Notes to the 6th series
1. Not coherently announced.
2. Announced as 'Seagoon MCC' (because he was a batman...).
3. The script and the Programme Index entry are wrongly titled 'The Sale of Manhattan'.
4. Announced as 'A Strange Case of Diplomatic Immunity'.
5. Announced as 'The Search for Rommel's Treasure'.
6. Announced as 'In Honour Bound'.
7. Announced as 'Lost Horizon'.
8. Announced as 'The Great International Christmas Pudding'.
9. On the day the show was recorded there was a serious train crash
at Didcot in which 10 people were killed and 116 injured. In view of the fact that the show contains a train crash, the broadcast was cancelled and replaced with a repeat of 'China Story' from the previous series. (See 'The Hastings Flyer - Robbed' 12)
10. Announced as 'The Lost Colony'.
11. Announced as 'Fred Fu-Manchu and his Bamboo Saxophone'.
12. This script is identical to that for
'The Pevensey Bay Disaster' (see 9), incorporating the
timing cuts made for that occasion; only the announcements are changed, to 'The Hastings Flyer'.
The earlier version of the show is the one issued by TS,
as they recorded directly by line from the studio, so that to them 'The Hastings
Flyer' was a repeat. 'The Pevensey Bay Disaster' was eventually broadcast
two weeks after the end of the series, so that to the British listeners
'The Hastings Flyer' is the original version.
13. There was a musicians' strike on at
the time. In common with other Variety shows, the cast made do without music.
This show and the next also include Milligan's famous ballad 'I'm Walking
Backwards for Christmas'. The programme is not coherently announced.
14. Announced as 'The Treasure of Loch Lomond'.
15. Inspired by the film 'The Wages of Fear'.
16. This is an expanded version of the script
which formed parts 2 & 3 of the
20th of the 3rd series.
It appears again in the 8th series.
17. This is a new production of no. 17 of the
5th series - the script is almost identical.