The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The Correct Way to Kill 

Somebody is systematically killing off foreign agents and Steed, who is initially implicated, declares a truce and calls on his Russian opposite number, Nutski. Along with Soviet agents ... See full summary »


Charles Crichton


Brian Clemens (teleplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Anna Quayle ... Olga
Michael Gough ... Nutski
Philip Madoc ... Ivan
Terence Alexander ... Ponsonby
Peter Barkworth ... Percy
Graham Armitage ... Algy
Timothy Bateson ... Merryweather
Joanna Vogel Joanna Vogel ... Hilda (as Joanna Jones)
Edwin Apps ... Winters
John G. Heller ... Groski


Somebody is systematically killing off foreign agents and Steed, who is initially implicated, declares a truce and calls on his Russian opposite number, Nutski. Along with Soviet agents Anna and Ivan the Avengers discover SNOB, an exceedingly English gentlemen's club with murderously patriotic members. Written by don @ minifie-1

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That's the second time where Steed gets a female sidekick other than Emma Peel. The previous time was in Girl From Auntie episode. See more »


When Steed watches Ponsonby announcing to proceed to more serious matters (deadly combat), a shadow of a boom mic can be seen above him and Olga. See more »


Emma Peel: I've handed in my notice.
John Steed: Oh?
Emma Peel: The other side was cheating. Nutski had no intention of seriously honouring the truce.
John Steed: Well, I'm not surprised, I never thought he would.
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Michael Gough in color remake of "The Charmers"
19 March 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Correct Way to Kill" was the first remake of a Cathy Gale episode ("The Charmers"), and would be followed by two more, "The Joker" (remake of "Don't Look Behind You") and "The 50,000 Breakfast" (remake of "Death of a Great Dane"). This one lacks the 'charm' (pun intended) of the original, substituting an actual, no-nonsense Soviet agent (Anna Quayle) for the sexy actress (Fenella Fielding) posing as an agent, who thought that Steed was just an author of adventure stories, rather than the real thing. Series veteran Philip Madoc ("The Decapod," "Six Hands Across a Table," "Death of a Batman," "My Wildest Dream") gets shortchanged as well, as the Russian Ivan, sent to kill Steed in the mistaken belief that he is the one who has been bumping off enemy agents (Steed: "I haven't killed anyone all week!"). Michael Gough, unforgettable in "The Cybernauts," replaces Warren Mitchell as Nutski, Ivan's superior, who suggests a swap of agents, Ivan with Mrs. Peel, and Steed coupled with Olga Vilovski (Quayle, unfortunately dour and humorless). Things go pretty much the same way as before, with a few surprises, the best when Mrs. Peel breaks into Nutski's safe and finds photos of Steed, marked "Dangerous-Handle with Care," and herself, marked "Very Dangerous-Do Not Handle at All!" which brings a VERY pleased smile to her face! Emma also shows a rare jealous side as Steed discusses his evening with Olga (it was nearly always Steed who showed his jealousy-can't says I blame him!). The exciting swordfighting climax again takes place at the charm school, which here is called SNOB! (Sociability, Nobility, Omnipotence, Breeding). Also on hand are Terence Alexander ("The Town of No Return" and "Love All"), Peter Barkworth ("Kill the King," "The Medicine Men," "The Morning After"), Graham Armitage ("Quick-Quick Slow Death), Timothy Bateson ("Have Guns-Will Haggle"), Joanna Jones ("All Done with Mirrors"), and John G. Heller ("Man-Eater of Surrey Green" and "Split!").

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