Episode 123: Emma Peel Era
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Emma "test-drives" Steed's new electric razor—with hair-raising results!

  Stats ?


 La chasse au trésor

 Mit 160 aus dem Stand

 Il tesoro del morto

 El Tesoro Del Muerto

 De autorally

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor reviews
• Rodney's Reviews


Steed Rallies Around
Emma Drives for Herself

Production completed: 5 July 1967
UK Premiere (London, Season 6): 19 October 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 13 March 1968

It's almost one continuous chase scene as our heroes follow clues in a car rally/treasure hunt that has turned into a race with the enemy to retrieve something that a now-dead colleague of Steed's had hidden in the prize treasure chest. Oops, "someone put super in the standard."


Once again I am at odds with popular opinion. Despite a lot of racing about, this one just does not seem to go anywhere. Granted, a plot is not a prerequisite for an enjoyable Avengers episode, but in lieu of a plot there must still be something. I suppose car aficionados are in seventh heaven (and I suppose that not being a car aficionado could be considered a failing of mine). And there are echoes of "The Danger Makers" as Emma is subjected to a life-or-death run in a race track simulator. But Penny, dahling, is just so annoying, and the drone of that simulator makes me want to tear out what little hair I have left. Aside from one of Diana's best performances, about the only reward for enduring it is a bevy of good one-liners, some of which sound as if they were swiped from a James Bond film (or vice-versa).


Steed's double is noticeable in the fight scene with Mike, as he is wearing suspenders—or, to the Brits, braces. Note that the Brits consider suspenders to be what Yanks call garters. All rather confusing, this... (Thanks for clearing this up for me, Debbie!)

They didn't just break the "no blood" rule with a little spot on someone's shirt this time—there are huge stains and smears all over the place!

Valerie Van Ost (Penny) was one of several actresses screen-tested to replace Diana Rigg.

Steed's Aunties: A heavy parcel arrives for Steed at his flat. Emma: "Lead weights for your diving boots?" Steed: "Rock cakes from my Auntie Penelope."

 On Location

Benstead's house is actually Shenley Hall. By the way, does Swingingdale look familiar? It's Aldbury, a.k.a. Little Storping in the Swuff from "Murdersville." The ubiquitous Haberdasher's Askes School makes yet another appearance, and we catch a glimpse of Steed's flat from the outside. On Location provides present-day views.

 Best Scene

Or is it another bunch of Best Lines? Steed introduces Emma to Mr. Benstead. As Steed admires a race car, he remarks, "What a beauty!" Benstead, ogling Emma, chimes in, "Oh, I do agree!" Steed: "Marvelous chassis." Benstead: "Well, I wouldn't be quite so bold as to say that, but..." Steed: "Her suspension's pretty complex, too." Benstead: "Eh?"

 Best Line

Emma's just left an Embassy Junket. Steed sympathizes with, "The rattle of ambassadorial medals, the drone of speeches..." and Emma finishes, "All proceeding at the pace of an infirm, gravely debilitated, very old snail."

Steed is expecting secret papers from you-know-where. Emma: "Hot stuff?" Steed: "I've laid out my asbestos gloves."

As they bounce through a field in the Bentley, Steed notices Penny's legs and remarks, "It's a short skirt—er, short cut!"

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

Michael Winder
Sidney Hayers

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Miss Peabody
1st Guest
2nd Guest

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Norman Bowler
Valerie Van Ost #
Edwin Richfield #
Neil McCarthy #
Arthur Lowe
Ivor Dean #
Rio Fanning #
Penny Bird
Gerry Crampton
Peter J. Elliott #


Ivor Dean

The Removal Men
Super Secret Cypher Snatch

Peter J. Elliot

A Funny Thing Happened...
You Have Just Been Murdered
Have Guns - Will Haggle
All Done with Mirrors

Rio Fanning

False Witness

Neil McCarthy

Brought to Book
The Interrogators

Edwin Richfield

The Removal Men
The White Elephant
Too Many Christmas Trees
Girl on the Trapeze
All Done with Mirrors

Valerie Van Ost

The The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse

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