The Avengers: Season 2, Episode 20

School for Traitors (22 Feb. 1991)

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Steed investigates the alleged suicide of a college instructor and discovers that the weapon the man used to kill himself was a pistol with a silencer attached.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Julie Stevens ...
Claire Summers
Anthony Nicholls ...
Dr. Shanklin
Reginald Marsh ...
Frank Shelley ...
Professor Aubyn
Frederick Farley ...
Terence Woodfield ...
Ronald Mayer ...
Jan Butlin ...
Barmaid (as Janet Butlin)
The Kenny Powell Trio ...


Steed investigates the alleged suicide of a college instructor and discovers that the weapon the man used to kill himself was a pistol with a silencer attached.

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John Steed: Was he a friend of yours?
Ted East: It's Green. He was gonna be sent down.
John Steed: He's been sent down all right, he's dead.
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Composed and performed by The Kenny Powell Trio
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Fourth episode with Venus Smith
23 December 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"School for Traitors" was the fourth of the six episodes featuring Julie Stevens as nightclub singer Venus Smith, and continues the improvement as her partnership with Steed shows a great deal of warm affection. Venus is now performing (snatches of three songs) at an exclusive university where students are being blackmailed into revealing government secrets, resulting in a rash of suicides revealed to be murder. Here, Steed's superior is One-Seven (Frederick Farley, making his only appearance), who pops in at a local pub run by Higby (Reginald Marsh), one of the traitorous ringleaders, assisted by Claire Summers (Melissa Stribling, previously seen in "Hunt the Man Down"), who lures young male students into her web of deceit by imploring them to forge checks on her behalf. Venus is especially charming attempting to warn her partner by whistling (the actress clearly cannot whistle). In unusually villainous mode, Melissa Stribling, who appeared with Michael Gough, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee (all AVENGERS veterans) in Hammer's 1958 classic "Horror of Dracula," stands out among a good cast, featuring Terence Woodfield (previously seen in "Mission to Montreal") and John Standing as blackmail victims, and Anthony Nicholls ("Night of the Eagle," "The Omen") playing the head tutor. The next episode with Venus would be "Man in the Mirror."

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