The Avengers: Season 4, Episode 22

What the Butler Saw (28 Jul. 1966)

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Steed enrolls in a prestigious Butler school to investigate a leak in Government secrets. Emma attempts to seduce one of the three main suspects, an RAF playboy known to the ladies as Georgie-Porgie.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Thorley Walters ...
Hubert Hemming
Denis Quilley ...
Group Capt. 'Georgie' Miles (as Dennis Quilley)
Kynaston Reeves ...
Major General Ponsonby-Goddard
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Brigadier 'Percy' Ponsonby-Goddard (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Humphrey Lestocq ...
Vice Admiral Willows
Ewan Hooper ...
Sergeant Moran
Leon Sinden ...
Squadron Leader Hogg
David Swift ...
Norman Scace ...
Peter Hughes ...


Steed enrolls in a prestigious Butler school to investigate a leak in Government secrets. Emma attempts to seduce one of the three main suspects, an RAF playboy known to the ladies as Georgie-Porgie.

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Emma Peel turns up 13 minutes into the story. See more »


Group Captain 'George' Miles: I say, do you mean that? Why, You really won't mind if I don't try to seduce you?
Emma Peel: Don't give it a second thought.
Group Captain 'George' Miles: Oh, I'd love a cup of tea. It's this terrible reputation of mine, you see, I don't know how it started, but now I'm stuck with it, the full Casanova bit. It sometimes can be very tiring.
Emma Peel: Hmm, must be.
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The butlers did it
4 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Somebody is leaking defence secrets to the enemy; there are only three suspects, one from each service; an admiral, a brigadier and a group captain. Steed dons suitable facial hair and uniform to visit each but can't determine who is most likely to be the culprit; each has a weakness; gambling, drinking and women respectively. The men have one thing in common; they all employ butlers from a prestigious Butlers' school. To investigate that link Steed enrols in the school while Mrs Peel sets about catching the eye of the randy group captain.

This was an enjoyable episode with plenty of laughs and a little twist at the end. Early laughs are provided by Steed's appearance as he visits each of the military men; the cliché facial hair is great; especially when he is posing as an RAF officer with a ridiculously impressive moustache! Later fun is to be had as he undertakes training as a butler. Mrs Peel's method of attracting the Group Captain is also rather amusing as is the revelation that he only carries on with so many women because his reputation demands it… he'd rather play board games with them. The bad guys are suitably unpleasant; I particularly liked John Le Mesurier portrayal of one of the bad butlers… so different from his best known role of Sgt Wilson in the classic series 'Dad's Army'. Overall this provided a good mixture of humour and drama making it a pretty good episode.

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