• title card: Dance with Death superimposed on some jars of medical supplies (recreated by Richard McGinlay)

Series 1 - Episode 12
Dance with Death

by Peter Ling and Sheilagh Ward

Production completed: 13 April 1961. First transmission: 15 April 1961

Whilst trying to help Elaine Bateman, one of his patients, Dr Keel is framed for her murder instead. Steed intervenes and real suspicion falls on Elaine's pianist from her Dancing School - Anthony - who is suspected of many murders. He electrocutes his victims in the bath. Yet the Avengers could be too late, since Anthony has eloped with Valerie and her family diamonds. With the taps already on, Steed and Keel rescue Valerie from certain death and restore the stones to her mother.


* mug shots in sepia denote images sourced from other productions.

Dr David Keel Ian Hendry regularNew AvengersDangermanPolice SurgeonThe SaintThe Sweeney
Carol Wilson Ingrid Hafner regularPolice Surgeon
Elaine Bateman Caroline Blakiston regularThe SaintStar WarsThe SweeneyDepartment SRandall and HopkirkThe Champions
Trevor Price David Sutton
Beth Wilkinson Angela Douglas regularDoctor WhoThe SaintCarry On..Jason King
Major Caswell Ewan Roberts regularDangermanThe Saint
Valerie Marne Pauline Shepherd
Mrs Marne Diana King Dad's Army
Philip Anthony Geoffrey Palmer regularDoctor Who007The ProfessionalsThe SaintPolice SurgeonThe Sweeney
John Steed Patrick Macnee regularNew Avengers007
Porter Norman Chappell regularCarry On..
Not billed in TV Times magazine
Police Sergeant Neil Wilson regularDoctor WhoPolice Surgeon
Plainclothes Man Raymond Hodge regular
Hotel Receptionist Graeme Spurway
Barman Alan Barry
Teenage Boy Ian Hobbs
Pianist at Bar Alan Clare
Girl in Bath unknown
5 Female Dancers The Ken Bateman Formation Team

5 Male Extras (including Constable and Reporters)


Teleplay by Peter Ling regularDoctor WhoDangerman
and Sheilagh Ward regular
"The Avengers" Theme composed and played by Johnny Dankworth regular
Designed by James Goddard regularCallanThe Sweeney
Producer Leonard White regularCallanPolice Surgeon
Directed by Don Leaver regularCallanPolice Surgeon
Story Editor John Bryce regular
Production Assistant Barbara Forster regular
Floor Manager Peter Bailey regular
Stage Manager Barbara Sykes regular
Call Boy unknown
Lighting Director Luigi Bottone regular (billed as Louis Bottone)
Operational Supervisor Peter Wayne regular
Senior Cameraman Michael Baldock regular
Sound Supervisor Peter Cazaly regular
Vision Mixer Esther Frost regular


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