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The Decapod 

The president of a Balkan Republic is menaced by a masked assassin. Although Steed is sent to augment the visiting dignitary's security detail, his bodyguards are murdered one by one.

Director:

Don Leaver

Writer:

Eric Paice (teleplay)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Julie Stevens ... Venus Smith
Paul Stassino ... Yakob Borb
Philip Madoc ... Stepan
Wolfe Morris ... Ito
Lynn Furlong Lynn Furlong ... Edna Ramsden (as Lynne Furlong)
Raymond Adamson ... Harry Ramsden
Harvey Ashby Harvey Ashby ... Guard's Officer
Pamela Conway Pamela Conway ... Girl In Shower
Stanley M. Ayers Stanley M. Ayers ... Ring Announcer
Doug Robinson ... Bodyguard Georgi (as Douglas Robinson)
Valentino Musetti Valentino Musetti ... Bodyguard Sarkoff (as Valentine Musetti)
Valerie Stanton Valerie Stanton ... Cigarette Girl
The Dave Lee Trio The Dave Lee Trio ... Themselves
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The president of a Balkan Republic is menaced by a masked assassin. Although Steed is sent to augment the visiting dignitary's security detail, his bodyguards are murdered one by one.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The wrestling programme perused by Steed at the Islington Baths is clearly blank inside; only the cover was mocked-up for the production. See more »

Quotes

John Steed: I say, who was that poor girl phoning just before she was killed?
Stepan: How do you know she was phoning anyone?
John Steed: After you left, I took the liberty of having a look around the embassy. There were traces of soap on the telephone.
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You Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
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Composed by Duke Ellington and Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Julie Stevens
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Balkan leader is threatend with assassination
8 January 2019 | by tandlich1See all my reviews

Steed is put in charge of protecting a visiting Balkan leader who is trying to extort money from the West. Typical confusing and non-circuitous plot emblematic of the early episodes. No Cathy Gale in this episode. Julie Stevens was effective as Steed's assistant Venus Smith, who contributed two musical numbers. The members of the Balkan delegation were stereotypically arrogant, brutish and corrupt. Too many wrestling sequences slowed the progression of tge plot.


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