|'Sepet Sucpre Cncech Sypare’
'Super Secret Cypher Snatch'
by Tony Williamson
Top-secret ciphers are being leaked from the Ministry of Defence’s Cipher H.Q., despite airtight security. An internal investigation is set up, but agents seem to vanish before beginning their assignments. Steed and Tara are called in to investigate, and find photographic evidence that proves the missing agents have been at the offices - but the entire staff of Cypher H.Q. insist they have never seen them. While Steed visits the offices of Classy Glass Cleaning Co. Ltd, Tara spends an ordinary day in the office...
Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Linda Thorson (Tara King), Patrick Newell (Mother), Allan Cuthberson (Webster), Ivor Dean (Ferret), Angela Scoular (Myla), Simon Oates (Maskin), Donald Gee (Vickers), John Carlisle (Peters), Nicholas Smith (Lather), Alec Ross (1st Guard), Lionel Wheeler (2nd Guard), Anne Rutter (Betty), Clifford Earl (Jarret), Anthony Blackshaw (Davis), David Quilter (Wilson)
Directed by John Hough
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens
UK: 9th October, 1968
*Featuring John Steed, Tara King and Mother
*The tag scene: Steed attempts to hypnotize Tara but instead apparently hypnotizes himself. When Tara takes advantage of this by ordering him to take her to dinner, Steed momentarily leaves his trance to ask who will pay the bill.
*The title is first displayed as ‘SEPET SUCPRE CNCEHC SYPARE’; the letters then change themselves to form ‘SUPER SECRET CYPHER SNATCH’ (note the American spelling of ‘cipher’)
*Working title: 'Whatever Happened to Yesterday'
*Simon Oates, who plays Maskin, played Steed in the ‘Avengers’ stage-play