When I was in grade one, my bed time was strictly regulated. I was to be in bed, lights out, at 8:00pm. There was only one exception. Because my mother knew that it was my favourite program, she would get me up at 10:00pm on Monday's so I could watch the Avengers and Mrs. Peel. I am not sure why I liked the program so much. Certainly I could not understand the complex world of MI5 or MI6. Spies were a far off reality from my life in Saskatchewan. But there was something about the program that appealed to me. The characters dealt with serious issues but there was always some fun in their banter back and forth. Both of the main characters, Mr. Steed and Mrs. Peel, seemed to be of equal importance to the story. Men and women could do the same job equally as well. Also I could always tell they were dealing with something serious but in the end the story would end well. Like a bedtime story, there was a happily ever after. Today Diana Rigg, the actress who played Emma Peel, died at the age of 82.