Episode 32: Cathy Gale Era
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MR TEDDY BEAR

TAF TOP TEN

Steed is marked for murder
Cathy pays for it*

Production completed: 4 August 1962
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 29 September 1962
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 27 January 1991

An infamous assassin is flushed out as Cathy pays to have Steed murdered. Steed is quite the daredevil professional agent as he takes great pleasure in pursuing Mr Teddy Bear. But just before Steed can reach the target, he is taken off the case, and it's all up to Cathy.

 IMHO

A crackling script and imaginative direction make this episode a standout (and a good choice to start the series, as it was the first to air in the UK). Mr Teddy Bear's creative style and supremely devious nature place him in the category of diabolical mastermind, which also lifts this episode out of the straightforward sleuthing genre typified by most of the Cathy Gale series and into the fantastic realm of the Emma Peel era.

 Trivia

"It may surprise you," Honor Blackman says, "but I don't remember [this] episode. When I started the program, it was just another job. Everybody looks back and says, 'What a wonderful show,' ...but I didn't know how wonderful it was going to be when I first started work." (Honor speaking to Steven Eramo of Starlog Magazine)

This episode has long been a favorite of "Steedophiles" owing to his "striptease"—a scene in which he gets all the way down to his "tightie whities."

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Essential Reading

MR TEDDY BEAR

Teleplay by
Designed by
Directed by

Martin Woodhouse
Terry Green
Richmond Harding

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Cathy Gale
Interviewer
Colonel Wayne-Gilley
Dr. Gilmore
One-Ten
Henry
Mr Teddy Bear
Cafe Girl
Dr. James Howell
Technician

Patrick Macnee 007
Honor Blackman 007
Tim Brinton
Kenneth Keeling #
John Horsley
Douglas Muir #
Michael Robbins #
Bernard Goldman
Sarah Maxwell
John Ruddock
Michael Collins # 007

# DOPPELGANGERS

Michael Collins

Brought to Book

Kenneth Keeling

The Grandeur That Was Rome

Douglas Muir

Death Dispatch
The Removal Men
Warlock
Immortal Clay

Michael Robbins

Dragonsfield
Square Root of Evil
Take Me To Your Leader

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