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Too Many Christmas Trees 

Steed has been having bad dreams involving Christmas trees and a man dressed as Santa Claus. At a party given by publisher and Dickens fan Brandon Storey, two telepathic spies attempt to ... See full summary »

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Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writer:

Tony Williamson (teleplay by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Mervyn Johns ... Brandon Storey
Edwin Richfield ... Dr. Felix Teasel
Jeanette Sterke ... Janice Crane (as Jeannette Sterke)
Alex Scott ... Martin Trasker
Robert James ... Jenkins
Barry Warren Barry Warren ... Jeremy Wade
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Steed has been having bad dreams involving Christmas trees and a man dressed as Santa Claus. At a party given by publisher and Dickens fan Brandon Storey, two telepathic spies attempt to read Steed's mind and make sense of the dream. However, the dream is echoed exactly by the events of the party, enabling Steed to spot the villains in advance and identify the dangerous Santa. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Emma arrives at Steed's apartment, she reads some of the Christmas cards he's received. She notes that one is from Fort Knox, opens it and reads, "Best wishes for the future - Cathy." Steed responds, "Mrs. Gale! And how nice of her to remember me. What can she be doing in Fort Knox?" This is a reference to Honor Blackman, who quit her part as Cathy Gale in this series to appear as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964) - which involved a scheme to make the gold held at Fort Knox, Kentucky radioactive and valueless. See more »

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While Steed and Mrs. Peel are driving in his car, the position of the windscreen changes constantly from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

John Steed: It was Teasel's idea.
Emma Peel: Teasel?
John Steed: Security Intelligence Psychiatric Devision. Where is he now, by the way?
[singing]
John Steed: Grean grow the rushes!
Emma Peel: I knocked him out.
John Steed: Oh, the War Office won't like that.
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References Dead of Night (1945) See more »

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Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Written by Thomas Moore
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Too Many Christmas Trees
23 July 2020 | by guswhovianSee all my reviews

Steed has been having recurring nightmares. When he and Mrs Peel attend a Christmas party at a country estate, Steed finds his dreams echoed in the events of the party.

Too Many Christmas Trees is a huge improvement on Two's a Crowd. The script is great, and Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg are wonderful together. The script is absolute nonsense, but it's a very fun episode. Diana Rigg looks very pretty in her Oliver Twist outfit as well, which is a bonus.

ITC's perennial villain Alex Scott appears as a henchman, while recognizable faces like Edwin Richfield appear. Mervyn Johns is the main guest star; his presence in the episode is a nice touch, as the plot was obviously inspired by Dead of Night, which he starred in.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1966 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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