The Avengers: Season 4, Episode 17

The Girl from Auntie (6 Jun. 1966)

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When Steed returns home early from a holiday, he finds Mrs. Peel replaced by an actress, Georgie Price-Jones. Subsequently everyone involved in the hiring of Georgie is stabbed to death ... See full summary »

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Liz Fraser ...
Georgie Price-Jones
Alfred Burke ...
Gregorio Auntie
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Arkwright
David Bauer ...
Colonel Joseph Ivanoff
Mary Merrall ...
Old Lady
Sylvia Coleridge ...
Aunt Hetty
Yolande Turner ...
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Ray Martine ...
Taxi Driver
Maurice Browning ...
Russian
John Rutland ...
Fred Jacques
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When Steed returns home early from a holiday, he finds Mrs. Peel replaced by an actress, Georgie Price-Jones. Subsequently everyone involved in the hiring of Georgie is stabbed to death with double-O knitting needles. It seems the real Mrs. Peel has become Lot 17 of 'Art Incorporated', an organization which prides itself on being able to obtain any object for any one as long as the price is right. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Bernard Cribbins (as Arkwright) appears to have been given the same cardigan to wear by the wardrobe department as he later wears (as Bradley Marler) in 'Look - (Stop Me If You've Heard This One)But There Were These Two Fellers...'. See more »

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The Lot 65 sign on the "Mona Lisa" at Art Incorporated moves from the left side of the painting to the right side. See more »

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John Steed: Do you recognize these?
[hands him a pair of knitting needles]
Arkwright: Do I? This is one of our special double O's, we had some stolen from the storeroom last week.
John Steed: Why would anyone want to steal them?
Arkwright: Industrial sabotage, put the whole schedule a week behind.
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References The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »

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Emma Peel- a pretty bird amongst the knit wits
28 February 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Girl from Auntie" really has no connection to THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. except in its satirical title, although the villain's name is revealed as Gregorio Auntie, amusingly played by Alfred Burke, previously seen in "Dragonsfield" and "The Mauritius Penny." Diana Rigg models the skimpiest two piece bikini-type outfit she would ever wear on the show (at least until the harem dance in "Honey for the Prince"), and the episode presents one of the earliest instances of a villain whose obsession with the luscious Mrs. Peel rivaled that of the viewers at home. Kidnapped by Auntie, a dealer in art who dabbles in illegal fantasies that promise to "obtain the unattainable," she spends what little time she has as a literal "bird in a gilded cage," while her partner Steed works on the case with actress Georgie Price-Jones (Liz Fraser), who was hired to portray Mrs. Peel (the villains deliver their merchandise by replacing the originals with clever duplicates, but can't quite succeed with people). Mary Merrall, later seen in "Homicide and Old Lace," steals it as a murderous old lady who kills by knitting needles, stolen from a knitting club run by the innocent Arkwright, played by veteran comic actor Bernard Cribbins, later seen in "Look- (stop me if you've heard this one)But There Were These Two Fellers..." Putting in a brief appearance as Auntie's receptionist, who also guards the captive Mrs. Peel, is Yolande Turner ("How to Succeed....at Murder" and "The 50,000 Breakfast"), while returning is David Bauer (from "The Little Wonders"), as a Russian colonel with a passion for pretty birds. The wonderful Liz Fraser is most endearing as the first character to impersonate Emma Peel (and far from the last). There is also the in-joke regarding John, Paul, George, and Fred (!), since it was at that very instance that The Beatles were honored by the Queen with MBE's (witness the future billing 'Richard Starkey, MBE').


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