Avengers Logo 'The Fear Merchants'
by Philip Levene
Avengers Cast

Steed puts out a light - Emma takes fright

When powerful business tycoons start turning into babbling mental cases, Steed and Mrs. Peel suspect that someone or something is driving the businessmen mad in order to try and corner the ceramics market. They follow the trail to the B.E.B. - the Business Efficiency Bureau - an organisation that uses psychological means to eliminate business competitors, in return for a substantial fee. In order to set a trap for the B.E.B., Steed names Mrs. Peel as his chief competitor, but this ploy may lead to his own burial. Meanwhile Mrs. Peel finds herself put through the wringer...

Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Diana Rigg (Emma Peel), Patrick Cargill (Pemberton), Brian Wilde (Raven), Annette Carell (Doctor Voss), Garfield Morgan (Gilbert), Andrew Keir (Crawley), Jeremy Burnham (Gordon White), Edward Burnham (Meadows), Bernard Horsfall (Fox), Ruth Trouncer (Doctor Hill), Declan Mulholland (Saunders), Philip Ross (Hospital Attendant)

Directed by Gordon Flemyng
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens

UK: 21st January, 1967

*Featuring John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel

*”Mrs Peel, we’re needed”: Mrs. Peel receives a box of chocolates, only to find that the accompanying gift card states ‘Mrs. Peel - We're Needed!’

*The tag scene: Back at her flat, Mrs. Peel discovers that Steed's secret fear is to run out of champagne.