Episode 95: Emma Peel Era
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  Tag

Steed and Emma paddle away in a canoe.

  Stats ?

  A.K.A.

 Petit gibier pour gros chasseur

 Afrikanischer Sommer

 Piccolo gioco per grandi cacciatori

 Un Juego Simple Para Grandes Cazadores

 De slaapziekte

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor reviews
• The GLG Report
• Rodney's Reviews
• The Young Avenger

SMALL GAME FOR BIG HUNTERS

Steed Joins the Natives
Emma Gets the Evil Eye

Produced: ca. 16 September to ca. 1 October 1965
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 14 January 1966
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 4 April 1966

Is a voodoo curse responsible for putting a British farmer in a coma? This puzzle leads Steed to the headquarters of Colonel Rawlings, an ex-serviceman spending his waning years in the Kalayan jungle. Unbeknownst to the Colonel, however, the "jungle" is an artificial habitat located right outside London, and is being used by a diabolical mastermind to develop a deadly strain of tsetse fly that will be unleashed on the citizens of Kalaya in response to the eviction of British rubber plantation owners. Got that?

 IMHO

Would have scored much better if not for a rather incoherent plot, not to mention jungle drums that tend to get on the nerves after a while. And for whatever reason, I simply do not like Liam Redmond (Professor Swain). On the positive side, Bill Fraser delivers a four-bowler performance as the crackpot Colonel, whose situation of believing he is still in the jungles of Kalaya is an enjoyable twist.

 Trivia

Bill McCutcheon notes that when Steed interrupts the tribesman attempting to steal the Rawlings file from the Bentley, one of the folders was marked "PZEV." (Makes a connection with "Two's a Crowd," although the name is actually spelled PSEV.)

It is worth pointing out that this episode is a notable exception to one of the more controversial "rules" of the show regarding race. Two other exceptions are "Honey for the Prince" and "The 50,000 Breakfast," although the blacks in these are simply background characters. In this episode, it is a significant speaking role—Razafi, played by Paul Danquah.

 On Location

Starracres, Radlett, was used for Gibson's house.

 Best Scene

After the tussle over a file folder in his car, ever-cool Steed is relieved to discover the "native" has left his cucumber sandwiches intact.

 Best Line

As all hell breaks loose in the "jungle," Colonel Rawlings muses, "By Jove, the natives are restless tonight." A corny line to be sure, but not when it is delivered by Bill Fraser!

 Essential Reading

SMALL GAME FOR BIG HUNTERS

Teleplay by
Directed by

Philip Levene
Gerry O'Hara

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Emma Peel
Colonel Rawlings
Simon Trent
Professor Swain
Dr. Gibson
Fleming
Razafi
Tropical Outfitter
Lala
Kendrick

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Bill Fraser
James Villers 007
Liam Redmond #
A.J. Brown #
Peter Burton 007
Paul Danquah
Tom Gill
Esther Anderson
Peter Thomas #

UNBILLED/STUNTS

Tribesman

Billy Cornelius

# DOPPELGANGERS

A.J. Brown

The Murder Market
The Winged Avenger

Liam Redmond

Wish You Were Here

Peter Thomas

Death's Door
All Done with Mirrors
 

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