|'Homicide and Old Lace'
by Malcoln Hulke
and Terrance Dicks
(uncredited: Brian Clemens)
Mother spends his birthday with his two aunts, Georgina and Harriet. He decides to entertain them with a story involving Steed and Tara infiltrating the international criminal organization known as Intercrime, who are planning to steal all of Britain's treasures in one fell swoop by staging a false alarm missile attack on London…
Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Linda Thorson (Tara King), Patrick Newell (Mother), Rhonda Parker (Rhonda)*, Joyce Carey (Harriet), Mary Merrall (Georgina), Gerald Harper (Colonel Corf), Keith Baxter (Dunbar), Edward Brayshaw (Fuller), and Donald Pickering, Mark London, Kristopher Kum, Bari Johnson, Steven Hubay, Bryan Mosley, Gertan Klauber, Kevork Malikyan, John Rapley, Anne Rutter
Directed by John Hough (uncredited: Vernon Sewell)
Produced by John Bryce / Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens
UK: 26th March, 1969
*Featuring John Steed, Tara King, Mother and Rhonda
*The tag scene: When Steed comments about at Rhonda's silence, Mother asks her to say hello to Steed. But the strange voice Steed hears is actually Mother practicing his ventriloquism
*This episode is a reworking of ‘The Great Great Britain Crime’, which was one of three episodes completed by producer John Bryce prior to the return of Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell. They initially thought it was unusable, but the tight production schedule caused them to rethink, and the decision was made to recycle it; they combined footage together with excerpts from ‘The Bird Who Knew Too Much’ (the two opening fight scenes), ‘Murdersville’ and ‘Never, Never Say Die’ (the battle between Steed and Professor Stone) - unfortunately the result is pretty awful…
*For no apparent reason the closing credits begin with the of ‘Izzy Pound and His Incredible Marching Sound’ from ‘The Interrogators’, then segues to a version of the Avengers theme done with piano and orchestra
Working title: 'Tall Story'