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Release Date:
28 March 1966 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners. Full summary »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

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Patrick Macnee ... John Steed / ... (160 episodes, 1961-1969)
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Series Directed by
Don Leaver (20 episodes, 1961-1966)
Peter Hammond (18 episodes, 1961-1964)
Kim Mills (10 episodes, 1962-1964)
Robert Fuest (8 episodes, 1961-1969)
Roy Ward Baker (8 episodes, 1965-1968)
James Hill (8 episodes, 1965-1968)
Sidney Hayers (8 episodes, 1965-1967)
Jonathan Alwyn (7 episodes, 1962-1964)
Richmond Harding (7 episodes, 1962-1963)
Bill Bain (7 episodes, 1963-1966)
Robert Day (6 episodes, 1967)
Charles Crichton (5 episodes, 1965-1969)
Don Chaffey (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Peter Graham Scott (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Asher (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Hough (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Laurence Bourne (3 episodes, 1964)
John Krish (3 episodes, 1967)
Don Sharp (3 episodes, 1968)
Roger Jenkins (2 episodes, 1961)
John Knight (2 episodes, 1961)
Raymond Menmuir (2 episodes, 1963)
Gerry O'Hara (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gordon Flemyng (2 episodes, 1967)
Peter Sykes (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ray Austin (2 episodes, 1968)
Leslie Norman (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Writing credits
Brian Clemens (32 episodes, 1961-1969)
Philip Levene (20 episodes, 1965-1968)
Roger Marshall (15 episodes, 1962-1967)
Malcolm Hulke (9 episodes, 1962-1969)
Tony Williamson (9 episodes, 1965-1969)
Eric Paice (8 episodes, 1961-1964)
Martin Woodhouse (7 episodes, 1962-1966)
John Lucarotti (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
Terry Nation (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Harris (5 episodes, 1961-1969)
James Mitchell (5 episodes, 1961-1963)
Jeremy Burnham (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Dennis Spooner (4 episodes, 1961-1968)
Terrance Dicks (4 episodes, 1962-1969)
Peter Ling (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Patrick Brawn (3 episodes, 1961)
Jeremy Scott (3 episodes, 1962-1967)
Lester Powell (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Geoffrey Bellman (2 episodes, 1961)
Terence Feely (2 episodes, 1961)
Ray Rigby (2 episodes, 1961)
Sheilagh Ward (2 episodes, 1961)
John Whitney (2 episodes, 1961)
Anthony Terpiloff (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Philip Chambers (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Banks Stewart (2 episodes, 1965-1966)

Sydney Newman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Brian Clemens .... producer / associate producer (83 episodes, 1965-1969)
Albert Fennell .... producer (57 episodes, 1967-1969)
Julian Wintle .... producer / executive producer (50 episodes, 1965-1967)
John Bryce .... producer (41 episodes, 1963-1969)
Leonard White .... producer (40 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Original Music by
Laurie Johnson (156 episodes, 1961-1969)
Howard Blake (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Cinematography by
Alan Hume (26 episodes, 1965-1968)
Ernest Steward (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Gilbert Taylor (8 episodes, 1966-1969)
Peter Jessop (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
Lionel Banes (6 episodes, 1966)
Gerry Turpin (5 episodes, 1965)
Wilkie Cooper (5 episodes, 1967)
David Holmes (5 episodes, 1969)
Stephen Dade (2 episodes, 1968)
H.A.R. Thomson (2 episodes, 1969)
Walter J. Harvey (1 episode, 1968-1969)

Gerald Gibbs (unknown episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Film Editing by
Lionel Selwyn (15 episodes, 1966-1968)
Richard Best (14 episodes, 1965-1966)
Karen Heward (11 episodes, 1968-1969)
Peter Tanner (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
Anthony Palk (8 episodes, 1967)
Manuel del Campo (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ann Chegwidden (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert C. Dearberg (2 episodes, 1969)

John Glen (unknown episodes)
Frank P. Keller (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
G.B. Walker (83 episodes, 1965-1969)
 
Series Production Design by
Robert Jones (51 episodes, 1967-1969)
Robert Fuest (10 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jim Goddard (9 episodes, 1961-1963)
Terry Green (9 episodes, 1962-1963)
Patrick Downing (6 episodes, 1961-1964)
Paul Bernard (6 episodes, 1961-1963)
David Marshall (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Wilfred Shingleton (6 episodes, 1967)
Alpho O'Reilly (5 episodes, 1961)
Ann Spavin (5 episodes, 1962-1964)
Richard Harrison (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert MacGowan (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
Philip Harrison (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Douglas James (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Art Direction by
Harry Pottle (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Len Townsend (13 episodes, 1967)
Kenneth McCallum Tait (7 episodes, 1967-1969)
Fred Carter (7 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jackie Jackson (4 episodes, 1965)

Anne Gainsford (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist / make-up (52 episodes, 1967-1969)
George Blackler .... makeup artist (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Pearl Orton .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1965-1966)
Hilda Fox .... hair stylist / hairdressing (15 episodes, 1967)
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1968-1969)
Gordon Bond .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bill Griffiths .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jan Dorman .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1968)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1967)
Jeanette Freeman .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Laurie Greenwood .... unit manager (49 episodes, 1967-1969)
Geoffrey Haine .... production manager (46 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ron Fry .... production manager (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Gordon Scott .... executive in charge of production (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Albert Fennell .... executive in charge of production (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Franz von Toskana .... assistant production manager (25 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard F. Dalton .... unit manager (18 episodes, 1967)
Ted Lloyd .... production manager (4 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Hough .... second unit director / assistant director: second unit (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Frank Hollands .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard F. Dalton .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ron Appleton .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1967-1969)
Ron Purdie .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1967-1969)
Ted Lewis .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1967-1969)
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director: second unit / second assistant director (11 episodes, 1967)
Michael Murray .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Martin .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1967)
Colin Lord .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1969)
Claude Watson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1965)
Ron Carr .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1967)

Drummond Riddell .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Herbert Worley .... construction manager (34 episodes, 1967-1969)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Kenneth McCallum Tait .... associate art director / set dresser (30 episodes, 1968-1969)
Len Townsend .... associate art director (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
Simon Wakefield .... set dresser (24 episodes, 1968-1969)
Charles Hammerton .... construction manager (16 episodes, 1967)
Len Dunstan .... construction manager (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Harrison .... assistant art director / associate art director (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ted Tester .... set dresser (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Sound Department
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director (83 episodes, 1965-1969)
Len Abbott .... dubbing mixer (54 episodes, 1965-1969)
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist (36 episodes, 1965-1967)
Cecil Mason .... sound recordist (27 episodes, 1967-1969)
Peter Lennard .... sound editor (26 episodes, 1967-1969)
Len Shilton .... dubbing mixer / sound mixer (23 episodes, 1967-1969)
Jack T. Knight .... sound editor (18 episodes, 1966-1967)
Lionel Selwyn .... sound editor (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist (10 episodes, 1967)
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer / sound recordist (8 episodes, 1967-1969)
Robert C. Dearberg .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Russ Hill .... sound editor (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Rydal Love .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1967)
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1969)
Ken Rolls .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1966)
Bert Rule .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1966)
Dennis Whitlock .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1968-1969)

Keith Batten .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Ray Austin .... stunt arranger (50 episodes, 1965-1967)
Joe Dunne .... stunt arranger (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Paul Weston .... stunt double: Patrick Macnee (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Peter J. Elliott .... high dive stunt double: Diana Rigg / stunt double: Richard Montez (2 episodes, 1967)

Cyd Child .... stunt double: Diana Rigg, 1965-1967 (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Birtles .... supervising electrician (30 episodes, 1967-1969)
Wally Thompson .... supervising electrician (18 episodes, 1967)
James Bawden .... camera operator (14 episodes, 1965-1967)
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Brian Elvin .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Tony White .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ernest Robinson .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Roy Bond .... supervising electrician (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Walter J. Harvey .... director of photography: second unit (7 episodes, 1968)
Frank Drake .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1967)
Gerald Gibbs .... director of photography: second unit (6 episodes, 1968)
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1965)
Bert Mason .... director of photography: second unit (4 episodes, 1969)
David Holmes .... director of photography: second unit (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alun Hughes .... wardrobe designer: Linda Thorston / wardrobe designer: Diana Rigg (52 episodes, 1967-1969)
Pierre Cardin .... wardrobe designer: Patrick Macnee (30 episodes, 1967-1969)
Felix Evans .... wardrobe (25 episodes, 1967-1969)
Patrick Macnee .... wardrobe designer: Patrick Macnee / wardrobe: Patrick Macnee (24 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jackie Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor (22 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Bates .... wardrobe designer: Diana Rigg (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Frederick Starke .... wardrobe designer: Honor Blackman (14 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe supervisor (11 episodes, 1967)
Michael Whittaker .... wardrobe designer: Honor Blackman (7 episodes, 1962-1963)
Harvey Gould .... wardrobe designer: Linda Thorston (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Hilda Geerdts .... wardrobe / wardrobe supervisor (5 episodes, 1967)
Gladys James .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Editorial Department
Peter Tanner .... supervising editor (24 episodes, 1967)
Ann Chegwidden .... post-production coordinator (20 episodes, 1968-1969)
Harry Booth .... post-production coordinator (12 episodes, 1968)
Manuel del Campo .... supervising editor (9 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Music Department
John Dankworth .... composer and performer: theme / composer: theme music (78 episodes, 1961-1964)
Karen Heward .... music editor (35 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paul B. Clay .... music editor (19 episodes, 1968-1969)
Howard Blake .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 1968)
Laurie Johnson .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Vivienne Collins .... music editor (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Transportation Department
George Andrews .... unit driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Jack Greenwood .... production controller (44 episodes, 1967-1969)
John Bryce .... story editor (40 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Bates .... story editor (38 episodes, 1963-1964)
June Randall .... continuity (35 episodes, 1965-1969)
Philip Levene .... story consultant (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Terry Nation .... script editor (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Julian Wintle .... consultant to the series (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Patrick Brawn .... story editor (26 episodes, 1961)
Brian Clemens .... story editor (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Franz von Toskana .... production accountant (25 episodes, 1968-1969)
Edward Rayne .... shoes: Diana Rigg (14 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mary Spain .... continuity (14 episodes, 1967-1969)
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity (13 episodes, 1967)
Kay Perkins .... continuity (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Anne Trehearne .... fashion consultant (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Kay Fenton .... continuity (4 episodes, 1969)
Eve Wilson .... continuity (3 episodes, 1967)
Doreen Soan .... continuity (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity (2 episodes, 1967)
Peggy Spirito .... continuity (2 episodes, 1967)
 

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60 min (161 episodes)
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Trivia:
Series writer Brian Clemens noted in an interview the sexual chemistry that particularly existed between Steed and Emma Peel, and the common question of "Will they ever go to bed together?" Clemens's attitude toward the characters was that they already had done, and this was the next day. Stars Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg confirmed later, in interviews, that they had decided their characters had a casual sexual relationship, "but just didn't dwell on it."See more »
Quotes:
Venus Smith:Is that a proposition?
John Steed:More of a sly suggestion.
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Campy yet fun and original, 9 February 2002
Author: dagdfg from Alberta, Canada

Definitely 60's and it is obvious. Yet this is still one of the most fun shows ever made. John Steed is the epitome of British class, right down to the Bentley in British Racing Green (notwithstanding the Tara King years).

Then there is Emma Peel, mmmmm Emma Peel. Aside from Diana Rigg's obvious physical charms her real appeal is the strength of her character. Totally confident, cool, classy, and capable (driving a Lotus Elan was also a big plus) Diana Rigg created a female character (which was resisted by the producers tooth and nail I understand) that surprised me even though I first saw the show over 20 years after it went off the air. Emma Peel was devoid of the traditional female stereotypes that permeate the airwaves always in need of rescue and if not are total cartoons. She could kick ass and frequently saved Steed's butt in the process. Mass media still has a major allergy to original, tough female characters which is a testament to the originality of the character.

Something was lost after Tara King took over. It was a return to the stereotypes and the show lost something for me, that and I didn't like Steed's new car, just didn't have the same class as his former Bentley.

Still I highly recommend watching it, fun plots, wry humor, over the top villains, great characters, and an impossible lack of blood. How can you not have fun watching this?

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