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Epic 

Z.Z. von Schnerk, a mad Teutonic film director of the Erich von Stroheim variety, along with his has-been leading actor and actress, Stewart Kirby and Damita Syn, capture Mrs. Peel in an ... See full summary »

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James Hill

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Brian Clemens (teleplay)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Peter Wyngarde ... Stewart Kirby
Isa Miranda ... Damita Syn
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Z.Z. von Schnerk
David Lodge ... Policeman
Anthony Dawes Anthony Dawes ... Actor
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Z.Z. von Schnerk, a mad Teutonic film director of the Erich von Stroheim variety, along with his has-been leading actor and actress, Stewart Kirby and Damita Syn, capture Mrs. Peel in an effort to make a movie about her life and exciting adventures. Unfortunately it is to end with her violent death so Steed has to follow the clues to find her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, the words Z.Z. von Schnerk production appears around Emma's face while she does a lion's roar, a reference to the MGM logo. See more »

Goofs

After Emma Peel pushes the lamppost over onto the electrified fence, she would have been smart enough to figure out that the fence was now shorted out and could be climbed safely. See more »

Quotes

Emma Peel: You're a film extra.
Policeman: Film artiste, please. Backbone of the industry. Where would your Roman orgy's be without your film artiste, hm?
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Emma Peel remains the star
21 March 2011 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

"Epic" is a rare solo adventure for Mrs. Peel, who is captured by a crazed movie director and a pair of washed up actors making an impossible comeback by documenting her demise. Kenneth J. Warren plays the dictatorial Von Stroheim type filmmaker Z. Z. von Schnerk, in the last of his four appearances, after "Girl on the Trapeze," "Intercrime," and "The Little Wonders." As former matinée idol Stewart Kirby, Peter Wyngarde, so memorable in "A Touch of Brimstone," really gets to chew the scenery in nearly a dozen disguises, and who woulda thought a British actor could make a convincing Civil War rebel? David Lodge ("Fog") cameos as a bit actor who picks the wrong day to reminisce about the glory days, and Anthony Dawes ("The Outside-In-Man") pops in to provide the corpse of John Steed, while the real Steed figures out where to find his missing partner by identifying the voice of Emma's mysterious caller. Emma's apartment is seen twice, the second time as an identical film set, and the best moment comes when she provides her version of the MGM lion's growl.


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