• title card: The Springers superimposed on a guard patrolling outside some prison cells
  • Straker menaces Dr Keel in his cell
  • The corrupt Haslam menaces Dr Keel
  • Steed, disguised as a Naval officer, meets Groves and Lisa at their school
  • Melanie infiltrates the school and meets Caroline
  • Dr Keel holds Neame and Arthur at gunpoint

Series 1 - Episode 14
The Springers

by John Whitney and Geoffrey Bellman

Production completed: 11 May 1961. First transmission: 13 May 1961

If you have the money, escape is easy from prison. Steed wants to know how, so he sends Dr Keel inside. Keel's information leads Steed to a finishing school, but he is captured. Keel arrives after a successful escape, but is exposed as an impostor. It is nearly the finish for Steed and Keel, but they outwit Neame and his associates.


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

John Steed Patrick Macnee regularNew Avengers007
Dr David Keel Ian Hendry regularNew AvengersDangermanPolice SurgeonThe SaintThe Sweeney
One-Ten Douglas Muir regularThe Saint
Pheeney David Webb New AvengersBlake's 7Doctor Who
Straker Charles Farrell DangermanThe Saint
Haslam Brian Murphy Callan
Mr Groves Arthur Howard 007Pink Panther
Caroline Evans Margo Andrew The Prisoner
Neame Donald Morley The ChampionsDad's ArmyDoctor WhoPolice SurgeonRandall and HopkirkThe SaintThe Sweeney
Not billed in TV Times magazine
Elton Michael Forrest regularDangermanThe SaintUFOCallan
Melanie Ann Saker
Lisa Barbara Evans regularCarry On..
Arthur Max Miradin Police Surgeon
Skewer Charles Saynor Doctor Who
Prison Governor Ian Ainsley The Saint
Jessup Tom Payne
Dr Fenton unknown
Prison warder (speaking) unknown
Prison warder (non-speaking) unknown


Teleplay by John Whitney regular
and Geoffrey Bellman regular
"The Avengers" Theme composed and played by Johnny Dankworth regular
Designed by Alpho O'Reilly regularPolice Surgeon
Producer Leonard White regularCallanPolice Surgeon
Directed by Don Leaver regularCallanPolice Surgeon
Story Editor Patrick Brawn regular
Story Editor John Bryce regular
Production Assistant Barbara Forster regular
Floor Manager Harry Lock regular
Stage Manager Barbara Sykes regular
Call Boy unknown
Lighting Director Peter Kew regular
Operational Supervisor Peter Wayne regular
Senior Cameraman Michael Baldock regular
Sound Supervisor Michael Roberts regular
Vision Mixer Esther Frost regular


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