Steed and Emma visit a mysterious coastal town where several agents have vanished, and where the locals are not all they seem.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan MacNaughtan ...
Brandon (as Alan MacNaughton)
Patrick Newell ...
Terence Alexander ...
'Piggy' Warren
Jeremy Burnham ...
Juliet Harmer ...
Jill Manson
Walter Horsbrugh ...
School Inspector


Steed and Emma visit a coastal town where several agents have disappeared and is extremely sparsely populated. Emma poses as a teacher but the school she attends has no children and Steed realizes that the inhabitants are using the names of dead people and are using the town as a trial run for an enemy invasion. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 September 1966 (USA)  »

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First episode introducing the now famous theme song composed by Laurie Johnson. This catchy tune was also the base for the theme of the TV series The New Avengers (1976) and again for the movie The Avengers (1998) See more »


When the vicar says, "It's a very appropriate piece, Mrs. Peel. It's a Requiem", the music playing is not from a Requiem. It's Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus". See more »


John Steed: [during a friendly bout of fencing] We ought to get away... Down to the coast for a while.
Emma Peel: We?
[she turns round and Steeds slaps her on the behind with his sword]
John Steed: [they resume their swordfight] Why not? We can build sandcastles together.
Emma Peel: I refuse to carry your bucket and spade.
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Town Of Many Returns - it gets better with each viewing
15 August 2010 | by (Manchester,UK) – See all my reviews

I'd never realised before, but watching The Town Of No Return this time I found Diana Rigg's portrayal of Emma Peel not quite as rounded as it will become; it's slightly too acidic – she always retains a trace of acid of course, along with her famous "Chelsea wit", but here she seems to be reading the lines as Cathy Gale - with a grudging resentment towards Steed, rather than a smouldering sexuality and feline superiority that she later possesses; it's not a complaint, just an observation. This episode has an intro sequence, or as much of an intro as we've ever had in the Avengers thus far – basically Steed and Mrs Peel have a fencing match – both physically and verbally – which allows a few small insights into their characters, mainly that Steed is more than happy to play dirty to win when necessary.

The classic scene on the train with Steed's tea things in the carpet bag is priceless and just typifies the Avengers as we now think of it; this scene wouldn't have fitted well into the earlier seasons, but the Avengers is now a different show with more emphasis on light entertainment and humour; it seldom relies on anything from the real world.

The two leads are amazing in this story and their relationship – although fledgling – is one that is a pleasure to watch. The supporting cast are all excellent, including a brief appearance from Patrick Newell, later to become Steeds superior "Mother" – and Juliet Harmer, who must have been filming Adam Adamant Lives! around this time. Terence Alexander and Jeremy Burnham are brilliantly cast and turn in memorable performances.

The setting of Little Bazeley is atmospheric and the mystery builds nicely. Some of the shots of sand dunes, graveyard and abandoned military base are so filmic and well-composed that I had to keep pausing to admire the frames. The plot – when fully revealed - is outlandish, but hey, this is Emma Peel Avengers, and outlandish and somewhat surreal is exactly what we want.

I can't praise this episode highly enough. For me the pacing is just right, the humour's spot on and everything comes together perfectly. This is Avengers-gold – one of the very, very best of the series. 10/10.

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