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The Morning After 

Having been rendered unconscious by knock-out gas in his pursuit of rogue agent Jimmy Merlin, Steed awakes to find that London is deserted and under martial law, headed by Brigadier Hansing... See full summary »

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Having been rendered unconscious by knock-out gas in his pursuit of rogue agent Jimmy Merlin, Steed awakes to find that London is deserted and under martial law, headed by Brigadier Hansing. Under cover of a supposed evacuation, the Brigadier, incensed that he is to be retired from the army, has planted an atom bomb to destroy the capital. All Steed has to do is find it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Peter Barkworth and Joss Ackland
7 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

"The Morning After" continues the final season's run of classic episodes, the second directed by John Hough. Double agent (Steed prefers the term 'quadruple') Jimmy Merlin (Peter Barkworth, "Kill the King," "The Medicine Men," "The Correct Way to Kill") steals a case of sleep capsules from the Ministry, so Steed and Tara set a trap to catch him. Unfortunately, all three fall victim to its narcoleptic effects, remaining unconscious for 24 hours (Tara slumbers through the entire show). Steed awakens and handcuffs himself to Merlin, intent on turning him over to the proper authorities, except that the town is completely deserted. The mystery deepens when a military firing squad led by Sergeant Hearn (Brian Blessed, "The Superlative Seven") cold bloodedly executes an unarmed man without a trial. Led by the expertise of Brigadier Hansing (Joss Ackland), the military is there to disarm a nuclear bomb...or are they? This may have been the only Tara King episode that was never broadcast on ABC in 1969, pre-empted by a Bing Crosby special (interesting, because during the final tag, there is a reference to LAUGH-IN, which was killing THE AVENGERS in the ratings).


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