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Episode 74 Connection Contest: Scotland Yard & Escape from Colditz

By sconway - Posted on 16 March 2009

Can YOU create a connection between Scotland Yard & Escape from Colditz?

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Guess as many times as you like. And remember, the more left of center your connection, the more likely you'll get our attention. :)

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BigFriendlyDave's picture

The answer is

Edward Hardwicke

Appeared in the BBC tv / Universal Pictures production of Colditz between 1972 and 1974

Was in the last episode of Thames TV "The Sweeney" - about the Flying Squad of the Metropolitan Police of London, based in, of course, Scotland Yard

And played Doctor Watson in Granada TV's productions of Sherlock Holmes, so would have had to deal with Lestrade of Scotland Yard.

Just my first attempt - I remember getting Colditz when I was young, I belive the first edition with the Red Cross Box in it.  Far better than the rival game out at the time "Escape from Colditz Castle" which had one of those disks under the board to alter the spaces, in a similar vein to "The Fastest Gun" - great for the goober factor - stinky for playability

Dave  -

Steerpike's picture

I remember asking for "Escape from Colditz" for Christmas and receiving the inferior "Escape from Colditz Castle". As an eight year old it's tough to hide your disappointment.

What am I saying ? I'm still like it when I get some dull TV tie in game for Christmas when what I really want is Battlestar Gallactica !


I still remember the joy of picking up the "Staff Car" card and stealing the glorious black automobile from right under the noses of the Nazis. That was my Indiana Jones moment years before Harrison Ford turned up.

Fahran's picture

From Scotland Yard to Escape from Colditz...

The first Commissioner of Police, housed at Scotland Yard, was Sir Charles Rowan.

Sir Charles Rowan went to school in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

Carrickfergus is home to Carrickfergus Castle, built in 1177 by John de Courcy.

John de Courcy was captured in 1203 by Hugh de Lacy, who became the 1st Earl of Ulster in 1205.

The next man to be Earl of Ulster (also known as the 1st Earl of Ulster when the Peerage was re-created in 1264) was Walter de Burgh.

In 1270, Walter de Burgh was defeated by Aedh mac Felim Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht.

Taking the name "Aedh mac Felim Ua Conchobair", and removing the game related terms "dice", "moan" (what you may have to do in Zombie Fluxx), "foam" (the guns in Ca$h 'n Gun$), "baa" (a sound from a farm in Agricola perhaps), and "E" (the basic card deck in Agricola), the remaining letters spell "Churchil".

"Churchil" is quite clearly a reference to Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

The previous year's winner (in 1952) of the Nobel Prize for Literature was François Mauriac.

François Mauriac's daughter, Luc, was married to Lt Alain le Ray.

Lt Alain le Ray was the first man to escape from Colditz. 



BigFriendlyDave's picture



Dave - who lives 3 miles from Carrickfergus

Steerpike's picture

Aha - you thought you'd caught me out on this one didn't you ? but the clue is in the episode.

The connection is of course DR WHO

In "Last of the Gaderene" the Doctor's arch-nemesis, the Master, appears as a Scotland Yard detective

And, of course, when Sylvester McCoy was the Doctor he appeared in an audio drama episode called "Colditz".

(in another snippet of Who trivia, David Tennant also appeared in this episode as Feldwebel Kurtz - four years before he took over the baton as the good Doctor himself (Dr Who not Doctor Knizia))

I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids.  

J Moody's picture

This one was staring me right in the face, as it's straight from my to-do list.

Now that Spring is here, and we are escaping from the Cold, I have to put some Scotts on my Yard.



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