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The House That Jack Built 

Mrs. Peel is bequeathed an old house by an uncle Jack, whom she never knew existed. In the event, he did not exist. The house is a former lunatic asylum and it is all a ruse by a vengeful ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Leaver

Writer:

Brian Clemens (teleplay by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Michael Goodliffe ... Professor Keller
Griffith Davies Griffith Davies ... Burton
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Withers
Keith Pyott ... Pennington
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Mrs. Peel is bequeathed an old house by an uncle Jack, whom she never knew existed. In the event, he did not exist. The house is a former lunatic asylum and it is all a ruse by a vengeful ex-employee of Mrs. Peel's to submit her to mind games which will drive her insane. Written by don @ minifie-1

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sexual tension | house | trap | See All (3) »


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The "suicide box" was used earlier as the elevator in Armstrong's factory in "The Cybernauts". See more »

Goofs

(at around 28 minutes) When Steed parks his Bentley, the camera zooms out from him, but the background projection remains the same. See more »

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Burton: This is the horse the kicked the cow... that chased the dog that bit the cat... that killed the rat... that lived in the house that Jack built.
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Crazy Credits

The convict character is named Burton in the credits, but at no time in the episode is his name every spoken. See more »

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The key to their relationship (and that's NOT a spoiler)
15 November 2020 | by BillontheCornerSee all my reviews

You've probably read the "What happened to the shining armour?" quote, which tells you in one line that Mrs Peel resolves this outstanding episode unaided, but things don't end there.

Immediately after that exchange, Steed holds out his hand to her, just as we see gentlemen like him do in period dramas - to assist a lady out of a carriage, or to escort her in to dinner.

"Will she take his hand?", we ask ourselves, as they're indoors and it's too early for dinner. Well, you'll just have to watch the episode to find out - but once you've watched it you'll understand their relationship.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1966 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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