Episode 96: Emma Peel Era
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Steed and Emma are crammed into a three-wheeled bubble car, and they overtake Georgie driving a Steed-like Bentley.

  Stats ?


 Maille à partir avec les taties

 Nadeln töten leiser" or "Mrs. Peel, zum Ersten, zum Zweiten, zum Dritten" depending on the vintage of the print

 Cercate 'la vecchia'

 La Chica De Auntie

 Een recht, twee averecht

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed Almost Outbids Himself
Emma is a Bird in a Gilded Cage

Produced: ca. 4 October to ca. 23 October 1965
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 20 January 1966
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 6 June 1966

Returning from vacation, Steed is faced with some puzzles, such as why a pretty, plucky young woman named Georgie Price-Jones is impersonating Emma, and why everyone Georgie ever met is being murdered with knitting needles. The trail leads to an art dealer who is auctioning off Emma for her secrets.


Although it has a tendency to be too cute at times, there are some wonderful bits, such as Steed calling the fake Emma on the phone ("It's ol' loverboy himself!"), Steed hamming it up as art-dealer Wayne Pennyfeather ffitch ("My nerve ends are positively tingly!"), and the taxi driver amusing himself while hauling Steed and his junk around forever.


Exclusive: Writer Roger Marshall has penned an essay about his tenure on The Avengers.

Acronym Alert: AKC is the Arkwright Knitting Circle.

Steed's Aunties: After clobbering Steed with a vase, Georgie says, "I thought you were an old lady with a bale of knitting needles." Steed replies, "They do say I take after Granny."

This, by the way, is the episode that inspired me to add the "body count" (the headstones under "Stats") for the Emma Peel episodes. And speaking of stats, Mike Kunkel has earned bonus points for noticing that Steed carries a gun in the pocket of his trousers; after knocking down Ivanoff, he hands it to Georgie.


 On Location

Dyrham Park Golf Club, Dancer's Hill, served as the setting for the charity ball. Look familiar? Perhaps you saw it in "The Thirteenth Hole."

 Best Scene

Georgie goes into a quiet panic after receiving a call from "ol' loverboy." (Curious, considering she never flinches at the sight of nearly a dozen dead bodies...)

 Best Line

Steed: "Six bodies in an hour and twenty minutes. What do you call that?" Georgie: "It's a good first act."

 Essential Reading



Teleplay by
Directed by

Roger Marshall
Roy Baker

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Georgie Price-Jones
Gregorie Auntie
Old Lady
Aunt Hetty
Taxi Driver
Fred Jaques

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Liz Fraser
Alfred Burke #
Bernard Cribbins # 007
David Bauer # 007
Mary Merrall #
Sylvia Colleridge
Yolande Turner #
Ray Martine
Maurice Browning
John Rutland



Royston Farrell
Romo Gorrara 007


David Bauer

The Little Wonders

Alfred Burke

The Mauritius Penny

Bernard Cribbins

Look - (stop me if...

Mary Merrall

Homicide and Old Lace

Yolande Turner

The £50,000 Breakfast

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