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School for Traitors 

Steed investigates the alleged suicide of a college instructor and discovers that the weapon the man used to kill himself was a pistol with a silencer attached.

Director:

Jonathan Alwyn

Writer:

James Mitchell (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Julie Stevens ... Venus Smith
Melissa Stribling ... Claire Summers
Anthony Nicholls ... Dr. Shanklin
John Standing ... East
Richard Thorp ... Roberts
Reginald Marsh Reginald Marsh ... Higby
Frank Shelley Frank Shelley ... Professor Aubyn
Frederick Farley Frederick Farley ... One-Seven
Terence Woodfield Terence Woodfield ... Green
Ronald Mayer Ronald Mayer ... Proctor
Jan Butlin Jan Butlin ... Barmaid (as Janet Butlin)
The Kenny Powell Trio The Kenny Powell Trio ... Themselves
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Steed investigates the alleged suicide of a college instructor and discovers that the weapon the man used to kill himself was a pistol with a silencer attached.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First broadcast the same night it was videotaped. See more »

Quotes

Jack Roberts: Well, what about that picture you sold the other week to that American chap, what's his name? Finch or Pinch or something.
Claire Summers: Lynch. Peter Lynch.
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Soundtracks

Put On a Happy Face
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Lyrics by Lee Adams
Music by Charles Strouse
Sung by Julie Stevens and Frank Shelley
Performed by The Kenny Powell Trio
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School for Traitors
19 December 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

With a cast that includes John Standing playing a university student when he is pushing 30. It is hard to figure out who are the students and who are the lecturers.

Inspired by the the likes of the Cambridge Four who were revealed in 1963 as Russian agents. Steed is investigating a spy ring at a prestigious university. Venus Smith is also at hand singing jazz numbers at a university event.

It looks like a femme fatale is luring her admirers to forge signatures on a cheque and they then find themselves open to blackmail.

A suspicious death of a tutor is passed off as a suicide by the police. Venus is sent face cream which contains acid. It is a good job she did not like the smell of it.

Steed's job is not to get the foot soldiers but the actual ring leader. It is not pretty hard to guess who that is.

There is plenty of things that happen but it is all rather routine and even confusing. The blackmail part is rather hackneyed. Thankfully Venus only sings a few snippets of songs. It does look like an episode that emerged with rumours of British toffs as Soviet spies in the press.


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