The Avengers (1961–1969)
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You'll Catch Your Death 

The Avengers investigate the Anastasia Nursing Academy, whose matron and her partner Glover are developing the ultimate in germ warfare - a virus which causes the victim to literally sneeze... See full summary »


Paul Dickson


Jeremy Burnham (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Roland Culver ... Col. Timothy
Valentine Dyall ... Butler
Fulton Mackay ... Glover
Sylvia Kay ... Matron
Patrick Newell ... Mother
Dudley Sutton ... Dexter
Bette Bourne ... Preece (as Peter Bourne)
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Dr. Fawcett
Henry McGee Henry McGee ... Maidwell
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... Camrose
Bruno Barnabe Bruno Barnabe ... Farrar
Fiona Hartford ... Janice
Geoffrey Chater ... Seaton


The Avengers investigate the Anastasia Nursing Academy, whose matron and her partner Glover are developing the ultimate in germ warfare - a virus which causes the victim to literally sneeze themself to death. Their aim is to sell it to the highest bidder and it is the task of Steed and Miss King to protect the doctors who can provide the antidote. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

7 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Henry McGee plays the salesman for a stationery firm. He refers to his manager as Mr Pugh, which Steed repeats with emphasis. Mr Pugh was the character from Charlie Drake's 'The Worker' which McGee was best known for playing at the time. See more »


Crewmember reflected in car as it drives off after making the first delivery near the very start of the episode. See more »


Colonel Maurice Timothy: And what are we looking for?
John Steed: A tall, attractive brunette.
Colonel Maurice Timothy: Who isn't?
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Actor Jeremy Burnham debuts in the writer's chair
21 April 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"You'll Catch Your Death" is distinguished by the return of Patrick Newell's wheelchair-bound Mother, Steed's knowledgeable superior, not seen since "The Forget-Me-Knot," but now a regular character, joined by Rhonda Parker as Rhonda, Mother's non speaking companion, who would also appear in all 19 of Newell's remaining episodes (missing only five from this final season). Debuting in the writer's chair is actor Jeremy Burnham, veteran of three Emma Peel episodes, who would go on to script four more for Tara King, who wears her final wig in this one. Prominent physicians all across the world are dying from unknown causes, delivered in empty envelopes containing a deadly cold virus that literally chokes each victim to death. Top billing goes to Roland Culver, from the 1965 James Bond thriller "Thunderball," with series veterans Fulton Mackay ("Return of the Cybernauts" and "Bizarre"), Peter Bourne ("A Sense of History"), Charles Lloyd Pack ("Silent Dust"), Hamilton Dyce ("Death on the Slipway" and "Death on the Rocks"), Bruno Barnabe ("The White Elephant" and "Honey for the Prince"), Geoffrey Chater ("You Have Just Been Murdered"), and Andrew Laurence ("Murdersville"). Also featuring Henry McGee, regular from THE BENNY HILL SHOW, joining other cast members Paul Eddington, Johnny Vyvyan, and of course, Patrick Newell, as AVENGERS guest stars. In a silent cameo is another James Bond veteran, Willoughby Gray, who would co-star with Patrick Macnee in 1985's "A View to a Kill."

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