(stop me if you've heard this one)
But There Were These Two Fellers...'
by Dennis Spooner
The directors of ‘Project Cupid’, a ministry scheme to create an emergency underground facility for the British government in case of war, are being systematically killed. The only clue is a clown’s nose left at the scene of one of the deaths, and so Steed and Tara follow the trail to a library of registered clown-faces, whose ‘records’ are painted on eggs. Tara is captured by the murderers, two killer clowns, and taken to a rest home for out of work vaudeville acts, where she discovers that a man running a ‘Punch and Judy’ puppet stand is instructing the acts to carry out the murders in order to stop ‘Project Cupid’ from levelling some old music halls. Steed arrives at the home in the guise of ‘Gentleman Johnny’, but will he be in time to prevent Tara from being burned in half by a failed vaudeville magician wielding a blowtorch..?
Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Linda Thorson (Tara King), Jimmy Jewel (Maxie Martin), Julian Chagrin (Jennings), Bernard Cribbins (Bradley Marler), John Cleese (Marcus Rugman), William Kendall (Lord Dessington), John Woodwine (Seagrave), Garry Marsh (Brigadier Wiltshire), Gaby Vargas (Miss Charles), Bill Shine (Cleghorn), Richard Young (Sir Jeremy Broadfoot), Robert James (Merlin), Talfryn Thomas (Fiery Frederick), Jay Denyer (Tenor), Johnny Vyvyan (Escapologist), Len Belmont (Ventriloquist)
Directed by James Hill
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens
UK: 4th December, 1968
*Featuring John Steed and Tara King
*The tag scene: When Tara arrives at Steed's flat for their night at the opera, she finds that Steed is not dressed yet. Luckily he has mastered the art of quick-change - but his dinner-jacket has a flashing sign saying 'Eat at Joe's!