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The Avengers

Season 3 Episode 18


Aired Unknown Jan 25, 1964 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Steed attends the funeral of an old friend at a lonely cemetery in Cornwall. Arsenical poison is suspected.

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  • Why are so many rich men buried in the same cemetery in a tiny, remote Cornish village when none of them has any Cornish connections?

    The outrageous conceit at the centre of this enjoyable episode is memorable. The notion is that, as there is an unusually large amount of arsenic in the soil of the village cemetery (partly because of a now-disused tin mine, and partly because there is a mandrake root on the grounds), it becomes the perfect site for burying rich men whose beneficiaries have poisoned them. In only a short time, their bodies become impregnated with the poison in the soil, so that if the police should unearth the corpses for a post-mortem, the presence of arsenic will have a natural explanation. The preposterous ingenuity of this scheme is very typical of "The Avengers" in its pre-Diana Rigg days, when the most absurd of plots were presented with the straightest of faces.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dr Macombie: We've completed nine cases. We've done very well for ourselves, very well indeed. I think we should call it a day.
      Hopkins: You do?
      Dr Macombie: Yes, retire, get out while we can. The more you have, the more you want.
      Hopkins: What you mean is the Rolls on the metre outside is paid for, there's a hefty balance in the bank, and you'd rather be in Scotland salmon fishing!

    • Benson: The world's too harsh, lest you see it through tobacco smoke.

    • Hopkins: When did he last see a doctor?
      Mrs Turner: About 1950, he had his appendix out.
      Dr Macombie: Are you sure he hasn't seen one since?
      Mrs Turner: He was an apple a day man, a throwback to Adam, without any of Adam's more interesting characteristics.

    • (about to see a doctor who needs questioning)
      Mrs Gale: What shall I have wrong with me?
      Steed: Well, what'd you like?
      Mrs Gale: Well, I can offer him any amount of bruising.
      Steed: That's all that vigorousness company you keep.

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