Episode 119: Emma Peel Era
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  We're Needed

Steed takes a fall from the stairs in his flat. Sensing Steed is in trouble, Emma breaks in and he groans, "Mrs. Peel—You're Needed!"


Back at Steed's flat, the two swap card tricks.

  Stats ?


 Le Joker

 Weekend auf dem Lande

 Il jolly

 El Bromista

  On the Radio

• The Joker

  Other Viewpoints

• Guest Essay
• Illuminations
• Visitor reviews



Steed Trumps an Ace
Emma Plays a Lone Hand

Production completed: 11 April 1967
UK Premiere (London, Season 5): 28 April 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 2): 12 May 1967

Emma is lured to the home of an elderly bridge expert, only to find the man has left his house in the care of a very strange young woman. The night that follows is filled with bizarre, terrifying people and events, as a voyeuristic spy tries to avenge a broken heart.


One of the most stylish episodes of the season is a remake of "Don't Look Behind You," a Cathy Gale episode (be sure to check out that page for a comparison of the two, right down to the cut-up pictures). This version features outstanding direction, music, cinematography and editing, plus a small band of truly eccentric characters brought to life by some exceptional performances, most notably Sally Nesbitt as Ola.


So, just what are the lyrics to Meine Liebe, Meine Rose, anyway, and what do they mean? Here's your answer! With thanks to Holger Schmitz of Germany, who adds: As Prendergast said, "It is a rather brutal language."

Andreas Schneider writes: "There's a difference between the English version and the German dubbed version broadcast on the ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) in the 60s. At the time, it was common practice to change the personality of evil characters, especially when the evil ones were supposed to be German! So in this episode, Max Prendergast is from Austria! He had met Emma Peel in Vienna, not in Berlin. Interesting that the German voice of Max Prendergast has no Austrian dialect!"

Acronym Alert: IBPC is the International Bridge Players Convention.

 Best Scene

In the closing scene where Steed collects Emma, she gives him a priceless look that speaks volumes— nearly identical to its counterpart in "The House That Jack Built."

 Best Line

The Strange young man's "real" scream is well and truly blood-curdling—if you'd call it a line.

For a legitimate line of dialog, I'd vote for Steed's closing remark: "Oh, dear, do you think I frightened him?"

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Sidney Hayers

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Strange young man
Major George Fancy

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Peter Jeffrey #
Sally Nesbitt #
Ronald Lacey #
John Stone #


Peter Jeffrey

House of Cards
Room Without a View

Ronald Lacey

The Midas Touch
Legacy of Death

Sally Nesbitt


John Stone

The Secrets Broker
The Rotters

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