The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Death at Bargain Prices 

Steed fights in ladies' underwear, Emma tries feinting'.


Charles Crichton


Brian Clemens (teleplay by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
André Morell ... Horatio Kane (as Andre Morell)
T.P. McKenna ... Wentworth
Allan Cuthbertson ... Farthingale
George Selway ... Massey
Harvey Ashby ... Marco
John Cater ... Jarvis
Peter Howell ... Professor Popple
Ronnie Stevens ... Glynn
Diane Clare ... Julie


When a colleague is found dead in a large London department store Steed and Mrs. Peel go undercover as staff members, exposing a dastardly plot by the wheelchair-bound Horatio Kane to devastate the capital with a huge bomb housed within the store. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Mrs Peel remarks that the dresser for the china department can't distinguish between "Old Bates and Royal Crichton" - a reference to John Bates (Diana Rigg's costumier) and Charles Crichton, who directed this episode. See more »


Emma Peel: Would you like a drink?
John Steed: Intravenously!
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Diana Rigg's coming out party
16 February 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Death at Bargain Prices" is another cherished episode, loaded with some of the wittiest banter the two stars could come up with. An agent is shot dead in a department store, leaving behind a receipt with Sunday's date on it (closed on Sundays of course). Mrs. Peel is found in ladies' underwear, which has Steed rattling up the stairs "three at a time!" (he later frees her from being bound and gagged inside a large rug- Steed: "that's how I like my mummies, well preserved!" Emma: "carpetbagger!") Diana Rigg, in only her fourth episode, finally carves her own fighting style, different from the ultra serious Honor Blackman, a well choreographed balletic sequence startling for its unusual gamble of having Mrs. Peel demanding her opponent to hand her his gun, snapping her fingers to distract him. This was the moment where audiences fell in love with her, particularly the masculine contingent. Andre Morell, a superb actor previously seen as a villain in "Death of a Batman," plays this one in a wheelchair, with T. P. McKenna, previously a villain in "Trojan Horse," providing the single most shocking moment in this episode, popping the unsuspecting Steed in the eye! (he would return in "Noon-Doomsday"). Allan Cuthbertson ("The Deadly Air") would return for "Death's Door" and "Super Secret Cypher Snatch," Harvey Ashby ("The Decapod") would return for "Requiem," and John Cater ("The Nutshell") would return for "The Living Dead."

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11 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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