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Steed: "So nice having old girlfriends to bump into."
Steed: "And that's for tyring to kiss my old girlfriend!"
Doyle: "Are you making fun of me?"

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English: "The Murderous Connection"

French: "Trop d'indices"

German: "Die Indizienmörder"

Italian: "Matasse"

Spanish: "El Curioso Caso de las Incontables Pistas"



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Steed encounters an old flame
Tara is sidelined*

Production completed: 19 January 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 5 February 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 3 April 1968

Straightforward Sleuthing (click to see category list)Men of the aristocracy are being implicated in murders through damning evidence—too much evidence, as a matter of fact—courtesy of a creative blackmailer with a weakness for fine paintings.


Reasonably well done. Difficult to find fault, really, except that it's such a bland, straightforward sleuthing tale that it could have been a Cathy Gale episode—the decision to return to "realism" is clearly in evidence here. About the only bit of silliness was the detective named Sir Arthur Doyle. A former flame for Steed added a touch of spice—perhaps to give him someone a bit closer to his age to ogle.


This was to be the fourth episode produced by John Bryce, under the title "The Murderous Connection" (the other three being "Invitation To A Killing," "The Great Great Britain Crime" and "Invasion of the Earthmen"), but two days into production Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell returned to replace him.

D.P. Paré writes: "The Sir Arthur Doyle character was of course a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his character, Sherlock Holmes. But you'll find another reference to a mystery writer when you read the credits. Three characters are named Earle, Gardiner, and Stanley. Well, the creator of Perry Mason, as well as writer of mystery novels and short stories, was none other than Mr. Earle Stanley Gardner! More subtle and clever than the Doyle reference, but harder to pick up while watching the episode."

Anthony Bate made a guest appearance in the Police Surgeon episode, "Under the Influence...?"

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

Burgess' house was actually the Edgwarebury Hotel—see On Location for a present-day view. Elstree Studios car park was also used as a location.


At Tara's flat, she performs surgery on Steed's injured bowler.



Written by
Directed by

Philip Levene
Don Sharp

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Sir Arthur Doyle

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Linda Thorson
Anthony Bate
Kenneth Cope*
Tony Selby
Peter Jones*
Tracy Reed
Edward de Souza* The 007 Connection
George A. Cooper*
Reginald Jessup


George A. Cooper

The White Dwarf
Tale of the Big Why

Kenneth Cope

The Bird Who Knew Too Much

Edward de Souza

Six Hands Across A Table

Peter Jones

The Thirteenth Hole

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