In the light of Patrick Macnee’s recent death I thought I should revisit The Avengers, so last night I watched How To Succeed...At Murder.
This is one of the late Mrs Peel black-and-white stories with a Brian Clemens script and there’s plenty of fun to be had. The story is delightfully outrageous.
One of the great joys of The Avengers was always the outrageous minor characters and they don’t come much more outrageous than perfume maestro J. J. Hooter, who gets some truly delicious lines.
Capturing the perfume sample in a tyre pump is a highlight, as is the mysterious Henrietta. It’s also interesting as an episode in which Steed is more than willing to use a gun.
As always Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg work together superbly.
This is an episode that certainly could not get made today but it’s throughly enjoyable silliness.