|Tyne Tees Television||22/01/69||8:00pm|
|ABN2 Sydney, Australia||14/03/69||8:00pm|
|ABV2 Melbourne, Australia||25/02/69||8:30pm|
|ABC New York, USA||30/12/68||7:30pm|
|Suisse Romande, Switzerland|
|French title||Meutre au programme|
|Dutch title||De computermoord|
|TTI Italy||4/1/1982 C5|
Continuity & Trivia
- 2:34 - The sting under the opening titles is the dramatic music from The Hidden Tiger.
- 4:25 - Trancer had already leapt up from the couch to attack Brinstead, but in the change of angle we see him do it again.
- 4:45 - The chase music from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station is used when Brinstead and Merridon chase after Trancer.
- 4:45 et passim. - Most of the loction work was filmed in Burnham Beeches. The factory is the backlot of the Elstree studios.
- 5:10 etc. - These gates are used in Danger Man ("The Professionals") and in Never, Never Say Die - they’re actually those of Haberdasher’s Askes School.
- 8:47 - Jennifer Croxton, in the commentary for this episode, reveals that Patrick Newell, like William Hartnell in Doctor Who, uses to sticks bits of paper about the set to remind him of his lines.
- passim. - I’ve always thought Jennifer Croxton looked a bit anorexic and the lady herself thinks that in her commentary.
- 10:00 - Jennifer commentary also reveals that she’d been taken out to lunch - steak and a few glasses of red wine - and couldn’t remember any of her lines, so she just nods at Clark and peers at the body.
- 10:03 - Steed asks, “How did he die?” and the forensics man, Clark, replies, “In alphabetical order, he was clubbed, poison, shot, spiked, stabbed, strangled and suffocated - and his ear drums are damaged.” Steed glances at the body and replies, “His neck’s broken as well.”
- 12:57 - Something black falls from the ceiling at the start of the fight between Forbes and Brinstead, it might be a bit of burnt paper. Jennifer Croxton reveals that Rhonda Parker did some of her stunts, but they were mostly done by herself, including all the driving.
- 13:27 - Musical sting from The Winged Avenger. There’s also a lot of music from Look - (stop me if you’ve heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers... in this episode.
- 14:32, 15:12 et passim. - The “old village mock-up owned by some bankrupt film company” is the ITC Elstree set where much of Danger Man, The Saint and The Avengers was filmed. It would be familiar to any fan of ITC or ABC television from the Sixties and was reused in “The Morning After”. It has since been demolished and a Tesco’s supermarket is on the site.
- 15:40 - There’s a dark smudge in the top left corner of the screen in the CU of Gillars.
- 17:11 - You can see the camera crew reflected in the front windows of the coach.
- 17:15 - Later on, we see all the passengers in the coach are dummies but here they are people. I am not going to bother capturing their mugshots; I must draw the line somewhere.
- 17:32 - How appropriate, the bus is a Commer Avenger V!
- 17:40 - The pub referred to as The Pirate, Lower Storpington is actually The Crown in East Burnham.
- 18:35 - The suspense-building music is from From Venus With Love.
- 19:48 - Steed has a very old fashioned telephone in his Rolls-Royce.
- 23:56 - Jennifer Croxton has a black fingernail on her left hand in this scene (which was shot in one take) - a memento of an injury sustained while filming the cart sequence which appears near the end of the episode (37:26 onwards). The cart struck her and knocked her down and she was taken to hospital. You can see the black fingernail reappear here and there throughout the rest of the episode.
- 25:36 - There’s lens flare, caused by the ceiling light, at the bottom centre of the screen as Anthony Valentine leaves the set.
- 34:13 - The Continuity error that wasn’t. Forbes parks her MG diagonally across the very front of the pub, but at 35:00 Merridon parks in what seems to be the same spot, and there’s no sign of Forbes’ car. All is revealed at 36:00, her car is further along, past the pergola while Merridon’s is near the sign for the pub.
- 37:14 - Is it the same cart they used in The Superlative Seven?
- 38:20-38:27 - The casual racism of the Sixties - Diana’s references to an “oriental trick” and bidding Steed “sayonara” make me cringe.
- 42:10 - Does Steed’s bowler now have more buckshot holes than before?
- 42:35 - Remak detects that Steed is 6' 1"" and 175lb, later adding the collar size 15½. It gives him the reference number 04/ZX/2.
- 42:58-46:50 - Remak attacks Steed with:
- 42:58 - high pitched sound (Steed quickly puts earplugs in his ears)
- 43:23 - crossbow bolt (Steed ducks when he sees the projected target on his chest)
- 44:10 - cutting blade (chops tip off umbrella after Steed ducks under it)
- 44:40 - crushing walls (traps the buttons of his coat)
- 45:10 - strangling (crushes his bowler and takes his umbrella)
- 45:40 - electric ray (burns his overcoat to ashes)
- 46:15 - motion-detecting machine gun (shoots his jacket; he screams and the computer concludes he is finally dead)
- Running time: 50'19"
Who’s Killing Whom?
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- purple open neck blouse and magenta tailored bermuda shorts, blue neckerchief, wide oxblood belt and matching calf boots
- bright yellow blouse and powder blue hipsters, brown neckerchief with gold dots
- herringbone brown & red overcoat, knee length, with integrated belt and flapped pockets, red buttons and round buckle, bright red boots
- black rollneck skivvy and widebrimmed hat, with red trousers and a maroon cardigan, thigh length, maroon shoes