• title card: white all caps text reading ‘THE OUTSIDE-IN MAN’ superimposed on a close-up of Cathy’s leather-clad bottom as she lies face down on the sofa, reading a book
  • Miss Brisket pulls out Mark’s identity card, numbered SO 11127; it is stamped CANCELLED MAY 1959
  • Mark leans against the bookcase and hold a cup of tea, background right, as he talk to Helen, foreground left
  • Two embassy guards burst into the house where Mark is hiding, causing him to raise his hands in surrender
  • Major Zulficar opens his car boot to find Mark hiding inside
  • Mark, Cathy and Steed relax in Steed’s flat with a bottle of champagne after the case is over

Series 3 — Episode 22
The Outside-In Man

by Philip Chambers
Designed by David Marshall
Directed by Jonathan Alwyn

Production No 3622, VTR/ABC/3394
Production completed: February 12 1964. First transmission: February 22 1964.

Production Schedule

Episode 75
Production Number : 3622
VTR/ABC/3394 + Insert
Teddington Studios 2 & 3

Tuesday 11th February 1964

Camera rehearsal 10.00–12.30
Lunch break 12.30–13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30–17.45
Turn round to Studio 3 17.45–18.00
Supper break 18.00–19.00
Line up and make-up 19.00–19.30
Camera rehearsal (Studio 3) 19.30–20.30
PRE-VTR INSERTS (ABC/3394A, B, C) 20.30–21.00

VTR Inserts:

  • A - Scene 22 — Cottage interior with Charter (33:51–34:13)
  • B - Scene 24 — Cottage interior, Cathy, Charter and 2 guards (35:03–38:05)
  • C - Scene 29 — Consulate garage with Zulficar & Charter (40:36–41:14)

Wednesday 12th February 1964

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 (Pat/Honor) 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″ + 2 commercial breaks of 2.35 each.
Actual running time with bumpers: 51′31″

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: 4 pedestals.
Sound: 3 booms, fishpole for Ext. Butoher’s Shop, slung mic. in Steed’s Hall, grams, tape, pract. intercom. between Quilpie’s Office & Outer Office, 3 pract. telephones in Quilpie’s Office, Steed’s Flat & Gentlemen’s Club (to ring only). FX bell box.
Telecine: ABC symbol + “Avengers” opening titles (sof), 1 stock sof sequence (35mm.), 1 slide and caption scanner. 3 Pre-VTR inserts in Aot 3.
PRE-VTR: Debris on 5′ rostrum, 3 pedestals.
2 booms. Echo, grams & tape.
Zoom lens (Cam.4, Debris).


ATV London22/02/196410.05pm
ABC Midlands22/02/19649.10pm
ABC North22/02/19649.10pm
Anglia Television22/02/19649.10pm
Border Television22/02/19649.10pm
Channel Television22/02/19649.10pm
Grampian Television22/02/19649.10pm
Southern Television22/02/196410.05pm
Scottish Television22/02/19649.10pm
Tyne Tees Television22/02/19649.10pm
Ulster Television22/02/19649.10pm
Westward Television22/02/19649.10pm
Television Wales & West22/02/19649.10pm
Teledu Cymru (WWN)22/02/19649.10pm
ABN2 Sydney9/02/19658.00pm
ABV2 Melbourne--

This episode was already scheduled to be broadcast, ten days later, while it was being produced.

This episode was not shown in Melbourne as, finding themselves a year behind Sydney, they dropped a lot of episodes to catch up to series 4.

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for February 22 1964, 10.05pm (February 14 London edition), with an inset photo of Virginia Stride
Sydney Morning Herald listing for February 9 1965, 8pm

10.5 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee
Honor Blackman


The Outside-In Man
By Philip Chambers

[photo of Virginia Stride]


John Steed Patrick Macnee
Catherine Gale Honor Blackman
Mark Charter James Maxwell
Alice Virginia Stride
Quilpie Ronald Radd
Jenkins Ronald Mansell
Edwards Anthony Dawes
Ambassador William Devlin
Maj. Zulficar Basil Hoskins
Helen Rayner Beryl Baxter
Arthur Lovegrove
Sharp Philip Anthony

Story Editor Richard Bates
Directed by Jonathan Alwyn
Produced by John Bryce

In which Steed plots murder and Cathy tries to stop him

ABC Television Network Production


Victim Killer Method
Click a name to see the face

Continuity and trivia

  1. 0:00 — the ident for ABC changes with this episode, with blockier text and the disappearance of the arrows.
  2. Alice’s surname, Brisket, being a cut of meat, is a joke about PANSAC being hidden inside a butchery.
  3. 1:20 — the confidential dossier on Quilpie’s desk which he hands to Steed is labelled “PANSAC - Confidential Top Secret” We learn later (22:25) that PANSAC is the Permanent Agency for National Security And Counter-intelligence.
    alternate title card: white all caps text reading ‘THE OUTSIDE-IN MAN’ superimposed on a close-up of a dossier labelled ‘PANSAC - CONFIDENTIAL TOP SECRET’
  4. 1:28 — The tape on Sharp reports:
    Dossier 031124 — Sharp, Andrew Ryan, British subject
    26 January, 1959 defected to Aburain, assumed Aburanian nationality
    May ’59, appointed Head of Radio Aburain
    June ’61, Minister of the Interior
    September ’63, Head of Military Operations
  5. 3:20 — Steed tells Cathy that the British have tried to kill Sharp several times, losing a few agents in the process: Steve Rayner, missing presumed dead, Mark Charter, killed on operations.
  6. 3:50 — Charter’s number is SO 11127 — it was cancelled in May 1959.
  7. 6:20 — Charter asks for five years back-pay and says he’ll settle for a round figure of £15,000.
  8. 6:30, 13:15 — There’s a humorous undercurrent throughout the episode with Edwards being irate about Charter’s chair at Beadle’s club; he’s quite irate when he discovers that it’s Mr. Charter’s chair by the fireplace that he’s had the use of for the last five years, and upon hearing Charter will be away a few days (13:15), he tries to resume his chair, but Jenkins’ stern gaze stops him. Later, he draws Jenkins’ attention to the newspaper article mentioning Charter’s disappearance, commenting it’s a waste of a perfectly good chair when Jenkins tells him, “Yes sir, Mr. Charter told me he’d be in the country for a few days.”
  9. 10:20 — Steed calls Cathy, the number starts with 78...
  10. 11:30 — Cathy sells her convertible to Charter for £500.
  11. 13:40 — small smudge top centre of camera 2’s lens (shobt 98 is dropped at this point, and the scene starts with camera 2 rather than camera 4).
  12. 14:05 — Ronald Radd call Quilpie’s secretary Alison instead of Alice.
  13. 14:07 — there’s a dark spot right on the edge of camera 2’s lens at centre top in Quilpie’s CU. It’s less distinct and further from the edge at 14:14 in the 2-shot of Steed and Quilpie. Returns at 24:05. and 42:16.
  14. 18:35 — Steed answers the door to Cathy and returns to the phone. Finding Quilpie has put it down, he starts whistling into the phone which irritates Quilpie immensely.
  15. 19:20 — there’s a spot on camera 1’s lens almost dead centre which ruins Cathy’s MCU. It’s even more obvious in the LS at 20:20 as they leave the flat. It returns at 25:13 when Cathy is talking to Zulficar. And at 31:30 in the club. 38:50 at Consulate. 41:52 Quilpie’s office.
  16. 23:00 — Steed tells the aptly-named Miss Brisket, “Mrs. Gale is a vegetarian,” and she replies, “Oh dear!” Steed adds, “The delights of modern butchery have little appeal for her” (dropping the first half of his line).
  17. 26:30 — Another opportunity to show naked women on Sixties television is not missed - Lynden’s garage has six pinups around an official notice.
  18. 28:40 — Lynden’s garage was at 4 Chepstone Mews.
  19. 32:20 — Cathy rings Steed with a number that starts with 323...
  20. 32:30 — Yet another Tintin reference - in this episode, Steed prefers to read “The Secret of the Unicorn” rather than answer Mrs. Gale’s phone call (even chuckling to himself and murmuring ‘Blistering Barnacles!’).
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  22. 33:17 — Helen’s cottage is Hazel Cottage, near Selsey, Sussex.
  23. 39:15–39:30 — telecine insert - T/C (B) - of BOAC landing.
  24. 39:35 — you can see the lenses of camera 3, tracked in on the ambassador, when the vision switches to camera 4 for the MS of the door through which Zulficar is about to come.
  25. 43:50 etc. - Zulficar’s CUs have a small hair near middle right.
  26. 45:17 — vision OOF when we return to ambassador’s XCU after seeing Zulficar.
  27. 46:25 — a rare outing for Cathy's garter holster.
  28. 46:49 etc. — Zulficar appears to be wearing British World War II Medals.
  29. 50:30 — Steed hands his package of shin bones to Cathy, who glares at him and hands them back saying, “I don’t need to sharpen my teeth”.
  30. A couple of cars make a rare appearance here - the Consulate car, the Mini in Lynden’s garage and Charter’s (unseen) “Vogel Prentice” - a made-up make of car.

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