• title card: white all caps text reading ‘Bullseye’ superimposed on a shooting target with two holes near the bullseye
  • Cathy tries out one of the rifles in the basement firing range with George watch approvingly
  • The Brigadier confers with Young and Miss Ellis
  • Cathy sneaks on board Young’s yacht
  • Cade makes Cathy a deal she can’t refuse
  • Cathy indicates with her pistol that Miss Ellis should leave the basement firing range

Series 2 — Episode 4

Teleplay by Eric Paice
Directed by Peter Hammond

Production No 3508, VTR/ABC/1986
Production completed: September 20 1962. First transmission: October 20 1962.

Production details

Episode 35
Production Number : 3508
Teddington Studio 1


Wednesday 19th September 1962

Camera rehearsal 10.00–12.30
Lunch break 12.30–13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30–18.00
Supper break 18.00–19.00
Camera rehearsal 19.00–21.00

Thursday 20th Septmber 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

Running time

Expected: 51′25″ + 2 commercial breaks 2.30
Actual running time with bumpers: 50′31″

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 London20/10/196210.30pm
ABC Midlands20/10/196210.05pm
ABC North20/10/196210.05pm
Anglia Television20/10/196210.05pm
Border Television--
Channel Television20/10/196210.30pm
Grampian Television20/10/196210.30pm
Southern Television20/10/196210.05pm
Scottish Television--
Tyne Tees Television20/10/196210.05pm
Ulster Television20/10/196210.05pm
Westward Television20/10/196210.30pm
Television Wales & West20/10/196210.05pm
Teledu Cymru (WWN)20/10/196210.05pm
ABN2 Sydney11/11/19637.30pm
ABV2 Melbourne4/06/19647.30pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for October 20 1962, 10.30pm (London edition)
Sydney Morning Herald listing for November 11 1963, 7.30pm
The Age listing for June 4 1964, 7.30pm

10.30 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee

Teleplay by Eric Paice
Also starring
Honor Blackman


Jean Mitzi Rogers
Miss Ellis Judy Parfitt
Brigadier Charles Carson
Foreman Robin Wentworth
Catherine Gale Honor Blackman
Young Felix Deebank
Reynolds John Frawley
Shareholder Graeme Bruce
Karl Bernard Kay
John Steed Patrick Macnee
Dorothy Young Laurie Leigh
Inspector Fred Ferris

‘The Avengers’ theme composed and
played by Johnny Dankworth
Settings by Robert MacGowan
Producer Leonard White
Directed by Peter Hammond

When Steed buys Cathy the directorship of a company involved in arms smuggling, he knows he may not see Cathy, or the money, again

ABC Television Network Production
Design for danger – pages 14–15

The TV Times made the surprising error of not listing the guest star Ronald Radd for this episode.

Episode availability


Victim Killer Method
Anderson Miss Ellis pistol
Reynolds Miss Ellis armalite rifle
Brigadier Williamson Miss Ellis revolver
Click a name to see the face


Marque/type Plate
Houseboat -

Continuity and trivia

  1. 1:33 — Jean presses play on the reel-to-reel player and the audio starts - but the reels don’t turn!
  2. 2:30–3:21 — Brigadier Williamson tells George the War Office has never had a faulty weapon from Anderson’s, then pulls the trigger with no report, the hammer just clicks.
  3. passim - Every time they fire a gun, the videotape picture is distorted.
  4. passim - One of the cameras has a smudge on the lens at to top right of the screen.
  5. 9:55 — Cade tells his broker to keep buying when the stock is 36/9, until it reaches 41/6. He then answers another call and he instructs the caller to make a further offer to Anderson’s shareholders - two Cade’s Holdings A shares per share, plus a cash offer of 1 shilling; he instructs them to stress that it’s the final offer.
  6. 10:55 — Cade shows Cathy that his office is kept at 72°F to simulate his hotel suite in the Bahamas, the sunlight coming in the blinds artificially created by a 2kW carbon lamp. He says there are many other things in the room but as she only has four minutes she’d better make it up.
  7. 14:40 — George tells Cathy that the rifle has a telescopic sight and when she says she prefers an open sight he tells her the Brigadier is the same - with the amount of practice he puts in he doesn’t need them. He also tells her that the old-fashioned butts are just for the directors to take pot-shots with, the real testing being done on an open range with precision cameras.
  8. 16:30 — The inspector - could it be Inspector Marsh from Brief for Murder? - admits that there’s a slight disparity ("a few minutes") in the times between Cathy coming into the butts and Reynold’s time of death, although forensic science would show that there’s no hard and fast rules for short term rigor mortis.
  9. 31:05 — Jean rings Young after finding the Brigadier, saying she “can’t take this place anymore”, she had thought the Brigadier was asleep when she brought in his letters and then she saw all the blood.
  10. Steed made quite a tidy profit on those Anderson’s shares! He’d already made 12% by the beginning of the episode - he tells Cathy he’s already made between £5,000 and £6,000 (which seems to be around the 36/6 mark, as Cade is later heard to tell his broker it’s reached 36/9, see below).
  11. Cade offers Cathy 43 shillings per share, and she says they’re worth more as he needs them to hold a majority interest. He agrees and offers 43/3, she counters with 43/6 and he accepts. Steed tells Cathy he has a 29,000 share holding (20% of the stock) which he bought for 32/6 and made a profit of 11s. per share but them Macnee fluffs his line (39:09) - he’s supposed to say “That’s sixteen thousand pounds” (as per the script - the figure is actually £15,950 — a 33.85% profit) but instead he says “That’s six thousand pounds!”. So much for being a shrewd investor!
  12. 45:10 — a lighting technician, who had been pointing a hand-held lamp at Young for the previous shot, crosses the back of the set after the cameras are switched.
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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