List of The Avengers (TV series) episodes

This is an episode list for the 1960s British television series The Avengers. The series was aired in Britain, on ITV, between 1961 and 1969.

The first four series were made in black-and-white. The first three were pre-recorded on videotape (except where noted) with occasional filmed inserts. Beginning with series 4 the series moved to all-film production, shot using the single-camera method. From series 5 onward, the episodes were filmed in colour. The sixth series was broadcast in the US before it was shown in the UK.

Series overviewEdit

UK series / episodes First UK broadcast US season / episodes US air dates Principal characters Production format Production company
Start End
1 26 7 Jan 1961 30 Dec 1961 Keel and Steed black and white video ABC Television (UK)[1][note 1]
2 26 29 Sep 1962 23 Mar 1963 Steed, Smith and Gale
3 26 28 Sep 1963 21 Mar 1964 Steed and Gale
4 26 28 Sep 1965 22 Mar 1966 1 26 28 Mar – 1 Sep 1966[2] Steed and Peel black and white film Associated British Productions[3] for ABC (UK)[note 1] and ABC (US)
5 24 16 9 Jan 1967 3 May 1967 2 16 20 Jan – 19 May 1967[2] colour film ABC Television Films[4] for ABC (UK)[note 2] and ABC (US)
8 27 Sep 1967 15 Nov 1967 3 15 10 Jan – 8 May 1968[2][5]
6 33 25 Sep 1968 17 May 1969   Steed and King ABC Television Films[4][1][note 2] for ABC (US) and Thames
4 26 23 Sep 1968 – 21 Apr 1969[5]

Series 1 (1961)Edit

Note: The only episodes from the first series known to exist in complete form are "Girl on the Trapeze" (which does not feature John Steed), "The Frighteners" and "Tunnel of Fear"; additionally, the first 14 minutes—the first reel—of the premiere episode, "Hot Snow", have been rediscovered and released on DVD.[citation needed] The most recent discovery was in 2016, when "Tunnel of Fear" was found intact in a private collection.[citation needed]

Cast: Unless noted in the table below, all episodes in the first series feature Ian Hendry (as Dr. David Keel) and Patrick Macnee (as John Steed).

EpTitleDirected byWritten byGuest castFirst broadcast [note 3]Prod.
code
Episode status
11"Hot Snow"Don LeaverPatrick Brawn, Ray RigbyCatherine Woodville, Philip Stone, Godfrey Quigley, Moira Redmond, Murray Melvin, Alister Williamson, Charles Wade7 January 1961 (1961-01-07)3365[6]Only Act 1 (the first 14 minutes) is Intact. Acts 2 and 3 are Missing.
22"Brought to Book"Peter HammondPatrick Brawn, Brian ClemensPhilip Stone, Robert James, Godfrey Quigley, Neil McCarthy, Charles Morgan, Michael Collins, Alister Williamson, Clifford Elkin14 January 1961 (1961-01-14)3366[7]Missing
33"Square Root of Evil"Don LeaverRichard HarrisAlex Scott, George Murcell, Heron Carvic, John Woodvine21 January 1961 (1961-01-21)3367[8]Broadcast live, Missing
44"Nightmare"Peter HammondTerence FeelyGordon Boyd, Ingrid Hafner, Helen Lindsay, Michael Logan, Robert Bruce, Redmond Bailey, Robert Sansom[9]28 January 1961 (1961-01-28)3368[10]Broadcast live, Missing
55"Crescent Moon"John KnightGeoffrey Bellman, Patrick BrawnRoger Delgado, Patience Collier, Eric Thompson4 February 1961 (1961-02-04)3369[11]Broadcast live, Missing
66"Girl on the Trapeze"Don LeaverDennis SpoonerKenneth J. Warren, Edwin Richfield, Ivor Salter, David Grey11 February 1961 (1961-02-11)3370[12]Broadcast live, Intact
Steed is absent from this episode
77"Diamond Cut Diamond"Peter HammondMax MarquisSandra Dorne18 February 1961 (1961-02-18)3371[13]Broadcast live, Missing
88"The Radioactive Man"Robert TronsonPatrick BrawnGeorge Pravda, Gerald Sim, Christine Pollon, John Gayford, Paul Grist, John Kelland25 February 1961 (1961-02-25)3372[14]Broadcast live, Missing
99"Ashes of Roses"Don LeaverPeter Ling, Sheilah WardMark Eden, Gordon Rollings, Edward Dentith4 March 1961 (1961-03-04)3373[15]Broadcast live, Missing
1010"Hunt the Man Down"Peter HammondRichard HarrisMelissa Stribling, Maurice Good18 March 1961 (1961-03-18)3374[16]Missing
1111"Please Don't Feed the Animals"Dennis VanceDennis SpoonerTenniel Evans1 April 1961 (1961-04-01)3375[17]Missing
1212"Dance with Death"Don LeaverPeter Ling, Sheilah WardCaroline Blakiston, Angela Douglas, Geoffrey Palmer, Neil Wilson15 April 1961 (1961-04-15)3376[18]Missing
1313"One for the Mortuary"Peter HammondBrian ClemensFrank Gatliff, Peter Madden, Dennis Edwards, Steven Scott29 April 1961 (1961-04-29)3377[19]Missing
1414"The Springers"Don LeaverGeoffrey Bellman, John WhitneyCharles Farrell, Arthur Howard, Douglas Muir, Brian Murphy, David Webb, Donald Morley13 May 1961 (1961-05-13)3411[20]Missing
1515"The Frighteners"Peter HammondBerkely MatherWilloughby Goddard, Stratford Johns, Doris Hare, Philip Locke, Godfrey James, Neil Wilson, Eric Elliott27 May 1961 (1961-05-27)3412[21]Intact
1616"The Yellow Needle"Don LeaverPatrick CampbellWolfe Morris, Eric Dodson, Michael Barrington, Margaret Whiting10 June 1961 (1961-06-10)3413[22]Missing
1717"Death on the Slipway"Peter HammondJames MitchellNyree Dawn Porter, Peter Arne, Frank Thornton, Hamilton Dyce, Gary Watson, Tom Adams, Patrick Connor24 June 1961 (1961-06-24)3414[23]Missing
1818"Double Danger"Roger JenkinsJohn Lucarotti, Gerald VernerKevin Brennan, Ron Pember, Peter Reynolds8 July 1961 (1961-07-08)3415[24]Missing
1919"Toy Trap"Don LeaverBill StruttonTony Van Bridge, Ann Tirard22 July 1961 (1961-07-22)3416[25]Missing
2020"Tunnel of Fear"Guy VerneyJohn KruseJohn Salew, Morris Perry5 August 1961 (1961-08-05)3417[26]Intact
2121"The Far Distant Dead"Peter HammondJohn LucarottiKatharine Blake, Tom Adams, Reed De Rouen, Francis de Wolff19 August 1961 (1961-08-19)3418[27]Missing
Steed is absent from this episode.
2222"Kill the King"Roger JenkinsJames MitchellBurt Kwouk, Peter Barkworth, Patrick Allen, Moira Redmond, Andy Ho2 September 1961 (1961-09-02)3419[28]Missing
2323"Dead of Winter"Don LeaverEric PaiceJohn Woodvine, Neil Hallett9 December 1961 (1961-12-09)3423[29]Missing
2424"The Deadly Air"John KnightLester PowellJohn Stratton, Allan Cuthbertson, Ann Bell, Geoffrey Bayldon, Michael Hawkins, Keith Anderson16 December 1961 (1961-12-16)3422[30]Missing
2525"A Change of Bait"Don LeaverLewis DavidsonJohn Bailey, Tim Barrett, Henry Lincoln, Graham Rigby23 December 1961 (1961-12-23)3421[31]Missing
2626"Dragonsfield"Peter HammondTerence FeelySylva Langova, Alfred Burke, Barbara Shelley, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Michael Robbins, Eric Dodson, Keith Barron, Morris Perry, Steven Scott30 December 1961 (1961-12-30)3420[32]Missing
Keel is absent from this episode.

The first three series were all made in-house by ABC Weekend TV at their Teddington television studios.

Following series 1, a lengthy Equity actors' strike prevented development of the second series, and Ian Hendry decided to leave the show. When The Avengers eventually returned, its premise had been considerably retooled, with Macnee moved to the lead role, accompanied by an attractive and highly capable female sidekick, and a much more whimsical tone.

Series 2 (1962–1963)Edit

Cast: Series 2 featured Patrick Macnee as John Steed in all 26 episodes. Either Jon Rollason (as Dr. Martin King, in 3 episodes) or Julie Stevens (as Venus Smith, in 6 episodes) accompanied him as noted in the table; with all of the other 17 episodes featuring Honor Blackman (as Mrs. Cathy Gale) accompanying Steed. All episodes intact.

EpTitleDirected byWritten byGuest castFirst broadcastProd.
code
271"Mr Teddy Bear"Richmond HardingMartin WoodhouseMichael Robbins, John Ruddock, Michael Collins29 September 1962 (1962-09-29)
ABC
3506[34]
Steed and Cathy must track down an elusive assassin nicknamed Mr. Teddy Bear.[33]
282"Propellant 23"Jonathan AlwynJon Manchip WhiteCatherine Woodville, Justine Lord, Nicholas Courtney, Geoffrey Palmer, John Dearth, Barry Wilsher, John Gill, Graham Ashley6 October 1962 (1962-10-06)
ABC
3505[36]
Steed and Cathy must retrieve a flask of top secret rocket fuel stolen from a murdered courier at a French airport.[35]
293"The Decapod"Don LeaverEric PaicePhilip Madoc, Paul Stassino, Wolfe Morris, Raymond Adamson, Valentino Musetti13 October 1962 (1962-10-13)
ABC
3507[38]
Steed is brought in to protect the President of a Balkan Republic from a masked assassin.[37] He sends Venus on a phony tour, with real wrestlers.
304"Bullseye"Peter HammondEric PaiceRonald Radd, Judy Parfitt, Bernard Kay, Fred Ferris, Robin Wentworth20 October 1962 (1962-10-20)
ABC
3508[40]
Steed and Cathy investigate illegal gunrunning to Africa by a British arms manufacturer.[39]
315"Mission to Montreal"Don LeaverLester PowellPatricia English, Mark Eden, Alan Curtis, John Bennett, Pamela Ann Davy, Terence Woodfield, Malcolm Taylor27 October 1962 (1962-10-27)
ABC
3500[42]
Steed and Dr. King are assigned a mission to recover a microfilm containing the stolen plans of a missile early warning system. Shipboard, they meet knives and a drunken film star.[41]
326"The Removal Men"Don LeaverRoger Marshall, Jeremy ScottEdwin Richfield, Edina Ronay, Reed De Rouen, Andria Lawrence, George Little3 November 1962 (1962-11-03)
ABC
3509[44]
Steed goes undercover to infiltrate a clique of assassins based in France.[43]
337"The Mauritius Penny"Richmond HardingMalcolm Hulke, Terrance DicksAlfred Burke, David Langton, Sylva Langova, Richard Vernon, Anthony Rogers10 November 1962 (1962-11-10)
ABC
3510[46]
A philatelist is murdered after discovering an extremely rare and valuable stamp on sale. Steed and Cathy investigate and encounter a naughty dentist.[45]
348"Death of a Great Dane"Peter HammondRoger Marshall, Jeremy ScottFrederick Jaeger, John Laurie, Leslie French, Roger Maxwell, Dennis Edwards, Anthony Baird, Eric Elliott17 November 1962 (1962-11-17)
ABC
3511[48]
When a road accident victim is found to have £50,000 worth of diamonds in his stomach, Steed and Cathy are called in to investigate.[47]
359"The Sell-Out"Don LeaverAnthony Terpiloff, Brandon BradyFrank Gatliff, Carleton Hobbs, Arthur Hewlett24 November 1962 (1962-11-24)
ABC
3502[50]
Steed, though under suspicion himself, leads an operation to flush out a traitor plotting to assassinate a foreign dignitary.[49] Dr. King initially refuses to be involved, but comes to Steed's aid.
3610"Death on the Rocks"Jonathan AlwynEric PaiceNaomi Chance, Hamilton Dyce, Gerald Cross1 December 1962 (1962-12-01)
ABC
3512[52]
Steed and Cathy investigate a gang of criminals who are flooding the market with smuggled diamonds.[51]
3711"Traitor in Zebra"Richmond HardingJohn GilbertWilliam Gaunt, Richard Leech, John Sharp, Noel Coleman, June Murphy8 December 1962 (1962-12-08)
ABC
3513[54]
In Wales, a new satellite tracking system is being jammed every time it is used. Steed and Cathy search for the traitor who is passing on information about the project.[53]
3812"The Big Thinker"Kim MillsMartin WoodhouseTenniel Evans, Antony Booth, David Garth, Penelope Lee, Marina Martin15 December 1962 (1962-12-15)
ABC
3514[56]
A new cryogenic missile defence system computer, Plato, springs a deadly leak. Sabotage? Murder? Steed investigates while Cathy plays cards with sharks.[55]
3913"Death Dispatch"Jonathan AlwynLeonard FinchamGerald Harper, Alan Mason, Geoff L'Cise22 December 1962 (1962-12-22)
ABC
3503[58]
Steed and Cathy get a job as bait in South America, investigating the murder of a British courier in Jamaica.[57]
4014"Dead on Course"Richmond HardingEric PaiceDonal Donnelly, Bruce Boa, Edward Kelsey, Janet Hargreaves. Denis Cleary29 December 1962 (1962-12-29)
ABC
3501[60]
Canadian aircraft crash off course, near an Irish convent. But what happened to the crew?[59]
4115"Intercrime"Jonathan AlwynMalcolm Hulke, Terrance DicksJulia Arnall, Kenneth J. Warren, Angela Browne, Jerome Willis, Patrick Holt, Alan Browning5 January 1963 (1963-01-05)
ABC
3515[62]
Cathy Gale takes on the identity of an assassin to infiltrate a criminal gang. However things get complicated when the real assassin escapes from prison.[61]
4216"Immortal Clay"Richmond HardingJames MitchellPaul Eddington, James Bree, Gary Watson, Steve Plytas11 January 1963 (1963-01-11)
Teledu Cymru
12 January, ABC
3516[64]
A company invents an unbreakable ceramic, the secret of which others try to steal. Following the death of an industrial spy in a vat of liquid clay, Steed and Cathy mount an undercover investigation.[63]
4317"Box of Tricks"Kim MillsPeter Ling, Edward RhodesEdgar Wreford, Royston Tickner, Robert Hartley, Dallas Cavell18 January 1963 (1963-01-18)
Teledu Cymru
19 January, ABC
3517[66]
The death of a nightclub magician's assistant leads through a crippled general and his quack, to employment opportunities and secret documents. Steed enlists the help of Venus to root out the criminals by becoming the new assistant.[65]
4418"Warlock"Peter HammondDoreen MontgomeryPeter Arne, John Hollis, Brian Vaughan25 January 1963 (1963-01-25)
Teledu Cymru
26 January, ABC
3504[68]
The inventor of a new type of fuel lapses into a coma. Steed discovers that the scientist had links to black magic and the occult.[67]
4519"The Golden Eggs"Peter HammondMartin WoodhousePeter Arne, Donald Eccles1 February 1963 (1963-02-01)
Teledu Cymru
2 February, ABC
3518[70]
A burglar steals two gold-plated eggs from a laboratory not knowing that they contain a deadly virus.[69]
4620"School for Traitors"Jonathan AlwynJames MitchellAnthony Nicholls, Melissa Stribling, Reginald Marsh, Richard Thorp, Terence Woodfield8 February 1963 (1963-02-08)
Teledu Cymru
9 February, ABC
3519[72]
During a spate of suicides at a university, a burglar seeks a note to Venus. Steed uncovers a sinister plot to blackmail students into espionage activities.[71]
4721"The White Dwarf"Richmond HardingMalcolm HulkePhilip Latham, Peter Copley, George A. Cooper, Constance Chapman, Keith Pyott, George Roubicek, Paul Anil15 February 1963 (1963-02-15)
Teledu Cymru
16 February, ABC
3520[74]
A leading astronomer predicts that the earth is about to be destroyed. Steed and Cathy investigate a conspiracy to silence him.[73]
4822"Man in the Mirror"Kim MillsGeoffrey Orme, Anthony TerpiloffRay Barrett, Michael Gover, David Graham, Hayden Jones22 February 1963 (1963-02-22)
Teledu Cymru
23 February, ABC
3521[76]
A cipher expert commits suicide at an amusement park, however Venus Smith discovers that she has taken a photograph of the man several days later, apparently very much alive. Steed investigates the mystery.[75]
4923"Conspiracy of Silence"Peter HammondRoger MarshallRobert Rietti, Sandra Dorne, Roy Purcell, Willie Shearer1 March 1963 (1963-03-01)
Teledu Cymru
2 March, ABC
3522[78]
Steed and Cathy investigate a Mafia drugs gang using a travelling circus as a front.[77] Clowning around leads a nosy journalist to use her judo.
5024"A Chorus of Frogs"Raymond MenmuirMartin WoodhouseJohn Carson, Eric Pohlmann, Frank Gatliff, Michael Gover, Alan Haywood9 March 1963 (1963-03-09)
ABC
3523[80]
Steed takes a vacation to Greece. Whilst there he is asked to investigate the death of Greek deep-sea diver and smuggler, who was part of a group of part-time agents known as "the Frogs".[79]
5125"Six Hands Across a Table"Richmond HardingReed De RouenGuy Doleman, Campbell Singer, Philip Madoc, Edward de Souza, John Wentworth, Ilona Rodgers, Ian Cunningham16 March 1963 (1963-03-16)
ABC
3524[82]
Cathy becomes romantically involved with shipyard owner Oliver Waldner, blissfully unaware that he is masterminding a dastardly plan to gain control of most of Britain’s shipbuilding industry. After she nearly dies in an apparent accident, Steed sets out to prove that Waldner has murdered a business rival.[81]
5226"Killer Whale"Kim MillsJohn LucarottiPatrick Magee, Morris Perry, John Bailey, Kenneth Farrington, John Tate, Christopher Coll23 March 1963 (1963-03-23)
ABC
3525[84]
Steed investigates a possible link between the proprietors of a boxing ring and the illegal smuggling of ambergris.[83]

NOTE: The episode "Death of a Great Dane" was later re-made during series 5 as "The £50,000 Breakfast".

Series 3 (1963–1964)Edit

Cast: Series 3 stars Patrick Macnee as John Steed and Honor Blackman as Mrs. Cathy Gale. It was the last series to be shot "as live" on videotape.

EpTitleDirected byWritten byGuest castFirst broadcastProd.
code
531"Brief for Murder"Peter HammondBrian ClemensJohn Laurie, Michael Goldie, Fred Ferris, Alec Ross28 September 1963 (1963-09-28)3600[86]
Steed and Cathy set a trap to catch two corrupt lawyers.[85]
542"The Undertakers"Bill BainMalcolm HulkeLee Patterson, Jan Holden, Patrick Holt, Lally Bowers, Mandy Miller5 October 1963 (1963-10-05)3608[88]
Why are they coming for people who aren't dead yet? A dodgy retirement home is being used as part of a scam to avoid inheritance tax. Steed and Cathy investigate.[87]
553"Man with Two Shadows"Don LeaverJames MitchellGeoffrey Palmer, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Robert Lankesheer Philip Anthony, George Little, Terence Lodge12 October 1963 (1963-10-12)3605[89]
An agent who has been given multiple personalities reveals a plot to assassinate key government scientists and officials and replace them with doppelgangers. Cathy has to identify the real Steed and eliminate his imposter.[3]
564"The Nutshell"Raymond MenmuirPhilip ChambersCharles Tingwell, John Cater, Patricia Haines, Edina Ronay19 October 1963 (1963-10-19)3602[91]
Steed and Cathy investigate espionage by a pretty burglar in "The Nutshell", codename for a top-secret underground nuclear shelter.[90] They are not telling each other everything, and somewhere a traitor lurks.
575"Death of a Batman"Kim MillsRoger MarshallAndré Morell, Philip Madoc26 October 1963 (1963-10-26)3609[93]
Steed attends his wartime batman's funeral and discovers that the deceased has unexpectedly left a very substantial sum of money. Kathy's photography leads to violence and electronics. The answer to the mystery involves illegal insider trading.[92]
586"November Five"Bill BainEric PaiceDavid Davies, David Langton, Aimée Delamain2 November 1963 (1963-11-02)3611[95]
Newly elected Member of Parliament, Michael Dyter, fakes his own death only to reappear later in possession of a nuclear bomb which he threatens to detonate on 5 November, in London. Steed and Cathy go into politics, during a race against time to hunt him down.[94]
597"The Gilded Cage"Bill BainRoger MarshallPatrick Magee, Edric Connor, Norman Chappell, Alan Haywood, Martin Friend, Geoff L'Cise, Neil Wilson9 November 1963 (1963-11-09)3614[97]
Steed and Cathy set out to snare criminal mastermind John P. Spagge using a gold bullion robbery as bait.[96] Postal cards and a gas figure prominently.
608"Second Sight"Peter HammondMartin WoodhouseJohn Carson, Peter Bowles, Ronald Adam, Steven Scott16 November 1963 (1963-11-16)3612[99]
A multi-millionaire is about to receive a corneal graft to treat his blindness. Steed is tasked with escorting the live corneas from Switzerland to London. However, when the eye surgeon involved expresses concerns about the operation, he is murdered, causing Steed to mount his own investigation.[98] Mrs Gale plays a doctor.
619"The Medicine Men"Kim MillsMalcolm HulkePeter Barkworth, Harold Innocent23 November 1963 (1963-11-23)3615[101]
Steed and Cathy investigate a conspiracy to flood the market with counterfeit medicines.[100]
6210"The Grandeur That Was Rome"Kim MillsRex EdwardsHugh Burden, John Flint30 November 1963 (1963-11-30)3607[103]
A megalomaniac food manufacturer who is obsessed with ancient Rome, is deliberately tainting his company's grain with ergot. Steed and Cathy are brought in to investigate.[102]
6311"The Golden Fleece"Peter HammondRoger Marshall, Phyllis NormanWarren Mitchell, Tenniel Evans, Michael Hawkins, Robert Lee, Barbara Yu Ling7 December 1963 (1963-12-07)3603[105]
Steed accidentally picks up the wrong coat when leaving a Chinese restaurant and discovers a cheque for £5,000 in the pocket. Further investigation reveals that the restaurant is being used as a front for illegal gold smuggling. An unexpected twist to the plot is that part of the proceeds is being used to assist needy ex-servicemen.[104]
6412"Don't Look Behind You"Peter HammondBrian ClemensKenneth Colley, Janine Gray, Maurice Good14 December 1963 (1963-12-14)3606[107]
Cathy is invited to the stately home of Sir Cavalier Rasagne, only to find that she has been lured into a trap by Martin Goodman, a deluded criminal who believes that she broke his heart.[106]
6513"Death a la Carte"Kim MillsJohn LucarottiRobert James, Gordon Rollings, David Nettheim, Valentino Musetti, Henry Lincoln, Ken Parry21 December 1963 (1963-12-21)3604[109]
Steed and Cathy are assigned to protect the Emir Abdulla Akaba during his trade visit to London, but despite their best efforts in food service he is assassinated. The Avengers must discover who and what killed him.[108]
6614"Dressed to Kill"Bill BainBrian ClemensLeonard Rossiter, Richard Leech, John Junkin, Anneke Wills, Alexander Davion, Leon Eagles28 December 1963 (1963-12-28)3617[111]
A false alarm triggers all but one of the nation's nuclear attack early warning systems. Steed and Cathy go undercover to investigate and are invited to a fancy dress party on a train. As guests die one by one, it becomes apparent that one is their killer.[110]
6715"The White Elephant"Laurence BourneJohn LucarottiGodfrey Quigley, Edwin Richfield, Judy Parfitt, Martin Friend4 January 1964 (1964-01-04)3616[113]
Following the theft of Snowy, a rare albino elephant, Steed and Cathy are brought in to investigate illegal ivory smuggling.[112]
6816"The Little Wonders"Laurence BourneEric PaiceKenneth J. Warren, David Bauer, Lois Maxwell, Harry Landis, Tony Steedman, Christopher Robbie, Mark Heath11 January 1964 (1964-01-11)3619[115]
Steed and Cathy infiltrate a crime syndicate whose members masquerade as members of the clergy.[114]
6917"The Wringer"Don LeaverMartin WoodhousePeter Sallis, Gerald Sim, Barry Letts, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Terence Lodge18 January 1964 (1964-01-18)3618[117]
Five British agents are eliminated in rapid succession on an Austrian "pipeline" escape route. Steed goes to investigate and finds himself wrongfully accused of betraying them.[116]
7018"Mandrake"Bill BainRoger MarshallJohn Le Mesurier, Annette Andre, Philip Locke25 January 1964 (1964-01-25)3620[119]
A large number of prominent businessmen are buried in a Cornish graveyard near to a tin mine. Steed suspects foul play after a close friend meets the same fate.[118]
7119"The Secrets Broker"Jonathan AlwynLudovic PetersPatricia English, John Ringham, Jack May, Ronald Allen, Valentino Musetti1 February 1964 (1964-02-01)3613[121]
Spirits order a murder, leading to blackmail and a wine shop that is being used as a front for espionage activities.[120]
7220"Trojan Horse"Laurence BourneMalcolm HulkeBasil Dignam, T. P. McKenna, Derek Newark8 February 1964 (1964-02-08)3621[123]
Steed and Cathy face horse racing jockeys that are acting as assassins armed with binoculars firing poison darts.[122]
7321"Build a Better Mousetrap"Peter HammondBrian ClemensAthene Seyler, Nora Nicholson, John Tate15 February 1964 (1964-02-15)3610[125]
Sisters cast a spell on a group of motorbikers that Cathy has joined, and all engines in the area stall. Could a nuclear test plant be to blame?[124]
7422"The Outside-In Man"Jonathan AlwynPhilip ChambersRonald Radd, James Maxwell, Valentino Musetti, Eddie Powell, Philip Anthony, Ronald Mansell22 February 1964 (1964-02-22)3622[127]
Steed finds himself protecting a British defector, formerly Steed's target and now an enemy diplomat, from an assassin. Selling a used car is part of the scheme.[126]
7523"The Charmers"Bill BainBrian ClemensFenella Fielding, Warren Mitchell, Vivian Pickles, Frank Mills, John Greenwood, Peter Porteous29 February 1964 (1964-02-29)3623[129]
After a number of Soviet agents are murdered by an unknown third party, Steed and Cathy co-operate with their Russian counterparts to find the assassins.[128]
7624"Concerto"Kim MillsMalcolm Hulke, Terrance DicksNigel Stock, Sandor Elès, Geoffrey Colville7 March 1964 (1964-03-07)3601[131]
Steed and Cathy come to the rescue of a visiting Russian concert pianist who has a dead girl in his room.[130]
7725"Esprit de Corps"Don LeaverEric PaiceDuncan Macrae, Roy Kinnear, John Thaw, Hugh Morton, Tony Lambden14 March 1964 (1964-03-14)3624[133]
Steed and Cathy investigate the murder of a soldier and uncover a plot to stage a coup d'état against the British government.[132] The regal Mrs Gale meets a strangler who's not a true gentleman.
7826"Lobster Quadrille"Kim MillsRichard BatesBurt Kwouk, Leslie Sands, Gary Watson, Jennie Linden, Valentino Musetti21 March 1964 (1964-03-21)3625[135]
Steed and Cathy investigate an illegal drug smuggling operation.[134]

NOTE: The episode "Don't Look Behind You" was later re-made for series 5 as "The Joker", "The Charmers" was re-made, again for series 5, as "The Correct Way to Kill" and "Dressed to Kill" was in large part re-made, once again for series 5, as "The Superlative Seven". At the end of the third series, Honor Blackman left The Avengers to star in the James Bond movie Goldfinger.

Series 4 (1965–1966)Edit

Cast: Series 4 starred Patrick Macnee (as John Steed) and Diana Rigg (as Mrs Emma Peel). It was the last series to be made in black and white, but also the first series to be shot entirely on film as opposed to mainly on videotape.

Episodes of this series were first broadcast in the UK on Tuesdays by Scottish Television, before ABC Weekend broadcast them four days later on Saturday.[136]

EpTitleDirected byWritten byGuest castFirst broadcast [136]
791"The Town of No Return"Sidney HayersBrian ClemensAlan MacNaughtan, Terence Alexander, Patrick Newell, Robert Brown, Jeremy Burnham, Juliet Harmer28 September 1965 (1965-09-28)
Steed and Emma, on the trail of several murdered agents, visit Little Bazeley by the Sea—a town that strangers rarely leave alive—and discover it is being secretly infiltrated by enemy agents.
802"The Gravediggers"Quentin LawrenceMalcolm HulkeRonald Fraser, Paul Massie, Caroline Blakiston, Charles Lamb, Wanda Ventham, Ray Austin, Steven Berkoff, Bryan Mosley, Lloyd Lamble5 October 1965 (1965-10-05)
A hospital for railwaymen is a front for a plot to destroy Britain's early warning radar system.
813"The Cybernauts"Sidney HayersPhilip LeveneMichael Gough, Frederick Jaeger, Bernard Horsfall, Burt Kwouk, John Hollis, Ronald Leigh-Hunt12 October 1965 (1965-10-12)
Industrialists are being killed off with inhuman efficiency by an assassin who is just that—inhuman!
824"Death at Bargain Prices"Charles CrichtonBrian ClemensAndré Morell, T. P. McKenna, Allan Cuthbertson, George Selway, John Cater, Peter Howell, Ronnie Stevens, Diane Clare19 October 1965 (1965-10-19)
The murder of an agent carrying a receipt from a department store leads Mrs Peel to join its sales staff, where she stumbles upon a sinister plot involving nuclear terrorism.
835"Castle De'ath"James HillJohn LucarottiGordon Jackson, Robert Urquhart, James Copeland, Jack Lambert, Russell Waters26 October 1965 (1965-10-26)
A Scottish castle is the scene for a family feud—and a plot to engineer a fishing crisis.
846"The Master Minds"Peter Graham ScottRobert Banks StewartBernard Archard, Patricia Haines, Ian MacNaughton, John Wentworth2 November 1965 (1965-11-02)
After an apparently respectable politician is caught trying to steal top-secret documents, Steed and Emma discover a plot by renegade intellectuals to steal a nuclear missile.
857"The Murder Market"Peter Graham ScottTony WilliamsonPatrick Cargill, Suzanne Lloyd, Naomi Chance, Peter Bayliss, John Woodvine, Edward Underdown9 November 1965 (1965-11-09)
Steed and Emma pose as eligible singles in order to infiltrate an assassination service posing as a matchmaking agency.
868"A Surfeit of H2O"Sidney HayersColin FinbowNoel Purcell, Sue Lloyd, Talfryn Thomas, Albert Lieven, Geoffrey Palmer16 November 1965 (1965-11-16)
After two men are drowned by sudden freak rainstorms, Steed's attention is drawn to a winery under a suspiciously cloudy sky.
879"The Hour That Never Was"Gerry O'HaraRoger MarshallGerald Harper, Dudley Foster, Roy Kinnear, Roger Booth, David Morrell23 November 1965 (1965-11-23)
After crashing their car, Steed and Emma visit an airfield and find a baffling mystery of stopped clocks, dead milkmen and a naughty dentist.
8810"Dial a Deadly Number"Don LeaverRoger MarshallClifford Evans, Jan Holden, Anthony Newlands, John Carson, Peter Bowles, Gerald Sim, Michael Trubshawe, Norman Chappell, John Bailey, Edward Cast30 November 1965 (1965-11-30)
The duo combat malfeasance in the London financial world, after paged businessmen start dropping dead from heart attacks.
8911"Man-Eater of Surrey Green"Sidney HayersPhilip LeveneDerek Farr, Athene Seyler, Gillian Lewis, David Hutcheson, Joby Blanshard7 December 1965 (1965-12-07)
Steed and Emma encounter their most bizarre enemy yet—a carnivorous alien plant with plans for world domination.
9012"Two's A Crowd"Roy Ward BakerPhilip LeveneWarren Mitchell, Alec Mango, Wolfe Morris, Julian Glover, John Bluthal14 December 1965 (1965-12-14)
Steed "creates" a double of himself to outwit an enemy master spy who loves deadly toys.
9113"Too Many Christmas Trees"Roy Ward BakerTony WilliamsonMervyn Johns, Edwin Richfield, Jeanette Sterke, Alex Scott, Robert James, Barry Warren21 December 1965 (1965-12-21)
A villainous mastermind steal secrets telepathically from agent's brains, killing the subjects in the process—and Steed is next on the list.
9214"Silent Dust"Roy Ward BakerRoger MarshallWilliam Franklyn, Jack Watson, Conrad Phillips, Norman Bird, Isobel Black, Charles Lloyd-Pack, Aubrey Morris, Robert Dorning28 December 1965 (1965-12-28)
Rural villains hold the British government to ransom with a devastating new biological weapon; our heroes join the hunt.
9315"Room Without a View"Roy Ward BakerRoger MarshallPaul Whitsun-Jones, Peter Jeffrey, Richard Bebb, Philip Latham, Peter Arne, Vernon Dobtcheff, Peter Madden4 January 1966 (1966-01-04)
Dr Wadkin is one of seven scientists to go missing. When he reappears and attacks his wife, the trail leads Steed and Mrs Peel to a shady tycoon and Room 621 of the Chessman Hotel.
9416"Small Game for Big Hunters"Gerry O'HaraPhilip LeveneBill Fraser, James Villiers, Liam Redmond, Peter Burton, Paul Danquah, Tom Gill, Peter Thomas11 January 1966 (1966-01-11)
An English tropical jungle harbours a pompous professor, a mad colonel, a war-painted spy, and a bioweapon against an African nation.
9517""The Girl from AUNTIE""Roy Ward BakerRoger MarshallLiz Fraser, Alfred Burke, Bernard Cribbins, David Bauer, Mary Merrall, Sylvia Coleridge, Yolande Turner, Maurice Browning18 January 1966 (1966-01-18)
An Emma impersonator and a string of murders put Steed onto the trail of a villainous art dealer.
9618"The Thirteenth Hole"Roy Ward BakerTony WilliamsonPatrick Allen, Hugh Manning, Peter Jones, Victor Maddern, Francis Matthews, Donald Hewlett, Richard Marner25 January 1966 (1966-01-25)
Death on a golf course brings Emma into a sand trap, Steed into a tournament, and light upon a spy ring.
9719"Quick Quick Slow Death"James HillRobert Banks StewartEunice Gayson, John Woodnutt, Maurice Kaufmann, Graham Armitage, Alan Gerrard, Michael Peake1 February 1966 (1966-02-01)
Spy death leads to investigation of a dance school, unattached bachelors, and a tattoo.
9820"The Danger Makers"Charles CrichtonRoger MarshallNigel Davenport, Douglas Wilmer, Fabia Drake, Moray Watson, Adrian Ropes, Richard Coleman8 February 1966 (1966-02-08)
Several military officers are engaging in reckless daredevil antics—all part of an unscrupulous psychiatrist's plan to steal the Crown Jewels.
9921"A Touch of Brimstone"James HillBrian ClemensPeter Wyngarde, Carol Cleveland, Colin Jeavons, Jeremy Young, Steve Plytas, Alf Joint, Robert Cawdron15 February 1966 (1966-02-15)
An eccentric band of libertines (called the Hellfire Club) who commit deadly practical jokes is revealed to have much bigger plans in mind.
10022"What the Butler Saw"Bill BainBrian ClemensDenis Quilley, John Le Mesurier, Thorley Walters, Kynaston Reeves, Howard Marion-Crawford, Humphrey Lestocq, Ewan Hooper22 February 1966 (1966-02-22)
Steed enlists at a butler training school to find out who is selling military secrets to the enemy.
10123"The House That Jack Built"Don LeaverBrian ClemensMichael Goodliffe, Keith Pyott, Griffith Davies1 March 1966 (1966-03-01)
Emma inherits an electronic key to the house of her late, unknown uncle—and finds herself trapped in a maze, target of a former employee's mind-bending revenge.
10224"A Sense of History"Peter Graham ScottMartin WoodhouseNigel Stock, John Barron, John Glyn-Jones, John Ringham, Patrick Mower, Robin Phillips, Peter Blythe, Peter Bourne, Jacqueline Pearce8 March 1966 (1966-03-08)
Steed and Emma investigate an assassination plot among a university's boisterously merry men.
10325"How to Succeed ....at Murder"Don LeaverBrian ClemensSarah Lawson, Angela Browne, Jerome Willis, Christopher Benjamin, Kevin Brennan, David Garth15 March 1966 (1966-03-15)
Efficient, militant, physically fit and bespangled secretaries are assassinating key businessmen – but who's behind the curtain?
10426"Honey for the Prince"James HillBrian ClemensRon Moody, Zia Mohyeddin, George Pastell, Roland Curram, Bruno Barnabe, Jon Laurimore, Peter Diamond, Ken Parry, Richard Graydon, Reg Pritchard22 March 1966 (1966-03-22)
Genie brings Steed and Emma to fantasy world of cricket, harem dance, and creative assassination.

Starting with this series, the production budget was increased considerably, location shooting was used extensively. With an eye toward getting the series shown on US television, the show was now shot using 35mm film instead of being videotaped, leading to an increase in picture quality. This brought The Avengers in line with other contemporary ITV series such as Danger Man (airing in the US as Secret Agent) and The Saint.

Actress Elizabeth Shepherd was originally cast as Emma Peel; one complete episode, "The Town of No Return", was filmed. Partway through filming of the second episode, "The Murder Market", the producers closed down production in order to recast the part. The Shepherd footage has never been televised and is believed to be lost. Canal+ once claimed it had the original footage, then later retracted this claim. Publicity photos of Shepherd as Mrs. Peel survive.

For American broadcast, all episodes of the 1965–1966 series included a specially-shot prologue preceding the main credits, showing Steed and Peel walking across a giant chessboard while a narrator introduces the characters and the concept of the series. This opening never aired in the UK and wasn't widely seen in the show's home country until the DVD release.

The closing credits of all episodes of the fourth series credit the production company as "Associated British Productions Limited", the name of ABC Weekend's parent company's film production wing in Elstree, but at the very end the triangular logo of ABC Weekend TV appears with the caption "ABC production", as in previous series.

"The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse" was filmed in colour on the set of "Honey for the Prince" and was, as Brian Clemens originally wrote it, intended to be tagged on to the end of the final b/w episode transmitted in America to advertise the upcoming colour episodes (though the b/w sequence titled "Preamble for USA", written by Clemens to introduce the item, which was to have featured Rigg and Macnee explaining/introducing this short colour test film, is either lost or was never filmed). It was also cut down into a trailer for the colour episodes coming soon to ABC Network in America. Just like the prologue to the b/w Rigg episodes, it was never meant to be screened anywhere but the US. There is a myth that it was to have originally been a twenty-minute mini-episode, but the version presently available on video is three minutes long and doesn't appear to be missing any substantial narrative content.

Series 5 (1967)Edit

Cast: This series featured Patrick Macnee (as John Steed) and Diana Rigg (as Emma Peel). From this series onwards, all episodes were filmed in colour, but as ITV did not begin colour transmissions until November 1969, all were originally broadcast in the UK in black and white.

Production of this series occurred in two batches. The first 16 episodes were broadcast in both the UK and the US from January to May 1967. The remaining 8 episodes were broadcast in the UK as a continuation of the fifth series from September to November 1967, but in the US they were delayed until January 1968 where they formed the first half of a new season.

January to MayEdit

EpTitleDirected byWritten byGuest castFirst UK broadcast [137]US air date [2][note 4]US Ep
1051"From Venus with Love"Robert DayPhilip LeveneBarbara Shelley, Philip Locke, Jon Pertwee, Derek Newark, Jeremy Lloyd, Adrian Ropes, Arthur Cox, Paul Gillard, Kenneth Benda, Michael Lynch9 January 1967 (1967-01-09)
Southern
14 January, ABC
20 January 19672–1
Astronomers studying the planet Venus are being killed, by what appears to be a death-ray, as Steed and Mrs Peel investigate reports of an invasion from space.
1062"The Fear Merchants"Gordon FlemyngPhilip LevenePatrick Cargill, Brian Wilde, Garfield Morgan, Annette Carell, Andrew Keir, Jeremy Burnham, Edward Burnham, Bernard Horsfall, Ruth Trouncer, Declan Mulholland16 January 1967 (1967-01-16)
Southern
21 January, ABC
27 January 19672–2
Executives in the ceramics industry are driven out of their minds with fear at the behest of a competitor, by the application of science.
1073"Escape in Time"John KrishPhilip LevenePeter Bowles, Geoffrey Bayldon, Judy Parfitt, Imogen Hassall, Nicholas Smith, Clifford Earl, Edward Caddick23 January 1967 (1967-01-23)
Southern
28 January, ABC
10 February 19672–4
An organisation is apparently sending criminals into the past to escape arrest.
1084"The See-Through Man"Robert AsherPhilip LeveneWarren Mitchell, Moira Lister, Roy Kinnear, Jonathan Elsom, John Nettleton, Harvey Hall30 January 1967 (1967-01-30)
Southern
4 February, ABC
3 February 19672–3
A Russian spymaster seemingly purchases the secret of invisibility from an eccentric English scientist, in order to penetrate British security.
1095"The Bird Who Knew Too Much"Roy RossottiBrian ClemensRon Moody, Ilona Rodgers, Kenneth Cope, Michael Coles, John Wood, Anthony Valentine, John Lee8 February 1967 (1967-02-08)
Southern
11 February, ABC
10 March 19672–7
Steed and Emma chase a missing parrot that holds a clue to Soviet espionage activities.
1106"The Winged Avenger"Peter Duffell, Gordon FlemyngRichard HarrisNigel Green, Jack MacGowran, Neil Hallett, Colin Jeavons, John Garrie, Donald Pickering, William Fox, Ann Sidney, Roy Patrick15 February 1967 (1967-02-15)
Southern
18 February, ABC
17 February 19672–5
A comicbook character is brought to life to commit murder, killing a number of men in the publishing industry – by walking up walls.
1117"The Living Dead"John KrishBrian ClemensJulian Glover, Pamela Ann Davy, Howard Marion-Crawford, Jack Woolgar, Jack Watson, Edward Underdown, John Cater, Vernon Dobtcheff, Alister Williamson22 February 1967 (1967-02-22)
Southern
25 February, ABC
3 March 19672–6
The late Duke of Benedict, who perished in a mining disaster, returns to haunt a sleepy English village. But is he really dead?
1128"The Hidden Tiger"Sidney HayersPhilip LeveneRonnie Barker, Lyndon Brook, Gabrielle Drake, John Phillips, Stanley Meadows, Jack Gwillim, Frederick Treves, Reg Pritchard1 March 1967 (1967-03-01)
Southern
4 March, ABC
17 March 19672–8
Men and animals are being mauled to death in rural England by what seems to be a tiger or puma; but no one who sees it lives to tell the tale.
1139"The Correct Way to Kill"Charles CrichtonBrian ClemensAnna Quayle, Michael Gough, Philip Madoc, Terence Alexander, Peter Barkworth, Graham Armitage, Timothy Bateson, Edwin Apps8 March 1967 (1967-03-08)
Southern
11 March, ABC
24 March 19672–9
Seeking an organisation of murderous City gents, who are assassinating both British and enemy agents, Steed gets a glamorous but tall Russian partner, and Emma a short-lived one.
11410"Never, Never Say Die"Robert DayPhilip LeveneChristopher Lee, Jeremy Young, Patricia English, David Kernan, Christopher Benjamin, John Junkin, Peter Dennis, Arnold Ridley, Alan Chuntz15 March 1967 (1967-03-15)
Southern
18 March, ABC
31 March 19672–10
A motorist finds that wherever he goes he's involved in yet another traffic accident, repeatedly killing the same pedestrian – Dr Frank N. Stone (Christopher Lee).
11511"Epic"James HillBrian ClemensPeter Wyngarde, Isa Miranda, Kenneth J. Warren, David Lodge29 March 1967 (1967-03-29)
Tyne Tees
1 April, ABC
14 April 19672–11
A demented movie mogul with an Eric von Stroheim fixation lures Mrs Peel to an abandoned movie studio, to star in a film of her own death.
11612"The Superlative Seven"Sidney HayersBrian ClemensCharlotte Rampling, Brian Blessed, James Maxwell, Hugh Manning, Leon Greene, Donald Sutherland, John Hollis5 April 1967 (1967-04-05)
Tyne Tees
8 April, ABC
21 April 19672–12
A mysterious invitation that strands him on a remote island, with six companions who are murdered one by one, makes Steed a Little Indian.
11713"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station"John KrishBrian ClemensJames Hayter, John Laurie, Drewe Henley, Isla Blair, Tim Barrett, Richard Caldicot, Dyson Lovell, Michael Nightingale12 April 1967 (1967-04-12)
Tyne Tees
15 April, ABC
28 April 19672–13
In a spoof of the movie "The Lady Vanishes", a bride and groom keep catching the same railway train, to a station that doesn't exist. Steed starts to suspect that a novel espionage network is being created when the agent following them vanishes.
11814"Something Nasty in the Nursery"James HillPhilip LeveneDudley Foster, Yootha Joyce, Paul Eddington, Clive Dunn, Patrick Newell, Trevor Bannister, Paul Hardwick, Dennis Chinnery21 April 1967 (1967-04-21)
Rediffusion
22 April, ABC
5 May 19672–14
Government ministers suddenly revert to childhood, when exposed to a new type of nerve gas.
11915"The Joker"Sidney HayersBrian ClemensPeter Jeffrey, Ronald Lacey, John Stone26 April 1967 (1967-04-26)
Tyne Tees
29 April, ABC
12 May 19672–15
Mrs Peel is lured to a big, lonely country house by a man who wants revenge.
12016"Who's Who ???"John Llewellyn MoxeyPhilip LeveneFreddie Jones, Patricia Haines, Campbell Singer, Peter Reynolds, Arnold Diamond, Malcolm Taylor3 May 1967 (1967-05-03)
Tyne Tees
6 May, ABC
19 May 19672–16
A pair of assassins changing their minds (for Steed's and Emma's) bring double trouble.

"The Fear Merchants" was the first episode of The Avengers to be produced/filmed in colour, although "From Venus with Love" aired first.

The closing credits of all episodes of the fifth and sixth series credit the production company as "A.B.C. Television Films Limited", and at the very end an animation reveals the letters "ABC" to stand for "Associated British Corporation", a name apparently invented for ABC shows exported to the US to avoid confusion with the US ABC network.[138]

September to NovemberEdit

EpTitleDirected byWritten byGuest castFirst UK broadcast [137]US air date [2][note 4]US Ep
12117"Return of the Cybernauts"Robert DayPhilip LevenePeter Cushing, Frederick Jaeger, Charles Tingwell, Fulton Mackay, Roger Hammond, Noel Coleman, Aimi MacDonald, Redmond Phillips27 September 1967 (1967-09-27)
Grampian
30 September, ABC
21 February 19683–6
Scientists are being kidnapped. Mrs Peel is to be the next victim: receiving a new wristwatch the Cybernauts can home-in on, from a deceitful admirer.
12218"Death's Door"Sidney HayersPhilip LeveneClifford Evans, Allan Cuthbertson, William Lucas, Marne Maitland, Peter Thomas4 October 1967 (1967-10-04)
Grampian
7 October, ABC
31 January 19683–4
Top Civil Servants are manipulated into believing that if they go through the door to a vital conference they will die.
12319"The £50,000 Breakfast"Robert DayRoger MarshallCecil Parker, Yolande Turner, David Langton, Anneke Wills, Cardew Robinson, Nigel Lambert, Jon Laurimore11 October 1967 (1967-10-11)
Grampian
14 October, ABC
28 February 19683–7
A Switzerland-bound ventriloquist in a coma has a bellyful of diamonds. This is a remake of episode 2.08 'Death of a Great Dane'.
12420"Dead Man's Treasure"Sidney HayersMichael WinderArthur Lowe, Valerie Van Ost, Edwin Richfield, Neil McCarthy, Norman Bowler, Ivor Dean, Rio Fanning18 October 1967 (1967-10-18)
Grampian
21 October, ABC
13 March 19683–8
A missing briefcase full of secrets propels Steed and Emma into a treasure hunt by car.
12521"You Have Just Been Murdered"Robert AsherPhilip LeveneBarrie Ingham, Robert Flemyng, George Murcell, Leslie French, Geoffrey Chater, Simon Oates, Frank Maher, Clifford Cox, John Baker25 October 1967 (1967-10-25)
Grampian
28 October, ABC
24 January 19683–3
Millionaires are being blackmailed into paying a mystery enemy not to murder them, as he repeatedly demonstrates how vulnerable to assassination they are.
12622"The Positive Negative Man"Robert DayTony WilliamsonRay McAnally, Michael Latimer, Caroline Blakiston, Peter Blythe, Sandor Elès, Bill Wallis1 November 1967 (1967-11-01) Grampian
4 November, ABC
17 January 19683–2
Scientists are being eliminated by a highly charged hitman, whose touch brings instant death by electrocution.
12723"Murdersville"Robert AsherBrian ClemensColin Blakely, John Ronane, Ronald Hines, John Sharp, Sheila Fearn, Eric Flynn, Norman Chappell, Tony Caunter, John Chandos, Robert Cawdron, Joseph Greig, Geoffrey Colville8 November 1967 (1967-11-08)
Grampian
11 November, ABC
7 February 19683–5
A childhood chum of Mrs Peel's retires to a quiet, friendly little English village – that is now the headquarters of Murder Incorporated.
12824"Mission... Highly Improbable"Robert DayPhilip LeveneRonald Radd, Jane Merrow, Noel Howlett, Francis Matthews, Richard Leech, Stefan Gryff, Nicholas Courtney, Kevin Stoney, Nosher Powell15 November 1967 (1967-11-15)
Grampian
18 November, ABC
10 January 19683–1
In a spoof of the television series "Mission: Impossible", a new ray machine, which makes everything smaller, miniaturises Steed!

Series 6 (1968–1969)Edit

Cast: All episodes feature Patrick Macnee (as John Steed) and Linda Thorson (as Tara King). In episode 17, ("Killer") Tara makes a brief appearance before going on holiday. For the remainder of "Killer", Patrick Macnee as John Steed is paired with Jennifer Croxton as Lady Diana Forbes-Blakeney.

In episode 1 ("The Forget-Me-Knot"), Diana Rigg as Emma Peel makes her final appearance.

Patrick Newell (as "Mother") features in twenty of the episodes, with his mute sidekick "Rhonda" (Rhonda Parker) joining him for the latter eighteen.

The episode numbers in the table relate to the order in which they were first broadcast by Thames Television in the UK. Different ITV regions broadcast episodes on different dates and in different orders, so the Thames order does not match the order of first UK broadcast. Nearly all episodes in this series were shown, in a different order, in the US before they were shown in the UK.

EpTitleDirected byWritten byGuest castFirst UK broadcast [139]US air date [5][note 4]US Ep
1291"The Forget-Me-Knot"James HillBrian ClemensPatrick Kavanagh, Jeremy Burnham, Jeremy Young, Alan Lake, Douglas Sheldon, John Lee, Leon Lissek25 September 1968 (1968-09-25)
Thames
20 March 19683–9
A new drug that causes instant amnesia makes his fellow agents forget Steed. Diana Rigg bows out as Mrs Emma Peel and her replacement, Miss Tara King, is introduced (the two women pass each other on the stairs, and Peel advises King about how to prepare Steed's tea) together with Steed's new boss: a plump, jovial man, codenamed 'Mother' (who, in a spoof of the US television series "Ironside", runs the department from his wheelchair).
1302"Game"Robert FuestRichard HarrisPeter Jeffrey, Garfield Morgan, Anthony Newlands, Alex Scott, Aubrey Richards, Brian Badcoe2 October 1968 (1968-10-02)
Thames
23 September 19684–1
An ex-soldier, thought to be dead, takes his revenge on Steed and five other former Army officers, who helped to court-martial him, by trapping them into participating in a series of deadly games that invariably end in death.
1313"Super Secret Cypher Snatch"John HoughTony WilliamsonJohn Carlisle, Simon Oates, Allan Cuthbertson, Ivor Dean, Angela Scoular, Nicholas Smith, David Quilter, Clifford Earl, Donald Gee, Alec Ross, Lionel Wheeler9 October 1968 (1968-10-09)
Thames
30 September 19684–2
An espionage ring is stealing secrets from the Government's top secret Cypher HQ, by posing as window cleaners. MI-12 is assigned to the case. When its man Jarett is murdered, Steed takes over, to investigate Classy Glass Cleaning; but Tara, posing as a new secretary inside Cypher HQ, swears no one has penetrated its security.
1324"You'll Catch Your Death"Paul DicksonJeremy BurnhamRonald Culver, Valentine Dyall, Fulton Mackay, Sylvia Kay, Dudley Sutton, Charles Lloyd-Pack, Henry McGee, Hamilton Dyce, Bruno Barnabe, Geoffrey Chater, Willoughby Gray16 October 1968 (1968-10-16)
Thames
7 October 19684–3
Empty envelopes are delivered to top Government officials, who are then found dead. The only clue is that each man seems to have died from a fit of sneezing. Steed investigates a clinic for researching the common cold, which seems to have purchased some unusual stationery supplies.
1335"Split!"Roy Ward BakerBrian ClemensNigel Davenport, Julian Glover, Bernard Archard, Iain Anders, Christopher Benjamin, Steven Scott, Maurice Good23 October 1968 (1968-10-23)
Thames
10 April 19683–12
When agents in Lord Barnes's department at the Ministry of Top Secret Information are murdered, all the evidence points to an enemy agent named Kartovski. The snag is that Kartovski was killed by Steed five years earlier.
1346"Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?"Cyril FrankelTony WilliamsonDennis Price, Clifford Evans, Judy Parfitt, Anthony Nicholls, Frank Windsor, Adrian Ropes, Arthur Cox, Tony Wright, Valerie Leon17 October 1968 (1968-10-17)
Ulster
30 October, Thames
9 December 19684–10
A mystery enemy is targeting Britain's most important government computer with a series of sabotage attempts. Steed investigates the machine's designer, following up a clue the computer has provided, and plants Tara in his household as a spy.
1357"False Witness"Charles CrichtonJeremy BurnhamJohn Bennett, Barry Warren, Tony Steedman, Simon Lack, Arthur Pentelow, Jimmy Gardner, Rio Fanning6 November 1968 (1968-11-06)
Thames
25 November 19684–8
When all the witnesses involved in the prosecution of Lord Edgefield, suspected of blackmailing key security and foreign service personnel, suddenly start lying – including Tara – Steed must discover how they have been got at. Meanwhile, Tara becomes suspicious of DreemyKreem Dairies, but discovers she is literally incapable of telling anyone.
1368"All Done with Mirrors"Ray AustinLeigh VanceDinsdale Landen, Peter Copley, Edwin Richfield, Michael Trubshawe, Nora Nicholson, Tenniel Evans, Michael Nightingale, Robert Sidaway, Edina Ronay (uncredited),[140] David Grey, Graham Ashley, Peter Thomas13 November 1968 (1968-11-13)
Thames
2 December 19684–9
Secrets are leaking from a defence research establishment, thanks to a new invention: an eavesdropping device, which can use any shiny surface to reflect and amplify sound waves. But with Steed unavailable, Tara must investigate with only an inexperienced new agent for support.
1379"Legacy of Death"Don ChaffeyTerry NationStratford Johns, Ronald Lacey, Richard Hurndall, John Hollis, Tutte Lemkow, Michael Bilton20 November 1968 (1968-11-20)
Thames
4 November 19684–5
For revenge on Steed, an old enemy leaves him a deadly legacy in his Will: a jewelled oriental dagger worth a million dollars, known as the Falcon, which various dangerous men are anxious to acquire. Steed is cast in the role of Sam Spade, in a spoof of the Humphrey Bogart movie "The Maltese Falcon", with dead bodies piling up in his apartment as one man after another tries to kill him to get hold of the item. Ronald Lacey guest stars as Mr Green, and Stratford Johns as Mr Street, in a homage to Bogart's co-star, Sydney Greenstreet.
13810"Noon Doomsday"Peter SykesTerry NationT. P. McKenna, Ray Brooks, Griffith Jones, Lyndon Brook, Peter Bromilow, Patrick Newell, Peter Halliday, Anthony Ainley, John Glyn-Jones27 November 1968 (1968-11-27)
Thames
28 October 19684–4
An injured Steed is being treated in a top secret hospital, with an assassin named Kafka, the former head of Murder International, on his trail. With the aid of an accomplice on the inside, Kafka penetrates the security guarding the hospital, and Tara finds herself in a race against time to save the helpless Steed.
13911"Look — (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) — But There Were These Two Fellers..."James HillDennis SpoonerJimmy Jewel, Julian Chagrin, Bernard Cribbins, John Cleese, William Kendall, John Woodvine, Garry Marsh, Bill Shine, Richard Young, Robert James, Talfryn Thomas4 December 1968 (1968-12-04)
Thames
8 May 19683–15
Two old-time music hall performers dressed as clowns (one played by real-life music hall star Jimmy Jewel), with assistance from a group of ex-vaudeville acts, are killing the businessmen they blame for closing down the variety theatres which were their livelihood.
14012"Have Guns — Will Haggle"Ray AustinDonald JamesJohnny Sekka, Nicola Pagett, Roy Stewart, Timothy Bateson, Michael Turner, Jonathan Burn11 December 1968 (1968-12-11)
Thames
1 May 19683–14
Steed attends an underworld auction and bids for three thousand stolen state-of-the art rifles to try to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.
14113"They Keep Killing Steed"Robert FuestBrian ClemensIan Ogilvy, Ray McAnally, Norman Jones, Bernard Horsfall, Angharad Rees, Reg Whitehead18 December 1968 (1968-12-18)
Thames
11 November 19684–6
Enemy agents disguised as Steed penetrate a peace conference for which he is in charge of security, to assassinate the delegates. With Steed also present, trying to stop them, chaos arrives because no one can tell the real Steed from the imposters. As Tara investigates, she finds herself falling over dead Steeds wherever she goes!
14214"The Interrogators"Charles CrichtonRichard Harris, Brian ClemensChristopher Lee, Philip Bond, Glynn Edwards, Neil McCarthy, Cardew Robinson, Neil Wilson1 January 1969 (1969-01-01)
Thames
20 January 19694–14
Agents in Steed's department are being fooled into giving away secrets, by men posing as Army officers at a fake Government training establishment. And their next victim will be... Tara King.
14315"The Rotters"Robert FuestDave FreemanGerald Sim, Jerome Willis, Eric Barker, John Nettleton, Frank Middlemass, Harold Innocent, Amy Dalby, John Stone, Charles Morgan, Noel Davis8 January 1969 (1969-01-08)
Thames
16 December 19684–11
Steed investigates a firm named WormDoom, whose proprietor, a businessman widely thought a bit of a rotter, is killing off his business competitors, all experts on timber decay. To get at his victims he has stolen a new chemical that, while simulating dry rot, causes wood to rot instantaneously: turning doors, walls and windows all to powder.
14416"Invasion of the Earthmen"Don SharpTerry NationWilliam Lucas, Christian Roberts, Lucy Fleming, Wendy Allnutt, Chris Chittell, Warren Clarke, George Roubicek15 January 1969 (1969-01-15)
Thames
27 March 19683–10
Steed and Tara investigate an unusual school: a military academy for young men and women, that hides a secret astronaut training centre.
14517"Killer"Cliff OwenTony WilliamsonJennifer Croxton, Grant Taylor, William Franklyn, Richard Wattis, Harry Towb, John Bailey, Michael Ward, James Bree, Anthony Valentine, Clive Graham, Oliver MacGreevy, Michael McStay22 January 1969 (1969-01-22)
Thames
30 December 19684–12
While Tara is on leave, Steed takes on a temporary new partner, the aristocratic Lady Diana Forbes-Blakeney. Together they confront REMAK: the Remote Electro Matic Agent Killer – a computerised assassin.
14618"The Morning After"John HoughBrian ClemensPeter Barkworth, Joss Ackland, Brian Blessed, Donald Douglas10 January 1969 (1969-01-10)
ATV
29 January, Thames
27 January 19694–15
A double-agent, codenamed Merlin, steals a new sleep gas and tries it out on Steed. Awaking 24 hours later, with Merlin his prisoner, Steed can find no one to hand him over to: everywhere he goes the streets are completely deserted.
14719"The Curious Case of the Countless Clues"Don SharpPhilip LeveneAnthony Bate, Kenneth Cope, Tony Selby, Peter Jones, Tracy Reed, Edward de Souza, George A. Cooper, Reginald Jessup31 January 1969 (1969-01-31)
ATV
5 February, Thames
3 April 19683–11
In a spoof of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Doyle (Peter Jones) – equipped with pipe, cape and deerstalker hat – is investigating a seemingly careless criminal, who leaves masses of clues wherever he goes. But no-one can solve the crimes, not even Steed, because all the clues are fakes: left behind by a blackmailer, who is planting them to incriminate wealthy men, as part of a sophisticated extortion racket.
14820"Wish You Were Here"Don ChaffeyTony WilliamsonLiam Redmond, Robert Urquhart, Brook Williams, Dudley Foster, Derek Newark, Gary Watson, Louise Pajo, Richard Caldicot, David Garth7 February 1969 (1969-02-07)
ATV
12 February, Thames
18 November 19684–7
In a spoof of the 1967 British TV series "The Prisoner", Tara finds herself trapped in a posh prison without bars or guards, which, on the surface, appears to be merely an elegant hotel in a quiet English town.
14921"Love All"Peter SykesJeremy BurnhamTerence Alexander, Patsy Rowlands, Brian Oulton, Frank Gatliff, Peter Stephens, Larry Taylor, David Baron14 February 1969 (1969-02-14)
ATV
19 February, Thames
3 February 19694–16
Steed investigates a publishing house which specialises in romantic fiction, when looking into a mystery in which top civil servants are unexpectedly falling in love and betraying military secrets in 'pillow talk'.
15022"Stay Tuned"Don ChaffeyTony WilliamsonGary Bond, Kate O'Mara, Duncan Lamont, Howard Marion-Crawford, Roger Delgado, Harold Kasket, Ewan Roberts21 February 1969 (1969-02-21)
ATV
26 February, Thames
24 February 19694–19
Steed returns from holiday with no memory of where he has been or what he has been doing for the past three weeks. He is behaving oddly and seems to have been brainwashed—implanted with a post-hypnotic suggestion to kill someone in the department.
15123"Take Me to Your Leader"Robert FuestTerry NationPatrick Barr, John Ronane, Michael Robbins, Penelope Keith, Hugh Cross, Michael Hawkins, Bryan Kendrick, Raymond Adamson, Henry Stamper28 February 1969 (1969-02-28)
ATV
5 March, Thames
10 February 19694–17
Steed and Tara are tracking the movements of a red attaché case containing money and documents intended for a top enemy agent. The case also contains taped messages that inform a series of couriers where to take it.
15224"Fog"John HoughJeremy BurnhamNigel Green, Guy Rolfe, Terence Brady, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Norman Chappell, Patsy Smart, John Garrie, Frederick Peisley, Arnold Diamond, John Barrard7 March 1969 (1969-03-07)
ATV
12 March, Thames
17 February 19694–18
The Gaslight Ghoul, a Victorian mass murderer similar to Jack the Ripper, strikes again a century later. In a fog-shrouded London, the Ghoul is intent on assassinating all the foreign delegates attending the international disarmament conference. Steed invents a fictitious additional Gaslight Ghoul murder in order to investigate a gentlemen's club, dedicated to uncovering the identity of the Ghoul, which Steed suspects is involved in the new killings.
15325"Who Was That Man I Saw You With?"Don ChaffeyJeremy BurnhamWilliam Marlowe, Ralph Michael, Alan MacNaughtan, Alan Wheatley, Bryan Marshall, Alan Browning, Aimée Delamain, Ken Barker14 March 1969 (1969-03-14)
ATV
19 March, Thames
3 March 19694–20
Whilst on a top-secret security assignment, Tara comes under suspicion of being a double agent. She must cast similar suspicion on Steed if she is to prove that she has been framed. An enemy agent, Gregor Zaroff, hopes to put the Government's new anti-missile defence system, codenamed 'Field Marshall', out of action by convincing Steed and Mother that Tara has betrayed the system's secrets.
15426"Homicide and Old Lace"John HoughMalcolm Hulke, Terrance DicksJoyce Carey, Mary Merrall, Gerald Harper, Keith Baxter, Edward Brayshaw, Bryan Mosley, Donald Pickering, Gertan Klauber, Kevork Malikyan, Kristopher Kum, Stephen Hubay21 March 1969 (1969-03-21)
ATV
26 March, Thames
17 March 19694–22
Mother's two elderly aunties are all a-twitter over an improbable tale that he spins them: a dastardly plot to steal the Crown Jewels, illustrated with clips from earlier episodes.
15527"Thingumajig"Leslie NormanTerry NationJeremy Lloyd, Iain Cuthbertson, Willoughby Goddard, Hugh Manning, John Horsley, Edward Burnham, Vernon Dobtcheff, Russell Waters28 March 1969 (1969-03-28)
ATV
2 April, Thames
24 March 19694–23
A fiendish, and lethal, device that eats electricity, designed as the ultimate killing machine, gets loose in a rural English village and electrocutes everyone it comes into contact with.
15628"My Wildest Dream"Robert FuestPhilip LevenePeter Vaughan, Derek Godfrey, Edward Fox, Susan Travers, Philip Madoc, Tom Kempinski, John Savident, Hugh Moxey4 April 1969 (1969-04-04)
Border
7 April, Thames
6 January 19694–13
Acme Precision Combine's directors are dying. A series of quite ordinary men have been hypnotised into committing the murders—by making them believe it's all a dream.
15729"Requiem"Don ChaffeyBrian ClemensAngela Douglas, John Cairney, John Paul, Denis Shaw, Katya Wyeth, John Baker11 April 1969 (1969-04-11)
ATV
16 April, Thames
31 March 19694–24
Tara finds herself attending a Requiem service for Mother, when Steed inaugurates a one-man witness protection program for a key witness against Murder International: taking the witness to Fort Steed, a hiding place supposedly known only to him. But agents bent on murdering the witness boobytrap Steed's apartment. When the bomb explodes, Tara is severely injured and Mother is killed. Now Tara must find Steed in time to warn him.
15830"Take-Over"Robert FuestTerry NationTom Adams, Elizabeth Sellars, Michael Gwynn, Hilary Pritchard, Garfield Morgan, Keith Buckley, John Comer, Anthony Sagar18 April 1969 (1969-04-18)
ATV
23 April, Thames
14 April 19694–25
Steed is spending the weekend with two of his oldest friends, Bill and Laura Bassett, who, unknown to him, are being held prisoner in their own home by the other house guests. If they reveal this to Steed, or the reason why, he will be murdered: but he nevertheless begins to suspect something is amiss. Then an unsuspecting Tara blunders in.
15931"Pandora"Robert FuestBrian ClemensJulian Glover, James Cossins, Kathleen Byron, John Laurie, Geoffrey Whitehead, Peter Madden, Reginald Barratt4 April 1969 (1969-04-04)
ATV
30 April, Thames
10 March 19694–21
Tara is kidnapped by two brothers, who drug her and seek to brainwash her into believing that she is Pandora, a young woman she closely resembles, who was once engaged to their elderly father—a retired spy, codenamed the "Fierce Rabbit". He had been a British agent in the First World War, and Tara has to be convinced that she is now living in the year 1915.
16032"Get-a-Way!"Don SharpPhilip LeveneAndrew Keir, Peter Bowles, Peter Bayliss, Terence Longdon, Michael Culver, Michael Elwyn, Robert Russell, William Wilde27 December 1968 (1968-12-27)
Yorkshire
14 May 1969, Thames
24 April 19683–13
Three captured Russian spies, one of whom is assigned to assassinate Steed, escape from a seemingly escape-proof prison hidden in Oldhill Monastery. Steed investigates a suspicious consignment of vodka recently delivered there, while Tara finds a clue in a magazine article about camouflage.
16133"Bizarre"Leslie NormanBrian ClemensRoy Kinnear, Fulton Mackay, George Innes, John Sharp, Sheila Burrell, Michael Balfour, Patrick Connor, Ron Pember17 May 1969 (1969-05-17)
Yorkshire
21 May, Thames
21 April 19694–26
When a man who was buried a year previously is found newly dead, Steed investigates the cemetery where the dead man was supposed to be. One exhumation leads to another, as more and more discrepancies are uncovered. Steed then has himself buried alive—to see what transpires.

John Bryce replaced Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell as producer for the start of series six. By the time Clemens and Fennell returned, three episodes had been filmed: two 90-minute episodes, named "Invitation To a Killing" and "The Great Great Britain Crime", as well as a standard-length episode, "Invasion of the Earthmen". These were considered to be extremely flawed episodes; they would likely have been scrapped, except that time did not exist in which to film new episodes and still meet the American contract. Hence, "Invitation To a Killing" was heavily edited and had several new shots filmed to become "Have Guns — Will Haggle", while "The Great Great Britain Crime" was heavily edited and had some old footage from previous episodes added, as well as some new footage, to become "Homicide and Old Lace". "Invasion of the Earthmen" was slightly edited as well. No known copies of the original versions of these episodes exist.[citation needed]

This series was produced in two batches: seven episodes (mostly without Patrick Newell as "Mother", and none with Rhonda Parker as "Rhonda") were added to the last eight Diana Rigg episodes for broadcast in the US in the spring of 1968: this made up the third series on ABC in America. On the original American broadcasts, these episodes featured the original 'Shooting Gallery' opening/closing titles featuring Tara in a tight-fitting tan outfit with a short skirt, and gunshots as Steed and Tara are shot at by an unseen gunman, which was filmed by Harry Booth. The seven episodes that aired in the US in the spring of 1968 aired in the following order: "The Forget-Me-Knot" on 20 March, "Invasion of the Earthmen" on 27 March, "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues" on 3 April, "Split!" on 10 April, "Get-A-Way" on 24 April, "Have Guns — will Haggle" on 1 May, and "Look- (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers..." on 8 May.[141]

These seven episodes were added sporadically into the 26 episodes produced in the next block, and the whole was transmitted in Britain as a single 33-episode run. The standard title sequences, the 'field/suits of armour' opening and 'playing card' ending, were filmed by Robert Fuest, originally for the first US transmission of the final 26 episodes, which made up the fourth series on the ABC network in America. These were tacked on to all 33 episodes when broadcast in the UK, apart from "The Forget-Me-Knot" which retained the amended Emma Peel opening credits and its original Tara King 'Shooting Gallery' end credit sequence.[citation needed]

By the time the sixth series came to be broadcast in the UK, ABC Weekend TV had ceased to exist: it had merged with Rediffusion London to become Thames Television. However all episodes of this series were still credited to A.B.C. Television Films as had the previous series.

Notes:

  • In the episode "Killer", Tara King is only seen departing for and returning from holiday. Steed's fellow agent for this episode is Lady Diana Forbes-Blakeney (played by Jennifer Croxton).
  • In the US, the field/suits of armour opening title sequence was re-edited to 23 seconds (the UK sequence runs 49 seconds), to accommodate more commercials.
  • The original 1968 German-dubbed episodes of this series had the field/suits of armour opening titles, but the 'Shooting Gallery' end titles.
  • The original 1968 French-dubbed episodes of this series featured a variant in the opening title music: a gunshot sound is heard during the shot of Tara running between two rows of suits of armour toward Steed, and the sound of the sword swipe at the beginning is missing.
  • The original title music for the opening 'Shooting Gallery' sequence featured gunshots. The version of the episode "Split!"—the only episode featuring this title sequence—that is included in the current DVD release (and aired on TV channel True Entertainment in the UK) nevertheless retains the standard title music, with the opening sword swipe sound effect where the first gunshot should be.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Endcap: "ABC production" with ABC Weekend's triangle logo; Beaumont, Ian. "The Avengers". ABC at large. Transdiffusion Broadcasting System. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b Endcap: "ABC Production: Associated British Corporation"; Beaumont, Ian. "The Avengers". ABC at large. Transdiffusion Broadcasting System. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  3. ^ ABC North
  4. ^ a b c WABC-TV, New York

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