The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Tara and Steed try to put the pieces together when people begin showing up dead in unique locations with jigsaw puzzle pieces on their person.


Robert Fuest


Richard Harris (teleplay by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Peter Jeffrey ... Bristow
Garfield Morgan ... Manservant
Anthony Newlands ... Brigadier Wishforth-Brown
Alex Scott ... Averman
Aubrey Richards Aubrey Richards ... Professor Witney
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Manager
Geoffrey Russell Geoffrey Russell ... Dexter
Achillies Georgiou Achillies Georgiou ... Student
Brian Badcoe Brian Badcoe ... Cooty Gibson


A group of ex-army officers are forced to play a series of games which end up with their deaths. Steed realizes that they were all responsible for the court-martial of sergeant Daniel Edwards for black marketeering some twenty years earlier - as indeed was he. Now calling himself Monte Bristow and styling himself the Games Master the murderer abducts Tara to force Steed into surviving a sequence of dangerous games I order to save the pair of them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 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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The villain of the piece is taking revenge on the men who had him imprisoned many years before. Since escaping from jail, he has become immensely wealthy and now uses the pseudonym of "Monty Bristow" whilst exacting his vengeance. One can hardly avoid being reminded of "The Count Of Monte Cristo" by the name, or the similar plot; however, in that story, Monte Cristo was imprisoned unjustly, whilst here "Bristow" was guilty. See more »


As the Brigadier's Jeep crashes, the tree topples backwards revealing that it has been sawn through. See more »


John Steed: My Aunt Emily's battered, brassy ancient alarm clock with one hand missing tells me that dawn approacheth.
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Peter Jeffrey plays another joker
25 April 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Game" is the second outing for director Robert Fuest, bringing back Peter Jeffrey ("Room Without a View" and "The Joker") as yet another mastermind with a passion for games. The vengeful Monty Bristow is killing off the six members of the military tribunal that successfully prosecuted him for war crimes 20 years before, offering each an opportunity to defeat him in rigged games designed to cater to their strengths. With five unable to beat the odds, the sixth, John Steed, is too clever to play by the rules, and cheats at 'Super Secret Agent' to rescue Tara from an untimely demise inside a huge hourglass. Snakes and ladders and a stock market that really crashes, all done with a high degree of energy, and an especially gripping finale worth waiting for. Tara may not move with the balletic grace of Emma Peel, but she's right in there kicking and leaping! Other returning veterans include Garfield Morgan ("The Fear Merchants" and "Take-Over"), Anthony Newlands ("Dial a Deadly Number"), Alex Scott ("Square Root of Evil" and "Too Many Christmas Trees"), and Aubrey Richards ("The Gravediggers").

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