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The Gravediggers 

Steed and Mrs Peel must find out why an early warning radar is failing. Emma joins the staff of The Sir Horace Winslip Hospital for Ailing Railwaymen - while Steed has lunch with Sir Horace himself aboard his private, indoor train.

Director:

Quentin Lawrence

Writer:

Malcolm Hulke (teleplay by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Ronald Fraser ... Sir Horace Winslip
Paul Massie ... Johnson
Caroline Blakiston ... Miss Thirlwell
Victor Platt Victor Platt ... Sexton
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... Fred
Wanda Ventham ... Nurse Spray
Ray Austin ... Baron
Steven Berkoff ... Sager
Bryan Mosley ... Miller
Lloyd Lamble ... Dr. Marlow
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Storyline

Steed and Mrs Peel must find out why an early warning radar is failing. Emma joins the staff of The Sir Horace Winslip Hospital for Ailing Railwaymen - while Steed has lunch with Sir Horace himself aboard his private, indoor train.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An establishing shot for the early warning station shows three very large white geodesic spheres. Those are the radomes at the RAF Flyingdales station. These fiberglass spheres protected radar antennae from the weather without blocking radio waves. At the time this episode was made, the massive radomes were new and shockingly high-tech. See more »

Goofs

The display on the wall showing the radar outage area is the same as the clock on the operating room wall minus the hands, but the spindle is still seen in the middle. See more »

Quotes

Sir Horace Winslip: [having lunch with Steed aboard his indoor railway carriage] I wouldn't travel any other way, would you? Can't possibly enjoy a meal any other way. Brought up on trains, you know. My father made all his money out of trains. And now, if I attempt to eat a meal without the gentle rocking and the scenery flashing by, I get the most dreadful indigestion.
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Connections

References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »

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17 February 2009 | by slabihoudSee all my reviews

Watching the "Gravediggers" one can well see the way that "The Avengers" have come since their start. Done a season or two before the whole story might have been treated totally different. There is a serious approach to the plot at the beginning but as soon as the gravedigger take off with the corpse we know where we are. Many great scenes take place in a hospital, but the greatest attraction is the house and grounds of a train-crazy old fellow and his butler. This episode has everything that made "The Avengers" since Diana Rigg's appearance world famous. I'm not telling you more in case you have not seen it. But go see it!


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