Steed is kept in detention. Emma sees the light.
7 x 15-minute episodes
based on the television episode
All Done With Mirrors (1968),
written by Leigh Vance
Donald Monat as John Steed
Diane Appleby as Emma Peel
Colin Fish as Mother
Hugh Rouse as The Narrator
Adapted and directed by Dennis Folbigge
Produced by David Gooden
Transmission on Springbok Radio (7.15-7.30pm):
Episode 1 - Wednesday 16th August 1972
Episode 2 - Thursday 17th August 1972
Episode 3 - Friday 18th August 1972
Episode 4 - Monday 21st August 1972
Episode 5 - Tuesday 22nd August 1972
Episode 6 - Wednesday 23rd August 1972
Episode 7 -
Thursday 24th August 1972
This is a best guess based on available data
Dropping spectacles by the cliff edge
is not advised.
A man walking near the Carmadoc
Research Establishment hears a strange voice compelling him
towards the cliff edge. He falls to his death. Meanwhile, Mother
explains to Steed that as a precaution he must put him under
arrest. Steed, by having worked covertly at Carmadoc to find out
how secrets are leaking, is suspected by the staff there. Mother
assigns Mrs Peel to the case with the assistance of Watney. At
Carmadoc, Major Sparshott, Head of Security, explains that the man
who fell to his death was called Guthrie and gives them his
address. Mrs Peel heads there. A man called Markin has been
following all this and informs his boss.
Steed and Mother are discussing
how Steed had worked out security arrangements at Carmadoc and how
Mother had screened everyone. Mrs Peel finds Guthrie's cottage
where it appears he had been interested in amateur astronomy. Some
mirrors are lying broken. A lady introduces herself as Daisy and
says that she looks after Mr Guthrie. Markin is somehow listening
in to their conversation, but with difficulty. Telling his boss to
"try another angle," he then hears more clearly. Daisy explains
that Mr Guthrie wanted everything shiny smashed and it had
something to do with a Mr Williams who lives down the road.
Markin, hearing this, sends an accomplice, Gozzo, to kill
Williams. In the meantime, Watney suspects a Dr Seligman who he
finds using binoculars. Mrs Peel finds Williams strangled and
while taking an envelope from him, Gozzo returns.
After a long struggle with Mrs
Peel, Gozzo accidentally dies. At Carmadoc, Watney no longer
suspects Seligman, a meteorologist. Tiddiman and Carswell also
work in the lab. Mrs Peel enters and reports the two further
casualties. She shows Seligman some scribbles on the envelope and
he tells her it's just an equation. He then whispers to Watney
that he knows how the secrets are being leaked and arranges to
meet him in the woods. There, Seligman hears his name being called
leading him towards a mirror. Watney also hears this and then a
gunshot. He finds the dying Seligman, who says that it is all done
with mirrors. Having suspected something, Sparshott appears
holding a gun, which Watney grabs and finds hasn't been fired.
Watney notices a lighthouse and reports to Mrs Peel, who discovers
a drawing of a lighthouse on the back of the envelope.
Mrs Peel parks near the
lighthouse and a man named Ketteridge tells her it's a private
residence. Timothy Barlow then comes to the door and introduces
himself as the Colonel's secretary. Mrs Peel follows him up
spiral stairs to speak with Colonel Withers, who is looking
through a telescope. Waiting for Watney to report, Mother explains
to Steed that he had to let Mrs Peel lead an investigation
sometime. Mrs Peel asks the Colonel if he knew Guthrie or perhaps
saw him through his telescope. He insists he's only interested in
the sea. Turning the telescope to the cliffs, Mrs Peel tells them
they have another a visitor. Barlow goes down and Mrs Peel is
similarly unsuccessful when talking to the Colonel about Williams.
The visitor is Pandora
Marshall, who finds it odd that Barlow has to be reminded about a
letter he wrote to her about her visit. Mrs Peel is encouraged to
leave. The Colonel leaves the telescope unattended. Pandora, taken
to a guest room, sneaks out and climbs the stairs. She quickly
deduces, as she already knows a bit about it, how the telescope
sends and transmits sound. Focusing on Mrs Peel's car mirror she
tries to explain what's happening and warn her that Barlow is an
impostor. He enters and Mrs Peel only hears Pandora calling to
her. She tells Watney this on her car phone and he heads for the
lighthouse. Barlow sends Ketteridge after Mrs Peel. He then makes
Pandora lure Mrs Peel to the cliff edge by calling for help with
the telescope. Ketteridge forces Mrs Peel over the edge.
Pandora is put in the cellar
where the real Colonel and Barlow are being held. Watney and
Sparshott arrive and seeing her shoes, fear that Mrs Peel has
gone over the cliff. Mother tells Watney to keep searching and
give a detailed report. Gaining consciousness in the sea, Mrs
Peel swims ashore. At the lighthouse, she disables Ketteridge and
discovers the cellar where, overpowering Markin, she finds the
captives. They tell her that the other impostors are foreign
agents, stealing secrets from Carmadoc by using the telescope.
Unable to release them, Mrs Peel is told how she might get help
by using the telescope. First she knocks out the bogus Colonel.
Mother tells Watney to come
home. Steed has read Watney's report that it is all done by
mirrors and so decides to visit the lighthouse. With the
telescope, Mrs Peel tells Watney, on a road nearby, that she's in
the lighthouse as two of Barlow's men rush in. Steed arrives,
releases the captives and learns what's going on. Mrs Peel
overpowers the men, but Barlow enters with a gun. Watney rushes in
and they send the top man tumbling down the stairs.
The first announcement can't be
taken too literally. If this is, as we are told, "a case that
could be all done by mirrors," then what might be done? Steed
could whack someone with a mirror, Mrs Peel could use her
rear-view mirror, and Mother could look behind for bottles of
spirit with one. Enough of my humour! What with Mother's outdoor
pool and the secrets he's concerned about being leaked from a
coastal facility, we hear well-chosen water sound effects and
music. At other times, however, the music in this one is a bit
sparsely employed. Mrs Peel's temporary new partner, Watney,
sounds a bit plain and he dithers a bit strangely about naming
Guthrie. Steed and Mother are fine though, and begin to speculate
that if the leaks at the facility aren't due to internal or
external sources, then maybe they should be looking at something
in-between. The picking up of Mrs Peel and Daisy's voices by some
piece of equipment is done well and easily understood; impressive,
given that in all probability it's a first 'take' for the
performers. There are many characters so the decision to give Dr
Seligman a foreign accent this time helps to clarify things,
particularly in the audio medium. I have to smile when told that
"they hadn't got off to a very good start," and then we hear a
list of the dead. Lines can sometimes have a different effect on
the listener than that intended (to inform). Steed and Mother talk
about Watney, but what's this, Steed is in the pool at this time
and pretty relaxed! I feel it works better on TV with Steed less
relaxed, because in the coming scene when he releases himself from
confinement, it shows that he was concerned all of the time.
From the 19:15 time
announcement preceding Episode Five that was preserved in the
recording, we learn that the 24 hour clock was used in South
Africa in the early 1970s. It is less used in the media now. We're
told that Mrs Peel would be impressed at the speed at which the
visiting Pandora ran up the lighthouse stairs; she'd have to be
quite fit for the middle aged lady she sounds in the radio version
(perhaps as fit as the character that Honor Blackman portrayed in
Doctor Who!). There's a few seconds silence when Pandora
reaches the lamp room and is cautiously looking around. It's
another simple but effective element that is used. Pauses add
something to the drama too but there's a limit to how long they
can be, I suppose.
The ratings, if there were any
recorded, must have gone up after Mrs Peel's plunge from the
cliff. Not quite a cliff-hanger. I really like the description of
her time in the sea. Music and sound effects mixed with the
narrator's voice create a sort of audio time-lapse photography
effect. Listen to it in the first music clip on
The Radio Series - The Music. What a
nicely said sentiment by Steed to finish: "I think we should go
together next time, Mrs. Peel, don't you?"; I'm looking forward to
TO THE TELEVISION EPISODE
Name Changes: Miss Emily
is changed to Miss Daisy.
Character Changes: This
is one of a number of episodes adapted for the Sonovision
Avengers which replaces the television character of Tara King
with that of Emma Peel.
The characters Roger and Arkin
do not feature in the radio version.
Carswell and Tiddiman are
mentioned but do not have speaking parts.
Storyline Changes: The
opening scene with Roger and Arkin is omitted.
Pandora already knows how the
telescope should work.
Instead of Tara leading Steed
to the lighthouse, he goes there as a result of Watney's report
that it's 'all done by mirrors'.
Barlow and not one of his
accomplices is sent falling down the lighthouse stairs.
Instead of the final picnic
scene, Steed and Mrs Peel leave in a helicopter.
Bloopers: In Episode
Three, Sparshott says, "There is Tiddiman, Sparshott, Carswell
over there and me?" – the second name should be Seligman.
Trivia: Watney's parents
were very fond of the name Watney, which explains his
extraordinary (and for him unfortunate) full name.
Mrs Peel's shoes rather than
her neck-tie are found by the cliffs.
The captives are held down in
the lighthouse cellar instead of in a room off the stairs.
Steed is worried about the
moderately high cliff that Mother says Mrs Peel has fallen over
because he has seen his moderate measures of Scotch.
This time, the real Colonel
doesn't explain why Guthrie and Williams got killed.
This serial is known to have
been the next one broadcast after A Grave Charge.
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