Series Two - Episode Nine: Hellman's Trick

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Episode Details

UK Air Date: Wednesday 16th March 1988, 16.45pm
Copyright Year: MCMLXXXVII (1987)
Consecutive Episode Number: 22
Fremantle Archive Ref: 37199
IMDB Link: Episode page

Cast & Crew

Colin Freshwater Felipe Izquierdo
Franny Barnes Louise Mason
Mr. Hellman Frank Gatliff
Nyegel Keith Varnier
Policeman David Janes
Written By John Kershaw
Theme Music By Adrian Brett
Make Up Unknown?
Costume Designer Pam Doolan
Graphic Designer Peter Lock
Stage Manager Dennis Redwood
Production Assistant Unknown?
Designer Graham Probst
Producer Charles Warren
Directed By John Darnell


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Episode Synopsis

Hellman pretends to be Anwar to try to trick the policeman and Nyegel into believing they are getting the true map of the desert secret tomb. But surprises lie ahead.

Episode Guide

(This is only a guide for approximately 6 minutes and 35 seconds of the episode, towards the latter half of episode but not to the ending).

Hellman, disguised as Anwar, comes into the shop from outside and draws the blind on the door and the side window. The Policeman and Nyegel are waiting in the shop as we see Franny hiding under the kitchen table ready to listen to their conversation. Nyegel then sneaks into the back shop as Hellman walks closer to them. Hellman then lights a small fire and a plume of smoke flashes before them. Nyegel peers in through the curtain from the back shop and enters the room. Hellman greets them both by bowing and they bow back. Nyegel pulls out a note and asks Hellman (in disguise as Anwar) if he is Anwar. Hellman apologises for the secrecy stating that a lot of people are after the fortune. Hellman asks them to be seated and he will explain; then he walks off. The Policeman tells Nyegel he does not want to sit as it is private property and without Hellman’s permission it counts as trespass. Nyegel tells him to stop pretending to be a Policeman as everyone knows that he is not. The Policeman retorts that not everyone knows that Nyegel works for Jacko Palermo and he sneezes. Hellman is then heard saying ‘bless you’ and the Policeman mentions that he should not be out of his sickbed with his cold and that some fool ran over his toes with a bicycle but Anwar’s (Hellman in disguise) note sounded really important. Hellman tells them it is very important. Nyegel and the Policeman then ponder how he knew their addresses to send the note to. Hellman then tells them to be seated. Franny hears this from under the table and realises it is Hellman’s voice and not Anwar.

They both sit as Hellman brings a tray with a bowl of water and asks them to wash their hands, explaining it is a custom. They do this as Hellman tells them ‘when a situation is desperate there are always ways and means to achieving the impossible’. Nyegel asks what is so desperate and why is Hellman not there too. The Policeman adds that they should not be using his place as he can get very angry. Hellman shouts ‘rubbish’ and then tells them that he has found Hellman to be the most polite and kind of gentlemen until now. Hellman then offers them a drink as we see Franny listening in. The Policeman agrees but Nyegel tells them it is wasting time but Hellman tells them it is custom to start a meeting with tea or coffee. Nyegel angrily tells him to get on with it and give him the information he has for them. Hellman says he understands and pours them a drink.

Upstairs in the attic room, Colin is talking on a walkie-talkie trying to contact Franny but he gets no answer, he tries again by moving closer and opening the attic hatch but again he gets no response. Colin then records a message on his Dictaphone ‘Secret Agent C.A.B. reporting, still no reply from assistant F Barnes, on duty, I’ll go down to see what’s happening. Correction I’ll wait for Grandison to phone up then I’ll go down’.

Downstairs in the shop Nyegel tells Anwar (Hellman in disguise) how kind it is of him to make them coffee but he is anxious to hear the message. Hellman raises his cup and so do both Nyegel and the Policeman. Hellman tells them that it is bad news as he pulls a dagger from its sheath. He explains, whilst putting a marshmallow on the tip of the dagger, that last night Hellman found the map and photograph. Franny is still under the table listening as we hear Nyegel and the Policeman muttering. Nyegel tells the Policeman that his sniffling is getting annoying but the Policeman ignores him and asks where Hellman had found the map and photo. Hellman tells them that where is not important. Hellman continues to explain that Hellman last night immediately booked a late flight to Egypt. The Policeman asks if he means that Hellman has gone and he replies ‘as the sun sinks below the horizon and water down a drain exactly so’, he then stabs one of the marshmallows. Nyegel and the Policeman are perturbed that Hellman went without telling them and Nyegel asks which route he took, the Policeman pipes up ‘out of the shop, first left, right, right again, down to the main road, bus to the tube, tube to the airport’, Nyegel despairs at why Grandison employs the Policeman and asks if Hellman has gone to Cairo. Hellman tells them he can not tell them but Nyegel thinks he knows but will not tell them. The Policeman then frets over what he should tell Grandison but Hellman says that it is too late for him because by the time he flies from America the treasure will have already been stolen. Nyegel then says that Hellman will not get his share of the treasure and asks Anwar (Hellman in disguise) that if he is the guardian of the tomb he can tell him how to get there. The Policeman interrupts suggesting he should tell him where to find it as Grandison is not after the treasure to steal it as he only wants to find the tomb to turn it into a burger palace. Hellman calls this revolting but the Policeman continues saying it will also be a disco, the biggest burger disco in the desert. Nyegel retorts ‘the only burger disco in the desert’. The Policeman says that it will do great business but Nyegel does not think it will as Hellman has been trying to find the tomb for forty years without success so children will never be able to find it. The Policeman then explains his idea of trained camels, to put baby camels with bloodhounds so when the camels grow up they will be able to hunt and sniff and follow trails. Hellman begins to ask something…

(My episode ends here, see episode ten for small recap for the end of this episode)