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The Bishop
3rd February 2011, 11:20 PM
10. The Cure

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CAPERS

1. CELEBBERS

Captain Ochre plays the part of Burrows, one of the Scottish engineers. There is also a brief non-speaking part for Captain Indigo who can be seen in turquoise overalls but out of focus!

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2. STORY TRIDDLYHOW

A single test tube full of GK2, when added to distilled water, can create enough fuel to power a tank to travel 1,000 miles. The foreign agent, Sakov, has been employed to sabotage the tests which will be performed in the presence of a government minister.

The testing is being carried out on a race track under the control of 2 Scottish engineers, Burrows and (Pete) Mackintosh, and their driver, Dave Marden. Sakov arranges a 'diversion' whereby he shoots the tyres of the test car using a rifle fired from the grounds of Dr Klam's Clinic at the Greenway's Nursing Home.

The reason for the diversion is that the subsequent confusion gives Sakov the opportunity to switch the test tube of GK2 with another containing liquid high explosive. The demonstration will begin with the car driving on a tank of conventional fuel and then switching after a few laps to the GK2 with potentially disastrous consequences.

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B.I.S.H.O.P. already knew that Sakov was entering the country and Agent Blake was trailing him during his flight to this country. Subsequently, UK agents followed him to Dr Klam's Health Farm.

The reasons for his being there were not immediately obvious but it transpired that the clinic overlooked the test track and, even though the patient is strapped into the therapy equipment while being treated, Herr Vokas, as Sakov now calls himself, had found a way to wriggle out.

3. NE'ER DO WOLDS

Sakov, played by 'Igor Sladek' from the Joe 90 episode, 'International Concerto', is an international agent working on behalf of an enemy state. Here we see him in a dressing gown alongside Dr Klam, the medical quack who has invented Klam Therapy for the relief of tension.

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Sakov wishes to be incognito and so adapts his name by reversing the characters to form the name 'Herr Vokas'. Unfortunately, either the script or the voice artist for Dr Klam mixes up his name and introduces him to Father Unwin as 'Herr Vosak'. Father Unwin then either reads an erroneous script (containing 'Herr Vosak') or changes the name on the fly so that the mistake is not so immediately apparent.

4. RESOLVEY-HO!

Herr Vokas is a cool customer and explains to Father Unwin, who is strapped into Dr Klam's equipment, how he is able to escape from the clinic and carry out his mission. The male nurse hears Father Unwin's cries for help and releases him from his bonds.

Unfortunately, Gabriel is locked in a garage and so Father Unwin uses the Minimiser to shrink down both the car and himself so that he can drive through the door opening. He gets to the track and grabs the walkie-talkie and uses it to communicate with Matthew, who is ensconced inside the test car, and tells him to stop the car by pulling out some electrical wiring.

The Bishop
3rd February 2011, 11:20 PM
CONTAIN-ITS

5. IF YOU FOLLOW MY MEAL

Purpose

SCENE 1 - Looking for Herr Vokas
Father Unwin covers for the fact that he is snooping around the clinic.

SCENE 2 - Father Unwin on the recliner
Unwin this time covers for the fact that he has a two-way radio although it doesn't help him much as Dr Klam takes his hearing aid away.

SCENE 3 - At the dinner table
Finally, Father Unwin uses Unwinese as a method of disguising and softening his criticism of the food. He is normally slow to pass judgement.

Transcript

SCENE 1
Dr Klam: "Going somewhere, Father?"
Father Unwin: "Oh! You did me a little frightload up the spoil! I was about to try and find Herr Vokas."
Klam: "Herr Vokas! Why, he's in the therapy theatre."

SCENE 2
Dr Klam: "What's going on, Father Unwin? Who are you talking to?""
Father Unwin: "Oh! You jumped me huffalo out of my skin! Oh Folly, Folly, Folly! This is a more comfortable position."

SCENE 3
Father Unwin: "Now, Mrs Appleby. The food, if you please!"
Mrs Appleby: "Oh yes, Father, of course .."
Father Unwin: "Raw carrots!!. Oh dear!"
Mrs Appleby: "That's right .. carrots. Dr Klam telephoned. He said I wasn't to let you neglect your diet."
Father Unwin: "Carrots indeed!! Oh, Folly Folly!! There's a lacky tastey chew!"

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Translation

SCENE 1
Dr Klam: "Going somewhere, Father?"
Father Unwin: "Oh! You sent a shiver down my spine! I was about to try and find Herr Vokas."
Klam: "Herr Vokas! Why, he's in the therapy theatre."

SCENE 2
Dr Klam: "What's going on, Father Unwin? Who are you talking to?""
Father Unwin: "Oh! You made me jump out of my skin! Dear me! This is a more comfortable position."

SCENE 3
Father Unwin: "Now, Mrs Appleby. The food, if you please!"
Mrs Appleby: "Oh yes, Father, of course .."
Father Unwin: "Raw carrots!!. Oh dear!"
Mrs Appleby: "That's right .. carrots. Dr Klam telephoned. He said I wasn't to let you neglect your diet."
Father Unwin: "Carrots indeed!! Oh dear!! That's a bland and tasteless meal!"

6. DEEP JOY OF THE MINIATURISATION

Here is a nice picture, not only because it features Matthew in his special case but also because of the live action showing Father Unwin's hand. The instruction to eat the carrot inside the case doesn't really work for me and feels a little gauche.

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7. THE MIKE SONG SINGERS

The music throughout the series is perfect but I particularly like the slow piece which accompanies the driving scene where Herr Vokas is followed to the Greenway's Nursing Home by the Bishop's agents. This sequence is right after the opening titles and begins when 'The Cure' appears on screen.

8. PROPY

I do like the look and design of the test car. It reminds me of a dark green Scalextric car that I had 45 years ago which was a real 'goer' and had a heavy weight inside the plastic casing to keep it on the track.

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9. SETLOADERS

Isn't this a great picture? The puppets don't move and probably haven't got any strings but they look so comfortable! Here we have Colonel Johnson, Mr Berenson and Mrs Dunlop (who may be named after the writer's wife). Do we know these puppets from other stories or shows - I can't tell?

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The Bishop
3rd February 2011, 11:21 PM
NAME DROPNY

10. GLINTY SCINTILLADES

Here are Captain Ochre as Burrows and Major Kloss as Pete Mackintosh. They are both Scottish but their accents seem to be all over the place when they are in discussion in a way that it distracting and almost irritating.

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11. AGENT BLAKE - O FOLLY TERRIBOLD!

The Bishop has another mission for Agent Blake and, as always, he is kept completely in the dark. Matthew needs to be delivered to the racing track so that he can get on board the car that will be powered by the revolutionary GK2 fuel.

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Agent Blake: "Yes, sir, I understand. I collect a case from the Greenway's Clinic and take it to the experimental racing track. Um.. what then?"
The Bishop: "Stop about 50 yards from the pits and carefully conceal the case at the side of the track."
Blake: "Yes, sir. And then?"
Bishop: "Then you go home."
Blake: "Home?!"
Bishop: "Home, Blake."
Blake: "But, sir.. I don't understand! May I ask what's in the case?"
Bishop: "If I told you it contained one of our most valuable agents, would you believe me?"
Blake: "Ha! Ha! No, sir, I'm afraid I wouldn't."
Bishop: "As I thought. On your way, Blake! I want the case at that racing circuit in 15 minutes."

12. SUPPORTY CARPS

There is a brief scene at the start of the episode where Albert Hobson, a new puppet for The Secret Service, is briefing Sakov.

13. CREASEY UNIFOLDERS

Nothing much in the way of uniforms although Herr Vokas has a towelling dressing gown when in the therapy theatre.

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

As per usual, most of the live action is centred around Father Unwin driving Gabriel in and out of the Vicarage and then along country lanes to his destination. This time we see Stanley going into Greenway's Nursing Home.

15. TIMELY PARPS

The following scene may seem unremarkable but to me it symbolises that bygone era. The old style car driving along an empty road with the morning dew on a grassy verge. Maybe the road hasn't changed - I don't know - but 40 years have come and gone.

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16. GRANDLY ARCHITEPS

Greenway's Nursing Home is a fine old building in lovely grounds with ornamental trees. Here is a link to some of the locations in The Secret Service but I don't recognise the places associated with The Cure. http://avengerland.theavengers.tv/Secrets.htm

17. MOTYCARS CLASSICOLD

I guess this is an Austin A30, or something like that. I included it because all cars have 'faces', with lights for eyes and a radiator grill for a mouth, and this has a 'Wallace and Gromit' sort of expression.

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The Bishop
3rd February 2011, 11:22 PM
SUM UPPERLY

18. ALL UTTERY WORDS

This is a fairly standard episode which got me thinking about the plot construction. Ordinarily, Father Unwin and Matthew are in close touch through their hearing aids but for this plot to work it is necessary for the line of communication to be broken. Perhaps that was how the idea of the Klam recliner came into being.

I thought it was a high risk strategy for Unwin to give the game away that he knew what Sakov was up to when at his mercy. However, because he is strapped in it makes it practical for Sakov to explain to him that the shooting of the car was a diversion enabling him to substitute explosives for the GK2.

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19. QUANTICOST

This is more like a 3+ Minimiser lights story what with the radio controlled version of Gabriel.

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Rating: Five stars + 3 Minimiser lights


TRIVIAL

20. MICRO MATTHEW

Micro Matthew doesn't appear in this story but we do have Micro Gabriel. Father Unwin had to minimise both himself and Gabriel to get through the side door of the garage because the main door was padlocked.

In this instance we have Micro Gabriel set against a Supermarionation-size set and shortly after we see the full size model of Gabriel, which is now radio controlled, against a live action setting (the main road).

21. SPLODEY BANGERS!

This story contains one of biggest and craziest explosions in the annals of Supermarionation. When Herr Vokas shoots the tyres of the test car it careens off the track like an out of control firework with furious sound effects and ending with an almost nuclear explosion. However the driver, Eddie Marden, must be a close relative of the indestructible Captain Scarlet as he escapes without a scratch and is ready to race again the next day!

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22. LESSON LEARN-IT

There are no lessons to be learned this time except that a diet of raw carrots is not to be recommended.

23. JUDGE NOT, MRS APPLEBOD

Mrs Appleby holds her tongue.

24. WHIMSY CHUCKLODES

The radio-controlled Gabriel model can be seen passing under a bridge with a headroom of 12 feet 9 inches but when it emerges on the other side as the full-sized live action car the headroom has changed to 13 feet 6 inches.

This is not really an error but simply indicates that the scenes with the model were shot somewhere different to those with the real Gabriel. This sequence is not much more than a filler as it contributes nothing to the overall plot.

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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COMPETIGAMES RECOIL

Agent Blake: "Excuse me, sir! I've been thinking about this competition to discover your final mission. Well, sir, the trouble is that I haven't got a clue..."

The Bishop: "Really, Blake, and yet there have been several. Surely, any answer must consist of a sequence of words strung together into a meaningful phrase or sentence? Your first task, then, is to identify a finite source of such words. Why not take THE Cure?

Picasso61
4th February 2011, 01:19 AM
The car you thought was an Austin A30 is in fact an Austin A40, Bishop. It's great to see these period cars nowadays. Another great review of a great episode. I believe Agent Blake was seen driving this car in the episode - well not the puppet anyway!

Steve Gerard
4th February 2011, 04:21 PM
The Bishop nice review of "The Cure". One thing about the Gerry Anderson series is that it is truly interesting how much thought was put into the premise and the storylines of these episodes. I did not see it as a boy in the '70s(it was not aired in my area) and feel like I missed out of a good series. Thanks for these reviews that are educating me on what I missed.

The Bishop
5th February 2011, 10:52 PM
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Hello Picasso61 and Steve,

Thanks for your encouragement, as always. Yes, the Bishop must have forgotten but it was me who drove the car - it doesn't have quite the same acceleration as an SPV!!

The Secret Service wasn't shown in my area in the 1960's either which was crazy when you think that the Slough Trading Estate was only about 5 miles from my house. The saving grace was that I didn't know the show even existed and so it was a pleasure deferred. The same applied to the feature film 'Thunderbird 6'. :)

Steve Gerard
6th February 2011, 12:02 AM
The Secret Service wasn't shown in my area in the 1960's either which was crazy when you think that the Slough Trading Estate was only about 5 miles from my house. The saving grace was that I didn't know the show even existed and so it was a pleasure deferred. The same applied to the feature film 'Thunderbird 6'. :)

The Bishop that is amazing, however, you are right since we did not know it existed it was a welcome surprise. Regarding THUNDERBIRD 6, as a boy since I only experienced the THUNDERBIRDS series in reruns in the '70s and never THUNDERBIRD 6 movie. My friends, brother and myself happily thought back then that The Mole was in fact Thunderbird 6, I am thankful that I grew up not knowing it was in fact a bi-plane.:D

Picasso61
6th February 2011, 02:27 PM
Slightly OT and I know I've said this on my Secret Service thread but it's about time that the show had a network viewing on BBC2. Fortunately I live in the Midlands so I saw it when it premiered on ATV in 1969.

Derek Eaton
10th February 2011, 04:56 PM
Good review - your right about the car explosion - one of the best - god knows how the driver survived that! I am still amazed at some of the detail in the set - Bishops office with patterns on the sides and back of the desk and the garage with drawings of the car on the walls.