Three men and a woman called Circe politely call on the country home of Steed's friends, married couple Bill and Laura Bassett. Unfortunately their visit turns sinister as they plan to ... See full summary »

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John Steed
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Tara King
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Fenton Grenville
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Circe Bishop
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Three men and a woman called Circe politely call on the country home of Steed's friends, married couple Bill and Laura Bassett. Unfortunately their visit turns sinister as they plan to implant explosives into the throats of the couple and send them off to destroy a nearby peace conference. Happily for the Bassetts - and the conference - Steed is coming to visit for the weekend, and he knows what to do. Written by don @ minifie-1

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14 April 1969 (USA)  »

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The oil painting on the wall along the staircase was previously seen in the opening and closing scenes of the 1962 movie Lolita. See more »

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Tom Adams returns in the show's twilight
17 May 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Take-Over" is a curious episode, a throwback to the quiet intensity of earlier seasons, the last of 5 scripted by Terry Nation, and the last of 7 directed by Robert Fuest. This may explain the return of Tom Adams, not seen since 1961's first season ("Death on the Slipway" and "The Far-Distant Dead"), who toplines as cultured villain Fenton Grenville, whose entourage invades a quiet country home for the purpose of sabotage. Enter the unexpected presence of John Steed, who celebrates Christmas every February with his hosts, soon learning that both are in mortal danger, with Tara making her entrance late in the proceedings. Despite the distinct lack of humor (and music), the verbal sparring between Steed and Grenville make this the last truly great entry. Hammer veteran Michael Gwynn (1958's "The Revenge of Frankenstein" and 1970's "Scars of Dracula") plays the harried host, Elizabeth Sellars is his wife, and Garfield Morgan ("The Fear Merchants" and "Game") wears shades again as Grenville's culinary cohort.


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