I like this episode a lot, but would be hard pressed to say why - is the utter improbability of the plot? the hilarious performances by all involved? the unitentional humour of Diana Rigg's dancing? sexy Carole Grey? the garlic sausage? Perhaps it's the last two.
- 'Hill' cruciform white jacket (black cross of buttonholes and waist) with contrast square at cross, black and white beret and driving gloves over 'Calvary' - a black minidress of the same pattern, but with the cross in white, white flat shoes
- white miniskirt with long-sleeved black blouse with fine white lace collar and cuffs, zip up the back of both, matching black and white handbag
- 'Chemin' black and white knee-length fur coat
- sleeveless black knee-length dress with a band of white over the shoulders, and two more across the upper torso, black and white flat shoes
- cotton collared knee-length dress, no waist, three buttons, the buttonhole seam stopping at the navel, long loose sleeves pinched into linked cuffs worn with white flat shoes
- silver and white cotton and lace a-line dress, v-neck, sleeveless with metallic cloth along neckline and bands at the hem, on the diaphanous lace layers as well, worn with silver and white flat shoes, later with a pale lacy mask
- bowler, prince of wales check jacket (3 covered pockets) with dark waistcoat (silver buttons) and dark patterned tie, white shirt
- heavy tweed overcoat with black collar, double-breasted with six black buttons, flat slanted hip pockets, black bowler, white shirt, dark silk tie, dark suit, black umbrella with whangee cane handle and black leather gloves, black chelsea boots
- above, swapping the bowler for an admiral's hat and a silk topper
- (1) without the bowler
- dark single-breasted three-piece suit, cloth covered button throughout, with dark patterned tie and white shirt (double cuffs, city collar), black bowler
- tail suit with white bow tie and waistcoat, black cloak and topper, black silver-topped cane, white gloves, later without the cloak and hat, but with a black mask
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.