• title card: The Yellow Needle superimposed on a dark background
  • Dr. Keel and Carol check the newspaper
  • Inspector Anthony confers with his sergeant
  • Steed, disguised as a journalist, visits Bai Shebro and Ali
  • Sir Wilberforce is confident he will be fine
  • Jacquetta prepares to kill Sir Wilberforce

Series 1 — Episode 16
The Yellow Needle

by Patrick Campbell

Production No 3413, VTR/ABC/1318
Production completed: June 8 1961. First transmission: June 10 1961.


Sir Wilberforce Lungi Andre Dakar Danger Man
Dr. David Keel Ian Hendry regularDanger ManPolice SurgeonThe SaintThe Sweeney
Carol Wilson Ingrid Hafner regularPolice Surgeon
Inspector Anthony Eric Dodson regularDoctor WhoThe SaintThe Sweeney
Jacquetta Brown Margaret Whiting The Sweeney
John Steed Patrick Macnee regular007
Chief Bai Shebro Bari Johnson regularDanger Man
Ali Wolfe Morris regularDoctor WhoThe SaintThe SweeneyJason KingDepartment S
Judith Dolores Mantez Danger ManRandall and HopkirkUFO
Asiedu Christian Holder ®
Head Waiter Michael Barrington regularAdam AdamantThe ChampionsDoctor WhoDepartment S
Police Sergeant Humphrey Heathcote
Porter Harold Holness
Barman unknown
Telephone operator unknown
Warrior unknown
Warrior unknown
Small boy unknown
Hotel guest unknown
Police Constable unknown
Puppy Juno regular
Credits Legend:
Credited but not listed in press
Credited in press but not on screen
Credited in paperwork only
Uncredited / unattributed role
Crew: 90% opacity
® : illustrated from other sources

The script lists 14 Male Extras and 4 Female Extras, a few of these are captured in Tele-Snaps and are above. Extras listed in the script and scene breakdown played a small boy, P.C., hotel guest, barman, telephone operator, various tribesmen and passers by. There were possibly also another waiter and restaurant patrons who may have doubled as guests at the hotel. The barman and telephone operator were speaking rôles.

Images from other sources: Christian Holder from a publicity still.

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