The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The Thirteenth Hole 

Steed and Mrs. Peel join an exclusive golf club to catch a government scientist passing secrets to the Iron Curtain.


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


Tony Williamson (teleplay by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Patrick Allen ... Reed
Hugh Manning Hugh Manning ... Colonel Watson
Peter Jones ... Dr. Adams
Victor Maddern ... Jackson
Francis Matthews ... Collins
Donald Hewlett ... Waversham
Norman Wynne Norman Wynne ... Professor Minley
Richard Marner ... Man on T.V. screen


When agent Ted Murphy is found dead Steed and Mrs Peel discover that he was keeping surveillance on government scientist Peter Reed at the exclusive Cranleigh golf club. The avengers join the club with Steed taking part in a tournament which is literally a matter of life and death should he reach the deadly thirteenth hole. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 August 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entrance to the Craigleigh Golf Club is the same location where the MFU Charity Costume Ball was held in the previous story,"The Girl from Auntie". See more »


At 46 mins 15 seconds when Emma Peel is using the chair as a weapon the seat of the chair is seen falling off only for it to reappear in a fast edit while she is swinging it wildly. It then falls off a second time before she destroys it completely. See more »


Frank Reed: How's your game?
John Steed: Good at Glen Eagles, eh, fair to middling at Pebble Beach, heh.
Frank Reed: [ominously] So we meet tomorrow...
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Steed is teed off, Emma plays with his balls
1 March 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

For those without a taste for golf, "The Thirteenth Hole" is not likely to change their opinion. Death by golf ball, coupled with the occasional bullet ("guaranteed to put a hole in one every time") are just two of the bigger obstacles on this unusual course. Patrick Allen ("Kill the King") easily stands out among some weak villains, but the big match showing off Steed's disconcerting game provides the highlight. Francis Matthews, veteran of Hammer's "The Revenge of Frankenstein" (1958) and "Dracula-Prince of Darkness" (1965), returned for "Mission ... Highly Improbable," Peter Jones returned for "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues," and Hugh Manning returned for both "The Superlative Seven" and "Thingumajig." The camera just loves Diana Rigg as it begins with her shoes, moving up to a view from eye level, and Donald Hewlett gets the best ever line propositioning Mrs. Peel: "I wouldn't mind giving YOU a stroke or two, on or off the course!" (he also puts forth a golf joke about 'drinking and driving'). The show did have its own fashion line of course, and no wonder.

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