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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'THE MEDICINE MEN' superimposed on Tu Hsiu Yung being smothered
  • advertising sample - LILT GIRL in bold black text at top right, Fay in close up bottom left, holding a bar of Lilt complexion soap in her left hand, beneath the branding
  • Steed and Cathy find Fay bound and gagged in a room of the printery
  • Cathy wears an eye patch after the fight in the printery; she licks her lips as she anticipates the reaction
  • Steed in profile on the left, smoking a cigar as he assumes the guise of an Icelandic art dealer, the artist Leeson faces us from behind him
  • Fay kisses Steed goodbye. It must be winter, she's wearing a knitted cap and he is wearing a thick woolen jumper

Series 3 - Episode 16
The Medicine Men

by Malcolm Hulke
Designed by David Marshall
Directed by Kim Mills

Production Schedule

Episode 68
Production Number : 3615
Teddington Studio 1

Thursday, 7th November, 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
VTR Inserts 3135/A )
3135/B )
3135/C )

VTR Inserts:

  • 3135/A - 00:53-1:47 - Scene 1, Tu Hsiu Yung is murdered at the Turkish baths
  • 3135/B - 10:01-11:25 - Scene 7, Cathy sees Fay at the baths
  • 3135/C - 49:40-50:44 - Scene 51, Steed and Cathy farewell Fay at Steed's flat

Friday, 8th November, 1963

Camera rehearsal 10.00-13.00
Lunch break 13.00-14.00
Camera rehearsal 14.00-15.20
Tea break, line up,
normal scan, make-up
Photo Call 16.05-16.15
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: 51'57"

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 November 1963
Sydney 5th January 1965
Melbourne 24th January 1966


Cameras: 5 Pedestals
Sound: 3 Booms; 1 Slung Mic. Practical Intercom. between Miss Dowell's Office and Geoffrey's Office; between Miss Dowell's Office and John' s Office.
Telecine: A.B.C. Symbol and Avengers Opening Titles Caption Scanner
Slides: A.B.C. Production


Victim Killer Method
Tu Shu Yeung Miss Dowell Strangled
Edwards Miss Dowell Strangled (then hanged to make it look like suicide)
Click a name to see the face


  1. 0:00 - there's a vertical streak and spot at lower middle left on the transfer plate, which is there for the entire episode.
  2. 1:45 - The opening credits feature a fade to black under the titles as the steam rolls in around Miss Tu, then a fade up to Steed making coffee.
    alternate title card: white all caps text reading 'THE MEDICINE MEN' superimposed on Steed making coffee in his flat
  3. 1:58 - Mrs Gale prefers her coffee with one lump of sugar. However, it's quite obvious the cup is empty.
  4. 2:15 - Cathy caustically asks, "What happened to polo?" when Steed sets a bowler hat on her feet to practice golf. Steed laughs and says his two ponies took a fancy to each other and lost interest in the game.
  5. 6:57 - the cameraman completely loses focus when Peter Barkworth leans back in his chair.
  6. 7:33 - there's a spot on the camera lens for the CU of Barkworth (top left), it returns 22:34 when Cathy enter WS Snr's office and meets Fay.
  7. 11:07 - Honor Blackman chucks her towel away when she enters the shower, and the mid shot when she's in there is a bit low, and her right nipple is inadvertently shown on screen.
  8. 19:01 - Cathy's second chip shot clearly skids across the floor, but the close-up of the hat has it dropping in nonetheless. The bowler, by the way, is a Barnaby & Son instead of Steed's usual Herbert Johnson.
  9. 23:07 - The painting of paint daubs from Fay's body is signed Lesson instead of Leeson.
  10. 26:31 - "When she's not out spending his mod - meny, she's modelling for an action painter"
  11. 48:49 - a hair sticks to the transfer plate just to the right of bottom centre, it remains there until the end of the episode.

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