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:
Barbara Wakefield
Naomi Chance ...
Mrs. Stone
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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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 »


John Steed: All the same, we may find out tomorrow. They should have found me a suitable partner by then... the marriage bureau. Hm! Advanced scientific - they analyze your personality and then find you a compatible companion.
Emma Peel: That must have set them a problem.
John Steed: Eh?
Emma Peel: Finding a match for you.
John Steed: Why, I don't know. Educated, charming, cultured.
Emma Peel: Ruthless, devious, scheming. Hm! 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...
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Wedding March
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Good start, gets a bit lost
1 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Black-and-white (they were the best ones, eh?): The story started quite strong and it's hard to guess the 'who' and what', but the plot starts to break down around half way through, holes appear, and all your are left with is the inevitable but rather primitive (to today's audience) fight scene. The plot and script and actually rather good until they start recycling the characters, and then - it's so hard not to give spoilers for a 25-min show - they started doing things that just didn't make sense within the context of the characters or plot - you find yourself saying "but if they made him do that, surely that would give the game away...?" - it's a real shame but overall was a highly entertaining half hour.

It was nice to see Penelope Keith.

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