Dance with Death (The Avengers)

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"Dance with Death"
The Avengers episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 12
Directed by Don Leaver
Written by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward
Produced by Leonard White
Featured music Laurie Johnson, John Dankworth (theme)
Production code 1-12
Original air date 15 April 1961 (1961-04-15)
Guest appearance(s)
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Dance with Death is the twelfth episode of the first series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee and guest starring Caroline Blakiston, Angela Douglas and Geoffrey Palmer. It originally aired on ABC on 15 April 1961. The episode is considered to be lost. The episode was directed by Don Leaver, designed by James Goddard, and written by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward.[1]


Dr. Keel saves a dancing instructor from dying from gas asphyxiation. The woman is later discovered strangled with Keel's scarf and he is framed for the murder. Steed suspects the pianist at the woman's dancing school who is accused of numerous murders to be responsible. The killer's trademark is to kill his victims by tossing a radio into the bathtub and electrocuting them. Keel is vindicated by Steed and arrive in the nick of time to stop the killer who has married a young woman and is about to murder her and steal her large cache of diamonds.



Production for the episode was completed on 13 April 1961.[2]


  1. ^ White, Leonard (11 August 2003). Armchair theatre: the lost years. Kelly Publications. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-903053-18-8. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Avengers Forever:Dance with Death". The Avengers Forever!. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 

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