• title card: A Change Of Bait superimposed on a porter walking away from camera
  • publicity still: Herb and Charlie prepare to torch Andre's antiques store
  • publicity still: Steed visits Sampson, posing as a government bureaucrat
  • publicity still: Dr Keel visits Andre's shop
  • publicity still: Potts intimidates Archie
  • publicity still: Potts realises all is lost

Series 1 - Episode 25
A Change of Bait

by Lewis Davidson

Production completed: 20 September 1961. First transmission: 23 December 1961

Lemuel Potts finds himself outwitted at every turn by Steed when he attempts to defraud Keel's patient, Archie Duncan. Potts finds himself pocketing the bill for Archie's cargo of rotten bananas. His other scheme to burn down an antique shop and claim the insurance money is also sabotaged by Steed, who extinguishes the flames! Even once under arrest, Steed still tricks him again - this time into revealing his accomplices.


Teleplay by Lewis Davidson DangermanThe Saint
"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
Production Assistant Barbara Forster regular
Floor Manager Patrick Kennedy regular
Stage Manager Barbara Sykes regular
Lighting Director Peter Kew regular
Operational Supervisor Peter Cazaley
Senior Cameraman Michael Baldock regular (listed as Mike Baldock)
Sound Advisor Michael Roberts regular (billed as Mike Roberts)
Vision Mixer Gordon Hesketh regular


  1. Alan Hayes recently unearthed the original shooting script which has revealed new information about the episode. From it we have learned the extras and production crew details in italics above, and the details below. The PDF is now included on the Optimum DVD set for Seasons 1 & 2; it has formed the basis for a reconstruction of the episode which will be included as part of the extras on an upcoming Optimum release.
  2. This was the 24th episode produced, with rehearsals scheduled for 19th September (11.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.) and 20th September (10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.) and recording to AMPEX tape on the 20th September, 1961, 6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
    This contradicts the generally held view of the schedule, which has it as 25th, as broadcast. It was probably filmed before The Deadly Air.
  3. Filming took place at Studio Two, ABC TV Studios, Broom Road, Teddington, Middlesex; they used 4 cameras, 3 boom mics and a telecine; running time was expected to be 57.35; that is, 52.55 + 2.05 and 2.35 commercial breaks. The three Acts were expected to run for for 18.39, 15.45 and 18.31 respectively.
  4. The cameramen were Mike Baldock on camera 1, supported by (2) David, (3) Brian, (4) Dave (no last names given). The slate number was 3421 - VTR/ABC/1445.

The schedule

Tuesday, 19th September, 1961
Camera Rehearsal11.00 - 12.30
Lunch Break12.30 - 13.30
Camera Rehearsal13.30 - 18.00
Supper Break18.00 - 19.00
Camera Rehearsal19.00 - 21.00
Wednesday, 20th September, 1961
Camera Rehearsal10.00 - 12.30
Lunch Break12.30 - 13.30
Camera Rehearsal13.30 - 15.00
Tea-Break, Line Up, Normal Scan and Make-up15.00 - 15.45
Dress Rehearsal15.45 - 17.00
Notes17.00 - 17.30
Line-Up17.30 - 18.00
AMPEX RECORDING18.00 - 19.00

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