Episode 93: Emma Peel Era
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Steed and Emma veer off the highway and into the water in an amphibious car.

  Stats ?


 Le fantôme du Château De'ath

 Das schottische Schloß

 L'ultimo dei De'ath

 Castillo D'Muerte

 Het geheimzinnige kasteel

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• Rodney's Reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed Becomes a Strapping Jock
Emma Lays a Ghost

Produced: ca. 2 August to 20 August 1965
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 28 October 1965
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 2 May 1966

"It's all to do with the price of fish." A spy in scuba gear is found dead... and four inches taller than he was alive. The clues bring our duo to a classic Scottish castle, the fate of which is being decided by a pair of feuding cousins. While Emma attempts to turn Castle De'ath into a tourist attraction, McSteed does research for a book on clan De'ath, and the two uncover ghosts, torture chambers, and... submarine bays?


This is such a remarkably atmospheric episode that the muddled plot about an unknown faction attempting to deliberately create a fishing crisis is easily overlooked. The shadowy visuals and subtle sounds of ghostly bagpipes are so creepy that it gives you goose bumps... and Emma traipsing about the castle in her nightgown is a sight not soon forgotten.


The iron maiden is a doppelganger! She makes a reappearance in "Murdersville."

Acronym Alert: ABORCASHAATA is the Advisory Bureau on Refurbishing Castles and Stately Homes as a Tourist Attraction.


 On Location

Allington Castle doubled for Castle De'ath.

 Best Scene

When Steed and Emma retire to her room to discuss the reason they came to Castle De'Ath, Emma finds a miniature bagpipe, which she plays whilst Steed practices "hopscotch."

 Best Line

Finding an injured Emma, Ian leaves her in Steed's tender care. Emma whimpers, and Steed tells her, "Lean on me, Mistress Peel, as much as you like."

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

John Lucarotti
James Hill

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Gordon Jackson
Robert Urquhart #
Jack Lambert
James Copeland
Russel Waters #


Robert Urquhart

Wish You Were Here

Russel Waters


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