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3.01 - Brief for Murder

 
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Darren
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:55 am    Post subject: 3.01 - Brief for Murder Reply with quote

Written by Brian Clemens

Directed by Peter Hammond

Production completed: 12 April 1963
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

9/10. Great episode, if a little wordy! A very clever script and idea nonetheless. Rich.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my absolute favourites. It has a real feel of an Ealing comedy. It's easily one of Clemens' best scripts - especially as he didn't research or anything, just wrote by what he'd heard. It was such a good way to start the season. Cathy had not yet been a full time regular and had enjoyed an antagonistic relationship with Steed. There must have been a few viewers who were fooled. The reveal of Cathy in the black wig is so good (Honor really suits it). This episode feels like the show has really found it's style.

Peter Hammond is always excellent value as director (he'd have directed the whole show if I had my way:)). It's beautifully stylishly shot and perfectly cast. I love the weirdness of the Yoga school with the girls dressed in black almost like mannequins not reacting to anything, shot from a low angle. The Old Bailey on a Budget is wonderful, again shot low. And the shots through the fireplace at the Lakin Brother's office. And the edited pub refurbishments are so witty. Designers (in this case James Goddard) always give something extra for Hammond. The different stock music helps to add a new flavour - it's quite Johnson-esque at times.

Brilliant cast with John Laurie (always an Avengers favourite and different each time) and Harold Scott the stars as the Lakins. Helen Lindsey as Barbara Kingston is one of those performers who makes such an impression that you feel like you've seen her in loads of things. June Thody as Dicey is very amusing and fits the show so well. Alice Fraser as the floating Miss Prinn is another one who feels like she's done loads of Avengers but hasn't. Fred Ferris even returns again from Bullseye again as a policeman - I wonder if he was the same one - always drafted in to deal with Avengers cases.?

10/10
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know whether this episodes plot was inspired by Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allard wrote:
Does anyone know whether this episodes plot was inspired by Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution?


Brian Clemens was a big fan of Perry Mason so that probably influenced the courtroom setting.
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