This radio version transposes the action to sunny Spain - hence the title. They Keep Killing Steed
was originally to have been set in Spain, so it is likely that the script that Sonovision received from
EMI was an early draft version. This has many knock-on effects:
One is that Steed is imprisoned in a room under a bullring; the TV episode has Arcos' headquarters
in a chamber under a quarry, with the entrance disguised as an abandoned taxi cab.
Another is that Mother is based in a caravan outside Tarragon, whereas in the televised version, he
has his base submerged under a river (partly so that his sensitive hearing is not disturbed by
This adaptation hints at a much closer relationship between Steed and Emma than the television series
ever did. In the television episode, Tara King identifies Steed when he mentions their great secret...
strawberry shortcake. Here, Steed convinces Emma of his identity by reminding her of the night when
he'd got her rather too drunk, not to mention the resultant happening!
The tag scene is much the same in both versions, with the Avengers sunning themselves under
lamps back in London - the only obvious difference being that the scene in the TV episode is set in
Tara's flat rather than Steed's.
The performance of Episode One under-ran, leaving the producer to scramble for his recording of
Laurie Johnson's Symphony (Synthesis), tacking a minute of it on the end of the episode as an extended playout.
In the heat of the moment in Episode Six, the actor playing Arcos gets his own name wrong, proclaiming "I am not Arcost!" as he
shows Steed his newly re-moulded face.