• title card: white text reading 'The Sell-Out' superimposed on an external establishing shot of The British Museum
  • Steed in foreground left chuckles as he chats to Harvey, behind and to his left and frowning
  • Steed smiles disarmingly at the plumber in the hotel
  • Harvey argues with Fraser
  • Dr King telephones Dr Walton
  • Steed holds the assassin at gunpoint

Series 2 - Episode 9
The Sell-Out

Teleplay by Anthony Terpiloff and Brandon Brady
Directed by Don Leaver

Production Schedule

Episode 29
Production Number : 3502
Teddington Studio 2

Friday 8th June 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 break 19.00-21.00

Saturday 9th June 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 run 16.15-17.30
Line up 17.30-18.00
VTR 18.00-19.00

Running time

Expected: 51'25"
Actual running time with bumpers: 50'46"

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 24th November 1962
Sydney 9th December 1963
Melbourne 9th July 1964


Victim Killer Method
Price Gunman pistol
Fraser Gunman ?
Harvey Steed revolver
Click a name to see the face


Marque/type Plate
AC Greyhound (Steed's) 880 OPA
Ford Zodiac (Fraser's) 9237 MP
Humber Sprite (Harvey's) 547 VMV
Sunbeam Alpine (gunman's) 238 VC
Rolls-Royce limousine - yellow and black 1950s model with covered rear wheels RR8


  1. 1:06 - The camera bumps into something and bounces upwards after tightening in on Dr King.
  2. 3:02 - Steed tells One Twelve he didn't complete his assignment of bringing Roland to a meeting with the minister because he'd "rather not deliver him dead". His reports is as follows:
    At 1008h I accompanied Roland to the lobby of the Astor Towers hotel. At that time, Mr Alun Price, oil representative, was shot and killed in our immediate vicinity. I hid Roland in the manager's office and went through Price's belongings, then rang Harvey to say 'we had a washout'.
    One Twelve tells him, "We are contributing to the danger in East Asia by keeping Roland from negotiating".
  3. 07:40 (7:36) - a flare guard appears in top right of screen for a second.
  4. 8:39 (8:34) - Lilian opens the door and doesn't stop when a spoon falls off her tray.
  5. 11:16 (11:11) - Macnee says "there's one point on that paper that -", realises he's fluffed the line as Hobbs peers at it intensely and recovers magnificently by continuing, " that er, isn't exactly specified". The line in the script is "There's one important point which you won't find on the paper, sir."
  6. 11:55 - Just after that, Macnee fluffs another line, saying "Hello Judy" instead of "Hello doctor" when he's announced and enters Dr King's office; he would of course have already seen Judy in reception.
  7. 16:20 - Steed's movements, as related by Fraser:
    Harvey's - arr. 2:15 dep. 2:50
    Astor hotel - Roland's suite arr. 3:30 dep. 4:10
    Dr King, 12 Marchbanks Terrace, SW3 arr. 4:30 dep. 5:01
    then went to his club and had two large brandy and sodas rather quickly
  8. 25:06 - Dr King played wing three-quarter in his youth.
  9. 26:00 (25:35) - Macnee says Harvey "looks after Roland while I look after the minister" when of course it's the other way round.
  10. 31:39 - Dr King's 'phone number: Gerrard 1071.
  11. 35:11 - At the end of Act 2, the script asks for a MS of Steed entering Fraser's shop, discovering him dead and then being hit by One-Twelve. The cameraman, however, tightens on Steed, then pans down to focus on Fraser's face so we don't even see Steed being hit - Macnee appears to shout for no reason and slump to the floor, then we have a MCU of One-Twelve. A directorial change that didn't work? We may never know.
  12. Despite dying in the opening scene, Ray Browne is one of the extras at One-Twelve's party.
  13. 38:31 - Mark Harvey saw the eminent oncologist, Dr G. Walton of Millbank Hospital.
  14. 44:48 (43:35) - Gatliff says "I may be gone into mourning - until morning" (the first is probably more appropriate).
  15. 49:54 - Dr King doesn't initially notice Steed has a gun pointed at the assassin at the press conference and comes over to ask him what he's going to do now, spots the gun then says, "Oh! In that case I'l go back on the bus." and leaves hurriedly. A quiet exit from the Avenging world for the softly-spoken doctor (this was the last Dr King episode produced, but an earlier episode, Dead on Course, was broadcast later).
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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