The Avengers: Season 7, Episode 7

False Witness (25 Nov. 1968)

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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:
John Bennett ...
Barry Warren ...
Tony Steedman ...
Sir Joseph Tarlton
Patrick Newell ...
William Job ...
Lord Edgefield
Dan Meaden ...
Michael Lees ...
Simon Lack ...
Arthur Pentelow ...
Dr. Grant
Peter Jesson ...
Rio Fanning ...
John Atkinson ...
Larry Burns ...


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

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25 November 1968 (USA)  »

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Episode 7.7, "False Witness", contains several goofs. When Tara escapes from the fight in the milk vat, as she runs away her clothes appear to be dry. After the getaway, she stops at a phone kiosk to call Steed, and she is completely dry, despite the fact that moments before she was swimming in milk. Later, she returns to the dairy and starts smashing bottles of milk and tipping over milk cans. When Steed arrives on the scene, the floor isn't wet and there are no broken bottles visible. Finally, with Tara in the butter maker, we can see her from the waist up, and she doesn't appear to be swimming in milk. Yet, when Steed frees her, she is embedded up to her neck in a giant block of butter. See more »

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As great as any classic Emma Peel episode
26 April 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – 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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