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STORYLINE "ESCAPE IN TIME (REMAKE)"

"EPISODE ONE OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed and Emma Peel are directed by Mother to investigate a curious case - a case where several wanted men have managed to 
ESCAPE IN TIME."

Mother, who is staying in the Tower of London for security reasons, calls in a young agent named Clive Paxton. He gives Paxton an assignment - to investigate the mysterious disappearances of various nefarious characters. The only links between them are that they all came to England carrying large sums of money before vanishing completely. Mother gives Paxton the only lead he has - the name Waldo Thyssen.

This week...
I'll be mostly going back in time.

Paxton finds the Thyssen home, and getting inside, discovers a strange corridor through which he appears to travel in time! Emerging from the corridor he finds himself in the Elizabethan age, and meets a man from that time - who promptly shoots him! Paxton's body is later found in the Thames, and Mother calls Steed and Mrs. Peel in for a briefing. They are given the same information as Paxton, as well as the fact that Paxton was shot with an Elizabethan pistol, and repair to Steed's flat to mull over the clues.

Meanwhile, another agent - Tubby Vincent - has already retraced Paxton's route to the Thyssen home. He, too, travels down the time corridor and arrives in the Jacobean period - only to be stabbed by a man with a knife. However, Vincent survives long enough to make his way to Steed's flat. "It's all in the past - no time!" he mutters before dying.

"EPISODE TWO OF THIS STORY...
in which Emma Peel escapes death and John Steed is offered the opportunity to 
ESCAPE IN TIME."

Steed and Emma examine Tubby Vincent's body and find a note linking one of the missing criminals - a Colonel Josino - with a place called Mackiedockie Court. They drive there the next day and wait. When Josino's car turns up, the pair follow it. But soon they realise that a blue car is following them (somewhat obviously), so they split up - Mrs. Peel follows the blue car, and Steed follows the Colonel to a barber's shop, where unfortunately he loses his quarry.

Vesta and Mitchell, now well aware that Mrs. Peel is on to the fact that she is being followed, decide to force her out into the remote countryside, where she can be forced from the road. Mitchell puts his foot on the accelerator and makes life for Mrs. Peel very difficult. Eventually, Emma realises that she is fighting a losing battle and deliberately sends her car skidding off the road, jumping from the vehicle before it crashes into a tree. She escapes the crash unharmed, but Vesta and Mitchell mistakenly think she's dead. She's definitely not dead and her injuries are more to her dignity than to her person. She is however, furious with the pair who forced her off the road and swears to get her own back on them. She'll even make them pay her parking fines!

Meanwhile Steed enters the barber's shop, and is curiously invited to "get away from it all" by the barber. When Steed shows some interest in this proposition, the barber instructs him to go to the nearby Eastern Gallery. There, Steed is interviewed by a Asian woman, Anjali, who offers the chance of escape to a new life. All he needs is his passport, and half his worldly possessions as payment. Steed agrees, and is then taken blindfold by Manners on a car journey to meet Waldo Thyssen at his secret lair. Thyssen meets Steed and reveals that the service he provides is not only exclusive, it is also unique. With his assistance, the wanted men of the world can escape their pursuers forever by being sent back to any time period they wish! Steed and Thyssen discuss terms, but Steed is unconvinced that Thyssen's service is for real. To assure his new client, Thyssen suggests a practical demonstration...

"EPISODE THREE OF THIS STORY...
in which Emma Peel heads for danger, and John Steed experiences his first
ESCAPE IN TIME."

Thyssen steps up the sales pitch, and tells Steed of the notorious criminals and embezzlers who have taken advantage of his services - Bleschner, Jubaire, Bei Bei Jhin, Colonel Josino. Steed comments that Josino was at large until only recently and asks how long it will be before he returns. Thyssen explains that Josino chose to live in the Britain of the past, in 1904 in fact, and that it is strictly a one way arrangement once the transaction is completed. Steed accepts Thyssen's offer of a demonstration, and he is lead to a door and the disconcerting time tunnel beyond it. Thyssen operates the machinery and Steed ends up in 1790, still in Thyssen's house, but in the time of Samuel Thyssen, a philanderer. From a window, Steed sees a horse and carriage pull up to the house. All looks convincing... Before Steed can investigate further, he finds himself back in the time tunnel, and before he knows it, he is back in the present day. Waldo Thyssen is waiting for him when he re-emerges from the tunnel. Thyssen gathers that Steed is impressed and instructs him to clear up his affairs - and most importantly, ensure that he obtains the diamonds that Steed has promised him in payment. Thyssen will contact him in two days time, whereupon Steed will be sent back to the time of his choice.

Meanwhile, Emma Peel has begun to get somewhat impatient. Not having heard from Steed, she has decided to try the escape route for herself. She faces a problem, however. What possible reason can she have for going to the barber's? Eventually, she decides to resort to subterfuge... pretending to be interested in buying after shave lotion as a present for Steed. She gradually worms her way into the barber's confidence and is sent off on the escape route... ending up at Anjali's, where she is interrogated. Anjali was not expecting a woman: Head Office would have said. Mrs. Peel bluffs her way through, saying that Head Office know all about her and that she had been told to expect a more efficient service than she was receiving. Reluctantly, Anjali relents and asks Mrs. Peel to wait while she makes arrangements for her transportation.

Thyssen's servant, Manners, has driven the blindfolded Steed back to London. When the driver has departed, Steed heads for Emma's apartment, but finds it empty. Where is Mrs. Peel? Mother, tucking into raven pie at the Tower of London, can tell Steed nothing of his partner's movements and together, they realise that she has no doubt attempted to follow the escape route. Mother warns that if the people who shunted Emma's car from the road catch sight of her, then she is in dead trouble.

In the grounds of Thyssen's mansion house, the gravel is churned up as Manners pulls his car to a stop. He turns to the blindfolded Mrs. Peel in the back and tells her to get out. She has arrived at her destination.

"THE REMAINING EPISODES OF THIS STORY...
are currently not thought to exist. If you've got them, know someone who has them, or simply know what happened in them, drop us a line via email!"

by Alys Hayes

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