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Man-Eater of Surrey Green 

"Man-Eater of Surrey Green" is an episode of The Avengers starring Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, and Derek Farr. A man-eating plant from outer space lands in Middle England and takes several top horticulturists as its prisoners in an effort to germinate the Earth. Fortunately for the Earth, Steed just happens to be a herbicidal maniac.

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... John Steed
... Emma Peel
... Sir Lyle Petersen
... Doctor Sheldon
... Laura Burford
William Job ... Alan Carter
David Hutcheson ... Wing Commander Davies
Joe Ritchie ... Publican
Donald Oliver ... Bob Pearson
... Joe Mercer
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A man-eating plant from outer space lands in Middle England and takes several top horticulturists as its prisoners in an effort to germinate the Earth. Fortunately for the Earth, Steed just happens to be a herbicidal maniac.

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25 August 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the abandoned pub there is a table game where a little ball on a string is swung around to knock over little bowling pins. This is table skittles. Variations of skittles have been around since 1000BC in ancient Egypt. It has been a pub favorite in England for several hundred years. It was also popular in Colonial America. See more »

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(at around 5 mins) Emma Peel plays a bowling type game in the empty bar, she knocks down the only pin standing. (at around 25 mins) As Steed and Emma Peel walk past the bowling game the one pin is standing up again. See more »

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Emma Peel: What nasty situation have you got in store for me this time, hm? You have your own built in early warning system, you know. A certain look in the eye, roses...
[thinks]
Emma Peel: Roses...
John Steed: Roses?
Emma Peel: Roses. Ah!
[hits him on the nose with a rose]
Emma Peel: The missing horticulturists. Bullseye.
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Rare all-out horror episode
22 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Man-Eater of Surrey Green" is the one and only episode not to feature any central villains, because the story involves a massive takeover by a carnivorous species of vegetation life not of this world. A lone astronaut died alone in orbit, and his tiny craft continued for 11 months to circle the Earth, until four weeks ago, when a collision with an intelligent, telepathic alien plant sends it crashing onto a deserted British farm. Eminent botanist Sir Lyle Petersen (Derek Farr) falls under its hypnotic control, using his estate in Surrey Green to cultivate the spores left from the crash, which results in the sudden disappearances of several other plant specialists. When Alan Carter (William Job, later seen in "False Witness") learns where to find his missing fiancée, Laura Burford (Gillian Lewis), he calls out to her, only to be cruelly electrocuted as she dispassionately observes close by. Athene Seyler, previously seen in "Build a Better Mousetrap," plays the scientist who diagnoses how to destroy the man-eating creature, but Steed must first contend with a possessed Mrs. Peel in order to finish the job. Described by some as silly and over-the-top, the script from Philip Levene (author of "The Cybernauts") never loses sight of its human characters, making the horror of their eventual fate all the more effective (nearly everyone becomes plant food). Easily the least typical, but one of the most famous series entries, which didn't require expensive special effects to succeed (in fact, there are virtually none). Among the unbilled actors are Harry Shacklock, previously seen in "A Change of Bait" and "The Mauritius Penny" (and went on to do "Thingumajig"), John G. Heller, effective as a homicidal chauffeur (later seen in "The Correct Way to Kill" and "Split!"), and Ross Hutchinson, later seen in "They Keep Killing Steed."


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