The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Something Nasty in the Nursery 

Reliable men are reverting to childhood, and blabbing all of their secrets to kindly old "Nanny Roberts."


James Hill, Leslie Norman (uncredited)


Philip Levene (teleplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Dudley Foster Dudley Foster ... Mr. Goat
Yootha Joyce ... Miss Lister
Paul Eddington ... Beaumont
Paul Hardwick ... Webster
Patrick Newell ... Sir George Collins
Geoffrey Sumner ... General Wilmot
Trevor Bannister ... Gordon
Clive Dunn ... Martin
George Merritt ... James
Enid Lorimer Enid Lorimer ... Nanny Roberts
Louie Ramsay Louie Ramsay ... Nanny Smith
Penelope Keith ... Nanny Brown (credit only)
Dennis Chinnery Dennis Chinnery ... Dobson


Agent Dobson is pursued by a wheelchair-bound old lady who tosses him a ball. When he picks it up he hallucinates that he is a child in a nursery and then the old lady shoots him. He was investigating the leakage of state secrets and Steed discovers that each of the three suspects had a childhood nanny, Nanny Roberts, who is being held captive for information at a sinister school for nannies whose head plans to destroy the nation's power stations by impersonating nannies and hypnotizing the men into giving him their locations. Steed and Emma pay the school a visit to stop him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Patrick Newell later played Mother in season six. See more »


As Steed turns the tuba to point it out of the window, the bomb falls out. Then when Mrs. Peel arrives, things have been damaged that were intact immediately following the explosion, including the tuba. See more »


John Steed: I'm afraid they're GONN.
John Steed: Gone? Gone where?
J. W. Martin: No, GONN. G.O.N.N. Guild of Noble Nannies.
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The Avengers confident on home territory
12 March 2017 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

Excellent outing for Steed and Mrs Peel, on classic territory, with incorruptible noblemen, the backbone of England, attacked at their only weak point - their childhood love for their nanny. As usual the trail leads to a school (for superior nannies) and an exclusive shop (a toyshop for royalty). A psychotropic baby bouncer sets the ball rolling, as it were, and Britain's defence secrets are at risk. There is a missed opportunity for Mrs Peel to either scold or mother the Great and the Good of the defence establishment - she is underused in this episode. But the Avengers' mild kinkiness melds brilliantly with the mild kinkiness of the childcare arrangements of England's upper class, with splendidly ludicrous results.

Final thoughts: the closing 'crystal ball' scene is hilarious; Penelope Keith is mysteriously credited though absent; there is no obvious reason why only baby bouncers can be used by the villains; isn't it lucky that all the members of the defence committee had the same nanny?

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5 May 1967 (USA) See more »

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