The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Super Secret Cypher Snatch 

Secrets are leaking out of Cipher HQ like a sieve, but all of the employees insist that everything has been "perfectly normal." However, The Avengers find a link between the stolen information and a window cleaning service.


John Hough


Tony Williamson (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Allan Cuthbertson ... Webster
Ivor Dean ... Ferret
Angela Scoular ... Myra
Patrick Newell ... Mother
Simon Oates Simon Oates ... Maskin
Donald Gee Donald Gee ... Vickers
John Carlisle John Carlisle ... Peters
Nicholas Smith ... Lather
Alec Ross Alec Ross ... 1st Guard
Lionel Wheeler Lionel Wheeler ... 2nd Guard
Anne Rutter Anne Rutter ... Betty
Clifford Earl Clifford Earl ... Jarret
Anthony Blackshaw ... Davis


Several operatives from MI12 have gone missing, the latest being Roger Jarret. When the avengers arrive at his flat they find his corpse but are observed by window cleaner Maskin, who works for the Classy Glass window cleaning agency. The avengers visit the company's offices to be told that they had given up the contract to clean MI12's windows some time ago. However they soon discover that somebody is using the privileged position of being able to spy on spies undetected and expose the leader of the gang. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

30 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode in which Rhonda speaks. She has the one line "What?", spoken simultaneously with Steed and Tara. See more »


Apostrophe mistake on the book cover in the tag sequence. See more »


John Steed: It's not every assassin who carries his own ladder.
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An Enjoyable Avengers Episode Distinguished By Fine Directorial Touches, With Excellent Casting And A Deftly Constructed Script.
15 February 2010 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This fast-moving episode, the second from the concluding (seventh) series of THE AVENGERS, was prepared in September 1968 for its United States viewing, and during the following month was first seen in the United Kingdom. It is The Avengers directing debut of John Hough and also marks the second appearance of Tara King (Linda Thorson) as successor to Mrs. Peel (Diana Rigg), the companion of John Steed (Patrick Macnee) in the very popular set wherein the secret agent duo face often outlandish challenges while protecting the Crown. This pleasurable sequence, one of five that Tony Williamson wrote after Tara became an Avenger, depicts a threat pointed against the M.O.T.C. (Ministry Of Top-Secret Codes), and is distinguished by a good deal of witty dialogue, in addition to a clever storyline that features Tara working undercover as a file clerk in the office of Cypher Headquarters (filmed at the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station, located north of London), owing to M12's operatives having fatally failed, the Forces of Evil plainly being a specially tough foe here, possibly masquerading as a glass cleaning enterprise. "Mother" (Patrick Newell), a seventh season addition to the series as wheelchair bound supervisor of the dauntless agent pair, determines their assignment here and interestingly rails in opposition to agents who are dependent upon "gadgets", a gibe at the contemporaneous James Bond films. He need not concern himself, however, with the workaday methods of Steed and Tara that are comprised of cunning rather than gimmickry. Steed and his beautiful workmate change apparel frequently throughout the piece, adding interest for costume conscious devotees of the programme. Additionally, there are some ingenious and well-designed sets, although over half of the scenes are filmed on location, rather than within a studio. Director Hough ably takes advantage of all of this to effectively deploy his camera. There is a goodly number of interesting players on board, with acting laurels being shared by ever engaging Ivor Dean, as an agent working with Steed and Tara, and Nicholas Smith, the episode's chief evildoer.

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