The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The Murder Market 

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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mr. Lovejoy
Barbara Wakefield
Naomi Chance ...
Mrs. Stone
Peter Bayliss ...
Robert Stone
Edward Underdown ...
Jonathan Stone
Beale (as John Forgham)


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

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30 May 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Penelope Keith (Good Neihbours, To the manor born) features as an extra as the bride leaving when Steed first visits Togetherness. 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 »


Mr. Adrian Lovejoy: I'll be quite frank with you, Mr. Steed. Some of our clients would make even Cupid lose hope.
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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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