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  • 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 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).


London 26th October 1963
Sydney 16th June 1964
Melbourne 14th January 1965


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


  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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