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Steed: "You know, I still have that hangover."
 
Emma: "So, how do you make a dead milkman float?"
 
Emma: "That was SO funny when you got clobbered on the head!"
 

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 A.K.A.

English: "An Hour to Spare"

French: "L'heure perdue"

German: "Die Fehlende Stunde"

Italian: "Il tempo si č fermato"

Spanish: "La Hora Que Nunca Existió"

Dutch: "Het verdwenen uur"

 

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THE HOUR THAT NEVER WAS

Steed Has to Face the Music
Emma Disappears

Produced: 5 July to 20 July 1965
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 26 November 1965
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 25 April 1966

Diabolical Masterminds (click to see category list)Even an auto accident can't keep Steed and Emma from attending a party at a soon-to-close air base, but they arrive to find the place completely deserted. After a series of strange experiences, Steed is knocked out and reawakens at the scene of the auto accident, this time without Emma, and returns to the air base to find the party in full swing. The key to the mystery may be the milk float that is heard making its rounds the whole time.

 IMHO

Especially appropriate for those who love to hate dentists, this installment has some effectively eerie sequences, enhanced by a great music score. And like most it has some priceless moments, such as Emma giving a brief political speech ("Ten thousand bottles of milk..."), and everyone laughing their way through the final fight, courtesy of some nitrous oxide.

Furthermore, for once the mastermind and his plan are not revealed until the very end, and therein lies a (very) minor gripe I have about most episodes: The mystery is more often "how will our heroes solve the problem" and less "what is the problem our heroes are trying to solve." The latter is often more involving.

 Trivia

Exclusive: Writer Roger Marshall has penned an essay about his tenure on The Avengers.

Contrary to what has been claimed, this episode never had the working title of "Roger and Out."

Guest actor Gerald Harper (Geoffrey Risdale) starred as Steed's counterpart in the quasi-Avengers-ripoff Adam Adamant Lives.

Ray Austin, who plays the Dead Milkman (unbilled), was the resident Stunt Arranger for the series. He went on to direct several Tara King episodes and co-produce The New Avengers.

This episode is officially "milk bottle related."

Dudley Foster appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Operation Mangle."

 On Location

Hamelin is actually Bovingdon Airfield, most of which has been demolished. The bridge is at Tyke's Water Lake, Elstree, used for many episodes—On Location provides a present-day view.

 Best Scene

It's tough to pick a single scene—there are so many eerie, atmospheric bits. I suppose, though, it would have to be Steed and Emma wandering through a hangar, with Emma wishing to find another human being.

 Best Line

When Steed complains about the fruit punch, Emma quips, "Your recipe, I suppose?" Steed answers, "Naturally. Wherever I linger, I leave my mark."

Later, Steed mentions an old trainer the lads used to fly 'round. When Emma says she can't hear a plane, Steed explains, "Takes a bit of coaxing to get it started. So will you when you're that age."

 Tag

Steed and Emma enjoy a "quiet ride in the country"—on a milk float. "Who's driving?"

 

THE HOUR THAT NEVER WAS

Teleplay by
Directed by

Roger Marshall
Gerry O'Hara

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Emma Peel
Geoffrey Risdale
Philip Leas
Hickey
'Porky' Purser
Corporal Barman
Wiggins
Driver

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Diana Rigg The 007 Connection
Gerald Harper*
Dudley Foster*
Roy Kinnear*
Roger Booth*
Daniel Moynihan*
David Morrel
Fred Haggerty The 007 Connection

UNBILLED/STUNTS

Officer
Dead Milkman
Equipment Operator

Royston Farrell
Ray Austin*
Terry Plummer*

*DOPPELGANGERS

Ray Austin

The Gravediggers

Roger Booth

Escape in Time

Dudley Foster

Something Nasty in the Nursery
Wish You Were Here

Gerald Harper

Death Dispatch
Homicide and Old Lace

Roy Kinnear

Esprit de Corps
The See-Through Man
Bizarre

Daniel Moynihan

Man With Two Shadows

Terry Plummer

The Superlative Seven
 

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