The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The Curious Case of the Countless Clues 

With Miss King out of action nursing a broken ankle Steed goes it alone when Scotland Yard colleague Sir Arthur Doyle brings him in on a murder enquiry, with an abundance of clues, each one... See full summary »

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... John Steed
... Tara King
... Earle
... Gardiner
Tony Selby ... Stanley
... Doyle
... Janice
... Flanders
... Burgess
... Dawson
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With Miss King out of action nursing a broken ankle Steed goes it alone when Scotland Yard colleague Sir Arthur Doyle brings him in on a murder enquiry, with an abundance of clues, each one pointing to an illustrious suspect. In fact bogus cops Earle and Gardiner are operating a racket whereby they deliberately incriminate worthies as murder suspects and then blackmail them. Their latest target is Steed and his supposed victim is Miss King. Written by don @ minifie-1

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3 April 1968 (USA)  »

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Sir Arthur Doyle is a blatant send up of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is even dressed like Sherlock Holmes complete with a deerstalker cap and a pipe. See more »

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Shadow of boom microphone moves across wall when Burgess threatens Earle with cue-stick. See more »

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John Steed: Hang on to the coffee.
Tara King: I'll keep it 'till tea time.
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Spoofs Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Curiously underrated
23 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

One of the first Tara King episodes of The Avengers, The Curious case of the Countless Clues was made during a tempestuous time in the series' history and might never have seen the light of day, or been butchered within an inch of its life (as was the fate of The Great Great Britain Crime, which became Homicide and Old Lace).

As it is, its one of my favourite Tara episodes. True its not particularly witty or bizarre - its a straight forward thriller. But a great cast, a neat central idea and a perfectly suspenseful ending combine to make a top notch episode. Watch out for villains Earle and Gardiner (a pun on Perry Mason creator, Erle Stanley Gardiner), two of the creepiest and best played baddies Tara comes up against.


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