|'Ashes of Roses'
by Peter Ling
and Sheilah Ward
While investigating a spate of arson cases, Steed arranges for Doctor Keel's assistant Carol to have some time off for a hairdressing appointment. But when Carol asks questions at the salon run by Olive and Jacques Beronne, she is nearly killed when the hairdryer she is using explodes. This booby-trap was actually intended for Denise, the hairdressers’ assistant, and is the proof Steed needs that the salon's owners are involved with Mendelssohn, a known arsonist, in a scam to destroy the nearly-bankrupt salon, in order to collect the insurance money. When Steed confronts Olive and Jacques, the latter confesses that the salon is to be burnt don that night. Meanwhile, Denise tells Carol that she suspects Mendelssohn of intended arson; the two head for the salon, but are saved from being burnt alive when Steed arrives and knocks Mendelssohn out just before he can light the fuse.
Ian Hendry (Doctor David Keel), Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Olga Lowe (Olive Beronne), Mark Eden (Jacques Beronne), Peter Zander (Johnny Mendelssohn), Ingrid Hafner (Carol Wilson), Hedi Erich (Denise)
Directed by Don Leaver
Produced by Leonard White
UK: 4th March, 1961
*Featuring Doctor David Keel and John Steed
*This episode was broadcast live
*This episode no longer exists