The Avengers (1961–1969)
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A Surfeit of H2O 

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
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 thunder sound effect used in this episode is the same thunder SFX used in the opening credits of Patrick McGoohan's series The Prisoner (1967). See more »


A fight scene takes place in pouring rain, Steed and Emma knock out the baddies and immediately after drag two of them into another room and they leave no wet trail and their clothes are both bone dry. See more »


Joyce Jason: Can I help you?
John Steed: [brightens up at the sight of her] Any time! Eh, Steed, John Steed of Steed, Steed, Steed, Steed, Steed and Jacques Limited, wine merchants extraordinary.
[hands over his card]
Joyce Jason: How did Jacques get in?
John Steed: He didn't, he doesn't exist. But in the wine trade, you must have that French touch, so I invented Jacques, heh.
Joyce Jason: Do your relatives approve?
John Steed: Eh?
Joyce Jason: Steed, Steed, Steed...
John Steed: Oh, as a matter of fact, I invented them too, looks better on the card, heh.
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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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