The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Homicide and Old Lace 

To celebrate his birthday 'Mother' goes to visit two elderly aunts to whom he tells a story from the Avengers' case files. It involves a criminal caper to steal art treasures. The treasures... See full summary »


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Edward Brayshaw ...
Freddie Cartwright
Mark London ...
Kristopher Kum ...
Bari Jonson ...
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Stephen Hubay ...
Bryan Mosley ...
Gertan Klauber ...


To celebrate his birthday 'Mother' goes to visit two elderly aunts to whom he tells a story from the Avengers' case files. It involves a criminal caper to steal art treasures. The treasures were to be held for safe keeping in an underground vault in the event of a national emergency but the criminals aimed to squirrel them away once in the vault. It is a hair colour changing story indeed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 March 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of the sixth season in which Linda Thorson (Tara King) does not appear in the last scene. See more »


Tara King: What's Intercrime?
John Steed: The opposite to, eh, Interpol. Interpol helps the police against the criminals, Intercrime helps the criminals against the police.
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The worst episode?
8 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Homicide and Old Lace" may have arrived at the very end of the original series (Jan. 1969), but it was conceived in the fall of 1967, as one of the earliest Tara King episodes (witness her blonde wig, wisely discarded but not soon enough). Scripted as a sequel to the excellent Cathy Gale episode "Intercrime," this entry features the new boss, Dunbar (Keith Baxter, perhaps the single dullest villain of the entire series), leading what he describes as the crime of the century, namely the theft of priceless art treasures from under the nose of security man Colonel Corf (Gerald Harper, "Death Dispatch" and "The Hour That Never Was"). The final result is a total mishmash, half comprised of endless new footage of Patrick Newell's Mother, who never appeared in the original version titled "The Great Great Britain Crime," coupled with scenes from Emma Peel episodes, "The Bird Who Knew Too Much," "Murdersville," "The Fear Merchants," and Christopher Lee's cottage battle from "Never, Never Say Die." All of Tara's footage was shot before "The Forget-Me-Knot," with Steed making two token appearances in new scenes opposite Mother. Also featuring Mary Merrall ("The Girl from Auntie"), Donald Pickering ("The Winged Avenger"), Bari Jonson ("The Yellow Needle"), Bryan Mosley ("The Gravediggers"), and Anne Rutter ("Super Secret Cypher Snatch"). Even the producers showed their contempt for it by inserting ridiculous silent film piano music at random, creating an utterly bizarre effect that does not go unnoticed (unthinkable during the Emma Peel era). Is it the worst episode? I've always believed so, and found my father in agreement (Among many contenders, Cathy Gale's worst was "Conspiracy of Silence").

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