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The Avengers TV Show


The Avengers Cast

Series Description

The Avengers TV show was a 60 minute spy action series that aired in the United Kingdom on ITV and in the U.S. on ABC. It was about a suave, debonaire British agent and his female sidekicks who battled a never-ending series of evil foes. Most of the storylines were sci-fi oriented. John Steed, the hero of the series, had several lady partners over the series seven season run with the best known (by far) being Mrs. Emma Peel portrayed by Diana Rigg.

The Avengers Cast

Patrick Macnee ........... John Steed
Diana Rigg ............... Mrs. Emma Peel
Honor Blackman ........... Cathy Gale
Ingrid Hafner ............ Carol Wilson
Arthur Hewlett ........... One-Twelve
Douglas Muir ............. One-Ten
George Murcell ........... Nathaniel Needle
Patrick Newell ........... Mother
Rhonda Parker ............ Rhonda
John Rollason ............ Dr. Martin King
Julie Stevens ............ Venus Smith
Paul Whitsun-Jones ....... Charles
Linda Thorson ............ Tara King
Ian Hendry ............... Dr. David Keel

The Avengers Trivia

    

Many Avengers fans may not be aware that Ian Hendry (as Dr. David Keel) originally played the main character on the series. The original idea for the Avengers was also totally different from what eventually became the norm. Each week Dr. Keel was going to select from a number of agents who would assist him in that week's episode pretty much like what happened five years later when "Mission Impossible" hit the airwaves. But just like Mission Impossible became concentrated on several main characters, the Avengers soon settled down into two main characters each week.

There is a really good reason why even devout fans might have trouble remembering Ian Hendry. There was a writers' strike in the middle of the first season and Ian decided to leave the show. To make matters worse, there is only one episode from the first season that exists today. Luckily it's one that included Ian Hendry. It's episode #15, "The Frighteners".

John Steed had his own cure for a hangover called the "National Anthem". It was made up of 1 raw egg, 3 or 4 shakes of worcestershire sauce, and 1 dash of salt.

In the fourth season when Diana Rigg joined the cast, stunt arranger "Ray Austin" told the Avengers' producers that he wanted to have Mrs. Peel use Kung Fu to fight evil-doers. They had never heard of Kung Fu and told him to just stick to the Judo that John Steed's former partners had used. Austin taught Diana Rigg Kung Fu moves anyway and when the producers saw her in action, they gave in.

While Patrick Macnee obtained American citizenship in 1959, he also remained a Brit! He has duel citizenship and two passports!

Although his spy work was very dangerous, John Steed was only slightly hurt in three episodes and he was knocked unconscious in six! That's not too shabby for a 161 episode run!

John Steed's full name was: John Wickham Gascone Berresford Steed.

Honor Blackman had previously appeared on another British series titled, "The Four Just Men" and in the 1990s she starred as "Laura West" on another series, "The Upper Hand" which was the British version of a U.S. series titled, "Who's the Boss?"

Diana Rigg was "Knighted" by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. For my fellow Americans who might not be familiar with British tradition, a female who has been knighted is not referred to as "Sir". Ladies get the title, "Dame". So Diana Rigg's full proper title is "Dame Rigg - Commander of the British Empire"! Dame Rigg also got to be James Bond's first onscreen wife in the 1969 movie, "Her Majesty's Secret Service".

The title song and opening sequence video were changed beginning in the fourth season.

The Avengers was the first British TV series to be broadcast in a regular fall schedule on a U.S. network.

The Avengers Opening Narrative

(Narrator:) "Extraordinary crimes against the people and the state had to be avenged by agents extraordinary. Two such people are John Steed, top professional, and his partner, Emma Peel, talented amateur. Otherwise known as The Avengers."

(Patrick Macnee's voice as John Steed) "We're needed, Mrs. Peel!"

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The Avengers - Season 1

1.... Hot Snow (1/7/1961)
2.... Brought To Book (1/14/1961)
3.... Square Root Of Evil (1/21/1961)
4.... Nightmare (1/28/1961)
5.... Crescent Moon (2/4/1961)
6.... Girl On The Trapeze (2/11/1961)
7.... Diamond Cut Diamond (2/18/1961)
8.... The Radioactive Man (2/25/1961)
9.... Ashes Of Roses (3/4/1961)
10... Hunt The Man Down (3/18/1961)
11... Please Don't Feed The Animals (4/1/1961)
12... Dance With Death (4/15/1961)
13... One For The Mortuary (4/29/1961)
14... The Springers (5/13/1961)
15... The Frighteners (5/27/1961)
16... The Yellow Needle (6/10/1961)
17... Death On the Slipway (6/24/1961)
18... Double Danger (7/8/1961)
19... Toy Trap (7/22/1961)
20... The Tunnel Of Fear (8/5/1961)
21... The Far Distant Dead (8/19/1961)
22... Kill The King (9/2/1961)
23... Dead Of Winter (12/9/1961)
24... The Deadly Air (12/16/1961)
25... A Change Of Bait (12/23/1961)
26... Dragonsfield (12/30/1961)

The Avengers - Season 2

27... Mr. Teddy Bear (9/29/1962)
28... Propellant 23 (10/6/1962)
29... The Decapod (10/13/1962)
30... Bullseye (10/20/1962)
31... Mission To Montreal (10/27/1962)
32... The Removal Men (11/3/1962)
33... The Mauritius Penny (11/10/1962)
34... Death Of A Great Dane (11/17/1962)
35... The Sell-Out (11/24/1962)
36... Death On The Rocks (12/1/1962)
37... Traitor In Zebra (12/8/1962)
38... The Big Thinker (12/15/1962)
39... Death Dispatch (12/22/1962)
40... Dead On Course (12/29/1962)
41... Intercrime (1/5/1962)
42... Immortal Clay (1/12/1962)
43... Box Of Tricks (1/19/1962)
44... Warlock (1/26/1962)
45... The Golden Eggs (2/2/1962)
46... School For Traitors (2/9/1962)
47... The White Dwarf (2/16/1962)
48... Man In The Mirror (2/23/1962)
49... Conspiracy Of Silence (3/2/1962)
50... A Chorus Of Frogs (3/9/1962)
51... Six Hands Across A Table (3/16/1962)
52... Killer Whale (3/23/1962)

The Avengers - Season 3

53... Brief For Murder (9/28/1963)
54... The Undertakers (10/5/1963)
55... Man With Two Shadows (10/12/1963)
56... The Nutshell (10/19/1963)
57... Death Of A Batman (10/26/1963)
58... November Five (11/2/1963)
59... The Gilded Cage (11/9/1963)
60... Second Sight (11/16/1963)
61... The Medicine Men (11/23/1963)
62... The Grandeur That Was Rome (11/30/1963)
63... The Golden Fleece (12/7/1963)
64... Don't Look Behind You (12/14/1963)
65... Death A La Carte (12/21/1963)
66... Dressed To Kill (12/28/1963)
67... The White Elephant (1/4/1964)
68... The Little Wonders (1/11/1964)
69... The Wringer (1/18/1964)
70... Mandrake (1/25/1964)
71... The Secrets Broker (2/1/1964)
72... The Trojan Horse (2/8/1964)
73... Build A Better Mousetrap (2/15/1964)
74... The Outside-In Man (2/22/1964)
75... The Charmers (2/29/1964)
76... Concerto (3/7/1964)
77... Espirit De Corps (3/14/1964)
78... Lobster Quadrille (3/21/1964)

The Avengers - Season 4

79... The Town Of No Return (10/2/1965)
80... The Gravediggers (10/9/1965)
81... The Cybernauts (10/16/1965)
82... Death At Bargain Prices (10/23/1965)
83... Castle De'ath (10/30/1965)
84... The Master Minds (11/6/1965)
85... The Murder Market (11/13/1965)
86... A Surfeit Of h3O (11/20/1965)
87... The Hour That Never Was (11/27/1965)
88... Dial A Deadly Number (12/4/1965)
89... Man-Eater Of Surrey Green (12/11/1965)
90... Two's A Crowd (12/18/1965)
91... Too Many Christmas Trees (12/25/1965)
92... Silent Dust (1/1/1966)
93... Room Without A View (1/8/1966)
94... Small Game For Big Hunters (1/15/1966)
95... The Girl From Auntie (1/22/1966)
96... The Thirteenth Hole (1/29/1966)
97... Quick-Quick Slow Death (2/5/1966)
98... The Danger Makers (2/12/1966)
99... A Touch Of Brimstone (2/19/1966)
100.. What The Butler Saw (2/26/1966)
101.. The House That Jack Built (3/5/1966)
102.. A Sense Of History (3/12/1966)
103.. How To Succeed...At Murder (3/19/1966)
104.. Honey For the Prince (3/26/1966)

The Avengers - Season 5

105.. From Venus With Love (1/14/1967)
106.. The Fear Merchants (1/21/1967)
107.. Escape In Time (1/28/1967)
108.. The See-Through Man (2/4/1967)
109.. The Bird Who Knew Too Much (2/11/1967)
110.. The Winged Avenger (2/18/1967)
111.. The Living Dead (2/25/1967)
112.. The Hidden Tiger (3/4/1967)
113.. The Correct Way To Die (3/11/1967)
114.. Never, Never Say Die (3/18/1967)
115.. Epic (4/1/1967)
116.. The Superlative Seven (4/8/1967)
117.. A Funny Way Happened On the Way To The Station (4/15/1967)
118.. Something Nasty In The Nursery (4/22/1967)
119.. The Joker (4/29/1967)
120.. Who's Who? (5/6/1967)

The Avengers - Season 6

121.. Return Of The Cybernauts (9/30/1967)
122.. Death's Door (10/7/1967)
123.. The 50,000 Pound Breakfast (10/14/1967)
124.. Dead Man's Treasure (10/21/1967)
125.. You Have Just Been Murdered (10/28/1967)
126.. The Positive-Negative Man (11/4/1967)
127.. Murdersville (11/11/1967)
128.. Mission...Highly Improbable (11/18/1967)

The Avengers - Season 7

129.. The Forget-Me-Knot (1/12/1969)
130.. Game (1/19/1969)
131.. Super-Secret Cypher Snatch (1/26/1969)
132.. You'll Catch Your Death (2/2/1969)
133.. Split! (2/9/1969)
134.. Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40? (2/16/1969)
135.. False Witness (2/23/1969)
136.. All Done With Mirrors (3/2/1969)
137.. Legacy Of Death (3/9/1969)
138.. Noon-Doomsday (3/16/1969)
139.. Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers (3/23/1969)
140.. Have Guns...Will Haggle (3/30/1969) 141.. They Keep Killing Steed (4/6/1969)
142.. The Interrogators (4/13/1969)
143.. The Rotters (4/20/1969)
144.. Invasion Of The Earthmen (4/27/1969)
145.. Killer (5/4/1969)
146.. The Morning After (5/11/1969)
147.. The Curious Case Of The Countless Clues (5/18/1969)
148.. Wish You Were Here (5/25/1969)
149.. Stay Tuned (6/8/1969)
150.. Take Me To Your Leader (6/15/1969)
151.. Fog (6/23/1969)
152.. Homicide And Old Lace (7/6/1969)
153.. Love All (7/13/1969)
154.. Get-A-Way (7/27/1969)
155.. Thingumajig (8/1/1969)
156.. Pandora (8/10/1969)
157.. Requiem (8/17/1969)
158.. Take-Over (8/24/1969)
159.. Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (8/31/1969)
160.. My Wildest Dream (9/7/1969)
161.. Bizarre (9/14/1969)

The Avengers Theatrical Movie

The Avengers (1998) - Starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman

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