The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Dial a Deadly Number 

Company chairmen across the city are dropping dead, apparently through natural causes. Can Steed and Mrs Peel discover who is making a killing?


Don Leaver


Roger Marshall (teleplay by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Clifford Evans ... Henry Boardman
Jan Holden ... Ruth Boardman
Anthony Newlands ... Ben Jago
John Carson ... Fitch
Peter Bowles ... John Harvey
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Frederick Yuill
Michael Trubshawe ... The General
Norman Chappell Norman Chappell ... Macombie
John Bailey ... Warner
Edward Cast Edward Cast ... Waiter


Company chairmen across the city are dropping dead, apparently through natural causes. Can Steed and Mrs Peel discover who is making a killing?

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Release Date:

21 July 1966 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Master gadget maker Fitch pulls a tubular weapon; Steed tells Emma it is a bicycle pump gun, the Maquis used then during the war. Fitch says he invented it. The WW2 European resistance fighters used many peculiar weapons. There were lethal and nearly silent air rifles you pressurized with a bicycle pump, rifles made from bicycle pumps, rifles made to look like pumps, and of course the high explosive rats. Fitch may have worked for the Special Operations Execute which designed and supplied such devious weapons. See more »


John Harvey: Eh, Mrs. Peel is another client of us, from... Barbados.
John Steed: Recently?
Emma Peel: I arrived last week.
John Steed: You surprise me.
Emma Peel: Why is that?
Emma Peel: So little tan.
John Steed: Ah... The rainy season.
Emma Peel: Of course.
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Steed and Emma make a killing
26 March 2008 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

The Avengers almost at their very best. All the ingredients are there. In the stock market, pre Big Bang era, we have all the bizarre English traditions. Company chairmen are being murdered, causing the stock of their companies to slump. Someone is making money out of all this, and Steed and Emma investigate. They soon find the common thread, but can they find out who is orchestrating what?

This is marvellous entertainment. The various pieces of the story don't quite hang together, with the villains distributed across a range of institutions and companies. But Steed is in his element, mixing with traditional city types, and practising his perfect wine-tasting ("it's from the Northern end of the vineyard"). The characters are gelling perfectly. Mrs Peel isn't served quite as well by the script, but it's Series 4 at its peak, and we are beginning to glimpse the glorious possibilities that Series 5 and colour would bring.

And, for those who are interested in that sort of thing, Mrs Peel is in her leathers.

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