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Episode 28: Cathy Gale Era
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Steed: "Deidre, how can you resist this gaze?"
 
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"Doctor, I don't think my cat likes me any more."
 
"Can anyone tell me what this thing is on my chest?"
 

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 A.K.A.

French: "Mort en vol"

Spanish: "Muerte En Camino"

Italian: "Sabotaggio"

Working title: "The Plane Wreckers"

 

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DEAD ON COURSE

Steed eyes a bird
Dr King makes sure he flies straight*

Production completed: 26 May 1962
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 29 December 1962
US Premiere (A&E cable):ca. 13 February 1991

Could Be Anything (click to see category list)It was fortunate for the few survivors of a suspicious passenger jet crash that the accident took place near a convent—or was it? The real puzzle is that there was more than one crash at the same location in Ireland. Hmmm, it wouldn't have anything to do with the bank consignments being carried on the planes, would it?

 IMHO

Steed is surprisingly more the hard-working professional in this outing than he is usually—and he's just as serious about womanizing, too. The episode's greatest handicap is Steed's new side-kick, Dr. Martin King, for me a regrettably unmemorable character.

 Trivia

Strictly speaking, this is not a "Cathy Gale" episode, even though it was broadcast as part of the UK's second season. After Ian Hendry left, Jon Rollason was brought in as a replacement for three leftover Keel scripts, before Honor Blackman was signed on.

Jon Rollason had a tough route to TV. Four years before his Avengers role, he was penniless. "I had auditioned for a small part in a West End play," he told TV Times magazine in November 1962. "I desperately needed the job for I had a wife and two children to support." He was told that he was too good for the role, and reluctantly he went to look for other work. The low point of his early career was playing Shakespeare in repertory theatre... "I played the dead Henry V who is carried on at the beginning of Henry VI," he said.

According to Television's Greatest Hits, this was the top-rated episode for this year, and ranked seventh of all Avengers episodes according to viewer ratings at the time it aired. See what the other top-rated episodes were.

The studio paperwork for this episode identifies it as "Project 3501."

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

With their plot revealed, one of the nuns produces a machine gun from her habit (see the image) in a welcome bit of absurdity.

 

DEAD ON COURSE

Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Producer
Directed by

Eric Paice
John Bryce
Robert Fuest
Leonard White
Richmond Harding

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Dr. Martin King
Freeman
Michael Joyce
Vincent O'Brien
Mother Superior
Deidre O'Connor
Sister Isobel
Hughes
Bob Slade
Margot
Pilot
And: [Gerry]
[Kiosk Woman]
[Ambulance Man]
[Male Nun]

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Jon Rollason*
John McLaren The 007 Connection
Liam Gaffney
Donal Donnelly
Peggy Marshall
Elizabeth Murray
Janet Hargreaves
Nigel Arkwright
Bruce Boa* The 007 Connection
Margo Jenkins
Trevor Reid
Edward Kelsey
Mollie Maureen
Denis Cleary
Wilfred Grove

*DOPPELGANGERS

Bruce Boa

Trap

Jon Rollason

Mission to Montreal
The Sell-Out
 

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