Series Three - Episode One: A Face at the Window

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Mystery at Ma Mossop's

Ep1: Mystery At Ma Mossop's
Ep2: Break In
Ep3: Danger
Ep4: The Sinister Messenger
Ep5: Prisoner of the Earth
Ep6: The Stranger From The Past
Ep7: A Message From The Past
Ep8: A Message From Ma
Ep9: Nine Lives in Peril
Ep10: Friend or Foe
Ep11: Who's Who?
Ep12: The Missing Links
Ep13: A World in Tatters
Series Two
The Wooden Kamel Mystery

Ep1: The Wooden Kamel Mystery
Ep2: Eel Pie and Custard
Ep3: Message From R Leeder
Ep4: Next Stop Timbuktu
Ep5: It's a Snip
Ep6: Saved By The Bull
Ep7: Ear By Gum
Ep8: Finders Keepers
Ep9: Hellman's Trick
Ep10: Hellman's Reward
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Series Three
The Mystery Of The Queen's Beast

Ep1: A Face at the Window
Ep2: The Riddle
Ep3: The Bottle of Hastings
Ep4: Robert the Brute
Ep5: The Chamber Pot Plant
Ep6: Getting Taped
Ep7: Trapped
Ep8: The Great Escape
Ep9: Friends or Foes
Ep10: Nicked in Time
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Episode Details

UK Air Date: Tuesday 13th June 1989, 16.20pm
Copyright Year: MCMLXXXVIII (1988)
Consecutive Episode Number: 24
Fremantle Archive Ref: 37962
IMDB Link: Episode page

Cast & Crew

Colin Freshwater Felipe Izquierdo
Jace Freshwater Ben Felton
Tracey Barnes Tracey McDonald
Franny Barnes Louise Mason
Hellman Frank Gatliff
Robert John Vine
Written By John Kershaw
Casting Director Linda Butcher
Make Up Hazel Burgess
Costume Designer Janet Powell
Graphic Designer Peter Lock
Stage Manager Dennis Redwood
Film Cameraman Alan Jonas
Film Sound Recordist Tom Buchanan
Film Editor Ann Leno
Production Assistant Cheryll Gunn
Lighting Director Chris Davies
Designer Graham Probst
Executive Producer Charles Warren
Produced and Directed By Neville Green


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Secret Agent Notes

This episode has the last appearance of regular cast member Louise Mason (Franny Barnes).

Clips from this episode were used in a Children's ITV Trailer for the series which aired Monday 26th June 1989 (inbetween airing of episodes two and three).

Episode Synopsis

When Colin Freshwater, his brother Jace and their friend Tracey pay another visit to the Wooden Kamel, which was once a travel agency run by the mysterious Mr Hellman, it is empty of all the magical things that used to be there. Jace finds something which he doesn't tell Colin about - and when they leave a face peers through the window at them. Who is this person? And who, too, is the mystery man in black leather riding gear who also watches them go?

Episode Guide

'Secret Agent C.A.B Jace Freshwater reporting. J for Ace, taking over from my brother Colin C.A.B. On watch at the Wooden Kamel, used to be a safe house for a man called Hellman and a lot of other crooks and spies.'

Jace is on the lookout watching the Wooden Kamel shop trying to spot Hellman inside the shop. A guy in motorcycle gear is standing by the newsagents just up the road, he walks away and passes Colin and Franny walking in the other direction towards Jace. 'There's your brother' Franny says to Colin and she insists that Hellman wouldn't come back to the shop after what happened last time.

Jace continues to watch the shop but only sees a man putting a message in the window of the door of The Wooden Kamel. Jace spots the message and with his binoculars he reads the message as 'a division sign times three'.

The mysterious biker is looking on (but pretending to read a newspaper) as Franny and Colin catch up with Jace who insists to them that he is on surveillance. Jace tells them about the mysterious message in the window. Franny figures it out but tells them they'll have to figure it out themselves. Tracey, Franny's younger sister, then turns up and asks Franny if she can carry a few of her things.

Colin spies the biker in the distance and Jace tells him that he's been watching as long as he has. Franny and Tracey leave and all of a sudden the biker seems to have disappeared too. With the coast clear Jace and colin look into the shop window in the door.

The mysterious biker, now away from the shop, relays a message (by saying 'Plantagenet to base') about the children, the message Hellman is putting in the window and that the shops electricity is switched off.

Colin and Jace enter the shop, Jace then replaces the battery in his torch and switches it on. Meanwhile Colin has a flashback of some of the mysterious things that were in the shop including the toy train going around the tracks on the table, the mummy case and the cat statue with the eyes of blue beads.

Jace looks around the shop and says that the place is a tip and isn't magical like Colin said. Colin insists that Hellman couldn't be in the shop. The shop door then opens and Tracey walks in saying that 'Franny the Brill' has told her the message and wants to borrow Colin's Franch notes. Colin relunctantly agrees. Tracey then says about the shop being a bbuilding site and that it isn't magical at all but Colin tries to explain about the magical things that were in the shop. Colin then walks into the back room of the shop, and Tracey (after arguing with Jace) joins him as Jace explores the shope further. Colin finds a cable leading from the lift cupboard and Jace finds a black box in the front shop

The biker, still outside, reports back to base that the children have been inside some time and he goes to check up on them as he takes a photograph of the shop.

Jace opens the black box he's founds and finds a camera inside. Meanwhile Colin explains to Tracey about the lift in the cupboard and the clock which opens and locks the doors but none of them seem to be working. Colin explains further that Hellman wouldn't come back as he was scared off by an Eygptian (Anwar).

The biker takes another photograph of the shop and he continues to look on. Jace removes the film from the camera and pockets it. The biker starts to peer into the shop and Jace quickly covers the box up. Jace then runs out of the shop and runs to get his bicycle. The biker also gets his motorcycle and goes.

Tracey then explains the mysterious code of 'a division sign time three' by arranging them into dots and dashes and drawing them in the condensation on the back door window. Colin realises then it is morse code for S.O.S. Tracey then goes into the front shop and discovers that Jace has gone. A hand then creeps out the side of the lift cupboard. Jace follows the biker on his bicycle but back at the shop Tracey and Colin are looking for him in the shop.

The biker then stops by the canal and walks up to a canal boat, Jace looks on as the biker taps on the canal boat and says 'It's Robert Ma'am'.

Tracey rushes out of the shop to look for Jace leaving Colin alone in the shop (or is he?) Suddenly a hand reaches out to colin and grabs his shoulder, it's Hellman! He calls Colin into the back shop.

Robert seems to be talking to someone in the canal boat but he notices someone outside, he races out but sees no-one as Jace has already fled.

Back at the shop Hellman explains to Colin that he's been in the lift all the time as he didn't know who had come into the shop. Colin says that it was Jace and Tracey in the shop with him. Hellman then tells Colin that the water and the electricity has been cut off (Colin realises this is why the clock doesn't work). Hellman tells Colin that he wishes that he hadn't come back to the shop, waiting days for Colin to show up and help him, as he was now in a lot of trouble. Hellman said he had gone to Kings Lynn thinking that no-one would find him there but 'they did'.

Hellman then shows Colin what is under the big white sheet in the front shop, Hellman keeps a lookout at the door as Colin pulls the cord, pulling up the white sheet, to find a stone beast. The beast then starts to glow mysteriously at Colin and the episode ends with an update from Jace:

'Secret Agent C.A.B update, is Hellman in the shop? Can Colin help? Why is there a camera in the shop? Who is Robert? What was all that about a postcard? Will report findings ASAP. End of message.'