• title card: white text reading ‘Mr. Teddy Bear’ superimposed on a wide shot of a TV studio, the crew crouched around the fallen Wayne-Gilley
  • Steed sits at One-Ten’s desk while One-Ten briefs him
  • The thug, Henry, enters the cafe to keep tabs on Cathy
  • Cathy, wearing spectacles, has an interview with a teddy bear
  • Mr. Teddy Bear, disguised as a technician, greets Steed as they pass each other in Steed’s doorway
  • Mr. Teddy Bear falls to the floor and dies after Cathy forces him to take the ‘harmless’ pill he’d offered to her

Series 2 — Episode 1
Mr. Teddy Bear

Teleplay by Martin Woodhouse
Directed by Richmond Harding

Production No 3506, VTR/ABC/1907
Production completed: August 4 1962. First transmission: September 29 1962.

Production details

Episode 33
Production Number : 3506
VTR/ABC/1907 & 1907A
Teddington Studio 2 & 3


Friday 3rd August 1962

Camera rehearsal 10.00–12.30
Lunch break 12.30–13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30–18.30
Turn Round 18.30–18.45
Supper break 18.45–19.45
Camera rehearsal 19.45–20.15
Line-Up 20.15–20.45
VTR Insert 1907A in Studio 3* 20.45–21.00

* 1907A is the scene where Wayne-Gilley is assassinated while being interviewed, expected duration was 1′30″.

Two telecine inserts:

  • 12:40–13:00 Cathy drives through the night, followed by Henry
  • 14:46–14:48 Having stranded Henry, Cathy drives to the house

Saturday 4th August 1962

Camera rehearsal 10.00–12.30
Lunch break 12.30–13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30–15.30
Tea break, Line-up,
Normal scan, Make-up
Dress rehearsal 16.15–17.30
Notes 17.30–18.00
Line-up 18.00–18.30
VTR 18.30–19.30


Cameras: 4 Pedestals Mole Crane & 2 Pedestals
Sound: 3 Booms, slung & stand mics. as reqd. grams, tape, distort mic. 4 practical telephones - 3 non-prac. tape recorders
Telecine: ABC symbol, Slides, 3 mute sequences 35mm.

Running time

Actual running time with bumpers: 51′44″

The bumpers between the acts are generally 10 seconds from fade in to the “End of Act” bumper to the end of audio before the commercial, a 10 second still without audio, then cut to the next act bumper. This would play with the theme for around 10 seconds. Accordingly, with the episodes being in 3 acts, the running time of the action is approximately a minute less than listed above, minus the opening and closing credits (normally 0′16″, with a 2" fade, and anywhere from 0′41″ to 1′20″, hard cut or 1" fade or mix, respectively).

Regional broadcasts

ATV London29/09/196210.30pm
ABC Midlands29/09/196210.05pm
ABC North29/09/196210.05pm
Anglia Television29/09/196210.30pm
Border Television--
Channel Television29/09/196210.30pm
Grampian Television29/09/196210.30pm
Southern Television29/09/196210.30pm
Scottish Television18/04/196310.15pm
Tyne Tees Television29/09/196210.05pm
Ulster Television29/09/196210.05pm
Westward Television29/09/196210.30pm
Television Wales & West29/09/196210.05pm
Teledu Cymru (WWN)29/09/196210.05pm
ABN2 Sydney21/10/19637.30pm
ABV2 Melbourne14/05/19647.30pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for September 29 1962, 10.30pm (London edition)
Sydney Morning Herald listing for October 21 1963, 7.30pm
The Age listing for May 14 1964, 7.30pm

10.30 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee

Mr. Teddy Bear
Teleplay by Martin Woodhouse
Also starring
Honor Blackman

Cast in order of appearance

Interviewer Tim Brinton
Col. Wayne-Gilley Kenneth Keeling
John Steed Patrick Macnee
Dr. Gilmore John Horsley
One-ten Douglas Muir
Catherine Gale Honor Blackman
Technician Michael Collins
Henry Michael Robbins
Mr. Teddy Bear Bernard Goldman
Cafe girl Sarah Maxwell
Dr. James Howell John Ruddock

The Avengers theme composed and
played by Johnny Dankworth
Story Editor John Bryce
Designed by Terry Green
Producer Leonard White
Directed by
Richmond Harding

The greatest assassin in the world is a worthy opponent for Steed, but he and Cathy find that ‘Mr. Teddy Bear’ knows many tricks, all of them deadly

ABC Television Network Production

Episode availability


Victim Killer Method
Colonel Wayne-Gilley Mr. Teddy Bear poison
John Steed Mr. Teddy Bear nerve gas & blistering agent
(or so we think...)
Mr. Teddy Bear himself & Cathy poison (at gunpoint)
Click a name to see the face


Marque/type Plate
Cathy’s MGA Mk I RVB 115
Ariel Huntmaster 650 motorbike (Henry’s) 887 UMG

Continuity and trivia

  1. 0:54 — The presenter is briefly out of focus as he approaches the camera.
  2. 0:56 — Colonel Vernon Wayne-Gilley’s ninth book, Go Anywhere has been released to critical acclaim - “an astringent mixture of hard travel and hard politics”. Steed later observes (6:46) that Wayne-Gilley was a double agent for so many countries it’s a wonder he hadn’t been murdered earlier.
  3. 4:14 — Steed says “How could Wayne-Gilley know” instead of “How could the killer know”.
  4. 5:10 — One-Ten estimates the exploding capsule mechanisms to cost £40–50 each, and Steed arrives at a sum of £1200–1500 for 24 of them.
  5. 5:30 — Mr. Teddy Bear’s real name is Olaf Pomeroy, alias Jules Edouard Baer, Edward Speerman - and several other unknown aliases. Dr. Howell knows him as Edward ‘Teddy’ Brewen and plays bridge with him at the Travellers’ Club.
    He was probably born in Sardinia and worked with the Resistance in Greece and Italy, specialising in assassination:
    • Herr General Grantz, killed while emulating the Führer - he went to hit the table with a microphone while addressing the population of Talona and was electrocuted with several thousand volts.
    • Herr General Freiber, gassed when opening his safe
    • Admiral Mindel, a souvenir hunter who had an American grenade turned into a table lighter; he discovered one night it had turned back into a live grenade.

    After the war, he disappeared for 5 or 6 years, his current price is believed to be £100,000, with a private or public execution, to the taste of the client. (9:52) He likes £20,000 beforehand for expenses, the rest on completion. Only one client has ever welched - and was dropped from a helicopter into Exhibition Square in Zagreb.

  6. 7:40 — Steed plonks away at the piano, playing Johann Strauss’ The Blue Danube Waltz very badly as he talks to Cathy.
  7. 9:00 — Cathy’s cover story:
    "Jeff Bridges", Cathy’s supposed boss. Height 5′10″, weight 170lb, slight Welsh accent.
    "Slievermann", her Brussels contact who handles payment - import/export, drugs, diamonds, women (actually Detective Sergeant Cook, married with 3 children and living in Steyne).
    Cathy uses her own name and background up to 2 years ago, when she became a contact for the European syndicate “The Silverfish”, trading mostly in watches from Berne, Stuttgart and Turin. Up until 18 months ago she handled cash transactions up to £2,500,000, ending with an arms deal with Slievermann in Brussels. She’s been in Britain for the last four months to negotiate the murder of John Steed - Why? - it’s not her job to know why, she just follows orders. Steed warns her to tell the truth wherever possible, including that she’s met him in the last few days, and not to hide a gun in her stocking tops.
  8. 12:00 — After Cathy rings ‘Bridges’ Steed (12:27) makes a phone call to HQ, saying Mantel’s Holt is a large house slap in the middle of a marsh, 40 minutes drive from Barton. (22:40) The house was leased to Barbett Heinz Associates, a fictitious company, paid by cash in advance.
  9. 12:00 onwards - the radio in the café is playing Move Over Tiger by Vince Taylor.
  10. 17:36 — Mr. Teddy Bear demands £200,000, in diamonds, for Steed’s death because of the nature of the target.
  11. 20:00 — the prints on Mr. Teddy Bear’s cigarette case, stolen by Cathy, are those of an adult chimpanzee.
  12. 24:10 — Steed’s classified advertisement:
    "Big Bear I hear you are looking for me. S."
  13. 24:28 — Steed receives an engraved invitation : “At home Mr. Teddy Bear at: Sorenso Imports Ltd, 255 Brunton str. North T. at 12 o’clock tonight”.
  14. 26:58–27:20 — severe horizontal banding across the picture.
  15. 29:40 — Could this be the first time someone - Steed, in this case - is taken off a case because he’s become personally involved and his judgement is impaired? Pure television history!
  16. 30:51 & 31:12 — Steed’s dog, Freckles, merely looks up when Mr. Teddy Bear raises his arm when passing her, but she dives for cover when Steed enters the room.
  17. 34:12 — Steed quips he once had a passport photo that made him look like he had a perpetual hangover, but the photo of him supposedly dead is very good; Cathy is understandably furious.
  18. 36:22 — Cathy’s heads are examined by Dr. Howell, who is interested in one, not sure if it’s worthless or priceless.
  19. 36:49 — the picture breaks up completely at the splice they made to get rid of John Ruddock’s ‘dry’ when he forgot his lines.
    Brian Tesler, when reviewing the episode, complained that he’s spotted a ‘dry’ (i.e. an actor forgetting his lines) and asked if Presentation could insert CUs of “the head they are discussing” to make it less obvious to the audience. Presentation instead decided to simply cut the footage completely.
  20. 40:40 — Mr. Teddy Bear is perusing The Best of Redouté’s Roses, a large format coffee-table book printed in 1959 by The Ariel Press.
Times are from the re-mastered 2009 Optimum Releasing DVD set, any times in brackets are from the previously released DVD sets which had frames with interference or banding deleted, resulting in shorter running times.

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