Jason King: Season 1, Episode 7

To Russia with... Panache (17 Nov. 1971)

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Jason is abducted in order to help the Moscow police work out how three men on a workers' delegation,got into a lift and then,when the doors opened again,there was nothing left of them but ... See full summary »

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Alexandra Lanova
Elizabeth Counsell ...
Anna Brenskaja
John Malcolm ...
Colonel Kolkov
Jeffry Wickham ...
Porokov
Tutte Lemkow ...
Kivich
Stefan Gryff ...
Krosnic
Michael Poole ...
Stavalov
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The Tall Girl
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Janis
Anna Kilpinen ...
Hotel Maid
Marcus Mariner ...
Strong-arm Man
Wally Michaels ...
Joseph
Timothy Craven ...
Mavitch
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Markovitch
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Jason is abducted in order to help the Moscow police work out how three men on a workers' delegation,got into a lift and then,when the doors opened again,there was nothing left of them but three piles of ashes. He discovers that they made their exit from the lift by means of a trap door but comes to appreciate that they are part of a larger plan to tunnel into the Kremlin to steal art treasures. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jason King started life as a character in the series Department S, which was more serious in substance. However, there was obviously mileage in giving the bouffant-haired dandy a showcase of his own. Cue some dodgy fashions, bad jokes, cartoon fights, and a 70s cult character.

To Russia With Panache, quite apart from the Bond reference, is high camp at its best, with the usual doses of sexism and xenophobia seen in many shows of the period. Jason is abducted by a saucy maid and her henchman and sent parcel post to Moscow to investigate just how three diplomats turned to ashes in an elevator.

Aiding or hindering are three comedy male comrades, and a couple of pouting females - but will he crack the case? Hugely entertaining fluff and benefiting from a wonderfully ripe performance from Peter Wyngarde, always a striking presence in any show he turns up in.

Look out for the lack of location shooting and widespread use of fur and rubber. And, as you would expect, there's an ending which would not shame Sean Connery's master agent.


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