• title card: pale yellow all caps text with black dropshadow to the left reading ‘A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE STATION’ superimposed on a view of Lucas walking up a railway siding beside a stationary train
  • subtitle card: pale yellow all caps text with black dropshadow to the left reading ‘STEED GOES OFF THE RAILS
			EMMA FINDS HER STATION IN LIFE’ superimposed on Lucas, a bit further down the siding beside the train
  • Youtube video - Mrs. Peel enters her living room to find a Percy train set on the table, the caboose bearing a card reading ‘Mrs. PEEL’ on one side and ‘WE’RE NEEDED’ on the other; she fillips Steed’s nose with it
  • The attendant hands Emma a £5 note in the carriage corridor as Steed looks on
  • Lucas lies in the box, a white carnation left by the groom lying across his chest
  • Crewe chuckles at the recording on the umbrella and declares it isn’t a train at all; Mrs. Peel looks confused, possibly because of her bright yellow suit
  • The groom laughs manically as he peppers the signal box with sub-machine gun fire
  • Steed, handcuffed to the pipes, looks perturnbed by the ticket collector’s plans
  • Youtube video - the Prime Minister drops by Emma’s flat to give a personal thank you but the Avengers decide not to answer the door so they don’t have to be subjected to an interminable speech

Series 5 — Episode 13
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station

by Brian Sheriff
Directed by John Krish

Steed goes off the rails
Emma finds her station in life

Production No E.66.13
Production completed: March 22 1967. First transmission: April 12 1967.


Produced by Albert Fennell regularThe Professionals
and Brian Clemens regularDanger ManThe ChampionsThe ProfessionalsAdam Adamant
Executive Producer Julian Wintle regular
Directed by John Krish regularThe Saint
Teleplay by Roger Marshall regularThe ProfessionalsThe Sweeney (billed as Brian Sheriff)
and Brian Clemens regularDanger ManThe ChampionsThe ProfessionalsAdam Adamant (billed as Brian Sheriff)
All characters and events in this teleplay are fictitious and any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely co-incidental.
Music by Laurie Johnson regularThe ProfessionalsJason King
Production Controller Jack Greenwood regular
Production Designer Robert Jones regular
Director of Photography Alan Hume regular007Carry On..Star Wars (billed as Alan Hume B.S.C.)
Supervising Editor Peter Tanner regular
Production Manager Geoffrey Haine regularThe Champions
Principal items of Mr. Macnee’s wardrobe designed by Pierre Cardin regular
Miss Rigg’s costumes designed by Alun Hughes regular
Casting Director G.B. Walker regularThe Saint
Unit Manager Richard Dalton regular
Unit Manager Laurie Greenwood regularThe Sweeney
Assistant Director Ted Lewis regular
Camera Operator Tony White regularThe SaintSpace 1999Department S
Art Director Kenneth Tait regularDepartment S (billed as K. McCallum Tait)
Continuity Gladys Goldsmith regular007Carry On..Space 1999
Hairdressing Hilda Fox regular
Make-up Basil Newall regular007UFOSpace 1999
Wardrobe Jean Fairlie regularUFO
Editor Tony Palk regular
Recording Director A.W. Lumkin regularThe Saint
Sound Recordist Simon Kaye regular007Indiana Jones
Dubbing Mixer Len Shilton regularThe ChampionsThe SaintDepartment S
Sound Editor Rydal Love regularThe ChampionsThe SaintDepartment S
Music Editor Karen Heward regular
Construction Manager Charles Hammerton regular
Supervisory Electrician Walter Thompson regularThe Saint (billed as Wally Thompson)
Stunt Arranger Ray Austin regularThe ProfessionalsThe SaintRandall and HopkirkThe ChampionsDepartment SSpace 1999
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The TV Times listed the fictitious screen writer as Bryan Sheriff while on-screen it was Brian Sheriff — the name is an amalgam of Brian Clemens, who heavily revised the script, and a play on words for Roger Marshall, who wrote the original script which had started life under the title “Overkill”.

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