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Cathy: "Yes, it is a lovely view of the studio wall."
Chef: "I can't work with him! He keeps mumbling, 'Mrs Peel, we're needed'!"
Doctor: "Emir, the truth is... you're just too short."

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Spanish: "Muerte A La Carta"

Working title: "Fricassee of Death"



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Steed turns Chef
Cathy tries to prevent a murder

Production completed: 7 June 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 3): 21 December 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 20 March 1991

Political Intrigue (click to see category list)Emir Abdulla Akaba arrives in London for a medical checkup. Trouble is, not only does he have a body that is about to self-destruct, he also has a staff ready to make sure it happens—soon. But even with Steed posing as a chef and Cathy as the Emir's social planner, he still winds up dead. The question is, who—and what—killed him? The doctor, his aide, drugs or poison mushrooms?


A bit slow, a bit uneven, a bit dull. Well, they can't all be four-bowlers. Hats off, though, to a fine visual effect as Steed climbs the side of a tall building. And apparently Steed can cook with the best, as he prepares a delectable pheasant dish—and the reason Emir died a happy man. Quite a blooper in one scene as a camera does a pedestal (rises up) too close to a table, snags it and almost tips it over!


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

Some scenes were pre-recorded on 6 June 1963 in advance of the main recording.

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Steed pokes fun at the hotel's help, who is reading a gossip magazine. "She only started to develop when she took up weight lifting."



Written by
Designed by
Directed by

John Lucarotti
Richard Harrison
Kim Mills

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John Steed
Cathy Gale
Emir Abdulla Akaba
Dr. Spender

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Honor Blackman The 007 Connection
Robert James*
Henry Soskin*
Paul Dawkins*
Ken Parry*
Gordon Rollings*
David Nettheim
Coral Atkins
Valentino Musetti*


Paul Dawkins

Death on the Slipway
Death's Door

Robert James

Hot Snow
Brought to Book
Too Many Christmas Trees
Look - (stop me if...

Valentino Musetti

The Secrets Broker
The Outside-In Man
Lobster Quadrille
The Decapod

Ken Parry

Honey for the Prince

Gordon Rollings

Cat Amongst the Pigeons

Henry Soskin

A Change of Bait

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