|'The Tale of the Big Why'
by Brian Clemens
Immediately after his release from jail, Bert Brandon, a convict with information concerning a governmental traitor, makes a short journey in a light aircraft, but is then killed by two criminals named Roach and Poole, who are attempting to find the location of where Brandon buried his secrets. The only clue that Steed, Purdey and Gambit have as to where the evidence has been hidden is in the form of a Western novel, ’Tale of the Big Why’. While Steed reads about the mating habits of Bessie, owner of the ‘Golden Wheel Saloon’, Purdey and Gambit drive around the countryside searching for clues, closely followed by Roach and Poole. Finally realising that the ‘Big Why’ refers to a location on an aviator’s map of Surrey, Steed, Purdey and Gambit discover that the traitor is Home Office official Harmer, and bring him to book.
Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Gareth Hunt (Mike Gambit), Joanna Lumley (Purdey), Derek Waring Jenny Runacre (Harmer), Jenny Runacre (Irene), George Cooper (Brandon), Roy Marsden (Turner), Gary Waldhorne (roach), Rowland Davis (Poole), Geoffrey Toone (Minister), Maeve Alexander (Mrs. Turner)
Directed by Robert Fuest
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens
LWT - 10th December 1976
*Featuring John Steed, Mike Gambit and Purdey