The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Take Me to Your Leader 

Steed and Tara follow a chain of couriers passing a sophisticated briefcase that's carrying a large payoff for an unidentified traitor within the government.


Robert Fuest


Terry Nation (teleplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Patrick Barr ... Stonehouse
Patrick Newell ... Mother
John Ronane John Ronane ... Captain Tim
Michael Robbins ... Cavell
Henry Stamper Henry Stamper ... Major Glasgow
Penelope Keith ... Audrey Long
Hugh Cross Hugh Cross ... Captain Andrews
Elizabeth Robillard Elizabeth Robillard ... Sally Graham (as Elisabeth Robillard)
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Shepherd
Sheila Hammond Sheila Hammond ... Ministry Doctor
Bryan Kendrick Bryan Kendrick ... Phillipson
Raymond Adamson ... Condon
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Holland


A red attaché case is being transported by a chain of enemy agents though the avengers are unsure of its contents and its ultimate recipient - believed to be a traitor in the government who will receive a large pay-out on delivery. Having beaten the couriers and obtained the object in question Steed and Miss King must use their musical skills to - literally - crack the case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

10 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Steed and Tara arrive at the Cremorne Hotel their dialogue is unusually clear for a location shoot. This is because, in the 1960's, microphone technology was quite poor and so location dialogue was almost always re-recorded in the studio in post production. See more »


Mother states that the chain of couriers have been using the system of passing on the case for eighteen months, but the Cunningham family vault contains skeletons of deceased couriers. It takes many years for bodies to decay to skeletons and certainly a lot longer than eighteen months. See more »


Audrey Long: Long, Audrey Long, Miss.
John Steed: Steed, John Steed, Mister.
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Follow the leader
11 May 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Take Me to Your Leader" is another Robert Fuest feast for the eyes, from an intriguing script by Terry Nation. Steed and Tara trail an impregnable briefcase from one courier to the next, and hope to catch the big cheese at the conclusion of its journey, with Mother the prime suspect. The veteran cast includes Patrick Barr, John Ronane ("Murdersville"), Michael Robbins ("Square Root of Evil," "Dragonsfield," "Mr Teddy Bear"), Penelope Keith ("The Murder Market" and "Something Nasty in the Nursery"), Michael Hawkins ("The Deadly Air" and "The Golden Fleece"), and Raymond Adamson ("The Decapod" and "The Grandeur That Was Rome").

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