The Avengers (1961–1969)
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False Witness 

Witnesses and agents investigating upper class blackmailer Lord Edgefield can't seem to tell the truth.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Warren ...
William Job ...
Dan Meaden ...
Simon Lack ...
Arthur Pentelow ...
Peter Jesson ...
Rio Fanning ...
John Atkinson ...
Larry Burns ...


Dying agent Penman instructs Miss King to tell Steed that their colleague Melville is a traitor, leading to the avengers boss mother replacing Melville with Steed into the investigation of suspected blackmailer Lord Edgefield. However none of Edgefield's victims are prepared to give evidence and when Steed arrives at the Dreemykreem dairy he discovers the reason. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 November 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mother's bus is labeled "Remember Mother's Day". See more »


There are close-ups of Linda Thorson's stunt double Cyd Child running behind the dairy van and fighting in the large milk-pot. See more »


Mother: I'm surrounded by incompetence.
John Steed: In general or in particular?
Mother: Both. That's why I have to involve you in a case that a child of two could have sown up in half an hour.
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Referenced in The Avengers (1998) See more »

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As great as any classic Emma Peel episode
26 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

"False Witness" is simply one of the best ever, the second to be scripted by actor Jeremy Burnham, the fourth to be directed by Charles Crichton, a winning combination. Barry Warren ("Too Many Christmas Trees") plays Melville, on assignment to recover documents against notorious blackmailer Lord Edgefield (William Job, "Man-Eater of Surrey Green"), who denies knowledge of Edgefield's returning chauffeur to his helpless partner, who is mortally wounded while escaping, but manages to warn Steed that Melville is a traitor. Others who come forth also contradict their own sworn statements, frustrating Sir Joseph Tarlton (Tony Steedman, "The Little Wonders"), who nevertheless joins the chorus of witnesses who fail to confirm their own evidence. Once Tara realizes the truth, she calls Sir Joseph: "this is very unimportant! I don't want to warn you!" More quotable dialogue than most other episodes, and Steed allowed to display both anger and genuine frustration (Macnee is superb here), before logically turning the tables on the villains in an uproarious climax. Also featuring John Bennett ("Mission to Montreal"), Arthur Pentelow ("Trojan Horse"), and Rio Fanning ("Dead Man's Treasure"). Crichton's next, "The Interrogators," would be his best (and last), while Burnham's next would be another classic, "Love All."

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