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The older version of the Mystery! title card

Mystery! is a PBS anthology series, which debuted in 1980. In some respects a spin-off of Masterpiece Theater, the concept was suggested to PBS affilliate WGBH Boston in 1979 by an exective for Mobil Oil, the longtime Masterpiece sponsor. Following the success of a series adapting Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey on Masterpiece Theater, Mystery! was devised as a showcase for various British detective series and occasional one-shot stories or serials, importing pre-existing product from the BBC, ITV, and others, but with WGBH as a direct investor in producing new series as well, which would be shared. Such diverse characters as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Inspector Morse, and Dr. Jekyll were featured over the years. The series opening featured distinctive animation, designed by Edward Gorey and animated by Derek Lamb, depicting stock Victorian detective story figures.

Like Masterpiece Theater, the series had a host, to introduce the segments andprovide historical background and context on authors and characters. Initially, Gene Shalit filled the slot, but by 1981, he was replaced by Vincent Price. Price's long association with mystery and horror allowed for atmospheric tongue-in-cheek intros; he stepped down for health reasons in 1989, and was replaced by Diana Rigg (whose own association with the genre was highlighted by The Avengers). In more recent years, the series has undergone a variety of format changes.


On Sesame Street, the series was spoofed with the recurring "Mysterious Theater" segments, hosted by Vincent Twice, and spotlighting the adventures of Sherlock Hemlock and Watson.


In addition to the three hosts, many cast members of the various series/mini-series showcased on Mystery! have also performed in Creature Shop productions. The dates reflect their tenure on the Mystery! series, and not necessarily the original production.

  • Geraldine Chaplin played Rachel Sangalletti in My Cousin Rachel (1985)
  • Reece Dinsdale played Albert in The Secret Adversary and its spin-off, Partners in Crime (1984-1987)
  • Michael Gambon played Inspector Jules Maigret in Maigret (1992-1994)
  • Ian Holm played Paul Presset in We, The Accused (1983) and Bernard Samson in Game, Set and Match (1989)
  • Derek Jacobi played Brother Cadfael in Cadfael (1995-1997)
  • Helen Mirren played DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect (1992-1994; subsequently moved to Masterpiece Theater)
  • Sam Neill played Sidney Reilly in Reilly, Ace of Spies (1984)
  • Peter O'Toole played Uncle Silas in The Dark Angel (1991)
  • Edward Petherbridge played Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey (1987)
  • Jonathan Pryce played William Wallace in The Man from Pru (1991)
  • Cyril Shaps played Mountjoy in Dying Day (1982)
  • Elizabeth Spriggs played Elinor Presset in We, The Accused (1993)
  • James Wilby played Kit Vesey in Mother love (1990)
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"Can you tell me who I am?"

An Aerialbot gets confused. And so does the editor.

Generation One (Marvel UK) > Issue # 269
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Issue 269

Script: Simon Furman
Pencils: Pete Knifton
Inks: Pete Venters
Letters: Glib

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons


'Twas a dark and stormy night.... Skydive arrives for guard duty at the partially built Autobot Earthforce base, only to find no sign of Wheeljack, whom he was supposed to be relieving. What he does find is a table overturned, a lamp smashed, Wheeljack's blaster lying abandoned outside, and both robot and animal tracks. Suspecting they belong to a Predacon, Skydive quickly comes to the only conclusion: A Decepticon has attacked and killed Wheeljack and, judging by the footprints, is now heading towards the Autobot shuttle.

Skydive gives chase and discovers someone has blown their way into the shuttle. Seeing what he believes is a Decepticon carrying Wheeljack's body, he tackles the figure, only to discover it is Wheeljack carrying a thermo-heating unit. Seconds later, a bemused Air Raid turns on the lights and asks for an explanation.

After Skydive has related his story, Wheeljack explains he was cold and retrieved the heating unit from storage, only for it to overheat. While attempting to shut it off, he knocked over the table and the lamp and ended up fleeing from a polar bear. Embarrassed, he tried to dispose of the evidence, but he'd lost his key in the confusion and so had to force the door. Air Raid decides they're better off keeping the incident quiet, but advises Wheeljack to learn to bear with the cold and Skydive to lay off the human mystery videos.


  • Although the Aerialbot who relieves Wheeljack is referred to as Skydive three times during the strip and is drawn as such, the inside cover blurb claims it is Air Raid. An enquiry to "Dread Tidings" confirmed that it was indeed Skydive.
  • It is not adequately explained how Wheeljack forced his way into the Autobot shuttle without his blaster.

Items of note

  • This story marked the first appearance of Air Raid in the Earthforce saga. No explanation is given for his resurrection, but it is possible he was revived with nucleon (as it is implied happened with the Dinobots) or repaired by Wheeljack (as later happened with Tracks).
  • Skydive recalls Grimlock saying there were Predacons in the area, probably after the events of "Snow Fun".
  • No Decepticons appear in this story, apart from in Skydive's imagined view of what happened to Wheeljack. It isn't entirely clear who the attacker is meant to be, but of the five Predacons, it most closely resembles Tantrum.

UK printing

  • Back-up stories: G.I. Joe and the Transformers:"Power Struggle", GI Joe The Action Force, Combat Colin
  • Issue #269 contains A to Zs on Silverbolt and Skids.
  • In the issue's "Dread Tidings", it is reported that a sign outside a pub in Middlesex is advertising "Jazz, Live here on Monday", and Unicron writes in to ask Dreadwind to say hello to his friends Johnny and Iain. Dreadwind also attempts to answer the age-old question of what Emirate Xaaron transforms into, saying that as he hasn't done it for millions of years the shock would probably kill him but it's probably something wimpy like a toaster.


Issue 269: A worried-looking Skydive by Pete Knifton and Pete Venters.

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