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Marion: "Well, since Steed and his partner never kiss, I don't know if this will get me the job..."
Steed: "You know, I haven't the foggiest notion about wines, but it does impress the girls."
"Don't bother me while I'm talking to the camera."

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Cathy attends a séance
Steed tastes wine to discover the secret at the bottom of the barrel

Production completed: 19 October 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 3): 1 February 1964
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 28 March 1991

Straightforward Sleuthing (click to see category list)When one of Steed's colleagues is found dead, he pays particular attention to the wine shop near where it happened. In addition to some excellent vintages, Steed finds a darkroom hidden in a wine casket. Meantime, Cathy has her eye on an electronics firm working on a top secret project for the government that is of interest to you-know-who.


There are elements of this episode that are quite appealing—any time Steed is involved with wine merchants and the like, there is always some clever banter. But other aspects of the storyline, such as the illicit love affair, tend to slow the pace and push the episode out of spy fantasyland and into more generic TV.


Some scenes were pre-recorded on 18 October 1963 in advance of the main recording.



Written by
Designed by
Directed by

Ludovic Peters
Anne Spavin
Jonathan Alwyn

Full production credits


John Steed
Cathy Gale
Mrs. Wilson
Allan Paignton
Frederick Paignton
Marion Howard
Cliff Howard
Jim Carey
Julia Wilson

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Honor Blackman The 007 Connection
Avice Landon
Jack May
Ronald Allen
John Stone*
Patricia English*
John Ringham*
Brian Hankins
Jennifer Wood
Valentino Musetti*


Patricia English

Mission to Montreal
Never, Never Say Die

Valentino Musetti

Death à la Carte
The Outside-In Man
Lobster Quadrille
The Decapod

John Ringham

A Sense of History

John Stone

The Joker
The Rotters

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