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  • title card: red all caps jagged italic text reading 'BIZARRE' superimposed on a field covered in snow, a thin row of black silhouetted trees and a pale sky above
  • Jupp rises out of his coffin in the darkened luggage van
  • Steed reaches up to climb out of Jupp's grave
  • Jupp laughs as he imagines the look on his wife's face if she knew where he was as he lies back on a day bed, surrounded by dolly birds
  • The Master has a cup of tea, his fake tan revealed now he's removed his turban
  • Tara leads the arrested birds, businessmen, and crooks out of Steed's open grave
  • Tara and Steed are trapped in his rocket after she presses the launch button

Series 6 - Episode 32
Bizarre

Teleplay by Brian Clemens
Directed by Leslie Norman

Continuity & Trivia

  1. 1:15-1:30 - Shadows pass across Helen's face, especially at 1:25, but the long shot reveals her to be in the middle of an open field devoid of tree that could have caused the shadows.
  2. 1:50 - There's dust on the caption scanner again - you can see all these specks appear momentsbefore the firt title slide is displayed.
  3. 3:00 - Captain Cordell is wearing a Guards tie.
  4. 4:05-4:30 - Happychap's office and front gate are festooned with gauche slogans: "Special terms for parties of more than twenty", "Hurry hurry hurry get in while the going's good", "We give trading stamps / save for that funeral now".
  5. 6:40 - There's an echo in the audio, due to it being filmed in the studio but at odds with the supposed exterior location of the graveyard. (And I have to say it's a great studio set, although the artificial grass is a bit odd.
  6. 7:14 onwards - Steed shows Helen some photos, trying to jog her memory. The first is Robert Russell (Lubin in Get-A-Way!, then two other actors, and then John Sharp (playing Jonathan Jupp).
  7. 16:35 - Mother reports in to his superior, Grandma.
  8. 27:12 - I wonder if it's too late to hands this case over to another department.
  9. 30:05 - Terrible Sixties casual racism - the Master's fake Indian act is cringeworthy.
  10. 30:22 - The close-up of the Master is out of focus.
  11. 33:30 - Paul Weston standing in for Macnee in the street scene except for the close-up.
  12. 34:05 - Mother's phone is labelled M6 - is that a "Dangerman" reference?
  13. 34:47 - When Happychap says, "Dead, so we buried him" the audio is muffled and echoey - and doesn't even sound like Roy Kinnear! Was it redubbed in post-production?
  14. 43:00 onwards - Lovely intercutting of Paul Weston's stunt work with Macnee's midshots.
  15. 44:15-44:55 - Cyd does Linda's more difficult stunts.
  16. 46:01 - The rounded-up financiers and dollybirds are handcuffed together in a different order as the emerge from the grave, compared to when Steed first marched them through the tunnel below. 46:22 - augmented by Shaw, Charley and Jupp. Although it may be explained by Steed having kept one of the dollybirds down below with him - he's uncuffed the dolly between the first two financiers.
  17. 48:30 - Hilarious use of stock Apollo program footage when Steed's rocket takes off.
  18. 49:34 - Mother breaks the fourth wall to tell the audience, somewhat optimisitically as it turned out, "They'll be back, you can depend on it". He then blusters, "They're unchaperoned up there!"
  19. The other financiers are John Ash, George & Anthony (Tony) Barter, and Patrick Vernon - and one other; it's never made clear which is which.
  20. Running time: 50'01"

The Transport

MarqueColourNumber
Landrover SWB soft topgreenLYP 794D
British Rail intercityblue white and yellow?
Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. 'Silver Ghost' 1923 H.J.Mulliner tourer (chassis number 46LK)pale lemonKK 4976
Daimlertaupe?
Ford?pale greenNMY 625E

Who's Killing Whom?

VictimKillerMethod
Bradney Morton Tara shot by own gun during fight
Captain Cordell Charley (?) revolver
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Tara Steed

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