Trivia Overload

Here is a corrected image of the newspaper clipping about Emma Knight, with the first three paragraphs of the article:

EMMA KNIGHT, 21-year-old daughter of Sir John Knight who died tragically last month, is to take his place on the Board of the Company.

It was announced to-day that from next month she will take control as Chairman and Managing Director.

Miss Knight said to-day at a press conference held at "Knight House" that she would carry through the policy of her father, who in the last 10 years had built his empire up into one of the largest industries in the country.

More images from this scene can be found in the Emma Peel bio.

Margaret Warren (ex-Navy) notes that the name Pongo is a Naval nickname dating from the time when the Navy and Army joined forces in annual manoeuvres before the First World War. The forage cap worn by soldiers resembled that worn by the pet dog Pongo which appeared in a Punch and Judy show. This was probably influenced by another meaning for the word pongo, to wit, "monkey," and also "pong," "to stink." By WW2, the RAF was also using the term pongo for a soldier, esp. for an army officer, and it was derogatory. In the Royal Navy, pongo was a nickname for a Marine.

Also courtesy of M: There's a precedent for the Diabolical Mastermind sitting mummified in a glass box. Take a look at good old Jeremy Bentham, the 18th-early 19th C. philosopher, and his remains—he, too, sits stuffed in a box! One wonders if this perhaps inspired Brian Clemens...

Recognize the "suicide box"? It was the elevator at Armstrong's factory in "The Cybernauts." And how about the stone lions in front of the house? They show up again in "Death's Door." Plus, the iron spiral staircase she descends reappeared in other episodes, such as "A Touch of Brimstone." And finally, the footage of the lion leaping looks as though it was also used in "The Hidden Tiger." (Thanks to Caroline, location and prop expert.)

By the way, for the key to do what it did to Steed's photographic prints, it would have to be radioactive (but don't tell anyone).

And for the ultimate bit of trivia, here is the original nursery rhyme (with thanks to Caroline).

All materials copyrighted per their respective copyright holders.
This website Copyright 1996-2017 David K. Smith. All Rights Reserved.
Page last modified: 5 May 2017.

Top of page
Table of Contents