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Death of a Batman 

Steed attends the funeral of his former batman Wrightson, who had become a draughtsman on a modest salary in civilian life. However, at the will reading everyone is shocked to learn that he... See full summary »

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Kim Mills

Writer:

Roger Marshall
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Honor Blackman ... Catherine Gale
André Morell ... Lord Teale (as Andre Morell)
Philip Madoc ... Van Doren
Katy Greenwood Katy Greenwood ... Lady Cynthia
David Burke ... John Wrightson
Geoffrey Alexander Geoffrey Alexander ... Gibbs
Kitty Atwood Kitty Atwood ... Edith Wrightson (as Kitty Attwood)
Ray Browne Ray Browne ... Cooper

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Steed attends the funeral of his former batman Wrightson, who had become a draughtsman on a modest salary in civilian life. However, at the will reading everyone is shocked to learn that he was exceedingly rich and apparently by honest means. Steed and Mrs. Gale investigate and uncover an ambitious plot involving insider trading. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Throughout the episode, Steed keeps making phone calls about purchasing some polo ponies. In the last scene, Steed refers to someone important who might try the outbid him for the ponies. This was a reference to Prince Philip who was an active polo player at the time. See more »

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When Steed and Gale are conversing at Victor Gibb's firm, their voices are drowned out by a loud cough from off screen. It is actor Geoffrey Alexander clearing his throat before entering the scene and saying his first line. See more »

Quotes

John Steed: [Steed returns home to find Cathy there] Hey, you still here? It stopped raining, you know.
Catherine Gale: It's not five hours, yet.
John Steed: Five hours?
Catherine Gale: They shampooed all the carpets in my flat and I can't walk on them for five hours.
John Steed: Oh dear, dear me.
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The formidable Andre Morell
26 January 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Death of a Batman" benefits from the formidable presence of Andre Morell, one of Britain's greatest character actors, in fine form as Lord Basil Teale, running a banking partnership with Eric Van Doren (Philip Madoc, previously seen in "Six Hands Across a Table"), illegally using insider information in takeovers of electronics firms. Steed becomes suspicious when his newly deceased batman left behind a personal fortune that was not compatible with his weekly salary, effortlessly flirting with socialite Lady Cynthia Bellamy (Katy Greenwood), whose valuable stock shares are being sold for a profit then bought back without her knowledge. Some unintended amusement results from two doors that simply refuse to stay shut. Returning for the last of his four episodes is Ray Browne, enjoying his largest role despite being the loser in a tussle with Catherine Gale. This also marks the only appearance of another large dog owned by Steed, this one named Katie ("The Gilded Cage" was the last to feature any dog).


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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