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Steed: "Ah-hah! Just as I suspected. The murder weapon."
Steed: "Not to worry, Mrs. Peel, you've much nicer, um, earlobes."
Steed: "Does this give you any ideas?"

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Freddy MarshalJeremy WadeBrandon StoreyJenkins (uncertain)Steed carries a gun, but uses someone else's



French: "Faites de beaux rÍves"

German: "Der Weihnachtsalptraum" or "Weihnachten - Ein Alptraum" (depending on the vintage of the print)

Italian: "Troppi alberi di Natale"

Spanish: "Demasiados Arboles De Navidad"



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Steed Hangs Up His Stocking
Emma Asks for More

Produced: 18 February to ca. 1 March 1965
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 23 December 1965
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 11 August 1966

Science Fictional (click to see category list)Steed is having bad nightmares which then seem to play out in real life. The reason: A band of telepaths is after the secrets he carries in his mind. Trouble is, the end result of the process is death. It all comes to a head at a Christmas party hosted by Brandon Storey, a noted collector of Dickens manuscripts, amongst other much more sinister things.


This one is at the top of my "Top Ten List" primarily because of the tender rapport between Steed and Emma. There are countless little scenes where their closeness really shines through—I live for the tag! Emma playing Oliver Twist is not to be missed ("My, you have filled out!"), and the exchange between her and Steed about the bed in his room is one of the all-time best.


This perennial fan favorite is also a favorite of Patrick Macnee's.

Steedophiles will enjoy this composite of Steed.

There is a sly reference to Honor Blackman in this episode: as Steed and Emma open his Christmas cards ("And who is 'Boofums'?"), she announces that one of them is from Cathy, and hands it to Steed, who remarks, "Mrs. Gale! Oh, how nice of her to remember me. What can she be doing in Fort Knox?"

Mark H. Stevens notes that a recent episode of the new Outer Limits has a familiar-sounding plot: a secret government organization uses a group of telephaths to combine their psychic power and destroy targeted individuals...

Liz notes that Brandon Storey, the publisher with the Dickens obsession, was played by Mervyn Johns, who also played Bob Cratchit in the 1951 film version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim as Scrooge and a very young-looking Patrick Macnee as the young Jacob Marley!

Recycled prop: Beth thinks the bed that Emma fancies looks to be the one that almost kills Steed in "Castle De'ath."

This is the one and only episode of the fourth season for which Harry Pottle was not the Art Director. Robert Jones had the honor on this occasion.

 Best Scene

The Tag.

 Best Line

Touring Steed's bedroom, Emma admires the four-poster and remarks, "I've always rather fancied myself in one of these." Steed: "So have I—I mean, I have, too."

Margaret Warren reminds me of another great line: when Steed and Emma are on their way to the mirror room and Steed is ruminating about people "poking around in one's inmost thoughts," Emma agrees, then they both stop and stare upwards with frowns, and Steed remarks, "And you can put that in your crystal ball!"


Steed and Emma take a romantic ride home in a horse-drawn carriage. He lifts a mistletoe over their heads and... Wow!



Teleplay by
Directed by

Tony Williamson
Roy Baker

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Brandon Storey
Dr. Felix Teasel
Janice Crane
Martin Trasker
Jeremy Wade

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Diana Rigg The 007 Connection
Mervyn Johns*
Edwin Richfield*
Jeanette Sterke
Alex Scott*
Robert James*
Barry Warren*


Robert James

Hot Snow
Brought to Book
Death ŗ la Carte
Look - (stop me if...

Mervyn Johns

Medium Rare

Edwin Richfield

Girl on the Trapeze
The Removal Men
The White Elephant
Dead Man's Treasure
All Done with Mirrors

Alex Scott

Square Root of Evil

Barry Warren

False Witness

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