The Avengers (1961–1969)
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What the Butler Saw 

Steed enrolls in a butlering school to investigate a leak in government secrets, whilst Emma attempts to seduce one of the 3 main suspects; an RAF playboy known to the ladies as Georgie-porgie.


Bill Bain


Brian Clemens (teleplay by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Thorley Walters ... Hemming
John Le Mesurier ... Benson
Denis Quilley ... Group Capt. Miles
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Major General Goddard
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Brigadier Goddard (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Vice Admiral Willows
Ewan Hooper ... Sergeant Moran
Leon Sinden Leon Sinden ... Squadron Leader Hogg
David Swift ... Barber
Norman Scace Norman Scace ... Reeves
Peter Hughes Peter Hughes ... Walters


Government secrets are being leaked and there are three prime suspects, Admiral Willows, Brigadier Goddard and Group Captain Miles, all of whose butlers have recently disappeared. Emma sets out to seduce the womanizing Miles whilst Steed enrols at the school that trained the missing butlers and is run by their replacements. Whilst Miles proves to be innocent Steed discovers that one of the gentleman's gentlemen is behaving in a most ungentlemanly way. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Emma Peel turns up 13 minutes into the story. See more »


The butler is seen using a revolver with a silencer, however silencers do not work on revolvers. See more »


Benson: You know, you make an excellent butler, but a very poor forger.
Benson: [Steed flinches] These references here: The Duke of Duffep, the Earl of Isley, the Honorable Flaghorn... You see, I've checked. The're all the names of pubs.
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Adjutant's Call (Call out the Guard)
Traditional bugle call
Performed by Kynaston Reeves
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One of the less noticeable of the whole series
21 February 2019 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Too British in the sense of humor and comedy, too much light hearted to belong to the best of this amazing show. It made me the impression to has been made only to fill the blanks, fill the 26 épisodes series. If you compare with the Following episode THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, well, you'll see the difference!!! Simple espionage yarn this very episode; but after all, AVENGERS was supposed to be an espionage series at the start, yes or no? As WILD WILD WEST was also supposed to be a western TV show...But it remains a good time waster.

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28 July 1966 (USA) See more »

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