The Avengers: Season 4, Episode 7

The Murder Market (30 May 1966)

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Mr. Steed and Mrs. Peel investigate a murder-for-hire organization fronting as a matchmaking bureau.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Cargill ...
Mr. Adrian Lovejoy
Suzanne Lloyd ...
Barbara Wakefield
Naomi Chance ...
Mrs. Jessica Stone
Peter Bayliss ...
Walter Dinsford
Robert Stone
Edward Underdown ...
Jonathan Stone
John Forgeham ...
Fred Beale (as John Forgham)


Mr. Steed and Mrs. Peel investigate a murder-for-hire organization fronting as a matchmaking bureau.

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First episode featuring Diana Rigg in the role of Mrs. Emma Peel, completed December 14 1964. See more »


(at around 33 mins) Steed throws a wedding cake full into the face of an opponent Steed is fighting against, within 7 seconds (at around 40 mins) over half the cake disappeared off the face of Steed's opponent. See more »


John Steed: We may find out tomorrow. They should have found me a suitable partner by then... the marriage bureau. Advanced scientific - they analyze your personality and then find you a compatible companion.
Emma Peel: That must have set them a problem.
John Steed: Hmmm?
Emma Peel: Finding a match for you.
John Steed: Why, I don't know. Educated, charming, cultured.
Emma Peel: Ruthless, devious, scheming. Have to be quite a girl. A mixture of Lucrezia Borgia and Joan of Arc.
John Steed: Sounds like every girl I ever knew. By the way my dear, isn't it high time you thought ...
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John and Emma in top form
17 February 2009 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This episode is indeed a jewel! When "The Avengers" got to Germany and Austria not all episodes were dubbed. I do not know why some got withhold. They might have touched a bit too much on the macabre or the absurd for the program director of that time. But in the more recent past these missing episodes finally got dubbed too and are now aired along with the others. Unfortunately the voices of John and Emma are not the same and one needs a bit of time to accept them. Off course such silly problems don't exist for the native speakers. But for us German-speaking people these previously unknown episodes are a treasure.

This one for example makes fun of people seeking partners via matchmaking institutions, but also carries ideas like exchanging murders, well exploited by Hitchcock in "Strangers on a Train", and many jokes around a coffin. A very rich episode so to speak and Steed and Mrs. Peel are in top form.

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