• 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 journalists, visits Bai Shebro and Ali
  • Wilberforce is confident he will be fine
  • Jacquetta prepares to kill Wilberforce

Series 1 - Episode 16
The Yellow Needle

by Patrick Campbell

Production completed: 10 June 1961. First transmission: 12 June 1961

In London to negotiate independence for his country, Tenebra, Sir Wilberforce Lungi nearly dies. His old friend Dr Keel agrees to help unmask the culprit and suspicion falls on Lungi's secretary Jacquetta Brown. Steed, meanwhile, investigates opposition in Tenebra. All clues lead back to Brown and she is prevented from destroying Lungi's insulin, to be replaced by a lethal dose of yellow fever.


Sir Wilberforce Lungi Andre Dakar Dangerman
Dr David Keel Ian Hendry regularDangermanPolice 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 regularDangerman
Ali Wolfe Morris regularDoctor WhoThe SaintThe SweeneyJason KingDepartment S
Not billed in TV Times magazine
Judith Dolores Mantez DangermanRandall and HopkirkUFO
Asiedu ® Christian Holder
Head Waiter Michael Barrington regularAdam AdamantThe ChampionsDoctor WhoDepartment S
Waiter unknown
Police Sergeant Humphrey Heathcote
Porter Harold Holness
Tribesman unknown
Tribesman unknown
Police Constable unknown
Puppy Juno regular

The script lists 14 Male Extras and 4 Female Extras


Teleplay by Patrick Campbell
"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 Reed de Rouen regularDoctor Who
Production Assistant Barbara Forster regular
Floor Manager Alan Davidson
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 Michael Roberts regular
Vision Mixer Esther Frost regular


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