Episode 110: Emma Peel Era
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  We're Needed

Emma is putting the final touches on a painting, only to discover "Mrs. Peel—" in one corner. Steed enters and completes it with, "We're Needed!"


In Emma's apartment, Steed illustrates the meal he has planned for them. "Ping!"

  Stats ?


 Le vengeur volant

 Der geflügelte Rächer

 Il vendicatore alato

 El Vengador Alado

 De wraak van een stripfiguur" or "De gevleugelde wreker" depending on the broadcaster

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor reviews


Steed Goes Birdwatching
Emma Does a Comic Strip

Produced: December 1966
UK Premiere (London, Season 5): 17 February 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 2): 17 February 1967

Businessmen are the target again, and they're turning up in pieces—almost literally. Suspicions fall on a large bird of prey owned by an author wronged by a publisher that is being whittled down, one partner at a time. But our heroes find a comic book near one victim, and the adventures of its avenging superhero tie in a bit too closely with real-life situations to be a coincidence.


Signature effects from the old Batman TV series—Wham! Splat! and even a lick of its music—punctuate this loopy romp. Of course, the episode's popularity lies in the bizarre battle cry of the titular comic hero. And the transitions between cartoon and live action are a great touch. The minor quibbles that keep it from achieving full four-bowler status include a flighty plot, an oriental (John Garrie) not quite oriental enough, and a mastermind (Neil Hallett) not quite diabolical enough. Not to mention the fact that the buildings up which the Winged Avenger climbs are all the same!


This one follows "The Bird Who Knew Too Much," making two "birdie" episodes in a row. (At least we don't have a fourth tag scene with antique cars.) And compare the two-liner with that of "Silent Dust."

The Winged Avenger makes a return visit—of sorts, that is—in "Epic."

 On Location

High Cannons, Well End served as Sir Lexius Cray's residence, and Professor Poole's domicile was actually Stanmore Hall. On Location provides a better and more recent view of the latter, which was also used in "From Venus With Love."

 Best Scene

One of those special little touches that thrill fans who live for the Steed/Emma relationship is that chin-on-the-shoulder shot, first image at left.

 Best Line

"Eee-urp!" (Naturally!)

Also, it sounds like a great little ad-lib in the tag, when Emma opens an over-enthusiastic bottle of champagne that spills all over her. "It just went with a wallop!" she giggles. Indeed!

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by
Cartoon drawings by

Gordon Flemyng & Peter Duffell
Richard Harris
Frank Bellamy

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Sir Lexius Cray
Professor Poole
Arnie Packer
Peter Roberts
Simon Roberts

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Nigel Green #
Jack MacGowan
Neil Hallett #
Colin Jeavons #
Roy Patrick
John Garrie #
Ronald Pickering #
William Fox
A.J. Brown #
Hilary Wontner #
John Crocker #
Ann Sydney


A.J. Brown

Small Game for Big Hunters
The Murder Market

John Crocker

Propellant 23
The Medicine Men

John Garrie


Nigel Green


Neil Hallett

Medium Rare
Dead of Winter

Colin Jeavons

A Touch of Brimstone

Ronald Pickering

Homicide and Old Lace

Hilary Wontner

Silent Dust

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