• title card: white text reading ‘Warlock’ superimposed on a dark close-up of the cowled Gallion, his face partly lit by a candle held in his hand
  • Cathy emulates Hamlet with a skull
  • Neville lies dead on the pentagram
  • Steed meets One-Ten in a pub - and sprays soda water all over himself
  • Julia leads the devotees in a chatoic dance
  • Gallion collapses and dies in the pentagram

Series 2 — Episode 18

Teleplay by Doreen Montgomery
Directed by Peter Hammond

Production No 3504, VTR/ABC/1854
Production completed: July 7 1962 & January 24 1963. First transmission: January 25 1963.

Production details

Episode 31
Production Number : 3504
VTR/ABC/1854 & 1854A
Teddington Studio 2

Friday 6th July 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 19.00–20.15
Line-up 20.15–20.45
VTR 1854A 20.45–21.00

Insert 1854A - Scene 30A, Steed and Cathy in her car outside the bookshop.

Telecine inserts -

  • Scene 8A - Ext. Natural History Museum 30-secs. (5:45–6:11)
  • Scene 22A - Ext. Covent Garden & Pub (26:41-)
  • Scene 31A (1.45) - Steed drives up in a Triumph Herald and jumps over fence (36:31–38:15)

Saturday 7th July 1962

Camera rehearsal 10.00–12.30
Lunch break 12.30–13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30–15.30
Tea break, Lind-up (sic),
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: 51′12″

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 London27/01/196310.35pm
ABC Midlands26/01/196310.35pm
ABC North26/01/196310.35pm
Anglia Television26/01/196310.05pm
Border Television--
Channel Television26/01/196310.05pm
Grampian Television27/01/196310.35pm
Southern Television26/01/196310.05pm
Scottish Television--
Tyne Tees Television26/01/196310.05pm
Ulster Television27/01/196310.35pm
Westward Television27/01/196310.35pm
Television Wales & West27/01/196310.35pm
Teledu Cymru (WWN)25/01/196310.45pm
ABN2 Sydney--
ABV2 Melbourne--

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for January 27 1963, 10.35pm (London edition)

10.35 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee

Teleplay by Doreen Montgomery
Also starring
Honor Blackman


Cosmo Gallion Peter Arne
Neville Alban Blakelock
Mrs. Dunning Olive Milbourne
John Steed Patrick Macnee
Markel John Hollis
Julia Pat Spencer
Mogam Philip Mosca
Catherine Gale Honor Blackman
Doctor Brian Vaughan
Pathologist Gordon Gardner
Miss Timson Christina Ferdinando
One-Ten Douglas Muir
Barmaid Susan Franklin
Pasco Herbert Nelson

The Avengers theme composed and
played by Johnny Dankworth
Settings by Terry Green
Directed by Peter Hammond

Are there witches? Do magic spells have any effect? Steed is out to explode the myth. He enlists the help of Catherine Gale and they have to fight for their lives

ABC Television Network Production

Warlock was not broadcast in Australia so there are no listings for Sydney or Melbourne.

Episode availability


Victim Killer Method
Peter Neville Markel punched
Mrs. Dunning Markel strangled
Markel Cosmo Gallion voodoo doll???
Cosmo Gallion natural causes heart attack
Click a name to see the face


Marque/type Plate
Cathy’s MGA RVB 115
Steed’s Triumph Herald 7081 MK

Continuity and trivia

  1. This episode was the first filmed with Honor Blackman and originally had additional footage introducing Cathy. However, as broadcast was delayed until later in the season this material was cut from the final print and, to some extent, replaced with new footage. It’s fairly clear that the first words between Cathy and Steed were chopped out at the 6:31 (6:25) mark, and new footage is inserted until there’s another sharp cut at 8:43 (8:35) where they return to the original take. There’s another cut at 48:47 (47:30) as they discuss the case in the pub. Honor says, “Thanks, I needed that” and Macnee chuckles in reply when the splice comes in. She then says, “Did you ever find out who Gallion was working for?” (however, this cut is less apparent in the restored footage, and may be because of distortion being cut in previous releases).
    Excerpts from the original script for these scenes are available here
  2. It’s odd that it was rescheduled when it was, as it meant the guest star was Peter Arne two weeks in a row.
  3. 14:15 — Cosmo asks Neville, “What is the law, Neville?” and Neville replies, ritually, “Do as thou wilt is the whole of the law.” This is a reference to Alister Crowley’s black magic rites from the 1930s.
  4. 16:49 — Pathologist’s report on Neville:
    liver slightly enlarged but not excessively, pancreas clear, unusually excessive acidity in the stomach tissues. He tells Steed he died of a coronary thrombosis, with the usual tearing of the artery.
  5. 19:48 — Gallion’s previous victims were Watherson, the physicist who shot himself in 1959, and Marshall the engineer.
  6. 20:06 (19:38) - Macnee squirts some soda into his glass and it sprays everywhere.
  7. 22:59–23:01 — the cameraman loses focus when Steed and Cathy go behind the bookshelf
  8. 23:19 — how had they not noticed the dead Mrs. Dunning for so long?
  9. 23:31 — a thread appears at the bottom of the screen and stays there until the end of the episode.
  10. 26:31 — Cathy says she was born on 5th October, 1930 — a Sunday - and claims it was on the stroke of midnight ( she’s possibly lying to gain Gallion’s interest however she gives the same birth date in The White Dwarf when Steed asks her what her birthday is).
  11. 35:03 — severe visual distortion
  12. 48:50 — Steed says Gallion was working for Mogom - of course, he should have said Markel, Mogom was Gallion’s strong-arm man and one of his devotees, so Mogom worked for Gallion.
  13. Anna Starkey, who plays one of the hooded devotees, was reunited with Honor Blackman in both a 1979 theatrical production of A Little Night Music and a 1987 theatrical musical production of Nunsense.
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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