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A Change of Bait 

A businessman struggles to sell a load of bananas before he dies from heart failure.


Don Leaver


Lewis Davidson (teleplay)


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Episode credited cast:
Ian Hendry ... Dr. David Keel
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Ingrid Hafner Ingrid Hafner ... Carol Wilson
John Bailey ... Lemuel Potts
Victor Platt Victor Platt ... Archie Duncan
Gary Hope ... Barker
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Andre (as Arthur Barrett)
Robert Desmond Robert Desmond ... Herb Thompson
Henry Lincoln Henry Lincoln ... Peter Sampson (as Henry Soskin)
Graham Rigby ... Nat Fletcher
Norman Pitt Norman Pitt ... Bryan Stubbs
Harry Shacklock Harry Shacklock ... Charlie
Gillian McCutcheon Gillian McCutcheon ... Ivy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Hunt Michael Hunt ... Steed's Helper


A businessman struggles to sell a load of bananas before he dies from heart failure.

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Release Date:

23 December 1961 (UK) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Final appearance for both Ian Hendry's David Keel and Ingrid Hafner's Carol Wilson, neither retained beyond this first season. See more »

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Ian Hendry bows out of the series after only 25 episodes
16 May 2018 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"A Change of Bait" marked the final episode for top billed Ian Hendry, who had had enough of the role of Dr. David Keel after 25 entries, leaving Patrick Macnee's Steed to carry on as full time star. This, another lost entry, focuses on Archie Duncan (Victor Platt, first of two) and his investment for a shipment of bananas to be purchased by a firm represented by Lemuel Potts (John Bailey, first of four). What Duncan does not know is that Potts is a corrupt businessman working in collusion with a man called Barker (Gary Hope, first of three) to collect on the insurance when the deals fall through, here making certain that a dock workers strike prevents the bananas from leaving the ship. When Steed orchestrates the success of Duncan's investment Potts has a dilemma that he chooses to solve with a timely case of arson, with both Steed and Keel ready to go up in flames as well. Ingrid Hafner's nurse Carol Wilson would also exit the show, a total of 19 out of 26 first season episodes. The first three episodes shot for season two would feature Jon Rollason as a new doctor before Honor Blackman's debut as Mrs. Catherine Gale.

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