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4.24 - A Sense of History

 
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peabody
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: 4.24 - A Sense of History Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate A Sense of History, produced mid January 1966 to early February 1966.

Teleplay by Martin Woodhouse
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
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Frankymole
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My review:

http://www.theavengers.tv/forever/peel1-24vr.htm#4

"You're a fraud, Steed."

A friend's visit allowed me to dust off a monochrome episode; what a joy to revisit this one. Everyone is having so much fun! Even debonair Patrick Mower manages to bring some malicious glee to his student ringleader role. Barely recognisable is the very young Jacqueline Pearce, who would later go on to play 'diabolical mastermind' villainesses in other British fantasy television; but here she is Marianne, an ingιnue who gradually wises up to the boys' plot.

Best of all are the 'old' gents: John Barron a picture of pomposity as a reviled Professor, John Ringham playing a bemused Don who constantly bends, flaps and capers ("isometrics — exercise without apparatus") — his attempts to be 'helpful' to Steed and Emma are a joy, including absent-mindedly firing an arrow at them! Nigel Stock is the brave/cowardly aide to Steed, sheltering from the outlaws' arrows with a tin colander on his head, serving coffee underneath a gypsy caravan; and John Glyn-Jones is the muttering bespectacled archivist Prof Grindley who gets an arrow in the back just before he begins class — or does he?

Despite posing as a professor, Emma's feminism is mocked a little too much — "I prefer my students wide-eyed and... innocent" as she uncovers a very daring (for TV in the 60s) 'pin-up' stuck underneath a desk lid. And she poses in that rather revealing Robin Hood costume — but I have to say she is stunning in it. Stunning in three ways: beautiful (as always), secondly with her usual wit (most notably when gently ridiculing Steed's "Sheriff of Nottingham" costume and floppy sword), and thirdly by literally stunning the enemy (and a few passers-by!) unconscious in the archive library. This very amusing scene has Emma asking Steed whether it would be better to brain a villain with Historical Memoirs or an "Encyclopedia of Erotica"! Steed (in mid-struggle): "The memoirs — they're heavier." In the end she gets the wrong man, and so needs the erotica too!

Steed sneaks in a quip or two (and even a double-entendre) and his repartee keeps up with Emma. He also has two of those lovely Steed-steel moments, as he threatens the villain with a broken arm in the College quadrangle. You can tell he means it — and all said through a smile. Whilst interrogating the youths earlier, he also bopped Pettit over the head with a thesis — quite firmly!

A three bowler (out of four) knockabout romp. It loses a point for its uneven pacing, bad dubbing of "St Bode's" for "St Bede's", and villains who are not really in Steed and Emma's league (i.e., irritatingly easily-led students). 7/10.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave 4
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only a 4 from me too I'm afraid.

30 minutes in this looked like being just a 1 but it picked up considerably in the second half.
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