Episode 116: Emma Peel Era
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  We're Needed

Steed is a-hunting, and his shot brings down a rubber duckie emblazoned with, "Steed." Hearing a fake duck squawk, he spies Emma in the bushes, who finishes with, "You're needed!"


Steed and Emma go a-hunting, and their shots bring down a teddy bear bearing champagne, followed by glasses.

  Stats ?


 Le dernier des sept

 Fliegen Sie mal ohne

 Uno su sette

 Los Siete Magníficos

 De uitverkoren zeven or De zeven uitverkorenen (depending on the source)

  Other Viewpoints

• Guest Essay
• Illuminations
• Visitor reviews
• The GLG Report


Steed Flies to Nowhere
Emma Does Her Party Piece

Production completed: 13 March 1967
UK Premiere (London, Season 5): 7 April 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 2): 21 April 1967

Steed is invited to a fancy dress party—aboard an airplane! When he and the six other guests discover they were each invited by a different host, they check the cockpit and find it empty! Soon they land on a deserted island where they are told that one of them is a trained "super-killer." But which of them is "it"?


Since the plot is quite obviously a Ten Little Indians variation, it is thus a bit predictable. Plus, portions are recycled from the Cathy Gale episode, "Dressed To Kill." The device of luring a group of people to a remote place with bogus costume party invitations from different hosts, and then picking them off one by one, is shared by both; the difference lies in the purpose of the ruse. Still, it's awesome to see such a heavy-duty guest cast—Donald Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling and Brian Blessed—all at once.


I'd always thought it was a shame they didn't get Ms. Rampling to play Mrs. Hana Wilde as Steed's partner instead of Linda Thorson as Tara King. As it happens, this may not be an entirely original idea, as Hanna Wild was Steed's partner in the short-lived Avengers stage play.

A piece of footage is recycled in an episode of The Prisoner. The shot of the plane approaching the island, from the cockpit, appears in the episode "Many Happy Returns" when Number Six is searching for The Village. (Ben Cottam)

That same said footage also appears in the last episode of Secret Agent, "Shinda Shima." It's the island for which Drake is headed. (Symantha Drake)

 Best Line

When Hana explains she knocked out Steed, Emma scolds, "Naughty. He won't like that."

 Essential Reading



Teleplay by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Sydney Hayres

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Hana Wilde
Mark Dayton
Jason Wade
Max Hardy
Freddy Richards
Joe Smith
Toy Sung

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Charlotte Rampling
Brian Blessed #
James Maxwell #
Hugh Manning #
Leon Greene
Gary Hope #
Donald Sutherland
John Hollis # 007
Margaret Neale
Terry Plummer



Royston Farrell


Brian Blessed

The Morning After

John Hollis

The Cybernauts
Legacy of Death

Gary Hope

A Change of Bait
November Five

Hugh Manning

The Thirteenth Hole

James Maxwell

The Outside-In Man

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