The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Escape in Time 

When a mad miscreant whips up a time machine, it takes The Avengers no time at all to show him the "era" of his ways.


John Krish


Philip Levene (teleplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Peter Bowles ... Thyssen
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Clapham
Judy Parfitt ... Vesta
Imogen Hassall ... Anjali
Edward Caddick Edward Caddick ... Sweeney
Nicholas Smith ... Parker
Roger Booth ... Tubby Vincent
Ricardo Montez ... Josino (as Richard Montez)
Clifford Earl Clifford Earl ... Paxton
Rocky Taylor Rocky Taylor ... Mitchell


Notorious criminals are escaping but nobody knows where and two agents investigating their last known location, Tudor mansion Mackidockie Court, are both killed. When the avengers link the house to the murders Emma is captured by its owner, Waldo Thyssen, who claims to have built a time machine, through which the miscreants are escaping to previous centuries, and sends her through to the sixteenth century to be tortured by himself in the guise of an Elizabethan ancestor. Steed works out the whereabouts of the house and follows, stepping through time to save Emma. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

10 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diana Rigg and Peter Bowles star together fifty years later in the television production of Victoria. See more »


When Steed begins to follow Josino down the ally, the shadow of the camera is briefly visible on Josino's jacket. See more »


Matthew Thyssen: These strange clothes you wear. The devil's work! Designed to daze and to bewitch a man's senses. To inflame him to lust.
Emma Peel: You should see me 400 years from now.
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Escape from reason
24 February 2009 | by mart-45See all my reviews

Were they on drugs? Were they naive? Were they just playing around and being plain silly? This episode seems to be written by a group of 10-year old kids who have the opportunity to write for TV and try to squeeze everything they deem exciting into one single episode. I have hard time believing that this was actually written by adults. The story is so utterly pointless and stupid it either entertains you immensely or makes you close your eyes in embarrassment. And I have to say, dear sweet Diana Rigg is even more irritating than usually. Her total inability to act her way out of a latex suit is especially painful in the torture chamber scene, where she still throws her head back whimsically and shoots casual, near-funny one-liners even though she is to be poked in the ar--se with red hot gridiron. She occasionally leaps at a frantic attempt to register fear, but since these attempts are stillborn, the editor wisely only shows us short glimpses at what she imagines to be fear, but what are merely the shots of Miss Rigg NOT throwing her head back whimsically. Patric Macnee has also long since given up his acting abilities for what I believe used to be called something like 'suave elegance'. Makes the viewer desperately yearn for some indication of real and plausible fear in their eyes.

By the way, they do have especially beautiful eye whites in this episode. I wonder if they flossed.

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