Series 4 — Episode 26
Honey for the Prince
by Brian Clemens
Directed by James Hill
|Tyne Tees Television||25/03/66||8:00pm|
|Television Wales & West||26/03/66||9:05pm|
TV Times listing
8.0 The Avengers
as John Steed
as Emma Peel
Honey for the
By Brian Clemens
In which Steed becomes a genie — and Emma joins a harem …
Cast also includes
|Ponsonby Hopkirk||Ron Moody|
|Prince Ali||Zia Mohyeddin|
|Grand Vizier||Bruno Barnabe|
|B. Bumble||Ken Parry|
|Ronny Westcott||Jon Laurimore|
|Eurasian girl||Carmen Dene|
|George Reed||Richard Graydon|
Music by Laurie Johnson
Directed by James Hill
Produced by Julian Wintle
Diana Rigg’s wardrobe designed by John Bates
ABC Television Network Production
|ABN2 Sydney, Australia||9/08/66||8:00pm|
|ABV2 Melbourne, Australia||19/08/66||8:00pm|
|ABC New York, USA||---|
|ORTF2 France||20/7/91 FR3|
|Suisse Romande, Switzerland||4/02/67||9:20pm|
|French title||Du miel pour le prince|
|German title||Honig für den Prinzen|
|Dutch title||Honig voor de prins|
|Italian title||Miele per il principe|
|Spanish title||Miel para el príncipe|
Italy did not show this episode in the 1960s, the Italian titles are from the Tele Torino International broadcast in the 1980s, and DVD releases. Spain and France did not include it in contemporary broadcasts.
This was the first episode of the second series of The Avengers in Germany, and was marked as “Für Jugendlich nicht geeignet”. The second series was a combination of 23 episodes - the first four from series 4 and the remaining nineteen from series 5, shown mostly fortnightly until May 1968.
We end the season with a bang - a middle eastern fantasy on many levels. Fantasies within the fantasy devolve to reveal the ways and means, and the evil hand behins the scenes. Great stuff.
|Emma’s Fashions||Steed’s Fashions|
|Ford Prefect utility||-|
|George Reed||Vincent East V*||machine gun|
|Ronny Westcott||Vincent East V*||machine gun|
|B. Bumble||Vincent East V*||pistol shot|
|Ponsonby Hopkirk||Vincent East V*||pistol shot|
|Bernie V*||himself V* & Emma||fell on discharging pistol|
Continuity and trivia
- 2:30 - Steed and Emma return drunkenly from an all night party over Tyke’s Water Bridge.
- 3:16 - Those aren’t bloody handprints, they’re paint-dripping handprints!
- 4:41/4:35 - Steed tells Emma to ring Colonel Robertson, let him know what’s happened and arrange for the body to be removed. When he returns to his flat later and sees Bernie’s feet sticking out from behind the sofa, he calls Robertson again (18:32/19:10), angry that the body is still “making the place very untidy”. Robertson appears to be someone Steed reports to, and is probably the same Colonel he rings in How to Succeed .... At Murderand mentions on the phone in The House That Jack Built.
- 6:00 - Macnee does some of his own stunts here, although in the long shots it’s a stand-in.
- 12:22 - When Steed gets no response from the man dressed as Napoleon, so he addresses him in French: “Je vous en prie, monsieur; pardon mon général, mon brave général... je cherche M. Hopkirk” - which elicits a smile from the general.
- 13:06 - Hopkirk tells Napoleon, “Won’t keep you long Napoleon, Wellington’s just getting his boots on.”
- 14:50 - Peter Diamond may be a great stuntman but he’s terrible at dying on stage without melodramatics.
- 17:33/18:00 - Hopkirk tell Steed, “I know, you’re a secret agent. Licenced to kill, pitting your wits against a diabolical mastermind;” Steed initially thinks his cover is blown but then Hopklirk continues, “It would make a change from your everyday humdrum existence”.
- 22:05 - Yet another silenced revolver offered by Hopkirk - and another, real one, used by Vincent later on. Silencers don’t work on most revolvers due to the gap between the barrel and the cylinder.
- 37:25 - Steed give Prince Ali a full commentary of the last Test Match - but who are Scott Gordon and Fiennes-Barnes?
- 42:01 - Diana Rigg hurriedly hitches up her pants which are in danger of revealing more than she intended.
- 42:05 - 47:00 - There’s a duty roster for the wives, Emma being added by Henry as she start to search for the assassin:
SUN. No. 51 - Jessica No. 184 - Jose No. 304 - Carol No. 53 - Babie MON. No. 76 - Rose No. 45 - Naja No. 72 - Zena TUE. No. 42 - Sharron No. 238 - Miffy WED. No. 41 - Freda No. 78 - Zoie THU. FRI. No. 119 - Mary SAT. No. 321 - EmmaThe rooms in the hareem are arranged thus:
238 - Miffy
119 - Mary
76 - Rose
?? - ??
?? - ??
45 - Naja
78 - Zoie
72 - Zena
61 - Freda
53 - Babie
51 - Jessica
?? - ??
There’s no sign of Florrie, Ethel or the unnamed wives 4 and 33, or the rooms for the other wives on the roster.
- 45:30 - It’s Diana Rigg doing the throwing, but it’s a stuntman being thrown.
- 45:30-47:00 - When Emma runs down the hall to save the Prince, it’s outside the rooms of Freda & Babie (Vincent already having been shown to be hiding in Freda’s room but he’s emerging from Babie’s room). After Vincent is thrown across the hallway, they’re fighting outside the rooms of Zoie and Zena, which is further down the corridor but he looked to have been thrown up the corridor.
- 47:10 - Emma turns over the QQF fantasy to read the subject, but in the long shot it’s turn back over again.
- 48:28 - you can see the wire holding up the back of the “flying carpet”.
- 48:49 - The Avengers depart down the same road as usual.
- Ron Moody returns in The Bird Who Knew Too Much as the feather-brained Professor Jordan.
- The set of Prince Ali’s palace was used for the filming of the short promotional film for the upcoming colour season, The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse.
- Running time: 49'41"