Episode 43: Cathy Gale Era
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Steed learns pottery-making is deadly
Cathy writes a book about it*

Production completed: 10 January 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 2):14 January 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable):ca. 15 February 1991

A man is found dead in a vat of liquid clay at an obscure pottery manufacturer. Seems he was an industrial spy trying to steal the secret of an unbreakable form of porcelain invented by one of the firm's proprietors. Cathy, pretending to write a book on pottery, and Steed, pretending to be a pottery expert from the government, investigate.


This is an odd one. The un-engaging plot is spread way too thin, and odd characters in silly, soapy sub-plots fail to add interest. Not to mention that it is utterly laughable at times, such as when someone drops a plastic teacup to demonstrate "unbreakable ceramic." Then, a camera rolls into a table with a loud crash—looks and sounds as if a bomb had gone off just outside the studio. The only bright spot is Steve Plytas as De Groot.


Some scenes were pre-recorded on 9 January 1963 in advance of the main recording.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Line

Speaking to Steed, Cathy remarks of De Groot, "I wish I didn't have to have a meal with him—you should see him eat!"

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Directed by

James Mitchell
Richard Bates
James Goddard
John Bryce
Richmond Harding

Full production credits


John Steed
Cathy Gale
Richard Marling
Josh Machen
Allen Marling
De Groot
Mara Little

Patrick Macnee 007
Honor Blackman 007
Paul Eddington #
James Bree# 007
Bert Palmer
Gary Watson #
Steve Plytas #
Rowena Gregory #
Didi Sullivan
Douglas Muir #
Frank Olegario


James Bree


Paul Eddington

Something Nasty in the Nursery

Rowena Gregory

The White Elephant

Douglas Muir

Death Dispatch
Mr Teddy Bear
The Removal Men

Steve Plytas

A Touch of Brimstone

Gary Watson

Death on the Slipway
Lobster Quadrille
Wish You Were Here

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