The Avengers: Season 2, Episode 7

The Mauritius Penny (5 Feb. 1991)

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A stamp collector is murdered after he discovers an extremely rare penny stamp being offered for sale on the open market. Cathy takes a job in the stamp collectors store to gather more ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Burke ...
David Langton ...
Gerald Shelley
Richard Vernon ...
Lord Matterley
Sylva Langova ...
Sheila Gray
Edward Jewesbury ...
Harry Shacklock ...
Philip Guard ...
Inspector Burke
Grace Arnold ...
Edward Higgins ...
P.C. Andrews
Delia Corrie ...
Miss Power
Raymond Hodge ...
Edwin Brown ...
Lorry Driver


A stamp collector is murdered after he discovers an extremely rare penny stamp being offered for sale on the open market. Cathy takes a job in the stamp collectors store to gather more information, but is unable to prevent a murder in an auction room. Written by Anonymous

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Terrance Dicks has admitted he reused several ideas from this story for Tom Baker's debut in Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Robot: Part One (1974). See more »


[to his Dalmatian after a strained conversation with Cathy]
John Steed: Oh Freckles, I'll never understand your sex.
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Referenced in What Lies Beneath (2008) See more »

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Richard Vernon and Honor Blackman, before "Goldfinger"
5 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Among the best of Cathy Gale, "The Mauritius Penny" paired Honor Blackman and Richard Vernon two years before they both appeared in "Goldfinger." The title refers to a rare stamp, only two in existence, whose sudden unauthorized appearance leads to a rash of murders perpetrated by a Nazi-type organization targeting not just England, but all the capital cities in Western Europe. The Avengers find themselves surrounded by a multitude of villains, led by Alfred Burke (from "Dragonsfield" and "The Girl from Auntie"), the first assassin knocked out by a judo blow from Cathy Gale, and Sylva Langova (also from "Dragonsfield"), as a less-than-trustworthy dentist (no Novocaine!). Other series veterans included Anthony Blackshaw (previously seen in "The Sell-Out"), David Langton ("November Five" and "The 50,000 Breakfast"), Harry Shacklock ("A Change of Bait," "Man-Eater of Surrey Green," and "Thingumajig"), Edward Higgins ("The Forget-Me-Not"), and Edwin Brown ("The Nutshell"). This was the second appearance of Steed's Dalmatian Freckles, left unharmed when her master gets knocked unconscious by intruders posing as police investigators.

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