The Avengers (1961–1969)
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What the Butler Saw 

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 ...
Denis Quilley ...
Group Capt. Miles
Kynaston Reeves ...
Major General Goddard
Brigadier Goddard (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Humphrey Lestocq ...
Vice Admiral Willows
Sergeant Moran
Leon Sinden ...
Squadron Leader Hogg
David Swift ...
Norman Scace ...
Peter Hughes ...


Government secrets are being leaked and there are three prime suspects, Admiral Willows, Brigadier Goddard and Group Captain Miles, all of whose butlers have recently disappeared. Emma sets out to seduce the womanizing Miles whilst Steed enrols at the school that trained the missing butlers and is run by their replacements. Whilst Miles proves to be innocent Steed discovers that one of the gentleman's gentlemen is behaving in a most ungentlemanly way. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 July 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Emma Peel turns up 13 minutes into the story. See more »


John Steed: [to his barber] Can you take me now? A quick scrape and a hot towel or two?
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Adjutant's Call (Call out the Guard)
Traditional bugle call
Performed by Kynaston Reeves
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Flipping over Emma Peel
4 March 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"What the Butler Saw" has less Emma watching, with Steed attempting to ferret out a traitor among a Brigadier (Howard Marion Crawford, later seen in "The Living Dead" and "Stay Tuned"), a Vice Admiral (Humphrey Lestocq), and an RAF Captain, Georgie Miles (Dennis Quilley), notorious for his numerous female conquests. He naturally flips over Mrs. Peel (effortlessly stealing him away from the competition), while his butler (Hammer veteran Thorley Walters) spends his spare time running a school for butlers infiltrated by Steed (who jealously advises Emma not to do what he would). John Le Mesurier, previously seen in "Mandrake," stands out as the sinister Benson, with Ewan Hooper, dubbed in his memorable role as Dracula's servant priest in Hammer's 1968 "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave," using his own voice here as Sergeant Moran, whose climactic showdown with Mrs. Peel is a particularly well directed bit of action (and probably painful). Norman Scace had previously done "Lobster Quadrille," and Peter Hughes had done "The Medicine Men," while Kynaston Reeves went on to do "Legacy of Death."

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