• title card: white all caps text reading ‘DEATH OF A BATMAN’ superimposed on photograph of Steed in Army uniform
  • Steed struggles to find room to swing his polo mallet in his flat while Cathy chats to him from the sofa
  • Lady Cynthia is quite taken with the dashing Mr Steed - a close-up of her face
  • Steed encounters Goliath in the darkened florists
  • Van Doren looks on uneasily as Lord Teale speaks on the phone
  • Steed is perturbed by Van Doren’s revolver, which has just appeared near his left temple

Series 3 — Episode 10
Death Of A Batman

by Roger Marshall
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by Kim Mills

Production completed: 14 August 1963. First transmission: 26 October 1963

Production Schedule

Episode 62
Production Number : 3609

Rehearsals: From Friday, 2nd August, 1963. 10.30 a.m. Rehearsal Room 3A, Teddington.
Cam. rehearsal: Tuesday, 13th August, 1963. 10.00 a.m. Studio 1, Teddington.
VTR: Wednesday, 14th August, 63. 6.30 p.m. Studio 1, Teddington.

Running time

Expected: 51'25" excluding commercial breaks
Actual running time with bumpers: 51'34"

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).

Transmission

BroadcasterDateTime
ATV London26/10/196310.05pm
ABC Midlands26/10/19639.50pm
ABC North26/10/19639.50pm
Anglia Television26/10/19639.50pm
Border Television26/10/196310.05pm
Channel Television26/10/196310.05pm
Grampian Television27/10/196310.35pm
Southern Television26/10/196310.05pm
Scottish Television26/10/196310.25pm
Tyne Tees Television26/10/19639.50pm
Ulster Television26/10/19639.50pm
Westward Television26/10/196310.05pm
Television Wales & West26/10/19639.50pm
Teledu Cymru (WWN)26/10/19639.50pm
ABN2 Sydney16/06/19648.00pm
ABV2 Melbourne14/01/19657.30pm

This episode was broadcast in Italy on 12th August 1965 (9pm, RAI 1) under the title of “Alta finanza”. It was the first episode shown in a limited run of ten episodes from series 2 and 3 that were broadcast on RAI intermittently throughout 1965 and 1966 under the title “Agente speciale”. Initially scheduled weekly on Primo canale, it was quickly pre-empted by other programmes and moved to the more local, but still nationally organised, Secundo canale.

In Australian, this episode was the last of an extended series of 35 episodes from series 2 and 3 combined; in Melbourne The Avengers would return nearly a year later on 10th January 1966 with The Gilded Cage. Sydney had the same break of long seasons, but the gap was shorter, and TheAvnegers returned just over six months later, on 22nd December 1964, with Dressed to Kill.

TV Times listing

TV times listing for 26 October 1963, showing The Avengers in the 10.05pm timeslot (October 18 1963 London edition), with an inset photo of Patrick and Honor
Sydney Morning Herald listing for 16 June 1964, showing The Avengers in the 8pm timeslot
The Age listing for 14 January 1965, showing The Avengers in the 7.30pm timeslot

10.5 The Avengers
starring
Patrick Macnee
Honor Blackman

in

Death of a Batman
By Roger Marshall

Cast

Edith Wrightson Kitty Attwood
John Wrightson David Burke
John Steed Patrick Macnee
Catherine Gale Honor Blackman
Lord Teale Andre Morell
Eric Van Doren Philip Madoc
Cooper Ray Browne
Lady Cynthia Katy Greenwood
Gibbs Geoffrey Alexander

The Avengers theme composed and
played by Johnny Dankworth
Settings by Paul Bernard
Directed by Kim Mills
Produced by John Bryce

In which Steed is named in a will; and Cathy goes into Big Business

ABC Television Network Production

La Stampa - episode synopsis
La Stampa listing for 12 August 1965, showing The Avengers in the 9pm timeslot

Murders

Victim Killer Method
Clarence Wrightson --- Natural causes
Click a name to see the face

Continuity and trivia

  1. 1:35 - Clarence Wrightson dies at ten to nine.
  2. 7:04 - A vertical streak appears on the screen and remains until the end of the episode.
  3. 8:27 - Steed is out of focus on the change of shot
  4. 12:43 - When Cathy breaks in to photograph the Wrightson’s bedroom, she shuts the door, but it keeps opening again.
  5. 16:12 - As the camera tracks in on Teale, it goes slightly out of focus and seems to bump into something on the floor, as the camera jumps briefly.
  6. 19:34 (19:15) - The credits list Phillip Madoc as playing “Van Doren”, but the brochure Gibbs hands Steed reads “Teale & Van Doran”.
  7. 23:45 - In the florist’s, Steed admonishes a reproduction Venus de Milo, saying “That’s what comes of biting your fingernails.”
  8. 27:14 - the shadow of the boom mic appears on the wall behind Teale
  9. 45:46 - the vision is out focus on the change of shot
  10. 46:22 - something scrapes along the concrete floor backstage, causing a piercing shriek
  11. 48:13 - the shadow of the boom mic swings over Teale’s head as he asks Steed, “Is that your last word?”
  12. 48:59 - you can see the sound man swing his microphone away from Teale on the change of shot.
  13. The original script has Andre Morell’s character named Lord Basil de Witt instead of Lord Basil Teale.
  14. The original script also had Wrightson’s estate at the extraordinary figure of £480,000, which was revised to a more reasonable - if unattainable - £180,000.
  15. Katie the Great Dane returns five episodes later in The Gilded Cage.

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