Arkadi is clearly identified as being Turkish in the radio
story and, by inference, to be working for the Turkish government. The TV
episode makes no mention of Arkardi's nationality, just that his country
is a rival to Britain for the oil concession. Still on the subject of
nationality, the TV version states that Crown Prince Ali is from the
fictional country of Barabia, rather than Bahrain as in the radio
adaptation. Obviously the people behind the TV broadcast shied away from
implicating genuine Arabic countries in a conflict over oil.
amusing throwaway line occurs in the radio version when Steed and Emma are
reading a newspaper; Steed notices an article on whether radio serials are
a disturbing influence on their listeners!
This serial, broadcast on Springbok Radio in late March and early April 1972 is believed to be
the only surviving serial adapted and directed by Tony Jay.
The end theme of Episode Four features a special announcement from Hugh Rouse, recommending that
listeners tune in on Monday night at 10pm for a new series, The White Oaks of Jalna. This is
the only existing episode that features such an announcement for another programme.
This announcement has been vital in dating the broadcast of this serial,
which we can now confidently confirm was transmitted between Tuesday 28th
March and Wednesday 5th April 1972. Many thanks to Frans Erasmus for his
invaluable help on this one.
by Alys Hayes, with thanks to Frans Erasmus