The Town of No Return When four special agents disappear in quaint Bazeley-by-the-Sea, THE AVENGERS uncover a conspiracy of masquerading merchants determined to stage a hostile take- over
of all Britain. "Town
" was actually filmed twice once with Elizabeth Shepherd as Steeds partner. Shepherd was replaced by Diana Rigg. The Gravediggers When a fault develops in the nations radar system, a little digging leads Emma and Steed straight to the graveyard, where they turn over a plot to weaken Britains defense. Classic "Perils of Emma": Mrs. Peel is tied vertically to a miniature railroad track from which she must be rescued by the dashing John Steed.
With a provocative swat on her leather-clad bottom, John Steed (Patrick Macnee) first clashes swords with his new partner, Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), in "The Town of No Return," the episode that launched the fourth season of The Avengers
. "Town" begins on a characteristically surreal note as a figure emerges from the sea in what looks like a giant Hefty bag. Out pops an impeccably dressed gent who notes to a nonplussed fisherman, "Looks like rain," which brings us to Bazeley by the Sea, a quaint but odd village where four agents have disappeared. Will Steed and Mrs. Peel be numbers five and six? Like one of the treats Steed offers Peel on their Bazeley-bound train, this episode is "a marzipan delight." In "The Gravediggers," Steed and Mrs. Peel dig up a sinister plot to sabotage Britain's radar defense system. But this doesn't quite explain how Mrs. Peel finds herself tied to a train track with a miniature locomotive chugging toward her! Both episodes are in glorious black and white. Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are also available together in The Avengers '65 Set 1
. --Donald Liebenson