Episode 88: Emma Peel Era
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Steed (is he real, or is he Webster?) and Emma leave on horseback.

  Stats ?


 Un Steed de trop


 Dos Son Multitud

 De dubbelganger

  Other Viewpoints

• Guest Essay
• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• Rodney's Reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed is Single Minded
Emma Sees Double

Produced: ca. 12 May to ca. 28 May 1965
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 17 December 1965
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 9 May 1966

The arrival of Psev, a mysterious, notorious Russian spy, has everyone up in arms. Steed plays a double of himself in order to thwart the wrecking of a critical political conference, as well as to flush out Psev. As it happens, he flushes out more than they bargained for—and also winds up convincing Emma of the double's existence so well that she almost kills him!


This is a really tough episode to rate: Steed's modeling sequence is a real side-splitter (one of the shirts featured at the fashion show is "lipstick-proof") and worth the price of admission alone, and anything featuring Julian Glover should not be missed. But Brodny (Warren Mitchell) is simply too annoying to tolerate—and we get a second dose of the same character next season, no less, in "The See-Through Man." I also can't decide whether or not the model airplane sequences were ultra-hokey by design.


The file on "PSEV" seen in the episode has it misspelled as "PZEV." The same file also appears briefly in "Small Game for Big Hunters," still misspelled.

Acronym Alert: PSEV stands for Pudeshkin, Shvedloff, Elena, Vogel.

Steed's Aunties: Emma insists she saw a double of Steed. "If I had a twin," Steed remarks, "I'm sure Mother would have mentioned it."

 On Location

The Edge Grove School in Aldenham doubled as the foreign embassy. Lake scenes shot at Tyke's Water Lake, Elstree—On Location provides a present-day view.

 Best Scene

The fashion show is worth the price of admission. Makes up for having to endure Brodny.

 Best Line

Emma admires Brodny's cigar. "That's nice." Brodny: "You're not smoking it."

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

Philip Levene
Roy Baker

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Alicia Elena
Major Carson

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Warren Mitchell #
Maria Machado
Alec Mango #
Wolfe Morris #
Julian Glover # 007
John Bluthal 007
Eric Lander


Julian Glover

The Living Dead

Alec Mango

Conspiracy of Silence

Warren Mitchell

The Golden Fleece
The Charmers
The See-Through Man

Wolfe Morris

The Yellow Needle
The Decapod

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