The Avengers

Season 4 Episode 13

Too Many Christmas Trees

Aired Unknown Dec 25, 1965 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Too Many Christmas Trees
Christmas. Steed is having bad, seemingly prophetic, dreams, involving festive themes and a dead agent. Can he find solace at a fancy-dress party in the country home of a Dickens enthusiast?

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    Mervyn Johns

    Mervyn Johns

    Brandon Storey

    Guest Star

    Jeanette Sterke

    Jeanette Sterke

    Janice Crane

    Guest Star

    Alex Scott

    Alex Scott

    Martin Trasker

    Guest Star

    Edwin Richfield

    Edwin Richfield

    Dr Felix Teasel

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In this episode it emerges that Mrs. Peel has written numerous published articles on psychoanalysis.

      • In this episode, Emma opens a Christmas card for Steed. It is from Mrs. Cathy Gale who is apparently in Fort Knox, the American repository for gold in Kentucky.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (Touring Steed's bedroom, Emma admires the four-poster)
        Emma: I've always rather fancied myself in one of these.
        Steed: So have I—I mean, I have, too.

      • Steed defends his choice of transport.
        Mrs. Peel: Isn't it about time you bought a new car?
        Steed: I'm loyal to my old loves.
        Mrs. Peel: Yes, I know. Wouldn't it be kinder to retire her to the British museum?
        Steed: The quality of a lady's performance is not measured by her age.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Throughout the episode there are numerous references to Dickens:
        The guillotine cigar cutter is a reference to A Tale of Two Cities.
        When Steed receives the box containing his fancy dress costume Mrs. Peel comments, I hope it's little Nell. This is an allusion to the character from The Old Curiosity Shop.
        The Hall of Great Expectations is a mock up of Mrs. Havisham's cobwebbed covered shrine.
        The Mirror Room is a reference to Dickens' personal obsession with mirrors.

      • There is an ironical allusion to the James Bond film 'Goldfinger' in this episode. Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale) left 'The Avengers' to play the role of Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger', the action of which takes place in and around Fort Knox in the United States. Steed receives a postcard from Cathy Gale purporting to come from Fort Knox. See episode trivia.