• title card: white all caps text in a jagged font reading ‘FOG’ superimposed on a police warning lying on the black cobblestones. The warning reads: ‘[100 Guineas Reward for information leading to the arr]est of the [person] known as the GASLIGHT GHOUL perpetrator of many vile & g[risly] murders near Gunthorpe Stre[et] London during the months of October & November 1888. He is tall, bearded and has been seen carrying a long carpet bag’
  • Rhonda carefully steers Mother’s sonar-equipped Moke through the foggy, cobblestoned alleyways, Mother sits in the back, peering through a viewfinder
  • Grunner wearing his fur hat in Steed’s flat, his image repeated in the lenses of his spectacles, which line in the foreground
  • Sanders is disturbed by the sight of the villain’s sword stick. He stands next to a hansom cab and there is another behind him
  • Steed drives a hansom cab through the foggy streets
  • Travers, in his Gaslight Ghoul costume - cape, frock coat, gloves, false beard - prepares to throw a sword stick
  • Mother’s moke, lost in the fog, has left a tyre print across Tara’s living room carpet, right in front of Steed’s brown suede boots

Series 6 — Episode 22

Teleplay by Jeremy Burnham
Directed by John Hough

Production No E.67.9.24
Production completed: January 9 1969. First UK transmission: March 7 1969. First transmission (USA): February 17 1969.

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television12/03/19698:00pm
ATV Midlands7/03/19698:00pm?
Granada Television23/06/19698:25pm
Anglia Television6/08/19698:00pm
Border Television19/03/19698:00pm
Channel Television24/05/19698:25pm
Grampian Television12/03/19698:00pm
Southern Television4/06/19698:00pm
Scottish Television
Tyne Tees Television12/03/19698:00pm
Ulster Television7/03/19698:00pm
Westward Television24/05/19698:25pm
Harlech Television7/03/19698:00pm
Yorkshire Television15/03/19698:00pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for listing for March 12 1969, 8pm (London edition)
Sydney Morning Herald listing for May 23 1969, 8pm
The Age listing for April 29 1969, 8.30pm

8.0 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee
Linda Thorson
Patrick Newell
By Jeremy Burnham

In an eerie, fog-filled episode, with all the flavour of Victorian melodrama, Steed and Tara hunt the dreaded Gaslight Ghoul — a murderer with a top hat and cape who is re-enacting Jack-the-Ripper type crimes of the 1880s. But the caped killer has a modern motive. All his victims are members of a vital peace conference.

John Steed Patrick Macnee
Tara King Linda Thorson
President Nigel Green
Travers Guy Rolfe
Mother Patrick Newell
Carstairs Terence Brady
Sanders Paul Whitsun-Jones
Maskell David Lodge
Fowler Norman Chappell

David Bird, Frank Sieman, Patsy Smart, Virginia Clay, John Garrie, Bernard Severn, Frederick Peisley, Stanley Jay, Arnold Diamond, William Lyon Brown, John Barrard.

Executive in Charge of Production Gordon L. T. Scott; Designer Robert Jones; Director John Hough; Producers Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia23/05/19698:00pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia29/04/19698:30pm
ABC New York, USA17/02/19697:30pm
ORTF2 France17/10/19708:35pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland
French titleFog / Brouillard (TF2:2)
ZDF Germany6/10/19709:00pm
German titleClub des Gaslichtmörders
KRO Netherlands29/01/19719:36pm
Dutch titleMist
TTI Italy7/1/1981 C51
Italian titleNebbia
Spanish titleNiebla

This episode was not broadcast in Switzerland.

French listings of the time used the English title, Fog instead of the French translation, Brouillard which is now used on DVD sets and TV listings.

USA: New York Times listing for February 17 1969, 7.30pm
USA: El Noticiero listing for February 23 1970, 11.10pm
Germany: Hamburg Abendblatt listing for October 6 1970, 9pm
France: Gazette de Lausanne listing for October 17 1970, 8.35pm
Netherlands: Leidse Courant episode summary
Netherlands: Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant listing for January 29 1971, 9.36pm
USA: Chicago Tribune highlights for February 17 1969, 6.30pm

Continuity & Trivia

  1. 4:13 — Steed seems to get Haller and Valarti mixed up when he first greets them at 3:00; he gets it right from 4:13 onwards.
  2. 4:36 and throughout - The fog-bound set upon which most of the action of this episode takes place is reused in the intro scene of Who Was That Man I Saw You With? nad uses the same pre-fab cobblestones as the opening scene of The Correct Way To Kill.
  3. 4:47 — Is that Cliff Diggins with a false beard stalking through the mist as the killer?
  4. 8:35 — Emulating the master - John Hough uses one of Peter Hammond’s directorial tricks, filming through Grunner spectacles to have a multi-layered shot. Hammond was Hough’s mentor and encouraged him to become a director.
  5. 9:00 — The telephone in the booth bears the number 460–9618 X, but why is there a standard telephone in a booth?
  6. 11:26 — “We’re just entering the month of November now” - more overlapping cases for The Avengers? It is, however, att odd with Sander’s receipt (38:50) : Sir Geoffrey Armstrong 7th November 1968 : To the hire of one hansom-cab Four weeks rental in advance : £80/-/-.
  7. 12:50 & 14:20 — Mask and Face Theatrical Costumiers, 15 Corder Street W1
  8. 15:00 — We skip from Mask & Face straight to Osgood’s - David Lodge’s scenes as the master cutler, Maskell, who gives Steed the lead to Armstrong from the sword stick all ended up on the cutting room floor; he remains billed in the closing credits even though he never appears on screen.
  9. 23:59 — Surely one of the members is Charles Osgood, who’s just been murdered.
  10. 26:27 (26:50) - the iron maiden from Castle De’Ath is in the club’s black museum.
  11. 31:00 — Hand-held camerawork here, as mentioned by John Hough in his commentary.
  12. 31:20 — You can tel it’s Travers in the mid shot, the scene isn’t quite dark enough to keep his identity a mystery.
  13. 36:18 — That’s a stand-in for Macnee striding through the fog.
  14. 37:55 — the cartwheel topples and runs over the dead Sanders, but in the next shot it’s squarely against the desk, Sanders no longer in shot.
  15. 38:50 — Bartholemew Sanders, Conveyancers of Quality were located in Grantson Mews, London (must be W1 as it’s close to the costumiers, and Steed sets off on foot to visit it).
  16. 47:35 — Steed says that Kezorkian, the Russina Imperial Guard, taught him to dodge dart thrown at blinding speed, a precursor to The Gladiators...
  17. 47:57 — Obviously stunt doubles for the sword fight.
  18. 48:25 — Steed releases Tara and asks her how her ankle is; she quips, “I just can’t bear traps”.
  19. Running time: 50′10″

The Transport

Austin Mini Moke 1967white orange and blueTHX 77F
peddlar’s barrowwhite, raw wood-
Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. ‘Silver Ghost’ 1923 H.J.Mulliner tourer (chassis number 46LK)pale lemonKK 4976
Hansom Cabblack and blue, white horse?
Rover P5B 3.5 Litre Saloon 1968dark greyTPK 492F

Who’s Killing Whom?

Grunner Travers sword stick
Valarti Travers sword stick
Osgood ? Travers sword stick
Sanders Travers sword stick
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The Fashions

Tara Steed

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