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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'KILLER WHALE' superimposed on a black and white ink drawing of a whale swirling in the ocean
  • Pancho, on the right, refuses to give Fernand credit; Harry watches in the background
  • Steed admires the model's.... height
  • Cathy checks Joey's waistband, but what for?
  • Brown tell Fernand, in the foreground, that he has 24 hours to pay his debt
  • Steed thanks Cathy for her help oon the case with perfume by Fernand

Series 2 - Episode 26
Killer Whale

Teleplay by John Lucarotti
Directed by Kim Mills

Production Schedule

Episode 52
Production Number : 3525
VTR/ABC/2517 & 2517A-B
Teddington Studio 1

Thursday 21st March 1963

Camera rehearsal 09.00-12.30
Lunch break 12.30-13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30-18.00
Supper break 18.00-19.00
Line Up and Make Up 19.00-19.30
VTR Inserts (VTR/ABC/2517 A + B) 19.30-20.15
Camera rehearsal 20.15-21.00

VTR Inserts:

  • 2517/A - Tiger and Joey in the ring (intercut with live - shots 48-54) (10:50-12:15)
  • 2517/B - Tag scene in Cathy's flat (shots 163-167) (46:54-47:48)

Thursday 15th 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, 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: 48'25" + 2 commercial breaks
Actual running time with bumpers: 48'38"

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 23rd March 1963
Sydney 31st March 1964
Melbourne 29th October 1964


Cameras: 5 Pedestals
Sound: 3 booms; 1 Fishpole; 1 Slung Mic; 3 Stand Mics.
Telecine: A.B.C. symbol and Caption Scanner only.
VTR: 2 Inserts


Victim Killer Method
Fred Harry ?
Sailor Harry blow to head?
Click a name to see the face


Marque/type Plate


  1. 1:25, 3:19, 18:30, 19:00, 34:07 - video distortion
  2. 10:50-12:15 - The bout with Tiger was supposed to last a minute but timekeeping in the Sixties wasn't that good - the bell rings at 10:57 and they strike gloves at 11:00, but at 12:00 Steed announces he still has 10 seconds to go - Joey goes down at 12:08, gets back up, and Steed rings time at 12:13.
  3. 16:00 - Steed claims he wants to buy a wardrobe consisting of "an evening dress, a couple of cocktail dresses, two day suits, accessories of course, naturally".
  4. 16:33 - Denise smirks when he seems too familiar with his "niece's" measurements - 34-24-36, 5'4"
  5. 17:52 - a thread gets stuck on the transfer plate and remains there until 20:50.
  6. 20:50 - Charlie Horton is described as having fled the country after making 'a mistake' - by which is meant (as Joey explains to Cathy at 37:55) he fixed a fight and was found out.
  7. 21:40 - The 'Models from the Kenneth Sweet Collection' appear when Steed views the wardrobe Fernand has designed for him. They're preceded by Angela - played by Julie Paulle - (in a dress of cricket flannel with a matching stole - Steed exclaims, "Cricket flannel for the evening?" and Fernand replies, "Why not? it's very chic; it flares gently at the hem").
    Then the models appear in the following order:
    1. Elaine Little (black and white gingham dress in an entertaining 'bush' style - to which Steed says "Happy Safari!");
    2. June Hodgson (turquoise evening dress and coat in heavy woven linen);
    3. Diane Keys (not announced by Fernand, who's interrupted by Brown, but she's wearing a woollen tunic and spotted tie with matching hat).
  8. 27:33 - Shot 104 starts with a close-up of the newspaper in Harry's hands but the drama is lost when the cameraman loses focus as he zooms out and we have several seconds of blurred film.
  9. 45:48 (44:57) - someone coughs backstage just as Steed leads the villains away at gunpoint.
  10. 46:20 (45:35) - weird direction in the final fight scene - Cathy is beating up Harry, but we cut to a shot of two chairs, which we hold for several seconds before Tiger crosses in front of them and takes on Joey - it looks like Tiger missed his cue.
  11. 46:51 - Steed once again uses his pseudonym, Carruthers, when calling the police.
  12. 47:48 - the majority of the tag scene was left on the cutting room floor; Steed had planned to take Cathy with him to the Carribbean by deceipt, but scenes 165-167 were junked completely, and the last line of 164 went with them.
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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