Episode 124: Emma Peel Era
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Steed appreciates neither the tie nor the two dogs Emma has presented to him. (Odd that he's adverse to having dogs in his flat, since he had a variety of them back in the Cathy Gale days.)

  Stats ?


 Un petit déjeuner trop lourd

 Wo der Hund begraben liegt

 iamanti a colazione (Diamonds for breakfast)

 El Desayuno De 50.000 Libras

 Diamanten en honden

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor reviews
• Rodney's Reviews


Steed Dabbles in Tycoonery
Emma in Chicanery

Production completed: 20 July 1967
UK Premiere (London, Season 6): 12 October 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 28 February 1968

An auto crash victim turns up in the hospital with £50,000 worth of diamonds in his stomach. He was an employee of the Litoff Organization, one of the world's great financial empires, which is mysteriously in the process of converting all of its assets into cash. While Steed is busy making himself a pest at the Litoff Organization, Emma is snooping around a pet cemetery. "Shop!"


Sound familiar? That's because it's a remake of "Death of a Great Dane," first season Cathy Gale. Although most of the dialog is intact, it has considerably more style this time. Indeed, Glover's plan for using his millions, as delivered by Cecil Parker, is downright chilling. Creepy music score, too. Probably its biggest failing is that it is all rather ordinary (which is not surprising in light of its origins).


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

It is worth pointing out that this episode is an exception to one of the more controversial "rules" of the show regarding race. A more notable exception is "Small Game for Big Hunters," in which a black man has a significant speaking role. The blacks in "Breakfast," as they are in "Honey for the Prince," are simply background characters. Oh, and is anyone else troubled by Steed's line to Sir James, "Why the jungle music?"

Speaking of the "jungle music," apparently one of the steel drum musicians featured at the cigar party was noted jazz artist Russ Henderson.

Note that, although Roger Marshall receives screen credit for the teleplay, it was actually rewritten from the original Cathy Gale version by Brian Clemens. Among the changes: Miss Pegram was originally Getz, a man, and the cigar party was a wine-tasting. One thing that wasn't changed, though, was the death of a woman, which was also considered a no-no this season.

Margaret Warren reminds me that when Mrs. Rhodes turns on her radio, what emerges is the dance hall music from "Quick-Quick Slow Death"!

Steed's Aunties: Mrs. Rhodes comments about a vaudeville act, saying the performer "couldn't keep off the bottle." Steed says, "I had an auntie like that." Mrs. Rhodes: "On the halls?" Steed: "Yes! Skating act. Bit between the teeth. Dancing on the marble top table." (Sounds like Mrs. Sybil Peabody again, from "A Sense of History" and "Silent Dust.") Also: When Steed and Emma are handcuffed to the bedpost, Steed fishes out a small object from his coat. Emma asks, "What is it?" Steed replies, "Solid gold toothpick. Bequest from my Uncle Joe."

 On Location

The studio itself provided the hospital exteriors.

 Best Scene

A piece of evidence is destroyed—with a vengeance! (See the first image.)

 Best Line

Frustrated at the lack of film images of Litoff, Steed says to Emma, "Oh, well, shall we rewind it or go on to Popeye?"

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

Roger Marshall
Robert Day

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Miss Pegram
Sir James Arnell
Mrs. Rhodes
First assistant
Second assistant
Security man
Kennel man
First doctor
Second doctor

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Cecil Parker
Yolande Turner #
David Langton #
Pauline Delaney #
Anneke Wills #
Cardew Robinson #
Eric Woofe
Phillippe Monnet
Richard Curnock
Jon Laurimore #
Richard Owens #
Michael Rothwell
Yole Marinelli
Christopher Greatorex
Nigel Lambert


Steel Drum Musician

Peter Clay
John Baker
Les Crawford
Romo Gorrara 007
Russ Henderson


Pauline Delaney

The Golden Eggs

David Langton

The Mauritius Penny
November Five

Jon Laurimore

Honey for the Prince

Richard Owens

Who Was That Man...

Cardew Robinson

The Interrogators

Yolande Turner

The Girl from Auntie

Anneke Wills

Dressed to Kill

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