waistcoat (metal buttons) with white shirt (city collar, double cuffs) and dark patterned tie, Prince of Wales check suit (2 vents, flapped pockets), initially without the jacket.
- (1) with black bowler
- ugly jacket with light trousers and brown boots, black skivvy
- navy suit, white shirt, dark patterned silk tie, white carnation, black bowler and umbrella, chelsea boots
- black gloves and tan overcoat with (4)
- light rollneck skivvy with dark pea jacket (metal buttons) and dark trousers
- Grey single breasted three-piece suit, two vents, flaps on the pockets, white shirt, dark tie with gem pin, red carnation
- brown suede cardigan, jodhpurs, pale open neck shirt and dark diamond-pattern cravat
- (7) without the buttonhole, solid dark tie, later with patterned tie
- navy chalk stripe three-piece suit, white shirt, dark paisley tie with gem pin
- (4) with black bowler and umbrella, later with black overcoat
- (4) without hat and umbrella, briefly with a pigeon-grey top hat
- white shirt and dark tie, rectangular cuff links, probably of outfit above
A note on the timecodes
Where I have listed two sets of timecodes, the first is from the 2009-11 Optimum Releasing/Studio Canal DVD sets, any other timecodes are from the A&E and Contender DVD sets from a decade beforehand.
The new releases have been remastered and their frame rate has been changed, resulting in a shorter running time. However, the picture quality has increased markedly. I assume this is because they used a simple 2:2 pulldown (24 @ 25)
when converting from the original film masters (film runs at 24 frames per second, while PAL runs at 25fps, the new DVDs are in PAL format).
This pulldown was also the cause of audio errors on many episodes, especially for Series 5, as the audio sped up to match the new rate (4% faster), rather than being properly pitch-shifted. Checking the dialogue sheets, which list the feet and frames of the reels, it looks like the speed change is around 5.04%, so there may be some cuts as well - probably from around the commercial breaks and ends of reels, as they amount to about 25 seconds. All my assumptions are based on the episodes having been filmed on standard 35mm film, which has 16 frames per foot and runs at 24 frames per second, so a minute of footage uses 90 feet of film (1,440 frames).
These audio errors have been corrected in the currently available DVDs, but the 2:2 pulldown remains. There is also the addition of a Studio Canal lead-in, converted to black and white to match the episode for Series Four, but colour for Series Five, adding an extra 18 or 19 seconds to the runnning time and making it harder to match timecodes with previous releases. It's annoying that it has been slapped on every single episode, Series 1-3 didn't suffer this indignity.
The previous Contender and A&E DVD releases didn't seem to suffer from these problems, so I assume they either used soft telecine and preserved the original 24fps rate of the film (my preferred option in DVDs) or they used 24 @ 25 pulldown (2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:3 Euro pull-down)
Thankfully, the new blu ray releases for series 4-6 appear to use native 24fps with soft telecine so the running times and pitch all seem to be correct again along with a much grreatly improved picture quality, most notably in the Tara King episodes which are finally back to their original glory.