After a village poacher drowns in the middle of an open field, The Avengers are soon on the trail of a mad scientist able to control the weather.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jonah Barnard
Dr. Sturm
Joyce Jason
Talfryn Thomas ...
Eli Barker
John Kidd ...
Sir Arnold Kelly
Martin Smythe


After a village poacher drowns in the middle of an open field, The Avengers are soon on the trail of a mad scientist able to control the weather.

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20 November 1965 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Mini Moke used in this episode is the exact same one used by The Dave Clark 5 in their 1965 film 'Catch us if you can'. (Reg no. BOX 656C) See more »


At the beginning license disc on the Mini Moke Mrs. Peel is driving is on the windscreen. At the end as Steed and Mrs. Peel get into it the license is on the side of the vehicle, as they drive off down the road it is back on the windscreen. See more »


Emma Peel: [Mrs. Peel is trapped in a wine press. Steed and Jonah arrive through a secret entrance in the floor] Gentlemen should knock before entering.
John Steed: [quickly walks up to Emma] What are you, a sparkle in a seaweed soda?
Emma Peel: No, I'm the kick in the nettle noggin.
John Steed: Never mind, I'll have you out of here in two shakes of a swizzle stick.
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Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Lyrics by William Whiting
Composed by John B. Dykes
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Awash with sheer class
9 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's hard to say which came first with The Avengers - the totally bemusing plots, the brilliantly iconic, style-setting characterisations (the immaculately turned-out Steed with is oh-so-English bowler hat and umbrella, the gorgeously feminine but totally unsubservient Mrs Peel in her slinky cat-suits, racing around in her Lotus Elan and chopping up baddies with martial arts long before chop-socky movies had been thought of) or the amazingly slick flare with which it was all put together. But, undoubtedly, the whole production team went for class, and class is timeless. There were many brilliant episodes, so good that the show is still being re-shown on BBC4 (as of 2007) - 'Maneater of Surrey Green,' 'The House that Jack Built,' no other show was just so 'out there' with its imagination and originality.

But with 'A Surfeit of H2O' they really pushed the boat out. Admit it - even the title has you intrigued. An absolute all-time classic of Television, the bizarre, almost surrealist thriller series that was The Avengers reached such a lofty zenith with this episode that, even now, over 40 years later, whenever heavy rain blows in, a creepy feeling crawls up my spine and I think of this show.

Grab your brolly, you'll need it!

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