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Don't Look Behind You 

Mrs. Gale is invited to spend a weekend at the stately home of Sir Cavalier Rasagne, an authority on medieval costume. However, when she arrives there is no sign of her host and before long... See full summary »


Peter Hammond


Brian Clemens




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Honor Blackman ... Catherine Gale
Maurice Good ... Man / Martin Goodman
Kenneth Colley ... Young Man
Janine Gray ... Girl / Ola Monsey-Chamberlain


Mrs. Gale is invited to spend a weekend at the stately home of Sir Cavalier Rasagne, an authority on medieval costume. However, when she arrives there is no sign of her host and before long it becomes clear that she has been set up by a man called Martin Goodman, who is planning a slow and sadistic revenge for the fact that, years earlier, he believes she broke his heart. Steed has to find her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Some of the Steed/Gale episodes were remade with Steed/Peel: episode #3.12, "Don't Look Behind You" was remade into #5.15, "The Joker". See more »


[last lines]
John Steed: My goodness me. Do you think I frightened him?
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Later remade with Diana Rigg as "The Joker"
23 January 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Don't Look Behind You," along with "Death of a Great Dane" and "The Charmers," was later remade as a color episode with Diana Rigg for the benefit of the American market, in each case better than the original (although Patrick Macnee reportedly named this as one of his favorite episodes). Cathy gets driven by Steed to a desolate country estate of an elderly expert on medieval armor to spend the weekend. They arrive to find only a young girl (Janine Gray), who tells them that the host won't be back before nightfall, and after breakfasting, Steed takes his leave. The girl serves up dinner, then leaves to attend a sick friend, never to be seen again. Finally, a young man (Kenneth Colley) drops in to use the phone, discovering the phone lines have been cut, his behavior most irritating. The endless meandering finally leads to a climax worth waiting for, as the madman behind Cathy's isolated ordeal (Maurice Good) turns out to be someone that had betrayed her, who she may have had feelings for. This entry does compare unfavorably due to its primitive technical look, but that was unavoidable, it's simply that the annoying characters fail to provide the kind of intrigue that was clearly intended, making it understandable as to why it was remade. Not only that, but while Mrs. Gale is expectedly angered by Steed's presence, Mrs. Peel is truly grateful to see him (especially since a clever script change renders him injured in the remake, unharmed in the original). The underrated Maurice Good previously appeared in "Hunt the Man Down," and went on to do fine work in "Split!"

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