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The Deadly Air 

When a revolutionary, but experimental, vaccine is stolen from a top-secret laboratory and a volunteer who was administered a dose dies, Keel and Steed agree to be human guinea pigs for the next test.

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John Knight

Writer:

Lester Powell (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Ian Hendry ... Dr. David Keel
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Ingrid Hafner Ingrid Hafner ... Carol Wilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Anderson Keith Anderson ... Heneger
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Professor Kilbride
Ann Bell ... Barbara Anthony
Richard Butler Richard Butler ... Herbert Truscott
Anthony Cundell Anthony Cundell ... Keo Armstrong
Allan Cuthbertson ... Dr. Hugh Chalk
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Dr. Philip Karswood
Douglas Muir ... One-Ten
Cyril Renison Cyril Renison ... Dr. Harvey
John Stratton ... Dr. Owen Craxton
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When a revolutionary, but experimental, vaccine is stolen from a top-secret laboratory and a volunteer who was administered a dose dies, Keel and Steed agree to be human guinea pigs for the next test.

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English

Release Date:

16 December 1961 (UK) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

This episode was apparently a remake of the "Kraft Television Theatre" episode "Night of the Plague," which had been remade in 1957 for CBC under the same title for their show "General Motors Presents." See more »

Connections

Remake of Encounter (1952) See more »

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Allan Cuthbertson and Geoffrey Bayldon
16 May 2018 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Another lost entry, "The Deadly Air" served to introduce Allan Cuthbertson (first of four), Geoffrey Bayldon (first of two), Michael Hawkins (first of three), and Cyril Renison (first of two) to the long running series, with Douglas Muir's fifth appearance as One-Ten, Steed's superior (the last this season, five more next year). Truscott Research Laboratories is the setting for experiments to devise a new vaccine against a particularly virulent disease. Someone is determined to destroy this vaccine's development, as a test subject serving as guinea pig dies of the disease. Steed and Keel investigate the isolation room, and volunteer to be tested themselves to ferret out the culprit. The second season's "The Golden Eggs" featured a similar storyline.


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