The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Too Many Christmas Trees 

Steed has been having bad dreams involving Christmas trees and a man dressed as Santa Claus. At a party given by publisher and Dickens fan Brandon Storey, two telepathic spies attempt to ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Brandon Storey
Janice Crane (as Jeannette Sterke)
Martin Trasker
Barry Warren ...


Steed has been having bad dreams involving Christmas trees and a man dressed as Santa Claus. At a party given by publisher and Dickens fan Brandon Storey, two telepathic spies attempt to read Steed's mind and make sense of the dream. However, the dream is echoed exactly by the events of the party, enabling Steed to spot the villains in advance and identify the dangerous Santa. Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 August 1966 (USA)  »

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Note the connection with the 1951 classic "A Christmas Carol," in which Patrick Macnee was the young Jacob Marley and Mervyn Johns (Dickens expert Brandon Storey) was Bob Cratchit. See more »


While Steed and Mrs. Peel are driving in his car, the position of the windscreen changes constantly from shot to shot. See more »


John Steed: Give me a hand, will you?
Emma Peel: Hm, I love opening other people's cards.
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »


The Grand Old Duke of York
English nursery rhyme
Performed by Patrick Macnee
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They are "out of your mind!"
24 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Too Many Christmas Trees," a personal favorite of Patrick Macnee, was of course the 1965 Christmas broadcast for British audiences, while in the US, it ended up being shown the following August! One concession to the Americans is having the bearded one referred to as 'Santa Claus' rather than 'Father Christmas,' and it has to rank as a most unlikely holiday theme, a dark, brooding tale of terror more suited to the 80s than the 60s. Steed is suffering sleepless nights consumed by sinister images of Santa Claus, while the sympathetic Mrs. Peel tries to lighten the holiday festivities by inviting him to a Charles Dickens-themed house party at the estate of publisher Brandon Storey (Mervyn Johns, 1945's "Dead of Night"). Steed instantly realizes something's wrong as he knows exactly which turns to make on the way, and recognizes the house as one he saw in his dreams. Psychic warfare expertly conceived and executed, with such fine actors as Edwin Richfield, weasel-faced series veteran making his fourth appearance (the next would be "Dead Man's Treasure"), Alex Scott ("Square Root of Evil"), who returned for "Game," and Robert James, in the fourth of his five episodes (the next would be "Look (stop me if you've heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers..."). Barry Warren, Hammer veteran of titles such as 1962's "The Kiss of the Vampire" and 1966's "Frankenstein Created Woman" (and who later appeared in "False Witness"), plays Jeremy Wade, an apparently close friend of Mrs. Peel, as he becomes the first character to call her 'Emma' (Steed only mentioned her first name when making introductions), and his reluctance to push through to the end results in one of the more horrifying images in the show's history. Mrs. Peel almost loses her good humor as she reads some of Steed's Christmas cards from a vast array of female admirers (Amy, Carlotta, Irma, 'Boofums?'), with special mention to one ("best wishes for the future") coming from 'Cathy': "Mrs. Gale, how nice of her to remember me! What can she be doing at Fort Knox?" The final scene presents our duo sharing some special time under the mistletoe, most appropriate. An episode that understandably tops the favorites list of many devoted fans.

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