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The Bishop
25th December 2010, 11:27 PM
8. Hole In One

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CAPERS

1. CELEBBERS

The revamped Captain Brown puppet appears as General Brompton in another fine performance. He gives as good as he gets when Father Unwin attempts to browbeat him with Unwinese but it has the desired effect. Captain Magenta can be seen lounging around in the members room of Leyland Golf Club.

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2. STORY TRIDDLYHOW

An important satellite will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and burn up unless a signal can be sent to correct its orbit during a limited time window. The team at the Western Early Warning System Tracking Station send the signal but it is jammed at the last moment by enemy agents.

The question is how did the opposition know the time and frequency of the correcting signal? There must be a security leak and yet very few people know the security details. The Bishop searches General Brompton's office for bugging devices but draws a blank. They agree that the information must be being overheard on the golf course where Brompton and Forrester, the security chief, discuss their plans.

The solution is simple - but ridiculous! The General's golf balls have been fitted with mini tape recorders which capture his confidential discussions. After recording this information the special balls are intercepted by a clever device in the cup of the 15th hole where they are substituted with a normal golf ball.

The tape recorder balls are then plugged into a machine which can play back the conversations to Kromer, an enemy agent, and his assistant. They are in contact with the 'Commandant' who is operating from an offshore vessel.

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3. NE'ER DO WOLDS

Kromer looks remarkably like De Groot from 'The Feathered Spies' but perhaps they are twins like those appearing in the Joe 90 episode 'Mission X-41'. Unlike De Groot, Kromer is an unpleasant piece of work and I certainly don't warm to him especially after his comment about 'the British idiots'!

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4. RESOLVEY-HO!

It is Father Unwin and Matthew who work out how the secret satellite information is being discovered. Father Unwin arranges to play golf with General Brompton and passes a coded message which he knows will be intercepted. The message lures Kromer and Blake, his confusingly named colleague, to a caravan thus giving Matthew an opportunity to stow on board their car.

Back in their house, located on the edge of the 15th green, Matthew is able to open the ball receiving device just in time for Father Unwin to get a 'hole in one' with a special gas grenade golf ball. The gas overpowers the crooks and the Tracker Station is able to successfully correct the satellite's orbit.

The Bishop
25th December 2010, 11:28 PM
CONTAIN-ITS

5. IF YOU FOLLOW MY MEAL

Purpose

Matthew makes it quite clear that he wants Father Unwin to stall General Brompton so that he can get in position to open the ball receiving device and Unwinese is the natural solution!

Transcript

Father Unwin: "General?"
General Brompton: "What is it?"
Father Unwin: "What club are you using?"
Brompton: "A driver. What else off the tee?"
Unwin: "Well this particular hole's dogleggery shape woe a heathery hazard of that.. falollop it throop-t-k!"
Brompton: "Colollom.. Look! look! look! Do you mind if I still use my driver?"
Unwin: "Well, yes.. I suppose on second thorkus that probably is the right club. O yes."

Unwin: "General, I'm so sorry."
Brompton: "What now?!"
Unwin: "Are you sure that's your ball?"
Brompton: "Of course it's mine!"
Unwin: "Well, look! If I was standing in your place, a little shade to the rightload, then rabbity dribblimost down to the pinny-pinny of that hole."
Brompton: "Look! look! I don't understand you!"
Unwin: "Well, you see, you trickly through.."
Brompton: "No! No! No! You listen to me.."


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Translation

Father Unwin: "General?"
General Brompton: "What is it?"
Father Unwin: "What club are you using?"
Brompton: "A driver. What else off the tee?"
Unwin: "Well this particular hole is a dogleg with a long carry over a heather hazard!"
Brompton: "Look! look! look! Do you mind if I still use my driver?"
Unwin: "Well, yes.. I suppose on second thoughts that probably is the right club."

Unwin: "General, I'm so sorry."
Brompton: "What now?!"
Unwin: "Are you sure that's your ball?"
Brompton: "Of course it's mine!"
Unwin: "Well, look! If I was standing in your place, a little bit to the right, then I could let the ball run gently down to the flagstick."
Brompton: "Look! look! I don't understand you!"
Unwin: "Well, you see, you follow through.."
Brompton: "No! No! No! You listen to me.."

6. DEEP JOY OF THE MINIATURISATION

Not the Minimiser but a recurring mechanical device which this time appears inside the main Tracker Station building. The set is the same one that was used for the desalination plant in 'A Question Of Miracles' I wonder who put the red clock here .. and has anyone seen Patterson?

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7. THE MIKE SONG SINGERS

The music is as atmospheric as ever and seems to provide a commentary and judgement of its own on the ways of the world.

8. PROPY

Here is the special cup on the 15th hole which intercepts the General's tape recorder balls and replaces them with normal balls. The motion and sounds of this device are very satisfying but the viewer certainly has to suspend his disbelief!

Firstly, if a putt was made from short range the golfer would be able to see the mechanism in operation. Secondly, there is no place for the flagstick which would normally be in the centre of the cup. A putt made towards the end of the episode is holed from distance with the flag still in place but the arrangement is unconvincing.

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9. SETLOADERS

This is a nice little set and you get a good view of the ball capturing device. I like the little props, such as the fire bucket and wooden stool, not to mention the single light bulb dangling from the ceiling!

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The Bishop
25th December 2010, 11:29 PM
NAME DROPNY

10. GLINTY SCINTILLADES

This puppet has appeared before in minor roles but is included here because of his role as the security expert, Forrester - or 'Mr Security' as he is referred to by Dr Hawthorn. He is also shown here because it is an opportunity to see a painted background which is an alternative to a proper puppet set and to a live-action location.

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11. AGENT BLAKE - O FOLLY TERRIBOLD!

Agent Blake doesn't appear in this episode.

12. SUPPORTY CARPS

Apparently, this fellow has had several roles in both Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 but with a different coloured wig. I can't say I recognise him but the distinctive red hair suits him very well.

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13. CREASEY UNIFOLDERS

I particularly like the ruddy coloured jacket which Father Unwin wears on the golf course. The real actor also has a similar outfit which can be seen below. I also like the Plus Fours, as I think they are called.

HOUSE & GARBIDGE

This section affords an opportunity to pick up on some of the live action shots and locations which are a characteristic of this show.

14. LIVE HAPPENY

Here is Stanley Unwin entering the clubhouse of Leyland Golf Club. According to 'A Guide To Avengerland' the golf course is actually the Maidenhead Golf Club in Shoppenhangers Road.

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15. TIMELY PARPS

In my youth I was a keen golfer playing at places like Essendon, Foxhills and Portrush. These days I am not so well off and can't afford the cost or the time. Nevertheless, I may get the chance to play at the Royal Household Golf Club in Windsor next year (if I am very lucky!).

16. GRANDLY ARCHITEPS

Not exactly grand architecture but I would certainly like to live in a house like this on the side of a golf course. I wonder if the building still exists and who lives there now. Do they know their house is famous (sort of)?

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17. MOTYCARS CLASSICOLD

There are some nice old cars in the golf course car park but none are in the foreground or key to the episode.

The Bishop
25th December 2010, 11:30 PM
SUM UPPERLY

18. ALL UTTERY WORDS

Although this story is called 'Hole In One' there is not, strictly speaking, a hole in one during the show. On the 15th hole General Brompton's ball and Father Unwin's ball are lying side by side after their drives. Brompton then accidentally hits Unwin's ball into the rough from where Unwin holes a brilliant shot with his wedge - so 3 shots in total!

The whole story is hare-brained and far out but that is what we like! There is no urgent need for the elaborate trapdoor mechanism to retrieve the ball with the mini recorder - it could be just as easily taken from Brompton's golf bag at the end of the round.

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19. QUANTICOST

I knew of the storylines a long time before I saw them on film. This one whetted my appetite being a big golf fan and it didn't disappoint. I have awarded it 4 lights because the satellite scenes are fairly dull and unimaginative.

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Rating: Five stars + 4 Minimiser lights


TRIVIAL

20. MICRO MATTHEW

There is no Micro Matthew in this episode.

21. SPLODEY BANGERS!

The story revolves around the G9 satellite which will come to a fiery end if its course is not corrected. In fact, the satellite is saved but Kromer and his assistant, Blake, do blow up a tanker carrying components to the tracker station and also a decoy caravan following a false trail laid by Father Unwin.

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22. LESSON LEARN-IT

There are no church lessons this time around.

23. JUDGE NOT, MRS APPLEBOD

Mrs Appleby doesn't pass judgement on Matthew in this particular story.

24. WHIMSY CHUCKLODES

There are a number of amusing moments but the double act between the General and Father Unwin takes some beating. Considering the trouble the model makers go to with their wonderful props I was surprised that the golf balls used seem to be grubby and maybe not much better than basic driving range fodder.

25. COMPETIGAMES

This is a thread with a difference in that it incorporates a competition for members of the public Fanderson Forum. The winner will receive a small prize consisting of a resin Matthew Harding head which was taken from the original puppet.

The Bishop will soon be retiring on a nice, fat Civil Service pension. To win the Matthew headcast you must answer the following question: What is The Last Errand Of The Bishop?

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The title of this story is 'Hole In ONE' but I don't remember seeing the 11th hole!

Within the threbbers of this page there is a story told
Of saboteurs and crooks and spies and tales of ne’er do wolds.
Bishop all retirey-ho from Whitehormone Throo Fi Fo,
To solvey one last missionload with Matthew you must go.
Titleode is of paramold, a finite sorps of wordage,
Father Unwin says that golf is 'strictly for the birdage'.

Steve Gerard
28th December 2010, 11:39 PM
The Bishop, brilliant "Hole In One" review. A side note in the number 18 photo, I wonder if that miniature was reused as the SHADO Tracking station in the UFO "Psychobombs" epsode?

Well, The Bishop, hope you had a good Christmas and will enjoy your New Year's Eve and Day too!:)

Technodelic
29th December 2010, 07:00 AM
Isn't your 'Supporty Carp' fellow with red hair a revamped Captain Blue?

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The Bishop
31st December 2010, 10:56 PM
Hello Steve,

Thanks for your kind comments which are always appreciated. :)

Hello Technodelic,

I had not thought of this red-headed guy being a Captain Blue revamp and don't think you are right but will happily concede if others agree with you! As it happens, Captain Blue is certainly in my next episode review.

Having said that, I was amazed to hear that the voiceover for British Gas was Timothy Spall as I had always thought of him doing Birmingham accents and didn't realise he had such a wide range.

I wish you both a Very Happy New Year.

Steve Gerard
31st December 2010, 11:03 PM
Hello Steve,

Thanks for your kind comments which are always appreciated. :)

I wish you both a Very Happy New Year.

hello The Bishop,
you are welcome and I hope you a Happy New Year too. I look forward to your continuing Secret Service postings.:)

Technodelic
1st January 2011, 03:48 PM
I had not thought of this red-headed guy being a Captain Blue revamp and don't think you are right but will happily concede if others agree with you! As it happens, Captain Blue is certainly in my next episode review.

The only other puppet I think it could be it could be is the one portrayed Lieutenant Dean (Black's co-pilot) in 'The Mysterons'... but I confess to not be an expert on the revamps.

Wasn't there a complete guide to the puppets in 'The Secret Service' in an issue of FAB, way back? :confused:

The Bishop
1st January 2011, 04:03 PM
Hello Technodelic,

Sorry, I should have looked him up in FAB 59 before now but this is what it says about him:

SECURITY GUARD

First seen as 1st Spectrum Guard, Maximum Security Building in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons The Mysterons. Throughout his Century 21 career this puppet would have very minor roles but two major revamps. For his two appearances in Joe 90 he was given a different moustache and his hair was made darker, and then altered to lighter hair and no moustache for his three outings in The Secret Service.

Operator: Hole In One
Dave Marden: The Cure
Air Traffic Controller: May-Day, May-Day!

douglogger
22nd November 2011, 04:57 PM
Dear BISHOP,
Just looking at category 10 Glinty etc. He's the same dude who ran the SHipping Firm ready to christen the Prezz Roberts from THE LAUNCHING and one of the Maxwell World Air Force base officers from FLIGHT TO ATLANTICA, for your solenoidibold informationmost.
Great model grabs... I have 2 1/4s of the G9 this one ands a front facing right profile model facing camera-left.
Doug