Episode 28: Cathy Gale Era
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 Mort en vol

 Muerte En Camino


Working title: The Plane Wreckers

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed eyes a bird
Dr King makes sure he flies straight*

Production completed: 26 May 1962
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 29 December 1962
US Premiere (A&E cable):ca. 13 February 1991

It was fortunate for the few survivors of a suspicious passenger jet crash that the accident took place near a convent—or was it? The real puzzle is that there was more than one crash at the same location in Ireland. Hmmm, it wouldn't have anything to do with the bank consignments being carried on the planes, would it?


Steed is surprisingly more the hard-working professional in this outing than he is usually—and he's just as serious about womanizing, too. The episode's greatest handicap is Steed's new side-kick, Dr. Martin King, for me a regrettably unmemorable character.


Strictly speaking, this is not a "Cathy Gale" episode, even though it was broadcast as part of the UK's second season. After Ian Hendry left, Jon Rollason was brought in as a replacement for three leftover Keel scripts, before Honor Blackman was signed on.

Jon Rollason had a tough route to TV. Four years before his Avengers role, he was penniless. "I had auditioned for a small part in a West End play," he told TV Times magazine in November 1962. "I desperately needed the job for I had a wife and two children to support." He was told that he was too good for the role, and reluctantly he went to look for other work. The low point of his early career was playing Shakespeare in repertory theatre... "I played the dead Henry V who is carried on at the beginning of Henry VI," he said.

According to Television's Greatest Hits, this was the top-rated episode for this year, and ranked seventh of all Avengers episodes according to viewer ratings at the time it aired. See what the other top-rated episodes were.

The studio paperwork for this episode identifies it as "Project 3501."

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

With their plot revealed, one of the nuns produces a machine gun from her habit in a welcome bit of absurdity.

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Directed by

Eric Paice
John Bryce
Robert Fuest
Leonard White
Richmond Harding

Full production credits


John Steed
Dr. Martin King
Michael Joyce
Vincent O'Brien
Mother Superior
Deidre O'Connor
Sister Isobel
Bob Slade
And: [Gerry]
[Kiosk Woman]
[Ambulance Man]
[Male Nun]

Patrick Macnee 007
Jon Rollason #
John McLaren 007
Liam Gaffney
Donal Donnelly
Peggy Marshall
Elizabeth Murray
Janet Hargreaves
Nigel Arkwright
Bruce Boa # 007
Margo Jenkins
Trevor Reid
Edward Kelsey
Mollie Maureen
Denis Cleary
Wilfred Grove


Bruce Boa


Jon Rollason

Mission to Montreal
The Sell-Out

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