The Avengers - Season 3

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  • Lobster Quadrille
    Lobster Quadrille
    Episode 26
    3/21/64
    7.9
    A man is burned in a fishing hut, and among the surviving items is an unusual chess piece. Cathy is endeavouring to discover a secret code which is built into a chess game. Steed finds that Cathy is missing, and while looking for her stumbles upon some drugs which belong to some fishermen involved in smuggling dope.moreless
  • Lobster Quadrille
    Lobster Quadrille
    Episode 26
    3/21/64
    0.0
    Honor Blackman made her final Avengers appearance as Cathy Gale in this episode, which was originally broadcast on March 21, 1964. The plot is set in motion when a British agent is burnt to death. The only clue to his murder is an odd-looking chess piece, which leads Steed and Cathy right into the clutches of a nasty drug-smuggling ring. Several possible endings were filmed for this episode before the final one was chosen, wherein Steed makes a subtle reference to Honor Blackman's upcoming appearance in the James Bond theatrical film Goldfinger. Written by Richard Lucas, "Lobster Quadrille" wasn't shown in America until April 6, 1991.moreless
  • Esprit De Corps
    Esprit De Corps
    Episode 25
    3/14/64
    8.2
    Corporal Craig of the Highland Guards dies a most mysterious death. Steed finds himself involved in an exercise to capture London, and ends up facing the same firing squad as Corporal Craig.
  • Esprit de Corps
    Esprit de Corps
    Episode 25
    3/14/64
    0.0
    Steed and Cathy investigate a death at a military barracks, where a soldier was supposedly executed by firing squad, though Steed discovers that the man may have been murdered. Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman. Trench: John Thaw. Marsh: Douglas Robinson. Jessop: Roy Kinnear.
  • Concerto
    Concerto
    Episode 24
    3/7/64
    8.6
    Brilliant young Soviet pianist Stefan Velika is giving his first concert in London. But somebody is attempting to smear Velika's name, and this in turn is impingeing on important Trade talks between representatives of the Russian senate and their British counterparts.
  • Concerto
    Concerto
    Episode 24
    3/7/64
    0.0
    Nigel Stock guest stars as a Soviet pianist who has been implicated in an unsavory murder case. In order to save his reputation -- and his life -- the pianist must kill a visiting dignitary. Normally, Steed would be racing to the pianist's rescue; this time, however, he finds himself an unwilling accomplice to the upcoming assassination. Written by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, "Concerto" originally aired in England on March 7, 1964; it remained unseen in America until April 4, 1991.moreless
  • The Charmers
    The Charmers
    Episode 23
    2/29/64
    0.0
    First telecast on February 29, 1964, this episode was penned by Avengers stalwart Brian Clemens. Steed finds himself under suspicion when several enemy agents are killed off in a short period of time. In order to clear himself and avert an international incident, Steed works side by side with the enemy so that both sides can track down the actual killer. The trail of evidence leads to a gentleman's charm school. This episode was remade as the "Emma Peel" installment "The Correct Way to Kill," wherein Anna Quayle played the Iron Curtain operative originally portrayed by Fenella Fielding. "The Charmers" made its American TV bow on April 3, 1991.moreless
  • The Charmers
    The Charmers
    Episode 23
    2/29/64
    9.0
    Opposition agent Vinkel has died, and his employers believe that Steed was responsible. Believing it to be the work of a third party, Steed suggests to the opposition that he work with them in order to find out who was responsible.
  • The Outside-In Man
    The Outside-In Man
    Episode 22
    2/22/64
    8.6
    Steed is protecting Sharp, a man whom, ironically, the Service had been trying to kill five years earlier. Other agents die whilst trying to protect this man who has outlived his usefulness to Abarain.
  • The Outside-in Man
    The Outside-in Man
    Episode 22
    2/22/64
    0.0
    Steed is slated to head the security of a visiting diplomat, who was a traitor to the British government and may have more enemies gunning for him. Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman. Charter: James Maxwell. Alice: Virginia Stride. Quilpie: Ronald Radd
  • Build a Better Mousetrap
    2/15/64
    0.0
    The Avengers investigate jamming of equipment near an atomic-research plant. Steed: Patrick Macnee. Cathy: Honor Blackman. Wesker: John Tate. Cynthia: Athene Seyler. Ermyntrude: Nora Nicholson. Caroline: Alison Seebohm.
  • Build a Better Mousetrap
    2/15/64
    7.1
    Cathy joins a motorcycle gang, and calls on two elderly ladies, purporting to be witches, to ask permission for the gang to use one of their fields for motorcycle meetings. Later the plans of a long- range jamming device turn out to be vital, but things are not quite what they seem.moreless
  • The Trojan Horse
    The Trojan Horse
    Episode 20
    2/8/64
    0.0
    Steed and Cathy harness their investigative skills when they are assigned to keep an eye on a wealthy man's vast stables, which are linked to a series of murders of politicians and businessmen. Derek Newark, Geoffrey Whitehead. Kirby: James Donnelly. Meadows: Arthur Pentelow. Cathy: Honor Blackman. Steed: Patrick Macnee.
  • Trojan Horse
    Trojan Horse
    Episode 20
    2/8/64
    5.3
    Steed and Cathy investigate the world of corrupt horse racing.
  • The Secret's Broker
    The Secret's Broker
    Episode 19
    2/1/64
    0.0
    Steed (Patrick Macnee) puts his wine expertise to use while investigating the murder of a colleague whose death is traced to a fine-wine establishment hiding dark secrets. Honor Blackman. Mrs. Wilson: Avice Landon. Julia: Jennifer Wood. Bruno: Valentino Musetti. Paignton: John Stone.
  • The Secrets Broker
    The Secrets Broker
    Episode 19
    2/1/64
    5.7
    One of Steed's associates is murdered. Subsequent investigations by Steed and Cathy reveal the stolen plans of new military weapons in micro-dot form, and Steed narrowly escapes being dropped into the Thames wearing a 'cement overcoat'.
  • Mandrake
    Mandrake
    Episode 18
    1/25/64
    0.0
    Steed and Cathy uncover a diabolical plot--a burial plot--at a local cemetery where wealthy older gentlemen are becoming residents with alarming frequency. Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman. Rev. Wyper: George Benson. Hopkins: Philip Locke. Benson: Robert Morris. Macrombie: John Le Mesurier.
  • Mandrake
    Mandrake
    Episode 18
    1/25/64
    8.1
    Steed attends the funeral of an old friend at a lonely cemetery in Cornwall. Arsenical poison is suspected.
  • The Wringer
    The Wringer
    Episode 17
    1/18/64
    0.0
    Assigned to investigate the disappearance of five fellow agents, Steed ends up being accused of their murders. Alas, the only person able to prove his innocence has completely lost his memory. Acting on her own volition, Cathy tries to get to the truth herself and learns a few unpleasant facts about her "trusted" colleagues. Written by Martin Woodhouse, "The Wringer" was originally telecast in England on January 18, 1964; it made its American TV bow on March 26, 1991.moreless
  • The Wringer
    The Wringer
    Episode 17
    1/18/64
    8.0
    Agents have been dying, and Steed is accused of being a traitor. The head of the brainwashing unit to which Steed is sent is a man nicknamed 'The Wringer', who plans to create havoc within the Service.
  • The Little Wonders
    The Little Wonders
    Episode 16
    1/11/64
    6.2
    The Criminal organisation known as Bibliotek endeavour to enlist Steed into their ranks. They plan to kill their head, the Bishop of Winnipeg, and take over the organisation which is built along the lines of Murder Incorporated masquerading as a church.
  • The Little Wonders
    The Little Wonders
    Episode 16
    1/11/64
    0.0
    Steed (Patrick Macnee) poses as a vicar to infiltrate a convention that may be a cover for a huge spy ring. Honor Blackman. Beardmore: Tony Steedman. Sr. Johnson: Lois Maxwell. Bishop: David Bauer. Gerda: Rosemarie Durham.
  • The White Elephant
    The White Elephant
    Episode 15
    1/4/64
    5.3
    Snowy, a white elephant, is stolen from the zoo. Cathy joins the staff at the zoo, where she finds that an illegal ivory trade has been occurring.
  • The White Elephant
    The White Elephant
    Episode 15
    1/4/64
    0.0
    A gun shop and a white elephant stolen from a zoo figure into the Avengers' investigation of possible ivory smuggling. Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman. George: Martin Friend. Noah: Geoffrey Quiqley. Brenda: Judy Parfitt. Fitch: Bruno Barnabe.
  • Dressed to Kill
    Dressed to Kill
    Episode 14
    12/28/63
    0.0
    Steed and Cathy play dress-up when Steed is invited to a mysterious New Year's costume party on-board a train, during which a murder takes place. Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman. Newman: Leon Eagles. Officer: Peter Fontaine. Napoleon: Alexander Davion. Pussy Cat: Anneke Wills. Barman: Frank Maher. Highwaywoman: Anthea Wyndham.
  • Dressed to Kill
    Dressed to Kill
    Episode 14
    12/28/63
    8.6
    All of the UK's early warning stations are alerted for World War III, but turn out to be a false alarm. During the course of their investigations, Steed and Cathy attend a fancy dress ball on a train, Steed disguised as a gambler and Cathy as monk and later as a highwaywoman.moreless
  • Death A La Carte
    Death A La Carte
    Episode 13
    12/21/63
    6.9
    Emir Abdulla Akaba is visting London for his annual medical check-up, but Steed believes that somebody at the hotel where he is staying will attempt to poison him. Steed suspicions turn out to be correct.
  • Death a la Carte
    Death a la Carte
    Episode 13
    12/21/63
    0.0
    In London for a medical checkup, Emir Abdulla Akaba (Henry Soskin) is murdered by a person or persons unknown. This proves embarrassing for Steed and Cathy, who'd been assigned to protect the Emir. Still in disguise as a hotel chef and social secretary, the Avengers try to determine who knocked off the victim -- and try to keep from being knocked off themselves. With a punch line straight out of the vintage George Arliss vehicle Old English, "Death a la Carte" first aired in England on December 21, 1963. Written by John Lucarotti, the episode made its American cable TV debut on March 20, 1991.moreless
  • Don't Look Behind You
    12/14/63
    8.4
    Cathy is invited to spend a weekend at the home of Sir Cavalier Resagne, an authority on medieval costume. However, Sir Cavalier has a more sinister reason for inviting Cathy to his home. Will Steed arrive in time to rescue her?
  • Don't Look Behind You
    12/14/63
    0.0
    Cathy is invited to a desolate country house where she finds a strange girl and hears voices in empty rooms and screams in the fog. Steed: Patrick Macnee. Ola: Janine Gray. Young Man: Kenneth Colley. Man: Maurice Good.
  • The Golden Fleece
    The Golden Fleece
    Episode 11
    12/7/63
    0.0
    Steed and Cathy trail an international gold smuggler who is using a Chinese restaurant as a front. Cathy: Honor Blackman. Jason: Warren Mitchell. Lo: Robert Lee. Wright: Barry Linehan.
  • The Golden Fleece
    The Golden Fleece
    Episode 11
    12/7/63
    6.8
    Steed and Cathy investigate a Chinese restaurant which is being used as a cover for international gold and ammunition smuggling.
  • The Grandeur That Was Rome
    11/30/63
    7.4
    Steed and Cathy discover that the grain distributed by United Food and Dressings Ltd., has been deliberately infected with ergot. While making enquiries, Cathy is caught breaking into the UFD laboratory, and Steed must rescue her before she becomes a guinea pig for a new strain of bubonic plague.
  • The Grandeur That Was Rome
    11/30/63
    0.0
    Steed and Cathy investigate a rash of mysterious crop failures in Europe, Asia, and England. The trail of clues leads to the headquarters of the World Empire Party, a cult that worships the glories of ancient Rome. The head of the cult is Bruno (Hugh Burden), a self-styled Caesar bent on taking over the world -- or destroying it. Written by Rex Edwards, "The Grandeur That Was Rome" first aired in England on November 30, 1963; its American debut was delayed until March 18, 1991.moreless
  • The Medicine Men
    The Medicine Men
    Episode 9
    11/23/63
    8.2
    After the murder of a girl in a Turkish bath, Steed visits a pharmaceutical company, Willis Sopwith, which is losing money due to the sale of imitation products on their foreign markets. Steed and Cathy discover a plot which will cause illness and death in overseas markets, destroying the goodwill of Willis Sopwith and of Great Britain.moreless
  • Medicine Man
    Medicine Man
    Episode 9
    11/23/63
    0.0
    Cathy dons an eye-patch when she goes undercover as part of a plan to expose an insidious black-market pharmaceutical ring. The plot thickens when it is learned that one of the villains intends to wage biological warfare in the Middle East -- the better to foment widespread anti-British sentiment. In one scene, Steed poses as a Russian art dealer. First telecast in England on November 23, 1963, "The Medicine Men" was written by Robert Hulke; the episode made its American cable TV bow on March 15, 1991.moreless
  • Second Sight
    Second Sight
    Episode 8
    11/16/63
    6.3
    Blind millionaire Halvarssen brings two eye corneas from Switzerland, which purportedly come from a live donor, Hilda Brauer. Subsequent investigations by Steed and Cathy reveal that all is not as it seems.
  • Second Sight
    Second Sight
    Episode 8
    11/16/63
    0.0
    While Steed gropes around in the dark, Cathy sheds some light on a millionaire's secret. Steed: Patrick Macnee. Vilner: Steven Scott. Neil: Peter Bowles. Eve: Judy Bruce.
  • The Gilded Cage
    The Gilded Cage
    Episode 7
    11/9/63
    7.8
    Cathy is arrested for the murder of criminal mastermind J.P. Spagges. Steed assures her that he will do everything possible to clear her name. Subsequent events reveal that Spagges is not dead, and that an elaborate robbery has been planned. Steed goes undercover.
  • Gilded Cage
    Gilded Cage
    Episode 7
    11/9/63
    0.0
    For reasons which remain unclear until the episode's midway point, Steed and Cathy enlist the aid of veteran criminal J. P. Spagge (Patrick Magee) to rob a bank of three million pounds. Even more confusing is the fact that Cathy is subsequently arrested for Spagge's murder. Even when an "explanation" is provided, Cathy remains in dire peril -- at the hands of the man she supposedly killed. Written by Roger Marshall, "The Gilded Cage" was originally broadcast in England on November 9, 1963; American viewers were given their first glimpse of the episode on March 13, 1991.moreless
  • November Five
    November Five
    Episode 6
    11/2/63
    0.0
    One-and-a-half seconds after his election, a muckraking politician is murdered. Hoping to get to the bottom of the mystery, Steed arranges for Cathy to take the dead man's place. But it turns out that the "murder victim" is very much alive, and he intends to detonate a nuclear warhead in London on Guy Fawkes' Day. Originally telecast in England on November 2, 1963 (three days before the annual Guy Fawkes celebration), "November Five" was written by Eric Paise. The significance of its title (and its topicality) was lost to American viewers when the episode made its U.S. TV debut on March 12, 1991.moreless
  • November Five
    November Five
    Episode 6
    11/2/63
    8.0
    The winning candidate for the by-election of South-East Anglia, Michael Dyter, is murdered just as the results of the by-election are being read out. Cathy Gale decides to stand in the by-election caused by his death, and Steed acts as her election agent. They discover that the government had failed to investigate the theft of a nuclear warhead, and that Dyter had threatened to expose a cover- up by some leading Government officials.moreless
  • Death of a Batman
    Death of a Batman
    Episode 5
    10/26/63
    5.3
    Steed attends the reading of the will of Wrightson, his one time batman and is astonished to find out that the man had accumulated a vast fortune. Steed and Cathy decide to investigate.
  • Death of a Batman
    Death of a Batman
    Episode 5
    10/26/63
    0.0
    The "batman" referred to in the title was not of the Caped Crusader variety, but instead the former valet to John Steed. When the man in question, who after WWII worked as a humble printer's assistant, leaves behind an estate worth over half a million pounds, Steed investigates. It turns out that the dead man was linked with an unscupulous banker (Andre Morell) who will stop at nothing to corner Britain's high-tech industry. Written by Roger Marshall, "Death of a Batman" first aired in England on October 26, 1963; the episode made its American cable TV bow on March 11, 1991.moreless
  • The Nutshell
    The Nutshell
    Episode 4
    10/19/63
    0.0
    Someone has broken into an "impenetrable" underground spy headquarters and microfilmed a valuable document. The subsequent investigation reveals the startling "fact" that John Steed was in on the caper. While Steed languishes in prison, Cathy tries to get at the truth by trailing the beautiful female spy (Edina Romay) with whom Steed was apparently in cahoots. Written by Philip Chambers, "The Nutshell" was originally telecast in England on October 19, 1963; the episode wasn't seen in America until March 8, 1991.moreless
  • The Nutshell
    The Nutshell
    Episode 4
    10/19/63
    8.9
    The Director of Operations (Disco) directs Steed and Cathy to The Nutshell, an underground shelter to be used by security forces in the event of World War III. Subsequent events suggest that Steed is a traitor, and eventually he gives himself up. It is left to Cathy to save the day.moreless
  • Man with Two Shadows
    10/12/63
    7.6
    Steed meets a man named Borowski who has been brainwashed. Borowski speaks of 'doubles' of scientists and politicians being smuggled into the country. Eventually, Steed finds that the next 'double' will be himself.
  • Man with Two Shadows
    10/12/63
    0.0
    The Avengers are faced with smugglers who produce "doubles" of officials. Complicating the situation: a double-dealing duplicate of Steed. Cathy: Honor Blackman. Steed: Patrick Macnee. Gordon: Daniel Moynihan. Cummings: Philip Anthony. Charles: Paul Whitsun-Jones. Borowski: Terence Lodge.
  • The Undertakers
    The Undertakers
    Episode 2
    10/5/63
    0.0
    The reclusive millionaire whom Steed was assigned to escort to New York has been spirited away to a private nursing home -- in a coffin. Investigating these mysterious goings-on, Cathy gets a job at the same home. Finally locating the missing person, Cathy discovers that the man has been replaced by an impostor. . .and that the mystery has only begun. A satiric jab at Britain's excessive inheritance taxes (the connection between this plot twist and the rest of the story is made obvious only in the final moments), "The Undertakers" was written by Malcolm Hulke. It was originally telecast in England on October 5, 1963, and it belatedly debuted in America on March 6, 1991.moreless
  • The Undertakers
    The Undertakers
    Episode 2
    10/5/63
    7.9
    Steed investigates events at the Adelphi Park Rest Home where all the inhabitants are millionaires who have all signed over their fortunes to their next of kin in order to evade death duties. Cathy, works undercover at the home as Assistant Matron, and Steed poses as a funeral director.
  • Brief for Murder
    Brief for Murder
    Episode 1
    9/28/63
    0.0
    The third season of The Avengers arrived with the happy news that Cathy Gale would henceforth be John Steed's full-time partner, displacing such second-season "temps" as Venus Smith (Julie Stevens) and Dr. Martin King (Jon Rollason). Even so, the first episode of the season, "Brief for Murder," found Steed methodically plotting Cathy's murder. It's all part of a master plan to trap a pair of crooked lawyers (Harold Scott and John Laurie), but this isn't made apparent until after Cathy has (apparently) shuffled off her mortal coil. Written by the dependable Brian Clemens, "Brief for Murder" originally aired in England on September 29, 1963; it was first shown in America on March 5, 1991.moreless
  • Brief for Murder
    Brief for Murder
    Episode 1
    9/28/63
    9.1
    Steed is charged with the murder of Cathy Gale after she alleges that Steed was implicated in a case of treason. Steed is defended by two solicitors, Japer and Miles Lakin, who had earlier advised Steed on the best method of murdering Cathy Gale.