The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The Bird Who Knew Too Much 

Two spies have obtained information about a secret missile base which they are passing to the other side, via a person known as Captain Caruso, whom the Avengers are charged to locate. In ... See full summary »


Roy Rossotti


Brian Clemens (teleplay), Alan Pattillo (story)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Ron Moody ... Jordan
Ilona Rodgers ... Samantha Slade
Kenneth Cope ... Tom Savage
Michael Coles ... Verret
John Wood ... Twitter
Anthony Valentine ... Cunliffe
Clive Colin Bowler Clive Colin Bowler ... Robin (as Clive Colin-Bowler)
John Lee ... Mark Pearson


Two spies have obtained information about a secret missile base which they are passing to the other side, via a person known as Captain Caruso, whom the Avengers are charged to locate. In the event the good Captain turns out to be a trained parrot who possesses a photographic memory . . . Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

11 February 1967 (UK) 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?


Steed tells Samantha they will talk about "cabbages and kings ...". This is a quote from 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' by Lewis Carroll (from "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There"). See more »


Mrs. Peel parks her car in front of Professor Jordan's house and gets out to go and find him. The next view of the front of the house shows Mrs. Peel's car to be missing from the shot. See more »


Samantha Slade: It's a lovely car. Why do you have straps on your bonnet?
John Steed: To keep it on.
Samantha Slade: Oh. Well how many gallons does it do to the mile?
John Steed: You mean how many miles does she do to the gallon?
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Featured in The Avengers: Homicide and Old Lace (1969) See more »

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An Expected Assessment From Most Devotees Of The Series Will Be That This Episode Is Not Within The Top Rank.
28 May 2009 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

While the entertainment quality of this AVENGERS chapter, number five from its fifth season, is not up to the elegant standard established by the series, there is yet a sufficiency here to bring fond remembrance for admirers of the matchless John Steed (Patrck MacNee) and Mrs. Peel (Diana Rigg). A weakness here is in the script that, albeit awash with incident, is somewhat unfocused as to narrative progression, additionally having a surfeit of rather fatuous acts of violence, while the most agreeable portion of any AVENGERS tale, that ineffable chemistry between the two leads, emphasised by their cultivated archness, is but infrequently upon display. As is their wont, Steed and Mrs. Peel remain jovial in spite of numerous attempts upon their lives, generally during this adventure at the hands of "counter counter counter espionage" agents, these knaves as well planning to steal a valuable parrot named Captain Crusoe that possesses keen mnemonic ability, especially upon the category of government secrets. This is, of course, a fantasy, the case with all installments of THE AVENGERS, and production designer Wilfred Shingleton, along with art director Fred Carter take every opportunity for the creation of resplendent pastel hued sets that visually match an outrageous plot. Continuity flaws are conspicuous, but when Rigg, ensconced within an Alun Hughes-designed jump suit, and MacNee, at the wheel of Steed's vintage Vauxhall roadster, focus their energies upon defeating the Forces of Evil, all is as it should be. The familiar score from Laurie Johnson is mixed smoothly, the opening credit sequence is a visceral joy as always, and when Steed's carte d'invitation to his partner:"Mrs. Peel, we're needed" appears here (delivered by arrow), we must simply sit back and enjoy what is coming. This episode is from the final season for Rigg as Mrs. Peel, as well as her first in colour, and she readily gathers in the acting laurels for this affair. As the foremost blackguard of the piece, Michael Coles is likewise very compelling.

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