Episode 87: Emma Peel Era
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Steed and Emma, the latter suffering from a cold, drive off in a little puddle-jumper Minimoke.

  Stats ?


 Dans sept jours, le déluge

 Eine Überdosis Wasser or H2O - Tödliches Naß (depending on the print)


 Un Exceso De Agua

 De zondvloed

  Other Viewpoints

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



Steed Plans a Boat Trip
Emma Gets Very Wet

Produced: 30 April to ca. 11 May 1965
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 19 November 1965
US Premiere: Not included in original lineup

A very scientific wine merchant with a thick German accent plans to retire on the millions he will make selling a device that can conquer a country—any country—by drowning it with man-made rain. But his plot is brought to the attention of the outside world by Jonah Bernard's letters to the newspapers about what he fears is the coming flood. When Steed and Emma investigate, they discover a stubborn cloud that is always hanging over the winery, among other meteorological anomalies. As Steed observes, "Wonderful weather we're not having!"


It's a surfeit of fabulous crackpot characters, most notably Eli Barker (Talfryn Thomas) and Jonah Barnard (Noel Purcel). Plus, there's one of the best fight sequences of the series, as Jonah enthusiastically joins the Avengers in a soggy battle with the baddies. "Hallelujah!"

This episode is also representative of an interesting dichotomy with respect to performance versus genre, reminiscent of M*A*S*H in its later years. While The Avengers is clearly lightweight fantasy with comic overtones (witness Macnee's hysterical soliloquy on drinking wine), there are also occasional undercurrents of serious dramatic tension. Take, for instance, Diana Rigg's performance while trapped in the wine press: Her flinches of pain are mighty convincing—in fact, I wince every time I see them. And then she turns right around and utters the show's best line...


Rob Sinden of Brighton, UK, wonders why no one seems to have noticed that "sturm" is German for "storm," so the diabolical mastermind is called "Dr. Storm."

Sue Lloyd (not be mistaken for Suzanne Lloyd) played Hannah Wild, Steed's partner, in the short-lived stage play of The Avengers.

Geoffrey Palmer appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Smash But No Grab."

According to Television's Greatest Hits, this was the top-rated episode for 1965, and ranked fourth of all Avengers episodes according to viewer ratings at the time it aired. It may come as a surprise what the other top-rated episodes were.

Steed's Aunties: Whilst Steed is poking the impression of Sir Arnold Kelly left in the field, he remarks to Jonah, "I had an auntie who used to make biscuits like this." (Could this be Auntie Penelope, who sent Steed "rock cakes" in "Dead Man's Treasure"?)

 Best Scene

Playing the part of a wine merchant, Steed declares the brochures to be useless and carries on at length to the receptionist about the emotional satisfaction of drinking wine (a subject near and dear to Steed's heart, to be sure).

 Best Line

Trapped in the hydraulic press, Emma growls to Dr. Sturm, "You diabolical mastermind, you!"

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

Colin Finbow
Sidney Hayers

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Jonah Barnard
Dr. Sturm
Joyce Jason
Eli Barker
Sir Arnold Kelly
Martin Smythe

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Noel Purcel
Albert Lieven
Sue Lloyd
Talfryn Thomas #
John Kidd #
Geoffrey Palmer # 007


Winery Employees

Terry Plummer #
Mark Boyle
Alan Chuntz


John Kidd


Geoffrey Palmer

Dance with Death
Propellant 23
Man With Two Shadows

Terry Plummer

The Superlative Seven

Talfryn Thomas

Look - (stop me if...

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