(Cut instantly to sky. CAPTION: 'SCOTT OF THE SAHARA')
Voice Over: Booming out of the pages of history comes a
story of three men and one woman whose courage shocked a generation.
(Blinding sun. Pan down to Paignton beach. Scott, Evans, Oates
and Bowers wearing furs crossing sand on snow shoes. With sledge
pulled by motley selection of mongrel dogs, badly disguised as
Voice Over: From the same team that brought you ...
(the names come out superimposed) 'Lawrence of Glareorgan' ...
'Bridge Over the River Trent' ... 'The Mad Woman of Biggleswade' ...
and 'Krakatoa, East of Learnington' ... comes the story of three
people and a woman united by fate who set out in search of the
fabled Pole of the Sahara and found ... themselves. See ...
Lieutenant Scott's death struggle with a crazed desert lion.
(The four are walking along. Suddenly they stop, stare, and
react in horror. Scott steps to the front to defend the others.
Intercut, non-matching stock shot of lion running out of jungle and
leaping at camera. Scott waits poised and is then struck by
completely rigid stuffed lion. Montage of shots of him wrestling,
firstly with the stuffed lion, then with an actor in a tatty lion
suit. The lion picks up a chair, fends Scott off, smashes it over
his head. Finally Scott kicks the lion on the shin. The lion leaps
around on one leg and picks up a knife. Scott points, the lion
looks, Scott kicks the knife out of the lion's paw. He advances on
the lion, and socks him on the jaw. The lion collapses in slow
motion. After a pause, phony blood spurts out.)
Voice Over: See Ensign Oates' frank adult death struggle
with the spine-chilling giant electric penguin...
(Oates looks up in horror, a shadow crosses him. Reverse shot
of model penguin (quite small, about a foot) which lights up and
looks electric. The penguin is close to the camera in the foreground
and appears huge. Oates looks around desperately then starts to
undress. Shot of penguin throwing tentacle. Half-nude Oates
struggles with it. Intercut a lot of phony reverses. Oates by now
clad only in posing briefs sees a stone. He picks up the stone, then
camera zooms into above-naval shot; he removes his briefs, puts the
stone in the briefs, twirls it like a sling, and releases stone. The
penguin is hit on beak, and falls over backwards.)
Voice Over: ... See Miss Evans pursued by the man-eating
roll-top writing desk.
(Miss Evans is running along screaming. Shot of desk chasing
her (phony desk with man inside). The roll top goes up and down,
emitting roars, and displaying fearsome white teeth inside. As Evans
runs, her clothing gets torn on each of the three cactuses. These
are well spaced apart so that there is a lot of trouble to get near
them. When she is practically nude, she runs out of shot revealing
Announcer: And now for something completely different.