The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The Thirteenth Hole 

Steed and Mrs. Peel join an exclusive golf club to catch a government scientist passing secrets to the Iron Curtain.


(as Roy Baker)


(teleplay by)


Episode complete credited cast:
Hugh Manning ...
Colonel Watson
Dr. Adams
Norman Wynne ...
Professor Minley
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When agent Ted Murphy is found dead Steed and Mrs Peel discover that he was keeping surveillance on government scientist Peter Reed at the exclusive Cranleigh golf club. The avengers join the club with Steed taking part in a tournament which is literally a matter of life and death should he reach the deadly thirteenth hole. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 August 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entrance to the Craigleigh Golf Club is the same location where the MFU Charity Costume Ball was held in the previous story,"The Girl from Auntie". See more »


In the drive-out at the end, Steed and Peel appear to be riding a golf-cart in a back-projection scene. Steed pours Champagne, then supposedly grabs to steer the cart, but his hand is too high in frame and can be seen not to have hold of anything. See more »


John Steed: Poor Ted, never had a chance to swing his steel shafted handle-to-head balanced niblet.
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Steed is teed off, Emma plays with his balls
1 March 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

For those without a taste for golf, "The Thirteenth Hole" is not likely to change their opinion. Death by golf ball, coupled with the occasional bullet ("guaranteed to put a hole in one every time") are just two of the bigger obstacles on this unusual course. Patrick Allen ("Kill the King") easily stands out among some weak villains, but the big match showing off Steed's disconcerting game provides the highlight. Francis Matthews, veteran of Hammer's "The Revenge of Frankenstein" (1958) and "Dracula-Prince of Darkness" (1965), returned for "Mission ... Highly Improbable," Peter Jones returned for "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues," and Hugh Manning returned for both "The Superlative Seven" and "Thingumajig." The camera just loves Diana Rigg as it begins with her shoes, moving up to a view from eye level, and Donald Hewlett gets the best ever line propositioning Mrs. Peel: "I wouldn't mind giving YOU a stroke or two, on or off the course!" (he also puts forth a golf joke about 'drinking and driving'). The show did have its own fashion line of course, and no wonder.

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