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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station 

Whilst travelling on an express train on a quest to find a missing agent, Steed and Mrs. Peel get caught up in an assassination attempt on the life of the British Prime Minister on the part... See full summary »


John Krish


Brian Clemens (teleplay) (as Brian Sheriff)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
James Hayter ... Ticket Collector
John Laurie ... Crewe
Drewe Henley ... Groom
Isla Blair ... Bride
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Salt
Richard Caldicot ... Admiral
Dyson Lovell Dyson Lovell ... Warren
Peter J. Elliott Peter J. Elliott ... Attendant
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Lucas
Noel Davis Noel Davis ... Secretary


Whilst travelling on an express train on a quest to find a missing agent, Steed and Mrs. Peel get caught up in an assassination attempt on the life of the British Prime Minister on the part of a disgruntled and murderous ticket collector. They are helped in their efforts to foil him by Mr. Crewe, an eccentric owner of an abandoned station. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

28 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Steed and Mrs. Peel await the arrival of the Prime Minister in the last scene, she says "No, he's the one in the raincoat." This is a reference to the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, who was often photographed wearing a raincoat. See more »


As Emma reads the paper on the train, you can see that the reverse side of the front page is blank. See more »


Ticket Collector: Another five miles, Mr. Steed, and then...
John Steed: Pop goes the diesel?
Ticket Collector: Very droll!
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Referenced in Endeavour: Passenger (2018) See more »


The Bridal Chorus
Written by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
Performed by Drewe Henley (uncredited)
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John Laurie and James Hayter
25 March 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station" is an appropriate title for a railway episode, almost as good as "Dressed to Kill." Fellow agent Lucas (Michael Nightingale, "All Done with Mirrors") tips off Steed to a plot to assassinate Britain's Prime Minister with a bomb in a certain compartment (pop goes the diesel!) Once he's taken captive, it's Emma Peel to the rescue, with the help of train enthusiast Crewe (John Laurie, from "Death of a Great Dane," "Brief for Murder," and "Pandora"). A warm moment is when Crewe saves the luscious Emma from being thrown off the train to her death, rewarded with a tip of the hat and a BIG smile, usually reserved only for the lucky Steed! In the end, Steed figures an OBE will be his reward, while assuming Mrs. Peel will soon be called 'Dame Emma'! (coincidentally, the future fate of Diana Rigg in 1994). James Hayter headlines as the Ticket Collector, Isla Blair poses as the Bride, but it's the Groom (Drewe Henley) who gets to perform most of the dirty work. Also featuring Tim Barrett ("A Change of Bait"), Richard Caldicot ("Wish You Were Here"), and Noel Davis ("The Rotters").

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