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PRODUCTION NOTES "THE SUPER SECRET CYPHER SNATCH"

Origins:
This serial was based on Super Secret Cypher Snatch, first broadcast in 1968. The original television script was written by Tony Williamson, and the episode featured Patrick Macnee as John Steed and Linda Thorson as Tara King.

Name Changes:
Jarret is referred to as both Roger and Arthur in the radio adaptation, whereas the TV version clearly identifies him as Roger.

Character Changes:
The character of Tara King on the television episode is replaced with that of Emma Peel on the radio.

Myra, Webster's assistant-cum-secretary in the TV programme, who suffers from the mysterious cigarette burns on her fingers becomes Mr. Murray in the radio serial.

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Storyline Changes:
The TV programme has a pre-title sequence where an agent, disguised as an old woman on a bicycle, is shot whilst trying to get away with some photos of the cypher documents. It is this death that causes Jarret to be sent to investigate Cypher HQ.

The TV show also has the rather visual idea of having Mother direct operations whilst sitting in his car in the middle of a field. The radio version has him spending most of his time in Steed's flat - drinking Steed's sherry!

Steed awakens Mrs. Peel in the radio serial by recording a wake-up call over the tape used by the Classy Glass people to smooth out the Cypher workers' memories. The TV version has Steed using his pocket-watch chime to wake up Tara.

Bloopers: At the start of Episode Five, Hugh Rouse mistakenly refers to the character Ferret as 'the Ferret' - this isn't Batman, old chap!

by Alys Hayes

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