The Avengers (1961–1969)
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What the Butler Saw 

Steed enrolls in a prestigious Butler school to investigate a leak in Government secrets. Emma attempts to seduce one of the three main suspects, an RAF playboy known to the ladies as Georgie-Porgie.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... John Steed
... Emma Peel
Thorley Walters ... Hemming
... Benson
... Group Capt. Miles
Kynaston Reeves ... Major General Goddard
... Brigadier Goddard (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Humphrey Lestocq ... Vice Admiral Willows
... Sergeant Moran
Leon Sinden ... Squadron Leader Hogg
David Swift ... Barber
Norman Scace ... Reeves
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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Release Date:

28 July 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


To foil eavesdropping microphones, the defense trio zip themselves into a large bag. This episode aired almost one year after the pilot episode of Get Smart introduced 'the cone of silence', which served the same strategic and comedic role. See more »


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


Squadron Leader Hogg: Can I help you old boy?
John Steed: [disguised as Squadron Leader, complete with outlandish R.A.F. moustache] Actually, I wanted a word or 5 with Group Captain Miles.
Squadron Leader Hogg: Out, I'm afraid.
John Steed: Oh bad show,
[holds out his hand]
John Steed: Squadron Leader Blue.
Squadron Leader Hogg: Squad Leader Hogg, anything I can do?
[they shake hands]
John Steed: Actually, I wanted a word or 2 about the old Groupee, official magazine you know, I'm acting as P.R.O.
Squadron Leader Hogg: From the H.Q.?
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Traditional bugle call
Performed by Kynaston Reeves
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