A university tutor, who had been working on important research, is found dead and Steed goes to investigate. With Venus undercover as the Rag Week entertainment, they uncover a plot to blackmail promising young graduates for future dirty deeds.
Another one from my list of favorites, I like this one just as much, if not more, than its Emma Peel-era counterpart A Sense of History.
Watch as Green is being reprimanded by Dr. Shanklin in his study. Reflected in the glass cabinet behind Green's head, you'll see (and hear) a white-sleeved arm rapidly flipping through a script.
The shadow of the boom mike appears five times:
(1) On Steed' s head when he meets Venus in the bar.
(2) Moving across the drinks rack behind Higby.
(3) & (4) While Steed handles the "face cream" given to Venus.
(5) On Claire's torso while she is spelling out her financial problems to the proctor.
Higby rings up 2/2 on the bar till, but tells East that he owes him "three and a penny".
The picture freezes when East, Claire, and Steed line up to play billiards. A shake of the camera and it unfreezes. This occurs again when Claire enters her studio to find Higby recovering in a chair.
Claire tells Roberts that the cheque made out to her is not for £220, but for two hundred and twenty guineas. She complains that it is really only worth £210. However a guinea is worth one pound five shillings, therefore Claire's check is worth £255.
A cough is heard when Venus confronts Green, and again when Shanklin reads Higby's letter to Green.
A throat is heard clearing as Higby compares the cheque from Roberts.
Listen while Roberts and Higby play out their scene with Claire, in her studio. An off-camera conversation can be heard as well as the sound of something being dragged across the floor.
Just before Higby enters Claire's studio, the top of a technician's head goes whizzing by.
- Courtesy of Wayne Beckett / Stay Tuned.
Venus: (introducing Steed to Roberts) "This is John Steed... John St... Jack S.... John Steed, this is Jack Roberts." (Leading Patrick Macnee to ad-lib "John Steed? Jack Steed? Marvelous... Call me Bert!")