The Best Episodes Directed by Don Leaver

The Springers

#1 - The Springers

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 14

Steed is trying to track down the organisers of a group who offer to spring any convict - even the dangerous ones - from prison if they're paid the right money. Keel impersonates a prisoner, and the trail seems to lead to a girl's finishing school.

star 9.60
28 votes
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The Yellow Needle

#2 - The Yellow Needle

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 16

After an unsuccessful murder attempt against Sir Wilberforce Lungi, Steed asks Keel, an old friend of the pro-Western African leader, to investigate Lungi's secretary, Jacquetta Brown. Meanwhile, Steed flies to Africa to meet Lungi's tribalist rival, Shebro.

star 9.60
28 votes
Toy Trap

#3 - Toy Trap

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 19

Keel is asked by the improbably named Bunty to help her find her missing friend. What is the connection between the department store where the women work and a call-girl racket?

star 9.60
28 votes
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Dead of Winter

#4 - Dead of Winter

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 23

The discovery of the body of Schneider, a wanted Nazi war criminal, deep-frozen in a consignment of meat at London docks brings Steed and Keel into the shadowy world of Phoenix, a new and terrifying Fascist party in Britain.

star 9.60
28 votes
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A Change of Bait

#5 - A Change of Bait

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 25

An unusual and sprawling tale of heart disease, industrial unrest, and a consignment of rotten bananas.

star 9.60
28 votes
Ashes of Roses

#6 - Ashes of Roses

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 9

Steed, investigating a number of probable arson cases, is led to the hairdressing salon of Olive and Jacques Beronne. He asks Keel to let Carol investigate the salon, but after she enters, there is an explosion from within

star 9.52
29 votes
Dance with Death

#7 - Dance with Death

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 12

Dr. Keel resuscitates Elaine Bateman, the owner of a ballroom dancing school who has narrowly survived a murder attempt by gassing. When he returns to the school after dropping his scarf, he is arrested. His scarf has been used to strangle the woman.

star 9.44
29 votes
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Serving the Community

#8 - Serving the Community

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Season 3 - Episode 3

Called to investigate a string of robberies targeting Indian restaurant owners, Hetty herself is mugged! The plot thickens when Robert is the unwitting receiver of stolen goods. As Hetty delves deeper into the activities of the masked bandits, Geoffrey, sporting a stunning new hair-do, rides shotgun for her protection.

star 8.91
32 votes
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Five Go to Billycock Hill

#9 - Five Go to Billycock Hill

The Famous Five (1978) Season 1 - Episode 12

Hurrah! It's holiday time, and the Famous Five are spending it at Billycock Hill. Most exciting of all, they've made a new friend—a real pilot! But when he disappears with top secret equipment, the Five are puzzled. Could their new friend be a spy?

star 8.44
55 votes
Square Root of Evil

#10 - Square Root of Evil

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 3

Steed impersonates Riordan, a forger soon to be released from prison, and gains the trust of gang-leader Hooper. Things seem to be going well until Hooper's second-in-command, known as the Cardinal, announces that Riordan's girlfriend is outside waiting to see him.

star 8.41
57 votes
The Sell-Out

#11 - The Sell-Out

The Avengers Season 2 - Episode 9

Steed's department is guarding M. Roland, a UN negotiator in London for important talks, but cannot prevent an assassination attempt. Indeed, it seems that one of Steed's colleagues is selling secrets - and Steed finds that even he is under suspicion.

star 8.35
38 votes
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How to Succeed... at Murder

#12 - How to Succeed... at Murder

The Avengers Season 4 - Episode 25

When several top executives die, their secretaries take over their firms. Is it mere chance, or are women trying to take over the world? Steed employs a deadly secretary, and Emma finds sorority down at the gym.

star 8.28
40 votes
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Man with Two Shadows

#13 - Man with Two Shadows

The Avengers Season 3 - Episode 3

Agent Borowski has been brainwashed by the enemy, but between moments of multiple-personality disorder he tells Steed that three 'doubles' have been created. Steed tracks down one likely replacement to a holiday camp, but then discovers that he, himself, is about to be replaced.

star 8.24
37 votes
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No Refuge

#14 - No Refuge

A Touch of Frost Season 3 - Episode 4

There is an armed robbery at a local family-run glassworks, in which an employee is shot dead. The owner, who is one of the witnesses, is then threatened, and goes into hiding. The family has a tangled web of personal relationships, which Frost has to understand, in order to find who is doing the threatening. Meanwhile, Shirley Fisher's mother dies, and he fails to attend the funeral. DS Lawson lets business and personal relationships mix, with serious consequences.

star 8.22
105 votes
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Stranger in the House

#15 - Stranger in the House

A Touch of Frost Season 2 - Episode 4

Frost is invited to join fellow George Cross recipients in London. He is instructed to enlist the aid of WPC Hazel Wallace as a decoy to catch a serial rapist, but it exposes her to serious danger.

star 8.17
200 votes
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Search Me

#16 - Search Me

The Bill Season 16 - Episode 34

An outbreak of street robberies leads to stop-and-search (or stop-and-talk) being resumed. Filling in for the borough commander, Ch. Supt. Brownlow angers his officers with his comments in a TV interview, and takes to the streets with Ch. Insp. Conway to make amends by leading from the front.

star 8.00
1 votes

#17 - Fisticuffs

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Season 3 - Episode 4

Hetty seeks compensation for the victim of a road rage incident in which a female driver hit another in the face.

star 8.00
31 votes
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Five on a Secret Trail

#18 - Five on a Secret Trail

The Famous Five (1978) Season 1 - Episode 11

Camping again! This time the Five have pitched their tent near an old ruined cottage, which looks as though it's been abandoned for years. When Anne hears strange noises at night the others don't believe her...until they see ghostly lights. Could the cottage be haunted?

star 7.93
30 votes
Deep Waters

#19 - Deep Waters

A Touch of Frost Season 4 - Episode 5

A sub-postmistress is fatally stabbed in a small-scale robbery, and Frost wastes a lot of time questioning the leading suspects. Then, Helen Tudor, a beautiful first-year psychology student and keen swimmer at Denton University, is attacked on the campus, and suspicion initially falls on her psychology tutor, Keith Michaelson, but Frost's investigations uncover a link with the death of another beautiful young girl swimmer two years earlier, in another town.

star 7.84
104 votes
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Dial a Deadly Number

#20 - Dial a Deadly Number

The Avengers Season 4 - Episode 10

A series of sudden deaths in high finance leads Steed to dabble in shares while Emma investigates the makers of executive paging devices. Are companies being acquired through a simple and subtle form of murder?

star 7.81
73 votes
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The Wringer

#21 - The Wringer

The Avengers Season 3 - Episode 17

Six agents have died on an escape route through Hungary and Austria. Anderson, a friend of Steed's, has also gone missing. Steed finds his friend but is then accused of being a traitor and taken to a brainwashing unit in Scotland run by the Wringer.

star 7.71
31 votes
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Care and Protection

#22 - Care and Protection

A Touch of Frost Season 1 - Episode 1

Nursing his terminally-ill wife, Det Insp ""Jack"" Frost's life becomes more stressed when, during a missing-child investigation, he unearths evidence on a 30-year-old case involving a skeleton chained to a locked strongbox that turns out to be empty.

star 7.70
367 votes
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Five Go Adventuring Again

#23 - Five Go Adventuring Again

The Famous Five (1978) Season 1 - Episode 3

There's a thief at Kirrin Cottage! The Famous Five think they know who it is, but they need to prove it! Where can they find evidence? The discovery of an old map and very unusual hiding place is all they need to get to the bottom of this mystery and uncover the true culprit!

star 7.53
60 votes
Just Desserts

#24 - Just Desserts

Lovejoy Season 2 - Episode 1

At the beginning of series 2, Lovejoy has just come out of prison after serving a sentence for theft. He believes he was set up and returns to Suffolk hoping to find the villain and get even.

star 7.52
147 votes
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The House That Jack Built

#25 - The House That Jack Built

The Avengers Season 4 - Episode 23

Emma inherits some property from her deceased Uncle Jack. The property is a very bizaarre house, and when Emma goes to inspect it, she finds herself trapped in a labyrinth of psychological torture.

star 7.41
76 votes
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See You in Moscow

#26 - See You in Moscow

Bergerac Season 1 - Episode 5

A civil servant exposed as a spy tries to flee to Moscow via Jersey.

star 7.36
11 votes
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One Born Every Minute

#27 - One Born Every Minute

Lovejoy Season 2 - Episode 6

Ashley Wilkes travels around East Anglia painting charming pictures of country cottages and seducing their female inhabitants. An army officer hires Lovejoy to find Wilkes, on the pretext of having a commission for him, but Lovejoy smells a rat. When he finally catches up with the elusive painter, it appears that Wilkes has a terrible secret.

star 7.14
110 votes
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Girl on the Trapeze

#28 - Girl on the Trapeze

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 6

Keel, reviving a young woman who has jumped into the Thames, is led to the Radeck State Circus, where the trapeze girl is guarded, her face covered by bandages because of an accident. The 'trapeze girl'proves to be the daughter of a defecting scientist, who will be used to force her father to return home. When Keel discovers this, he and Carol are captured by Zibbo the Clown, who will shoot Carol if the police investigation is not called off.

star 7.10
102 votes
Witching Time

#29 - Witching Time

Hammer House of Horror Season 1 - Episode 1

The beautiful Lucinda Jessop turns up in David Winter's barn, claiming to be a witch from the seventeenth century who has escaped from being burnt at the stake by travelling forward in time. Lucinda's own house is now an old farmhouse, and its present owner, David, a composer of music for horror films, is soon under her spell. A battle for supremacy follows between Lucinda and Mary Winter, David's wife.

star 7.04
108 votes
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Hot Snow

#30 - Hot Snow

The Avengers Season 1 - Episode 1

Following the death of his fiancee Peggy at the hands of heroin smugglers, Dr David Keel vows to track down the killers and avenge his lost love. He is aided in his quest by a mysterious stranger, John Steed.

star 6.79
160 votes
Mission to Montreal

#31 - Mission to Montreal

The Avengers Season 2 - Episode 5

A film star's stand-in is murdered, and microfilm of North American early warning systems has been stolen. The film star, despite an aversion to travelling by sea, proceeds to Montreal on a luxury liner. In an attempt to find the mocrofilm Dr King is assigned as her personal doctor, and Steed goes under cover as a steward.

star 6.69
43 votes
The Mark of Satan

#32 - The Mark of Satan

Hammer House of Horror Season 1 - Episode 13

Edwyn Rord, a young man working in a hospital morgue, pricks himself with a needle while working on the body of a man who thought he was possessed by the Devil. As a result, the Devil chooses Edwyn as his next disciple - or is it all in Edwyn's mind? In any event, Edwyn becomes obsesses by numerology and kills his mother, and the local Vicar takes a strong line on it all.

star 6.63
49 votes
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The Removal Men

#33 - The Removal Men

The Avengers Season 2 - Episode 6

Steed is trying to infiltrate a group of assassins currently based in the South of France. He robs the leader of some jewellery in order to impress him, then waits for them in the local club. It just so happens that Venus Smith is singing there.

star 5.89
41 votes
The Decapod

#34 - The Decapod

The Avengers Season 2 - Episode 3

Borb, the president of the Balkan Republic, is visiting London to sign a military deal. His private secretary is killed by a masked wrestler, the Decapod. Steed is assigned to augment the president's bodyguards, but the wrestler continues to kill those close to Borb.

star 5.67
48 votes
Esprit de Corps

#35 - Esprit de Corps

The Avengers Season 3 - Episode 25

The mysterious death of Corporal Craig of the Highland Guards sends both Steed and Cathy undercover into the army ranks. There, Steed finds himself under court-martial and Cathy becomes second in line to the throne.

star 5.10
30 votes