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Yes, these are interesting reasoning. Nick worked in television and has personal experience, I worked at the most famous Russian video market in the field of selling audio and video media. As a matter of fact, in the market one could meet different personalities who had treasures in their collection. One could buy, another could steal, etc. I was not a supporter of theft, which was at its prime in those early years in Russia, but it is a fact that it was widespread.
It's not very pleasant to say, but as far as the original videotapes are concerned, besides the fact that someone could buy them, it is also easy to predict that someone could steal them. We can make a lot of assumptions from the side of what they are believed to have been destroyed.

I think the very fact of this spread of information about "destruction" is based on the length of time - the more time passes, the more the belief that it no longer exists. But wait, it may take quite a lot of time before it suddenly turns out that half of the episodes of the first Avengers series are in the basement of a certain collector. And someone sorting through these rubble will suddenly find ... anything connected with the Avengers, especially if this collector worked at one time in TV, for example. Wink
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Yes, these are interesting reasoning. Nick worked in television and has personal experience, I worked at the most famous Russian video market in the field of selling audio and video media. As a matter of fact, in the market one could meet different personalities who had treasures in their collection. One could buy, another could steal, etc. I was not a supporter of theft, which was at its prime in those early years in Russia, but it is a fact that it was widespread.
It's not very pleasant to say, but as far as the original videotapes are concerned, besides the fact that someone could buy them, it is also easy to predict that someone could steal them. We can make a lot of assumptions from the side of what they are believed to have been destroyed.

I think the very fact of this spread of information about "destruction" is based on the length of time - the more time passes, the more the belief that it no longer exists. But wait, it may take quite a lot of time before it suddenly turns out that half of the episodes of the first Avengers series are in the basement of a certain collector. And someone sorting through these rubble will suddenly find ... anything connected with the Avengers, especially if this collector worked at one time in TV, for example. Wink



good points Dennis...the tape format was unwieldy 2inch and then 1 inch..prone to glitches and drop out....when I first got into broadcasting, 16mm film was still being used...from TV and local programming, to camera guys shooting film footages for the nightly news...one of my first major jobs was film editing..I would sift thru reels of footages..and edit 'em, and got 'em on the film chain..and prayed to the broadcast gods, my film splices would hold...when they said film at 23:00 11 pm) they weren't kidding as sometimes I was still out in the hallway, wiping down film...to get it ready for the film chain..sometime later, we made the switch to video tape..'whole different animal.....lol.........then I took a transfer to XMTR engineering...and spent my days-nights, swapping out tubes, adjusting chroma levels on the RCA transmitters, climb TV towers, etc....and I remember both in the film and video eras, some shows, came to the station in their respected formats, we ran 'em..and they ended up in many closets, etc...and lingered on for yrs..til they either got sent to the dumpster, or someone just took 'em home...I suspect this was the similar fate to many first season Avengers episodes....
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Franky, you're spot on...I worked in broadcast television for eons, at several stations i.e. WMC and Wxyz....as well as NBC...and too many times, 'missing tapes, episodes did turn up in all sorts of places...including yard sales, etc..and early video tape was bulky, and prone to slowly drop out..as time flew by..and it didn't take too kindly, to magnetic fields, heat/cold/etc
Oh gosh yes. The amount of 60s recordings I watch through a series of black lines, white dots, and random drop-outs... and those were probably tele-recorded only a year at most after the event! In the 70s there were quad-head misalignments resulting in "banding" but they're on the original so we can't complain. I seem to remember watching them as a kid (along with "microphony" gunfire making the camera produce random black lines, and tube-flare where bright lights left an after-image "trail" - now I love to see those, it's nostalgia).

Nobody learns - in the 90s I had a right barney with my girlfriend about her habit of "storing" home VHS tapes on their side, ON TOP OF THE TV! And if not there, next to a hi-fi speaker. Major sources of magnetic wiping. The silly billy.

The best tele-recording artifacts ever are the giant insects. Flies bothering the Avengers, horrible insectoids on Quatermass- quite fitting really!
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denis rigg wrote:
Yes, these are interesting reasoning. Nick worked in television and has personal experience, I worked at the most famous Russian video market in the field of selling audio and video media. As a matter of fact, in the market one could meet different personalities who had treasures in their collection. One could buy, another could steal, etc. I was not a supporter of theft, which was at its prime in those early years in Russia, but it is a fact that it was widespread.
At record fairs and conventions in the 80s and 90s, you could quite often get a videotape recorded surreptitiously from a BBC edit suite - timecode and all. Sometimes a few generations down so a bit fuzzy, but in an age when there was no guarantee any of these things would ever be seen again - even the sell-through home video market was subject to series being stopped partway through - it was like gold dust.

Fans had sneaked in to the TV companies and the gold was getting out. I am quite happy to buy, again and again, the proper versions. True fans do that.
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denis rigg wrote:

I think the very fact of this spread of information about "destruction" is based on the length of time - the more time passes, the more the belief that it no longer exists. But wait, it may take quite a lot of time before it suddenly turns out that half of the episodes of the first Avengers series are in the basement of a certain collector. And someone sorting through these rubble will suddenly find ... anything connected with the Avengers, especially if this collector worked at one time in TV, for example. Wink
We live in hope.

There is certainly more Ian Hendry about than I ever imagined possible. I might even be disappointed if the next find is Dragonsfield, as I've grown very fond of Mr Hendry. Tunnel of Fear was a revelation - not only him, but Anthony Bate; and Morris Perry. Three of my very favourite actors, in one find. Beautiful.
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denis rigg wrote:

I think the very fact of this spread of information about "destruction" is based on the length of time - the more time passes, the more the belief that it no longer exists. But wait, it may take quite a lot of time before it suddenly turns out that half of the episodes of the first Avengers series are in the basement of a certain collector. And someone sorting through these rubble will suddenly find ... anything connected with the Avengers, especially if this collector worked at one time in TV, for example. Wink
We live in hope.

There is certainly more Ian Hendry about than I ever imagined possible. I might even be disappointed if the next find is Dragonsfield, as I've grown very fond of Mr Hendry. Tunnel of Fear was a revelation - not only him, but Anthony Bate; and Morris Perry. Three of my very favourite actors, in one find. Beautiful.


funny, how Ian actually does 'grow' on you..as an actor...good chops as an actor..never quite got over the hump...but hey, I still love to watch his misc roles...a great talent
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I'd love to see his late 60s series "The Informer" but I think either no episodes survive, or just one?
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New plot summary for the Sixtieth Anniversary!
You think I'm finished now? No! "Episode 27" coming in two days time!

As always, tune in to my site for the full experience with photos, TV Times, trivia etc. https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-1/126-dragonsfield.html

Series 1 - Episode 26
Dragonsfield
by Terence Feely
Production completed: 27 September 1961. First transmission: 30 December 1961

TV Times summary

Two women show their interest in Steed when, on a lone mission, he risks his life and samples outer-space

The following episode summary is written from the published synopses, other previously published material and Leonard White's scrapbook of notes and Tele-Snaps as this episode is now lost. There may have been changes made during filming. I have made a few assumptions, marked with footnotes, to try to explain gaps and plot holes. My breaks in the acts are based on when significant cliff-hanger events or changes of location happen and may not be completely accurate.

Prologue

Late at night at a research lab, a technician wearing a lab coat strides through the deserted lab with a clipboard, checking off equipment on his inventory. When he enters the radiation testing chamber, one of the radiation suits that had apparently been hanging empty comes to life and the menacing, alien figure lurches across towards the chamber. Its gloved hands close the chamber door and spins the wheel, locking the lead-lined safety door. The technician sees that he's trapped inside and frantically tries to turn off the equipment inside as the figure sets the controls at the main board outside. Realising he's unable to turn anything off or contact the outside world [1], the technician stares out of the observation window, his fate sealed...

Act I

John Steed (Patrick Macnee) is sent to investigate the attack on the technician and when he arrives he's greeted by Lisa Strauss (Sylvia Langova), who is discussing improving security with the facility security officer, Saunders (Alfred Burke). Lisa directs Steed [2] to the office of the chief scientist, Redington (Ronald Leigh-Hunt). Redington tells Steed that the technician's clipboard and radiation meter provided no clues and he explains the scientists have been researching radiation-shielding equipment for astronauts. He shows Steed a sample of a new, light-weight radiation-proof fabric they've developed. There have been a few disruptions to their research recently, but nothing like this! [3] Redington tells him the technician survived the exposure to radiation but is in hospital and unable to return - and was unable to identify his attacker, who had been wearing the old, helmeted, radiation suit.

While they're talking, the glamorous young scientist Susan Summers (Barbara Shelley) is squeezing on one of the newer, lighter spacesuits. She's the assistant to another of the scientists, Jack Alford (Thomas Kyffin). She sidles up to him in the tight costume, the taut spandex distracting him from his work, and proceeds to whisper sweet nothings in his ear. Saunders, passing by on his way to see Redington, pauses at the bottom of the stairs and frowns at their intimacy. Alford sees him and breaks from Susan's embrace, returning to his review of test results.

Redington is not in his office when Saunders gets there though, as he's taken Steed to see Dr Strauss, who demonstrates how they can manipulate materials inside a second test chamber by the use of a pair of mechanical, hydraulic arms - and uses them to pick up a shielded isotope holder inside a special lined, radiation-proof compartment inside the chamber. [4] Susan stands nearby, eavesdropping on their conversation and pretending to read a magazine; she smiles to herself when she learns who Steed is. [5] Steed and Redington return to his office and Alford is imperiously summoned in. Saunders tells Alford in front of the others [6] to stop fraternising with his assistant - it's not allowed at the facility as its a security risk and slows down the testing. Alford takes the public rebuke very badly and goes and tells Susan, who consoles him by saying Saunders is just jealous. [7] When she takes a break from work, she enters Saunders' office and, while looking abashed when Saunders admonishes her as well, concludes by telling him firmly to keep out of her private life. [8]

A while later, in the main lab, Susan enters and sees Lisa and Redington working closely together with the Lead Technician (Keith Barron) and Steed at another table. Susan turns to Steed and archly observes that some people can get away with breaking the rules while others get a slap on the wrist, and then leaves to get out of the radiation suit she had been testing. Steed sidles up to Lisa and discreetly asks if she know what Susan was talking about but Lisa denies all knowledge. A short time later, Lisa slips out and enters the change room where Susan is showering after stripping off the suit and they have a blazing row - overheard by Steed, who has padded silently after Lisa - about Lisa being hypocritical for telling Susan not to be with Alford when she is with Redington and just as likely to compromise the project. [9]

Steed calls his boss, reaching his secretary (Amanda Reeves) and after a bit of playful banter she puts him through to One-Fifteen (Eric Dodson), a pompous bureaucrat who tells him the project must not fall behind schedule and he needs to crack on - the saboteur is clearly someone inside the facility... Sure enough, Alford has entered the second test chamber which houses the dangerous isotope and is silently sealed inside by the saboteur, now dressed in a radiation-shielding hood and gown. The saboteur turns the wheel to open the shielded compartment and expose him to the radiation. Watching from outside, the attacker uses the arms dexterously, just as Lisa had done that afternoon, [10] and when Alford realises they're taking the isotope out of its compartment, he intervenes, desperately trying to close the compartment manually. The arms rise up and fasten tightly around his throat, pressing through his radiation suit and strangling him. At that moment, Steed enters the lab and hears the commotion; he rushes to save Alford but is unable to stop the saboteur from escaping.[11]

Act II

The next day, Steed and Saunders convene in Saunder's office to discuss the ongoing sabotage. Saunders tells him he has a lead that he's chasing up if Steed will continue his own discreet enquiries. Steed warns him the enemy has nearly killed twice already but agrees to the plan. As soon as he's gone, Saunders turns on the CB radio on his desk and delivers a cryptic message; an Eastern European voice squawks back details of a rendezvous... [12]

Steed meanwhile has bravely volunteered to take the place of the injured Alford in the next experiment. He's stripped to the waist and Redington and Strauss cover him in electrodes with metal bands around his chest and wrists, recording his response to the G-force pressure test [13] he is to undergo. The experiment quickly goes wrong, Steed racked with pain as the pressure soars to an unbearable level and he passes out as we fade to black... [14]

Act III

Lisa and a second technician (Morris Perry) frantically shut down all the equipment then Lisa rushes into the chamber. She is relieved to find that Steed still has a pulse... barely. When the technician checks, he finds that someone has tampered with the equipment, accentuating the stress level of the test and intending to kill Steed.

Saunders meanwhile has gone to the pub to keep his rendezvous and arrest the saboteurs. He finds Boris (Steven Scott) standing at the bar, talking to the landlord (Michael Robbins). He's a bit wary of the situation, and rightly so as a man in a raincoat appears next to Boris after they start talking. When Saunders fails to convince them he is a fellow traveller, [15] the man in the raincoat indicates he has a gun when the landlord's back is turned, and confiscates Saunders' pistol. The landlord gapes in surprise as Boris and his henchman leaves with Saunders, their drinks hardly touched. When Boris reaches their hideout in a disused mill, he calls a contact and reports he has Saunders, who used their call sign exchange and must be onto them. He smiles as he hangs up and announces the contact will take care of everything...

Having recovered from his recent ordeal, Steed goes to Saunders' office and finds a report where Saunders has recorded his cracking of the spies' code and gone to apprehend them. Feeling apprehensive about this, Steed travels to the pub as the sun sets and asks the landlord if his friend had been there, describing Saunders. The landlord confirms he left with two other men abruptly, but doesn't know where they went. As they talk, a tall, scar-faced ex-soldier who is playing darts in the corner edges closer, eavesdropping on their conversation. When Steed goes outside, the man follows and calls after him in the street. He introduces himself as Peters (Herbert Nelson), another of One-Fifteen's agents, and says the enemy agent Boris has taken Saunders to a disused mill nearby. [16] He had been waiting for back-up but now Steed is there, they go to the mill and enter silently, taking Boris and his henchman by surprise. Now rearmed, Saunders joins Steed in questioning the spies but they refuse to talk.

It's now nighttime but Strauss and Redington are still at work at the lab - they're realised they have made a terrible mistake in their calculations and are feverishly working on their sums. Lisa is apprehensive, given recent events, that they will have to perform another test, but Susan offers to assist them. Back at the mill, Boris is obstinate and refuses to talk until Steed strong-arms him over to the slowly revolving mills and presses one of his wrists down toward the turning cogs. A bit more pressure and his hand will be torn off - Boris screams in fear and tells them everything - Susan Summers is his contact and the saboteur at the facility!

Back at the lab, Lisa gives Redington an affectionate squeeze of the hand as she leaves for the final test, she's sure her lover's calculations are right now, [17] but when she reaches the testing area, Susan is nowhere to be seen. She has put on the old helmeted radiation suit and creeps after Lisa like a Robot Monster from Another Planet. Steed and Saunders come tearing back to the facility and ask Redington breathlessly where Lisa and Susan are. Astonished, Redington says they've gone into the lab to set up the experiment while he double checks his calculations. The two security men burst into the lab and grab Susan, who is trying to strangle Lisa with her gloved hands. She is unmasked and escorted away as Lisa sobs on Redington's shoulder. [18]

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1. The Tele-Snaps show him standing over the indicator board and intercom inside so I assume he was flipping switches and getting on the radio to no avail.
2. There are no Tele-Snaps covering Steed's arrival but as Lisa and Saunders appear in the "cast in order of appearance" list between Steed and Redington, it seems likely he met them when he arrived.
3. A lot of the plot for this episode seems to be the same as The Deadly Air, which also revolves around sabotage at a research laboratory. Given how close together in production they were, one wonders if any of the same sets and props were used.
4. There are Tele-Snaps of this sequence. This is a set-up for a red herring later on, see footnote 10.
5. This is a slight guess - the Tele-Snaps show Susan smiling as she watches Lisa demonstrates the arms. Two Against the Underworld by McGinlay, Hayes & Hayes (Hidden Tiger/Lulu hardback, 2015, p. 433) suggests she is smiling about Lisa fobbing off an advance from Steed.
6. There are publicity stills showing Steed and Redington in the office with Saunders and Alford which seem to be from this scene. There's also a shot of Susan and Alford outside the office, which looks like Alford is about to go in and she's reassuring him, so I have assumed an imperious summons.
7. The Avengers by Dave Rogers (ITV Books/Michael Joseph 1984 paperback reprint, p. 23) mentions this plot point.
8. Two Against the Underworld by McGinlay, Hayes & Hayes (Hidden Tiger/Lulu hardback, 2015, p. 433) suggest Susan's actions here. The Tele-Snaps and publicity photos confirm that Saunders speaks to Alford in Redingon's office, then there is a sequence where Saunders is in his office and Susan enters, lights a cigarette, and presumably tells him where to get off - she looks more contrite in the Tele-Snap than she does in the publicity still.
9. The Avengers by Dave Rogers (ITV Books/Michael Joseph 1984 paperback reprint, p. 23) and Two Against the Underworld by McGinlay, Hayes & Hayes (Hidden Tiger/Lulu hardback, 2015, p. 433) give the subject of the heated argument in the showers. There is also a Tele-Snap near the end of the episode which shows Redington and Lisa holding hands.
10. I feel sure the arms were used as a red herring to suggest that Lisa were the saboteur.
11. Two Against the Underworld by McGinlay, Hayes & Hayes (Hidden Tiger/Lulu hardback, 2015, p. 433) suggests Steed is knocked flying by one of the exterior mechanical arms when he tried to intervene.
12. It's not mentioned in any other synopses but I think the writers would have loved another level of red herring in this scene.
13. Exactly what the experiment is supposed to be is not mentioned in any of the synopses but it resembles G-force tests on astronauts in the Fifties and Sixties. It seems likely it was either G-force or low pressure testing to explain the TV Times description of "he risks his life and samples outer-space"
14. I've gone for a Doctor Who-style cliff-hanger but the Tele-Snaps could be read either way, it's possible the break in Acts was after Steed is freed from the test chair and is recovering in Lisa's arms.
15. No country is named, as is common for The Avengers when dealing with Cold War espionage themes, so I'll just assume they are Communist agitators from an undisclosed foreign power.
16. Herbert Nelson was an ex-Commando and stunt man who appeared in may television shows in the Sixties before moving to Australia. He was famous for horse stunts as well as regular acting and action work. I've assumed he was either one of One-Fifteen's men, or one of Steed's helpers as there is one publicity still at the mill where you can just see him in the doorway at the back, after Steed and Saunders have turned the table on Boris and his goon. As his entry into the mill doesn't seem to stop Steed, he seems to be on the "side of the angels". Dave Rogers' synopsis doesn't mention who told Steed that Saunders had been "taken away by two gunmen" but if it were the landlord you'd think he would have called the police!
17. There is a Tele-Snap of this, and it confirms Susan's outrage at being reprimanded earlier, as discussed in footnote 9 above.
18. At least, I think so. The Tele-Snap for this shot is so murky you can barely make out that it's Lisa and Redington at all.
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Episode 27? Is that the early draft of Mission to Montreal with a different title ("Gale Force"?)?
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Episode 27? Is that the early draft of Mission to Montreal with a different title ("Gale Force"?)?


This is a pretty intriguing New Year's surprise from Piers, we will only have to wait for the present. Smile
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Nothing so exciting, I'm afraid. It's "The Drug Pedlar" from TV Crimebusters Annual 1962.

https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-1/127-the-drug-pedlar.html

I don't know where Alan got the details for The Rook, Fifi and the Scorpion, or Gale Force. I don't have them and they're not in the archives I have been given so I can't really cover them.

As an additional bonus, the scripts for all series 1 episodes where available are now linked from their pages.
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Wow, personally, I got these exciting on updates, Piers - basically I liked the current look of the first series pages with attachments of scripts + "The Drug Pedlar" in PDF (now pages looks voluminous and convenient). Razz Are you planning updates for the next episodes along a similar path?

Umm, if Alan got the details for The Rook, Fifi and the Scorpion, or Gale Force not in the archives, hopefully there has been an other reliable source.
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Apparently it's still acceptable to use the word "Chinaman" for a left-handed googly in cricket.
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PS in the text there are two footnote indicators saying [1]. The second one should be a [2], for the water injection.
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Apparently it's still acceptable to use the word "Chinaman" for a left-handed googly in cricket.



wow, haven't heard that term especially in print, for many years..
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Thanks Denis, yes I will be continuing the updates through series 2 and so on, not sure if I'll stick to the update on the 60th anniversary schedule though... as that would mean not updating Bizarre until 21st April 2029. (You can tell I considered it, huh?)
Alan doesn't really cover Gale Force, but the others he does.

Thanks Franky, as ever, for helping improve my work; that footnote is fixed.
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Thanks Denis, yes I will be continuing the updates through series 2 and so on, not sure if I'll stick to the update on the 60th anniversary schedule though... as that would mean not updating Bizarre until 21st April 2029. (You can tell I considered it, huh?)
Alan doesn't really cover Gale Force, but the others he does.


Cheers, Piers, this is another New Year's gift for Avengers fans that you are going to keep making updates through series 2 and so on. Exactly, it would be a long wait until the last episode if The New Avengers will also be attached to the 60th anniversary schedule. Smile

Here's how. Well, it is possible that Alan really has something for Gale Force, but did not publish it due to, for example, an agreement with someone. Wink
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Thanks Franky, as ever, for helping improve my work; that footnote is fixed.
No worries, as always it's never a criticism (I'm the worst person in the world for typos, so easily done, and really appreciate any editor or reviewer!), I'm utterly in awe of your site and its pages which are the best on the internet, bar none. It's been the absolute crux of my series rewatch/re-listen and has added to my appreciation of the episodes many times over.
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Frankymole wrote:
denis rigg wrote:
Yes, these are interesting reasoning. Nick worked in television and has personal experience, I worked at the most famous Russian video market in the field of selling audio and video media. As a matter of fact, in the market one could meet different personalities who had treasures in their collection. One could buy, another could steal, etc. I was not a supporter of theft, which was at its prime in those early years in Russia, but it is a fact that it was widespread.
At record fairs and conventions in the 80s and 90s, you could quite often get a videotape recorded surreptitiously from a BBC edit suite - timecode and all. Sometimes a few generations down so a bit fuzzy, but in an age when there was no guarantee any of these things would ever be seen again - even the sell-through home video market was subject to series being stopped partway through - it was like gold dust.

Fans had sneaked in to the TV companies and the gold was getting out. I am quite happy to buy, again and again, the proper versions. True fans do that.



Exactly....over the years, I've bought copies in first, VHS....then dvd...and then if warranted..blu-ray....when made available;e....up next?? 4K......of course I occasionally think about PAL format..vs U.S. NTSC......I had fun as an engineer in broadcasting..
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:56 pm    Post subject: Dragonsfield Reply with quote

My own theory that Dragonsfield is a space centre and that Steed is in a centrifuge is, l believe, still valid, especially since at this time there was a clandestine effort to put an observation platform in space by both America and Russia. My theory is that this foreign power had already launched a platform into space and didn't want the UK to do so as well (as did Russia). Advances in technology rendered the American platform obsolete before it had even left the ground.
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