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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'DEATH OF A GREAT DANE' superimposed on a close-up of a great dane wearing a coat, on a leash
  • Steed  greets Gregory jovially and they discuss their tailor
  • Cathy lies languidly back on her lounge
  • Getz rubs his temple anxiously when Mrs Miller tries to blackmail him
  • Steed chats to Sir James at the wine-tasting
  • Cathy draws his pistol

Series 2 - Episode 8
Death of a Great Dane

Teleplay by Roger Marshall and Jeremy Scott
Directed by Peter Hammond

Production Schedule

Episode 38
Production Number : 3511
VTR/ABC/2093 & 2093A
Teddington Studio 1

Wednesday 31st October 1962

Camera rehearsal 10.00-12.30
Lunch break 12.30-13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30-17.00
Line-Up &.Make-up 17.00-17.30
VTR INSERT 2093A 17.30-18.00
Supper break 18.00-19.00
Camera rehearsal 13.30-17.00

Inserts 2093A - Scene 5 Steed and Cathy look at slides of Litoff in her flat and discuss the sudden stop of his charitable donations.

Thursday 1st November 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, and 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: 53'50"

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).


London 17th November 1962
Sydney 16th December 1963
Melbourne 2nd July 1964


Victim Killer Method
Miller Unknown killer strangled
Mrs Miller 2nd Assistant strangled
Click a name to see the face
The second assistant probably killed both of them.


Marque/type Plate
'61 Hirondelle (not seen)


  1. 1:50-3:12 - Cathy says she used a 250 ISO film at f5.6 with a 500mm lens to take pictures of the pickiforms (woodpeckers), and tells Steed the spots in the pictures are because she shot in the rain. She says she only got three photos in a week, but there are lots of negatives with birds on them (some of them clearly false). Cathy remarks that they don't just sit still and pose for you and Steed replies, "They do for me!"
  2. 5:52 (5:35) - the joke gun jams and Mrs Miller has to pull it briefly off camera to reveal the flag with BANG! written on it. She then still goes on to say "it's really very clever".
  3. 11:37, 40:17-20, 44:55, 46:16, 46:40 & 47:40 - visual interference.
  4. 20:27 - there's a smudge on Camera 4's lens as Steed walks in to see Getz, you can see it again at 22:35 and any time the camera is used (e.g. 25:15). It must have happened after the joke shop scene as it appears in the first penthouse scene at 10:50. The lens must have been wiped during the second ad break, as it's gone at 37:50.
  5. 26:00 - Steed describes Sir James' car as being "a '61 Hirondelle, it's the biggest car on the block". This is an allusion to "The Saint"; Leslie Charteris invented the marque "Hirondelle" for Simon Templar's car, which was an amalgam of the best features of a Bentley, Rolls Royce and Daimler.
  6. 27:33 - the view from Litoff's balcony is clearly a painted backdrop
  7. 30:58 - At the wine tasting, Steed identifies:
    • Saint-Emilion - Chateau Petit-Village
    • Pontet Carnet 52
    • Corque-Michotte 49
    Sir James identifies:
    • Haut Brion '47
    • Ausone '49 - Steed corrects him and says it's the '53.
  8. 34:06 - Litoff's medical history: Two thromboses, initial cholesterol on 260, BP over 180, enlarged left ventricle indicated by EKG.
  9. c. 44:00 - A small spot appears on the lens on camera 2 at top right.
  10. 47:10-47:15 - the shadow of the boom microphone waves across Getz's temple for a moment.
  11. 49:56 (48:35) - someone in a beige coat at the back of the set can be seen, through the internal window, getting up from a sofa and edging out of shot as Steed and Cathy look out of the window looking to escape.
  12. 50:20 (49:02) - John Laurie fluffs a line "Couldn't we take it with them - them with us"
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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