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Dead on Course 

"Dead on Course" is an episode of The Avengers starring Patrick Macnee, Jon Rollason, and John McLaren. A Canadian plane crashes under mysterious circumstances in Ireland. Steed's leads take him to the Shamrock airport and a convent, while Dr. King performs autopsies on the dead passengers hoping to find a clue pointing to the wreck's cause.

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... John Steed
... Dr. Martin King
John McLaren ... Freedman
Liam Gaffney ... Michael Joyce
... Vincent O'Brien
Peggy Marshall ... Mother Superior
Elizabeth Murray ... Deidre O'Connor (as Elisabeth Murray)
Janet Hargreaves ... Sister Isobel
Nigel Arkwright ... Hughes
... Bob Slade
Margo Jenkins ... Margot
Trevor Reid ... Pilot
Edward Kelsey ... Gerry
Mollie Maureen ... Kiosk Woman
Denis Cleary ... Ambulance Man
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A Canadian plane crashes under mysterious circumstances in Ireland. Steed's leads take him to the Shamrock airport and a convent, while Dr. King performs autopsies on the dead passengers hoping to find a clue pointing to the wreck's cause.

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13 February 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The eyelids of the aeroplane pilot moved despite the fact that the pilot was dead. See more »

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John Steed: How do you do, any luck?
Hughes: Luck doesn't come in to my calculations, Mr. Steed.
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Jon Rollason's second appearance as Dr. Martin King
15 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

The second episode for Jon Rollason's Dr. Martin King, "Dead on Course" was the last of the three to be broadcast, set mainly at an isolated convent on the Irish coast, where a suspicious plane crash reveals the pilot to have been strangled to death, but the air hostess still alive. Steed calls in Dr. King to look after things at the convent while he investigates the missing money that disappeared from the plane. Steed and King spend most of the episode working separately, and third billed John McLaren is hardly on screen in a small role as the airport official who grants Steed complete freedom. Played with deadly seriousness by a mostly dull cast, Donal Donnelly easily stands out as an informer from the local pub, with Liam Gaffney (1966's "Island of Terror") behind the bar as the suspicious owner, whose public telephone has a secret connection to the convent. Donnelly went on to bigger and better things, nominated for a 1966 Tony Award for his Broadway work, and among his rare film ventures were features directed by John Ford and Francis Ford Coppola (1990's "The Godfather Part 3"). "The Sell-Out" would be Rollason's farewell appearance, although televised before this one (Honor Blackman would debut in the season's fourth episode, "Death Dispatch").


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