• title card: The Frighteners superimposed on Moxon and Nature Boy looking through the shop window
  • Dr. Keel looks on as Steed confers with Grekio
  • Nigel plays the guitar as Jeremy reaches for the whisky
  • Dr. Keel threatens Deacon with a syringe
  • Marylin is overcome with how foolish she’d been
  • Dr. Keel introduces Steed to ‘Mrs. Briggs’

Series 1 — Episode 15
The Frighteners

by Berkeley Mather

Production No 3412, VTR unknown
Production completed: May 25 1961. First transmission: May 27 1961.


Dr. David Keel Ian Hendry regularDanger ManPolice SurgeonThe SaintThe Sweeney
John Steed Patrick Macnee regular007
Carol Wilson Ingrid Hafner regularPolice Surgeon
Deacon Willoughby Goddard regularDanger ManThe SaintCarry On..The SweeneySpace 1999
Jeremy de Willoughby Philip Gilbert
Moxon Philip Locke regularDoctor Who007The SaintDepartment SThe Champions
Mrs. Briggs (Miss Doris Courtney) Doris Hare Randall and HopkirkThe Saint
Sir Thomas Weller Stratford Johns regularDoctor WhoBlake’s 7The SaintDepartment S
Marylin Weller Dawn Beret Department S
Nigel David Andrews
Nature Boy Godfrey James Space 1999The ProfessionalsDoctor WhoThe SaintThe SweeneyUFODepartment S
Beppi Collisimo Neil Wilson regularDoctor WhoPolice Surgeon
Butler (Bates) Eric Elliott regularDoctor Who (billed as Eric Elliot)
Secretary Ann Taylor
Waiter (Nico) Ralph Tovey
Inspector Charlie Foster Benn Simons regular
old flower seller Eleanor Darling
Grekio Benny Nightingale Danger Man
Fred, the cabbie Victor Charrington regularPolice Surgeon
bailiff Frank Peters regular
old street sweeper Charles Wood
woman in shop Dorothy Watson regular
man in restaurant unknown
woman in restaurant unknown
policeman Keith Goodman regularDanger ManDoctor WhoPolice SurgeonCallan
detective constable unknown
old woman in shop unknown
Credits Legend:
Credited but not listed in press
Credited in press but not on screen
Credited in paperwork only
Uncredited / unattributed rôle
Crew: 90% opacity
® : illustrated from other sources

There is a lot of argument about the bit part players in this episode, fuelled partly by IMDB getting the attributions spectacularly wrong, crediting the Black American Charles Wood as playing the constable. I have also been party to these errors in the past, thinking Frank Peters was the street sweeper, but he is of course the bailiff who appears very briefly at the end of the episode. The Charles Wood in question here is the very Victorian-looking gent with huge fluffy sideburns who appears in a number of films and television shows over the years. We still don’t have a name for the plain clothes officer who accompanies Inspector Foster; he was previously misidentified as Victor Charrington, who is in fact playing Fred, the cabbie — as confirmed by his appearance in Kill the King.

The TV Times listing only lists Moxon, The Deacon, Steed, Carol, Dr. Keel, Jeremy, Nigel, Sir Thomas, Marylin & Mrs. Briggs (in that order); the cast list above is from the end credits that were broadcast.

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