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
Albert Lieven ...
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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The Jeep-like vehicle that Emma and Steed drive in this episode is a 1965 Austin Mini Moke. 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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Drenched with suspense
19 February 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

The first of five episodes that never aired in the US, "A Surfeit of H2O" is a well remembered entry, in which a level grass field yields its share of victims mysteriously drowned, and the locals believing that another Noah's Ark is necessary to survive the coming flood. Steed gets the best line posing as a wine merchant, choking on a brand described as "old bark," remarking, "they must have put the dog in it too!" Marred only by some intrusive comedy where Jonah Barnard (Noel Purcell) inserts himself into the climactic downpour, this marked the last appearance from Geoffrey Palmer, who had previously done "Dance with Death," "Propellant 23," and "Man with Two Shadows." British actress Sue Lloyd, who played Peter Cushing's demanding wife in 1967's "Corruption," is not to be confused with Canadian actress Suzanne Lloyd (who appeared in the previous episode, "The Murder Market"), John Kidd would return for "Split!", and Talfryn Thomas would return for "Look- (stop me if you've heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers..."

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