Is it just me? Financial storylines just don't grab me, so this episode slips down the list.
- light jacket with pink furred hem and button line - no buttons visible, the jacket is two overlapping semicircles, with large fur handbag and pale calf-length skirt, the hem below the knee being in dark silk, pale court shoes
- cotton hooded coat with drawstring with long-sleeved blouse
- pale embroidered knee-length dress, embroidery in flower pattern covers the breast, belly, shoulders and cuffs of long sleeves
- (3) with mink jacket (closed down back, belted at waist) and small handbag
- dark dress with lace on shoulders and cuffs - triangles of interlocking leaves
- (1) with chamois gloves
- zip-up leather catsuit with buckles, with knee-high boots
- black high-collared, long-sleeved dress? with black gloves
- navy three-piece suit with white shirt, dark silk tie with diamond pin
- grey three-piece suit - 2 vents, flap covered pockets, cloth buttons - with white shirt with blue stripes (collar striped), light silk tie
- (2) with brown overcoat, tan bowler and black umbrella
- evening suit with black bow tie, plain formal (city) shirt, initially with black overcoat, the waistcoat has metal buttons
- (4) with overcoat and gloves
- (2) with dark tie and pale green shirt
- (1), briefly without the jacket, then briefly with a bowler
- Navy chalk stripe three-piece single breasted suit, single vent, slit pockets. Matching waistcoat, white shirt, navy tie with pin, then with a pale horizontally striped navy tie.
- Prince of Wales check jacket, dark waistcoat with metal buttons, dark silk tie (plain) and white shirt, tan bowler
- brown serge suit, white shirt, dark patterned tie
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.