Series 6 - Episode 28
Teleplay by Brian Clemens
Directed by Don Chaffey
Continuity & Trivia
- 3:03 - Breaking the rules - Steed has a revolver.
- 3:29 - The close-up of Steed has him facing a different direction form the mid shot.
- 4:30 - You can just see the shadow of the boom microphone pass over Rhonda's head.
- 5:05 - Rista already has his gun out and at 5:11, through the rear window, you see him fire it without any sound effects, even though Steed hasn't yet reached Miranda and the scene hasn't yet become a car chase and shoot-out.
- 7:20 - The suspense-building music from From Venus With Love plays as Miranda removes her clown disguise.
- 8:00 - The tattoo on Murray's hand is different to how it was at 1:25.
- 9:10 - Murray's tattoo is different again.
- 9:40 - Tara tries to open the window and the whole wall shakes.
- 10:55 - How do the villains know the exacly layout and look of Steed's apartment anyway?
- 11:42 - At the start of the close-up of Dr Wells and Major Firth, the rescue workers in the background are in focus instead of the main characters.
- 11:45 - Firth's uniform has clearly had pips removed from the epaulettes, why doesn't Tara notice them? Surely a newly promoted major would get a new jacket. His presumably fake medals are: Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, General Service Medal (1962), Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal.
- 12:48 - A snippet of music from Something Nasty In The Nursery plays in the background.
- Lt. Barrett's medals are Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal.
- 14:49 - Tara's close-up is marred by the boom microphone dipping into view at top left.
- 16:04 (16:50) - The nursery theme from Something Nasty In The Nursery plays when Steed leads Miranda into "Fort Steed", his old nursery.
- 16:22 (17:26) - The boom microphone dips into view at top left on Sally Douglas' cue.
- 16:20 (17:40) - Only two people know of Fort Steed - Stinks Wilkins and Fatty the Gorger, sworn to secrecy on the oath, "Last one in's a ninny".
- 17:32, 19:40 and 23:55 - When the military history is mentioned, and later during the battle scenes, the martial music from Mission... Highly Improbable plays.
- 17:35 (18:00) - Steed mentions the battles he's recreated: Corunna, Waterloo, Balaclava, Wellington's run after Napoleon, General Déclair's ignominious retreat. (Miranda remarks, "There was nothing ignominious about that!")
- 18:58 - Another clue for Tara - the lieutenant's lapel badges are different to his major's. .
- 21:29 - The inscription on Mother's wreath reads "In Loving Memory of Our Dear Mother... The Finest Chap We Ever Knew. Died Suddenly - Explosively. R.I.P."
- 21:40 - I know she's heavily sedated, but surely Tara would have realised no-one she knows is at Mother's funeral.
- 22:44 - Bobby Cleaver's address is 25 Cranbrook Road.
- 22:50-23:50 - It makes absolutely no sense that Murray and Rista kill Cleaver, who was the only likely lead to Steed's whereabouts.
- 25:40 - When in Mufti, Firth wears a Guards tie.
- 28:16 - John Paul is reading "Quickfit" magazine.
- 33:15 - Steed's uncle was a chess Grand Master (37:40 - Miranda's aunt was a Grand Mistress).
- 35:33 - Murray's tattoo is slightly different again.
- 40:30 onwards - This episode is like Epic - where we are deliberately shown that the sets are sets and we see a glimpse of backstage reality.
- 40:56 - The mystery theme from Death's Door plays as Tara investigates "Steed's Flat".
- 42:05 - It's rather obviously a painted backdrop when Tara opens the door.
- 43:55 - It doesn't make any sense that Mother doesn't answer the 'phone when Steed makes his hourly "all's well" of three rings of the phone, to warn him of the impending danger.
- 44:33 - Same gatehouse location as was used the Neoteric Research Unit in Never, Never Say Die.
- 45:10 - Steed's cousin Desmond, "Not Demon Desmond the world ludo champion?" "No, Desmond the Demon, dice loader" "Groovy, baby!"
- 46:27 - There's a scratch on the film on the right edge, on Lt Barrett's hair.
- 48:30 - Steed mentions some of his ancestors: Steed the Ready, who dominated three shires in the Dark Ages; Sir Steedalot - who invented the Round Table.
- Running time: 49'57"
- Just who is so obsessed with clowns? We have:
- John Paul must have looked like a doctor to casting agents, he turns up in "The New Avengers" twice as a doctor.
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