The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Escape in Time 

When a mad miscreant whips up a time machine, it takes The Avengers no time at all to show him the "era" of his ways.


John Krish


Philip Levene (teleplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Peter Bowles ... Thyssen
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Clapham
Judy Parfitt ... Vesta
Imogen Hassall ... Anjali
Edward Caddick Edward Caddick ... Sweeney
Nicholas Smith ... Parker
Roger Booth ... Tubby Vincent
Ricardo Montez ... Josino (as Richard Montez)
Clifford Earl Clifford Earl ... Paxton
Rocky Taylor Rocky Taylor ... Mitchell


Notorious criminals are escaping but nobody knows where and two agents investigating their last known location, Tudor mansion Mackidockie Court, are both killed. When the avengers link the house to the murders Emma is captured by its owner, Waldo Thyssen, who claims to have built a time machine, through which the miscreants are escaping to previous centuries, and sends her through to the sixteenth century to be tortured by himself in the guise of an Elizabethan ancestor. Steed works out the whereabouts of the house and follows, stepping through time to save Emma. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


Outside the barber shop a Daily Mail plackard read "Where is Blake?" In 1961 the British spy (but secretly a double agent for the KGB) George Blake was identified as a traitor and sentenced to 42 years in prison. In 1966 he escaped; when this episode was made Blake's location was a mystery. See more »


Emma is chased by the cyclist until she drops the black crocodile she was carrying. The toy croc is shown on the ground in perfect condition. The next scene shows Emma back home with Steed inspecting toy croc which is now badly damaged and losing its stuffing. See more »


Matthew Thyssen: These strange clothes you wear. The devil's work! Designed to daze and to bewitch a man's senses. To inflame him to lust.
Emma Peel: You should see me 400 years from now.
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One of the series' best episodes
4 July 2010 | by MartaSee all my reviews

I have a great fondness for "The Avengers." This episode is one of my favorites. Steed and Mrs. Peel go back in time to find notorious men who have made off with the money from their country's coffers. Ingenious casting helps this episode. The marvelous Peter Bowles plays multiple roles. There are many colorful incidental characters. The story zips along with restrained hilarity and definitely tongue-in-cheek. You can count on "The Avengers" to never get too gloomy. If you want to know the essence of the color Avengers episodes, and why they are still extremely popular today, this is the episode to watch. It's a joy from beginning to end.

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10 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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