The Avengers: Season 4, Episode 23

The House That Jack Built (16 May 1966)

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Mrs. Peel is bequeathed an old house by an uncle Jack, whom she never knew existed. In the event, he did not exist. The house is a former lunatic asylum and it is all a ruse by a vengeful ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Professor Keller
Griffith Davies ...
Michael Wynne ...
Pongo Withers
Keith Pyott ...
D.M. Pennington


Mrs. Peel is bequeathed an old house by an uncle Jack, whom she never knew existed. In the event, he did not exist. The house is a former lunatic asylum and it is all a ruse by a vengeful ex-employee of Mrs. Peel's to submit her to mind games which will drive her insane. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"The House That Jack Built" inspired "Murderworld," an assassination by amusement park themed deathtraps facility in the Marvel Comics universe; in particular "The Uncanny X-Men" title. See more »


(at around 55 mins) A crewman looking down can be seen in the reflection of the machine. See more »


Emma Peel: What happened to the shining armor?
John Steed: It's still at the laundry.
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No escape for Miss Emma Knight
7 March 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The House That Jack Built" is that rare episode which actually gives us some background on Emma Peel, the former Emma Knight, who at age 21 took over her late father's company Knight Industries, making it more successful than ever before. Michael Goodliffe appears as Professor Keller, who was dismissed by Emma because he believed that machines could be superior to man (shades of Michael Gough's Clement Armstrong!), and years later devises a scheme to drive her insane inside an automated house from which there is no escape. A suspicious acting scoutmaster (Michael Wynne) and an escaped convict (Griffith Davies) also find themselves prisoners, with a central computer setting up a suicide room intended to guarantee Emma a painless death. Keith Pyott, previously seen in "The White Dwarf," plays Emma's solicitor, who assures a worried Steed that Mrs. Peel never had an uncle Jack who willed her a home in the country, which sends him off on a journey to the unknown. This solo entry focusing on Mrs. Peel would be followed by two more, "Epic" and "The Joker," during the color season. STAR TREK featured many episodes in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) encountered alien societies ruled by machines, but THE AVENGERS did it first, in a more horrific manner.

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