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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 »

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Don Leaver

Writer:

Brian Clemens (teleplay by)
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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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"The House that Jack Built" was written to focus on Emma Peel, allowing Patrick Macnee some time off by only featuring him in a few scenes. The opposite was done on the "The Girl from Auntie" (4.17). See more »

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(at around 55 mins) A crewman looking down can be seen in the reflection of the machine. See more »

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John Steed: [on telephone] Pongo, please listen. She's got a key with her. It's a perfectly ordinary key, but there's something strange about it.
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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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No escape for Miss Emma Knight
7 March 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The House That Jack Built" is that rare episode which actually gives us some background on Emma Peel, the former Emma Knight, who at age 21 took over her late father's company Knight Industries, making it more successful than ever before. Michael Goodliffe appears as Professor Keller, who was dismissed by Emma because he believed that machines could be superior to man (shades of Michael Gough's Clement Armstrong!), and years later devises a scheme to drive her insane inside an automated house from which there is no escape. A suspicious acting scoutmaster (Michael Wynne) and an escaped convict (Griffith Davies) also find themselves prisoners, with a central computer setting up a suicide room intended to guarantee Emma a painless death. Keith Pyott, previously seen in "The White Dwarf," plays Emma's solicitor, who assures a worried Steed that Mrs. Peel never had an uncle Jack who willed her a home in the country, which sends him off on a journey to the unknown. This solo entry focusing on Mrs. Peel would be followed by two more, "Epic" and "The Joker," during the color season. STAR TREK featured many episodes in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) encountered alien societies ruled by machines, but THE AVENGERS did it first, in a more horrific manner.


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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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