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The Girl from Auntie 

When Steed returns home early from a holiday, he finds Mrs. Peel replaced by an actress, Georgie Price-Jones. Subsequently everyone involved in the hiring of Georgie is stabbed to death ... See full summary »

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... John Steed
... Emma Peel
... Georgie Price-Jones
Alfred Burke ... Gregorio Auntie
... Arkwright
... Ivanoff
... Old Lady
... Aunt Hetty
... Receptionist
Ray Martine ... Taxi Driver
Maurice Browning ... Russian
John Rutland ... Fred Jacques
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When Steed returns home early from a holiday, he finds Mrs. Peel replaced by an actress, Georgie Price-Jones. Subsequently everyone involved in the hiring of Georgie is stabbed to death with double-O knitting needles. It seems the real Mrs. Peel has become Lot 17 of 'Art Incorporated', an organization which prides itself on being able to obtain any object for any one as long as the price is right. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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6 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Bernard Cribbins (as Arkwright) appears to have been given the same cardigan to wear by the wardrobe department as he later wears (as Bradley Marler) in 'Look - (Stop Me If You've Heard This One)But There Were These Two Fellers...'. See more »

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Instead of stabbing Georgie in the back, the old woman conveniently thrusts her hand over Georgie's shoulder so the woman can be flipped. See more »

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Gregorie Auntie: [Steed hears a gun being cocked, manoeuvres in front of the Mona Lisa] Admiring the brushwork, Mr. ffitch?
John Steed: I thought you were less likely to shoot me standing in front of a Da Vinci.
John Steed: How right you are.
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References The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »

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Emma Peel- a pretty bird amongst the knit wits
28 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

"The Girl from Auntie" really has no connection to THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. except in its satirical title, although the villain's name is revealed as Gregorio Auntie, amusingly played by Alfred Burke, previously seen in "Dragonsfield" and "The Mauritius Penny." Diana Rigg models the skimpiest two piece bikini-type outfit she would ever wear on the show (at least until the harem dance in "Honey for the Prince"), and the episode presents one of the earliest instances of a villain whose obsession with the luscious Mrs. Peel rivaled that of the viewers at home. Kidnapped by Auntie, a dealer in art who dabbles in illegal fantasies that promise to 'obtain the unattainable, she spends what little time she has as a literal 'bird in a gilded cage,' while her partner Steed works on the case with actress Georgie Price-Jones (Liz Fraser), who was hired to portray Mrs. Peel (the villains deliver their merchandise by replacing the originals with clever duplicates, but can't quite succeed with people). Mary Merrall, later seen in "Homicide and Old Lace," steals it as a murderous old lady who kills by knitting needles, stolen from a knitting club run by the innocent Arkwright, played by veteran comic actor Bernard Cribbins, later seen in "Look- (stop me if you've heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers..." Putting in a brief appearance as Auntie's receptionist, who also guards the captive Mrs. Peel, is Yolande Turner ("How to Succeed....at Murder" and "The 50,000 Breakfast"), while returning is David Bauer (from "The Little Wonders"), as a Russian colonel with a passion for pretty birds. The wonderful Liz Fraser is most endearing as the first character to impersonate Emma Peel (and far from the last). There is also the in-joke regarding John, Paul, George, and Fred (!), since it was at that very instance that The Beatles were honored by the Queen with MBEs (witness the future billing 'Richard Starkey, MBE').


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