• title card: white all caps text reading ‘DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU’ superimposed on the cut-up photograph of Cathy
  • Ola paused while lighting the candles with a taper, she wears a cameo on a coker around her neck and gazes at the ceiling as another unstructured thought bounces around her head
  • The strange young man flings his arms wide as he regards the interior of the house. He is wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses
  • Cathy is becoming increasingly desperate as the situation in the house darkens
  • A photomontage of a close-up of an eye, the pupil replaced with the flower of a star jasmine
  • Cathy stares at her inert pistol as Goodman looks over her head, adjusting to the shock of having been shot

Series 3 — Episode 12
Don’t Look Behind You

by Brian Clemens
Designed by Terry Green
Directed by Peter Hammond

Production No 3606, VTR/ABC/2829
Production completed: July 5 1963. First transmission: December 14 1963.

Production Schedule

Episode 59
Production Number : 3606
VTR/ABC/2829 & 2829A
Teddington Studio 1

Thursday, 4th July, 1963

Camera rehearsal 10.00–12.30
Lunch break 12.30–13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30–18.00
Supper break 18.00–19.00
Line up 19.00–19.30
Camera rehearsal and VTR (2829A) 19.30–21.00

VTR insert 2829A is the surreal montage of cut-up stills shown when Goodman confronts Cathy, mixed in slowly at 48:58.

Friday, 5th July, 1963

Camera rehearsal 10.00–12.30
Lunch break 12.30–13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30–15.30
Tea break, Line up,
normal scan, makeup
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″ excluding commercial breaks
Actual running time with bumpers: 51′41″

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 credits (normally 0′16″ with a 2″ fade) and closing credits (anywhere from 0′41″ to 1′20″, hard cut or 1″ fade or mix).


Cameras: 3 pedestals and the Turner Arm.
Sound: 4 booms and one stand mic.
Telecine: Opening film and one insert and CAPTION SCANNER.


ATV London14/12/196310.05pm
ABC Midlands14/12/19638.55pm
ABC North14/12/19638.55pm
Anglia Television14/12/19638.55pm
Border Television14/12/196310.05pm
Channel Television14/12/196310.05pm
Grampian Television14/12/19638.55pm
Southern Television14/12/196310.05pm
Scottish Television14/12/19638.55pm
Tyne Tees Television14/12/19638.55pm
Ulster Television14/12/19638.55pm
Westward Television14/12/19638.55pm
Television Wales & West14/12/19638.55pm
Teledu Cymru (WWN)14/12/19638.55pm
ABN2 Sydney--
ABV2 Melbourne--

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for December 14 1963, 8.55 timeslot (Midlands edition)

8.55 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee
Honor Blackman


Don’t Look Behind You
By Brian Clemens

Cast in order of appearance

Catherine Gale Honor Blackman
John Steed Patrick Macnee
Ola Janine Gray
Young Man Kenneth Colley
Man Maurice Good

Story Editor Richard Bates
Produced by John Bryce
Directed by Peter Hammond

In which Steed takes a country drive and Cathy endures a night of terror

ABC Weekend Network Production


Victim Killer Method
Young man Martin Goodman shot
Click a name to see the face

Continuity and trivia

Time codes here include the Studio Canal logo from the remastered 2010 set, which runs for 18 seconds before the epsiode starts.

  1. This episode was remade in colour, almost word for word, as The Joker with Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in Cathy’s rôle. In that episode, Emma drives herself to Devon and Steed follows when he discovers that their old nemesis is on the loose.
    Consequently, many of the lines spoken by Steed in this version are spoken by Emma in the remake.
  2. 3:15 — hair at top right of the camera lens
  3. 4:19 — VTR insert — This episode features an unusual scene for this season; a long exterior of Steed driving Cathy down to Devon in his newly-acquired Lagonda, GX 3235. They pass The Royal Oak in Richmond on Thames.
  4. The episode actually features two cars (plus incidental background vehicles), Steed’s Lagonda and an old Rolls-Royce hearse, which was almost certainly the same hearse as in The Undertakers.
  5. 12:22 — Ola seems to be auditioning for "A Clockwork Orange" several years too early, as she makes some weird movements with Steed’s bowler and umbrella.
  6. 35:45 — We briefly see the “An ABC Production” slide before the slide for “End of Act Two”. It seems like they mixed up the order for the caption scanner.
  7. 36:05 — Act Three starts with the suspense music instead of the usual Avengers fanfare.
  8. 41:10 — Maurice Good is just visible as Cathy closes the dining room door, moving to his mark for shot 147 (page 47 of the script).
  9. 45:00–47:00 — Martin recounts their time together in Berlin in 1953. Cathy and Martin used to eat at a restaurant on the Shillerstraße; she said the waiter with the red face looked like a Rembrandt painting. On the day he was due to leave they went riding in the Reichenstraße and Cathy insisted on riding to the Western Tor, even though there was going to be a thunder storm. They were soaked to the skin and returned to her hotel. She told him his flight was cancelled because of the storm, but it was a trick by her and Steed to keep him there. When he emerged, the police waiting in the street were soaked by the storm.
  10. 49:37 — there’s no cordite burn on Goodman’s shirt after Cathy fires her gun — even a blank would damage a shirt at that range.
  11. 50:56 — Cathy is furious when she thinks Steed knew Goodman was at the house and he left her there alone; he assures her that he saw a story about Sir Cavalier addressing a conference overseas and rushed back as soon as he could.

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