Episode 101: Emma Peel Era
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Steed and Emma pedal away on a tandem bicycle.

  Stats ?


 L'héritage diabolique

 Das Häuschen im Grünen

 Benvenuti a casa del povero Jack

 La Casa Que Jack Construyó

 Het huis van oom Jack

  Other Viewpoints

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


Steed Takes a Wrong Turn
Emma Holds the Key to All

Produced: mid-January 1966
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 4 March 1966
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 16 May 1966

Emma is lured to an empty house that was willed to her by an uncle she never knew she had. The uncle turns out to be a deranged technology businessman with too much spare time, too much money, and a colossal grudge against Emma, who had sacked him back when she was Emma Knight of Knight Industries. Fittingly, the house she inherits is a giant computerized mousetrap designed to drive her insane.


While this is an interesting, curious, atmospheric episode, with much to recommend it—particularly a touching Steed/Emma scene—it would have scored better by me were it not for Emma's repetitious forays through the house's psychedelic maze, which are nearly as tedious for me as they certainly must be for her.


Evidently bootleg copies of this episode have been sold by S&M dealers for many years. (And not "A Touch of Brimstone"? Go figure...)


 On Location

The house that Jack built (the exterior, that is) is actually Shenley Lodge, Shenley—oddly appropriate, as it is a lunatic asylum!

 Best Scene

After Emma asks Steed about the shining armor, they exchange a remarkable look, laden with unspoken relief, that makes their affection for one another quite palpable.

 Best Line

Emma: "What happened to the shining armor?" Steed: "It's still at the laundry."

 Essential Reading



Teleplay by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Don Leaver

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Professor Keller

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Michael Goodliffe
Griffith Davies
Michael Wynne
Keith Pyott #


Prison Officer

Alan Lake #


Alan Lake

The Forget-Me-Knot

Keith Pyott

The White Dwarf

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