Series 3 - Episode 10
Death Of A Batman
by Roger Marshall
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by Kim Mills
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.|
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).
|London||26th October 1963|
|Sydney||16th June 1964|
|Melbourne||14th January 1965|
|Clarence Wrightson||---||Natural causes|
- 1:35 - Clarence Wrightson dies at ten to nine.
- 7:04 - A vertical streak appears on the screen and remains until the end of the episode.
- 8:27 - Steed is out of focus on the change of shot
- 12:43 - When Cathy breaks in to photograph the Wrightson's bedroom, she shuts the door, but it keeps opening again.
- 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.
- 19:34 (19:15) - The credits list Phillip Madoc as playing "Van Doren", but the brochure Gibbs hands Steed reads "Teale & Van Doran".
- 23:45 - In the florist's, Steed admonishes a reproduction Venus de Milo, saying "That's what comes of biting your fingernails."
- 27:14 - the shadow of the boom mic appears on the wall behind Teale
- 45:46 - the vision is out focus on the change of shot
- 46:22 - something scrapes along the concrete floor backstage, causing a piercing shriek
- 48:13 - the shadow of the boom mic swings over Teale's head as he asks Steed, "Is that your last word?"
- 48:59 - you can see the sound man swing his microphone away from Teale on the change of shot.
- The original script has Andre Morell's character named Lord Basil de Witt instead of Lord Basil Teale.
- 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.
- Katie the Great Dane returns five episodes later in The Gilded Cage.