Episode 59: Cathy Gale Era
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Steed takes a country drive
Cathy endures a night of terror

Production completed: 5 July 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 3): 14 December 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 19 March 1991

Cathy is invited to the home of an expert on medięval attire. She arrives to find the man had left unexpectedly, and his "ward," an extremely strange young woman, looks after her. Then the girl is called away, but it soon becomes clear that Cathy is being watched, and after a series of harrowing experiences, a tortured criminal confronts her for having broken his heart.


If the plot sounds familiar, that's because it was remade as "The Joker." Much of the dialog remained intact, just a few details tweaked here and there. Perhaps it is understandable that, after growing up on the remake, it is quite difficult watching "Don't Look Behind You" without making comparisons, and I find myself preferring the Emma Peel version. However, Maurice Good delivers a bravura performance here, giving his counterpart Peter Jeffrey a run for his money. But while many claim to prefer Janine Gray in the Ola-equivalent part, I find her performance to be somewhat forced as compared to Sally Nesbitt's.


Honor Blackman says she got into arguments with director Peter Hammond "because he wanted me to be very tough and ready to kill this man at the end, but I felt so sorry for the character. He moved me so much that I had tears running down my face. Peter was quite cross with me, but I couldn't play it any other way." (Honor Blackman speaking to Steven Eramo of Starlog Magazine)

This episode may mark the official start of Steed's love affair with vintage automobiles, as he made reference to having just purchased a "new" car, and was wondering if it would run.

Some scenes were pre-recorded on 4 July 1963 in advance of the main recording.

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Written by
Designed by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Terry Green
Peter Hammond

Full production credits


John Steed
Cathy Gale
Young Man

Patrick Macnee 007
Honor Blackman 007
Maurice Good #
Kenneth Colley
Janine Gray


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