Last updated : 9th November 2014
|Episode 'When the Heat Cools Off'|
|Story Synopsis||A young woman claims to have sufficient evidence to cast serious doubt on her father's conviction for murder. Doyle agrees to re-open the case but is his burgeoning relationship with the girl clouding his judgement...?||Writer||Brian Clemens|
|Guest Stars||Lalla Ward, Gerald Sim, Michael Sheard, Bernard Kay, Peter Hughes||Director||Ray Austin|
& Filming Dates
|Block 1, Ep 13
|Original UK Transmission||Season 1, Ep 9
24th February 1978
A well-plotted episode, on par with Brian Clemens' at his best.
At last we get a Doyle-based episode. The flashback to 1971 works well though funny to see he (inevitably) had the daft perm even back then! <G>
The ep is well-paced as all the little pieces fall into place. Most of the best scenes work so well because Martin's tremendous acting abilities shine through. For example Doyle chasing Haydon after the shooting – the way Martin portrays Doyle's reaction to Syd's death, both in radioing HQ and the sheer venom behind "Haydon, you murdering bastard... you're BUSTED!!".
Also, the lads together after the night out with the girls and Martin's blistering delivery: "Now tell me, Bodie, how would YOU feel about it?".
The scene with Cowley "fencing" with his Minister (the great and criminally under-rated Gerald Sim) is a delight to watch.
That said, the opening one in the pub was done a touch hammily by most of the participants. On the other hand, the chap playing the car salesman, eager to please but not realising the lads' true intentions, puts in a delightful turn.
Without posting spoilers, it has to be said that the final reveal as to what happened to the gun simply doesn't work. But in fairness to Brian Clemens, his script actually gave a more plausible explanation. Somewhere along the way the director opted to change it - possibly for time and/or budgetary reasons.
The final scene is excellent, with Haydon's rage being held in freeze-frame – very effective.
Overall then, this is a Top 5 ep for me.
In this episode we see the relationship between the two agents taking on more depth. The plot is set up years before by the killing of Doyle's police partner and thereby giving them the chance to express (not in words but in behavior) how they feel about one another now that they are partners.
This is a particularly good Doyle-watching episode. We get to see him young, in shirt sleeves and uniform, and undoylishly obedient to his older partner's orders. He obeys, wait and then obviously chokes with emotion over his friend's death. The jeans that Doyle the CI5 agent wears are nicely tight and the scene where he's washing his hands and wearing the black tee shirt is very replayable! Last but not least is the naked-to-the-waist scene while the character mulls over the problem while in bed.
The scene in Doyle's flat when he fills Bodie in on why he's been so nasty to the young woman is a marvel of male communication. They have a drink, Doyle yells, Bodie mumbles a reply, looks stunned then concerned about his partner and remains that way throughout the rest of the story. If you watch closely, there are very few moments when Bodie takes his gaze off his partner. Ray is concerned with justice; Bodie is concerned with Ray. (Lewis does a wonderful bit of underplayed acting in that "Well, how would you feel, Bodie?" scene. Just the eyes and they speak volumes!)
(Also this episode brings us the first mention of "that gymnast". She is referred to again in 'First Night'. Enquiring minds would really like details!)
Doyle dresses casually throughout; Bodie dresses more formally until the finale when they both wear the brown leather jackets. Yum.
Cowley has some nice dialogue in this one. Good small comedy between the agents and the boss in spite of the seriousness of the situation. The three actors play well together. Movement and dialogue seem so natural we could be peeking into a real moment. The "tea (or coffee) machine" scene, for instance, is marvelously easy. By the way note that Bodie gets a cup for Ray without being prompted or asked. This is a story about Bodie doing what's best for Ray.
I believe this episode also has the first "Lewis played a joke but we kept filming" event when Bodie give Ray a drink and MS almost chokes on what is obviously real alcohol. Watch Lewis' face – he's having a great time!
Bodie drives in this one. And watch their profiles/faces in the final driving scene after they've learned the truth. Both are furious.
The plot works – got a little tired of the flashbacks, but just FF through those now. The first time I watched I had no idea how the conclusion was going to work out.
Doyle (1971) : "Hey, Sid, hear about that new department being formed? CI5."
Sid Parker: "What's that?"
Doyle: "Oh, 'Criminal Intelligence... 5' or something. Sounds exciting, different."
Sid: "Well, you're still young enough, Ray - you should apply."
Doyle: "Oh, you don't apply: they find you!"
Doyle (1971), trembling with shock and anger: "Haydon, you murdering bastard - you're BUSTED!!"
Doyle on Jill: "She ruined the whole evening."
Bodie: "She did?! She just wanted to talk to you, that's all. What did her father do to you, anyway, for God's sake?"
Doyle: "Oh, not to me, mate."
Bodie: "Look, I don't know what this is about but to hold a grudge..."
Doyle: "He killed my partner, Sid Parker. A good copper and a good friend. Bill Haydon stuck a bullet right through the middle of him. Now, tell me, Bodie, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT??!!"
Bodie: "I... I don't know."
Doyle, realising he's taken his anger out on Bodie: "Sorry, mate."
Doyle: "So Haydon produced a gun?"
Harry Scott: "Out of nowhere!"
Doyle: "What kind of gun?"
Harry, incredulous: "How do I know what ki.. ?! The kind that kills you!!"
Betty, over the intercom to Cowley: "The Minister is on his way to see you. I tried to delay him..."
Minister entering Cowley's office: "But she wasn't quick enough! Nice try, that will be all. No interruptions now until I leave."
Minister, switching off the intercom: "Slip-up in protocol, George. But I'm prepared to overlook it - as she has got awfully nice legs!"
Cowley, fazed by the Minister's sudden arrival: "Has she?"
Minster, perhaps not quite believing Cowley has never noticed: "Oh, George - such dedication!"
Minister, sensing Cowley is rightly nervous: "You're absolutely right: whenever I'm in your office, it means there's trouble. And there is. I seem to remember you keep an exceptionally good malt scotch."
Cowley: "Of course!"
Minister: "This is the most civilised part of the building! No water, thank you!"
Minister: "Haydon was tried, George. Tried and convicted. The trial lasted six days and cost the taxpayer a lot of money. A number of responsible policeman - including Doyle - gave evidence. And a learned judge listened to them. Three learned judges heard the appeal. He was found guilty."
Cowley, nonchalantly: "But he might not be.
Minister: "Do you know that?"
Minister: "Then on what basis is this..."
Cowley, cutting in: "Doyle has doubts."
Minister: "Doyle! Raymond Doyle, ex-Detective Constable..."
Cowley: "He's a good man. He's my man and I back my men to the hilt."
Minister: "Even if they are wrong?"
Cowley: "Until they are proved wrong."
Minister: "Is there anything to it?"
Minister: "When will you know?"
Minister: "You have two days, George. I'll keep them off your back for two days. After that, there'll be questions asked."
Cowley: "This is a question of justice. Justice is in CI5's brief. It should be everyone's concern... including Ministers of the Crown."
Minister: "You used to regularly beat me at tennis, too!"
Doyle: "I never knew you were such an outdoor type. I mean fishing and Bodie don't exactly go together, do they?"
Bodie, feigning hurt: "That's very wounding! I'm a deeply sensitive man with an enduring concern for the countryside! Besides, there's a pub down the road with two beautiful barmaids!"
Doyle: "Oh, that kind of fishing!"
It has to be said that the chronology of the episode is slightly out-of-kilter in places. For example the pre-titles segment makes it clear that it is the summer of 1971 and Doyle mentions to his sergeant that CI5 is being set up. Yet Brian Clemens' own writer's guide stipulated that the squad wasn't even given consideration until the November of that year.
One script blunder which I'm sure everyone has spotted is that the murder of Fitch and Parker took place six years previously, yet Haydon has been in prison for "seven years and five months" according to his daughter.
Another problem - albeit unavoidable given the time of year the ep was filmed - is that in the "long, hot summer of '71" scenes, the trees are bare! (Well spotted, Gareth Bevan)
Also, according to Martin Day and Keith Topping, the summer of 1971 was actually one of the coldest!
|Sidenotes||Not only the last episode to be filmed for the first season but it's very first day in front of the cameras marked a sad departure with Bridget Brice's final scene. Although 'Stakeout' was being filmed at the same time, the scenes requiring Bridget in that episode were not scheduled to be filmed until close to Christmas. The production was several weeks behind schedule at this point and she had previously informed Mark 1 that she would not be available that week. (Hence why Cowley had a different assistant - as played by Sarah Grazebrook - for that ep.) Indeed as can be seen from the Production dates above, the shooting schedule for this episode was extremely "bitty" as scenes were slotted around filming on other episodes that were similarly late for delivery to London Weekend.|
Lalla Ward (actually Lady Sarah Ward of Bangor), fresh out of The Duchess of Duke Street, went on, in 1979, to play another in a long line of screamers, sorry, "assistants", in Doctor Who and was even briefly married to Tom Baker. Since then, however, appears to have left acting.
Gerald Sim (the Minister) was a popular and regular support character in Avengers/New Avengers stories. He also starred alongside Lewis in Jack the Ripper and played a judge in the Harrison Ford blockbuster Patriot Games. Most recently seen in the short-lived revival of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1996). Most recently reprised his role as the vicar in the one-off revival of the BBC sitcom To the Manor Born.
Geoff Hinsliff (cameo'ing as the police station Sergeant) is best remembered for his long role as amputee taxi-driver Don Brennan in Coronation Street but also starred in the popular 1984 comedy-drama Brass.
Michael Sheard (here in a cameo as Merton the forensics man) is best remembered for his portrayal as teacher-from-hell Mr Bronson in early-80s Grange Hill. He often plays Germans - particularly Himmler or Hitler for his close resemblance to them! Indeed he appeared as the fuhrer in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Also starred as the Dusseldorf building site manager in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Early appearances include the excellent children's Look and Read serial "Cloudburst" and various roles in 1970s Doctor Who. Passed away in 2005.
Shelagh Fraser also appeared in 'A Stirring of Dust'. Died in 2000.
Arthur White (the barman) is the brother of popular comedy actor David Jason. Arthur, however, hasn't had the meteoric success of little bro. (Thanks to Ann Critchley)
Prior to Network's 2014 correctly-restored DVD and BluRay version, the version of the episode offered by ITV's British Independent Television Enterprises ("BRITE") to Contender and UK satellite broadcasters was unique in retaining the original ("Assault Course") title sequence. Additionally the end titles were the alternate "Green CI5 logo" 1977 version along with the orange caption card displaying an earlier version of the London Weekend Television logo. (Indeed this configuration was closest to its first transmission - all it needed was the "London landscape" end credits instead)...
In the light of Network's release, this is all now somewhat academic but the question of why only this episode and none of the other first season eps (other than Contender's "customisation" on 'Everest Was Also Conquered') remains a mystery. I can only assume that when BRITE was preparing their copies in the 1990s, they found their own source film print of the episode unusable for some reason and had to revert to using a copy from Mark 1.
Network and the BBC were unable to use the original film negative for this episode as it had chemically decomposed beyond salvage. Fortunately an inter-negative was available, although this is two "generations" down from the neg and also has some of the picture area lopped off to suit the 4:3 picture ratio of television sets of the day. In the circumstances, though, this was the only option.
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