• title card: ASHES OF ROSES superimposed on a fire engine rushing by (recreated by Richard McGinlay)
  • Publicity still: Denise does Carol’s hair, unaware that Carol is subtly questioning her

Series 1 — Episode 9
Ashes Of Roses

by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward

Production No 3373, VTR/ABC/1170
Production completed: March 4 1961. First transmission: March 4 1961.

Production details

Studio details: Teddington Two
Production No. 3373
Tape No. VTR/ABC/1170 (To be recorded of [sic] TX.)
Transmission: 4th March 1961, 10.00–11.00 p.m.


Friday, 3rd March 1961
Camera Rehearsal14.30 — 18.00
Supper Break18.00 — 19.00
Camera Rehearsal19.00 — 21.00
Saturday, 4th March 1961
Camera Rehearsal10.00 — 12.30
Lunch Break12.30 — 13.30
Camera Rehearsal13.30 — 18.15
Supper Break18.15 — 19.15
Line-up, Normal Scan, Make-up19.15 — 19.55
Promotion Ampex19.55 — 20.00
Dress rehearsal20.00 — 21.30
Line-up21.30 — 22.00
TRANSMISSION22.00 — 23.00


Cameras: 4 Pedestals
Sound: 3 booms
Telecine: A.B.C. Symbol, Slides, 35mm mute inserts.

Total running time: 57.10 = Play portion: 52.30 + 2 commercial breaks: 2.05 and 2.35

Regional broadcasts

ITV BroadcasterDateTime
ABC Midlands4/03/196110.00pm
ABC North4/03/196110.00pm
Anglia Television4/03/196110.00pm
Southern Television--
Tyne Tees Television--
Television Wales & West--
Ulster Television--
Westward Television--
Scottish Television--
Border Television--
Grampian Television--

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for March 4 1961, 10pm (Northern edition)

Teleplay by Peter Ling and Sheilagh Ward
Also starring

Cast includes:

John Steed Patrick Macnee
Olive Beronne Olga Lowe
Johnny Mendelssohn Peter Zander
Dr. David Keel Ian Hendry
Carol Wilson Ingrid Hafner
Denise Heidi Erich

“The Avengers” theme composed and
played by Johnny Dankworth
Designed by Patrick Downing
Directed by DON LEAVER

The girls of a hairdressing salon are oddly
involved when The Avengers are on the
trail of an arson gang

An ABC Television Network Production

Episode availability

  • Video - none
  • Audio - reconstruction in The Lost Episodes vol. 2, by Big Finish
  • Script - clean archive copy of the original camera script, from a private collection
  • Publicity Stills - 1
  • Tele-Snaps - none

Continuity and trivia

  1. This episode is unique in series 1 for giving the lead rôle in the investigation to Carol, paving the way for Venus Smith and Cathy Gale in the next season, and Emma Peel, Tara King and Purdey is the more distant future. Leonard White has earlier issued a memo suggesting that as they had done Steed and Keel episodes, they should do several Carol episodes.
  2. This episode was originally going to be a Carol and David Keel episode but was rewritten, possibly due to actors’ workloads and availability as it changed order in the schedule, to become a Carol episode with Steed. Dr. Keel does not appear for most of the episode.
  3. This episode was originally going to have been the eighth episode but was moved down to number nine when Diamond Cut Diamond was added to the initial run. Most of the schedule changes were actually caused by delays with Patrick Brawn’s adaptation of Fred Edge’s Canadian TV script for The Radioactive Man.
  4. The production assistant for this episode was Verity Lambert who went on to great success and fame at the BBC with Doctor Who, among other productions including the BBC’s “answer” to The Avengers, Adam Adamant Lives!.
  5. Steed refers to his dog having to go out to go to the toilet, maybe that’s why he’s gone off them by the time of The £50,000 Breakfast!
  6. A memo dated March 30 1962 proposed a replay season for the nine episodes not broadcast by ATV and Anglia and also the first two episodes, which had been seen on ATV but not Anglia. This proves that all live episodes had been recorded any may yet be out there somewhere.
    This episode was proposed to be run eighth so must not have been liked by the producers despite being in the top category of viewer ratings when first broadcast. Perhaps this was due to Leonard White wanting to no longer have Carol at the forefront.
  7. The production schedule above has an entry for “Promotion Ampex” which was presumably the recording of a trailer to introduce the show to the ITV regions that would be starting with Hot Snow the following week while ABC and Anglia were showing Hunt the Man Down.

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