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School for Traitors 

Steed investigates the alleged suicide of a college instructor and discovers that the weapon the man used to kill himself was a pistol with a silencer attached.


Jonathan Alwyn


James Mitchell (teleplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Julie Stevens ... Venus Smith
Melissa Stribling ... Claire Summers
Anthony Nicholls ... Dr. Shanklin
John Standing ... East
Richard Thorp ... Roberts
Reginald Marsh Reginald Marsh ... Higby
Frank Shelley Frank Shelley ... Professor Aubyn
Frederick Farley Frederick Farley ... One-Seven
Terence Woodfield Terence Woodfield ... Green
Ronald Mayer Ronald Mayer ... Proctor
Jan Butlin Jan Butlin ... Barmaid (as Janet Butlin)
The Kenny Powell Trio The Kenny Powell Trio ... Themselves


Steed investigates the alleged suicide of a college instructor and discovers that the weapon the man used to kill himself was a pistol with a silencer attached.

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22 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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First broadcast the same night it was videotaped. See more »


John Steed: Do we know who was blackmailing him?
One-Seven: If we knew that, Steed, there'd be no need for either of us to be here.
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The Varsity Drag
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Music by Ray Henderson
Sung by Julie Stevens
Performed by The Kenny Powell Trio
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Fourth episode with Venus Smith
23 December 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"School for Traitors" was the fourth of the six episodes featuring Julie Stevens as nightclub singer Venus Smith, and continues the improvement as her partnership with Steed shows a great deal of warm affection. Venus is now performing (snatches of three songs) at an exclusive university where students are being blackmailed into revealing government secrets, resulting in a rash of suicides revealed to be murder. Here, Steed's superior is One-Seven (Frederick Farley, making his only appearance), who pops in at a local pub run by Higby (Reginald Marsh), one of the traitorous ringleaders, assisted by Claire Summers (Melissa Stribling, previously seen in "Hunt the Man Down"), who lures young male students into her web of deceit by imploring them to forge checks on her behalf. Venus is especially charming attempting to warn her partner by whistling (the actress clearly cannot whistle). In unusually villainous mode, Melissa Stribling, who appeared with Michael Gough, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee (all AVENGERS veterans) in Hammer's 1958 classic "Horror of Dracula," stands out among a good cast, featuring Terence Woodfield (previously seen in "Mission to Montreal") and John Standing as blackmail victims, and Anthony Nicholls ("Night of the Eagle," "The Omen") playing the head tutor. The next episode with Venus would be "Man in the Mirror."

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