"Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics. (Plot summaries are authorised by Paul Cornell, Martin Day & Keith Topping, authors of 'The Avengers Dossier' Copyright: Virgin Books, London: 1998) The photo above is of John and Emma, the most popular characters. The video clip, in Black and White, as were some of the John and Emma shows, is from the original series.
Tim Brinton, who plays the television interviewer in this episode, was an actual television interviewer and newsreader of that time. He was working for ITN.
This episode was later rewritten as 'The Fifty Thousand Pound Breakfast' in the Diana Rigg series.
This episode teams Patrick Macnee and Patrick Magee, two very dissimilar actors who were nonetheless often confused with each other because of their similar names. In his autobiography, Patrick Macnee claims that he was once fulsomely praised by Laurence Olivier, who had mistaken him for Magee, and also that, during the week of Magee's death in 1982, he had to reassure many people offering his family condolences that he, at least, was still alive.
The sexton in the village church is played by Jackie Pallo, a well-known wrestler in the early 1960s and minor television personality. During his fight scene with Honor Blackman, his fall into an open grave went wrong and he was briefly knocked out - for real.
Zalenko says that there hasn't been a successful political assassination in Britain since 1812. This was in reference to the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Percival that year.
Patrick Newell, who guest stars as Smallwood in this episode, became a season regular when he played the character of Mother in the final series.
The closing sequence of this episode saw Steed and Mrs. Peel departing into the sunset on a moped . This style of conclusion was to be used throughout the series however a different mode of transport was used each time.
The tag line used at the end of opening credits: ' In which Steed finds a town full of ghosts and Emma gets into a harness.'