The fact that this is a Tara King script of the weakest variety also doesn't help. Mrs. Peel has
never sounded so... limp. I suppose that is a general fault of these radio adaptations of the
show - Tara scripts are adapted for the Mrs. Peel character without taking differences of character
into account. So Tara's usual all-round naive drippiness is just given wholesale to a character who
goes by the name of Emma Peel, but is not our Emma Peel either before or after the miraculous
reappearance of young Peter.
I've been trying to imagine that it would all work better if the Tara scripts had been adapted for
that character rather than for Emma Peel, but this particular effort is so bad that it's difficult to
imagine it working under any circumstance. Even Steed sounds irritatingly non-descript. It's only the
narrator character, voiced by Hugh Rouse, who doesn't appear in the TV originals of course, that
emerges with any kind of credit. He sounds witty, distinctive, and moves the plot along. Which is
another thing - this radio adaptation of an already bad TV episode lasts around twenty minutes longer
than the original episode. And it shows.
The bottom line - this is a boring, boring, boring and difficult-to-follow re-rendering of an
extremely minor Avengers episode that shows that quality control was not high on the agenda
for production company Sonovision when it came to choosing scripts (and I haven't even got round to
mentioning the irritating bouncy-bouncy 'music' that crops up from time to time).