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Release Date:
28 March 1966 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners. Full summary »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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"Good morning Cathy, what's for breakfast?" "Cook it and see!" See more (49 total) »

Cast

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Patrick Macnee ... John Steed / ... (160 episodes, 1961-1969)
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Series Directed by
Don Leaver (20 episodes, 1961-1966)
Peter Hammond (18 episodes, 1961-1964)
Kim Mills (10 episodes, 1962-1964)
Robert Fuest (8 episodes, 1961-1969)
Roy Ward Baker (8 episodes, 1965-1968)
James Hill (8 episodes, 1965-1968)
Sidney Hayers (8 episodes, 1965-1967)
Jonathan Alwyn (7 episodes, 1962-1964)
Richmond Harding (7 episodes, 1962-1963)
Bill Bain (7 episodes, 1963-1966)
Robert Day (6 episodes, 1967)
Charles Crichton (5 episodes, 1965-1969)
Don Chaffey (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Peter Graham Scott (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Asher (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Hough (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Laurence Bourne (3 episodes, 1964)
John Krish (3 episodes, 1967)
Don Sharp (3 episodes, 1968)
Roger Jenkins (2 episodes, 1961)
John Knight (2 episodes, 1961)
Raymond Menmuir (2 episodes, 1963)
Gerry O'Hara (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gordon Flemyng (2 episodes, 1967)
Peter Sykes (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ray Austin (2 episodes, 1968)
Leslie Norman (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Writing credits
Brian Clemens (32 episodes, 1961-1969)
Philip Levene (20 episodes, 1965-1968)
Roger Marshall (15 episodes, 1962-1967)
Malcolm Hulke (9 episodes, 1962-1969)
Tony Williamson (9 episodes, 1965-1969)
Eric Paice (8 episodes, 1961-1964)
Martin Woodhouse (7 episodes, 1962-1966)
John Lucarotti (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
Terry Nation (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Harris (5 episodes, 1961-1969)
James Mitchell (5 episodes, 1961-1963)
Jeremy Burnham (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Dennis Spooner (4 episodes, 1961-1968)
Terrance Dicks (4 episodes, 1962-1969)
Peter Ling (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Patrick Brawn (3 episodes, 1961)
Jeremy Scott (3 episodes, 1962-1967)
Lester Powell (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Geoffrey Bellman (2 episodes, 1961)
Terence Feely (2 episodes, 1961)
Ray Rigby (2 episodes, 1961)
Sheilagh Ward (2 episodes, 1961)
John Whitney (2 episodes, 1961)
Anthony Terpiloff (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Philip Chambers (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Banks Stewart (2 episodes, 1965-1966)

Sydney Newman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Brian Clemens .... producer / associate producer (83 episodes, 1965-1969)
Albert Fennell .... producer (57 episodes, 1967-1969)
Julian Wintle .... producer / executive producer (50 episodes, 1965-1967)
John Bryce .... producer (41 episodes, 1963-1969)
Leonard White .... producer (40 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Original Music by
Laurie Johnson (156 episodes, 1961-1969)
Howard Blake (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Cinematography by
Alan Hume (26 episodes, 1965-1968)
Ernest Steward (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Gilbert Taylor (8 episodes, 1966-1969)
Peter Jessop (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
Lionel Banes (6 episodes, 1966)
Gerry Turpin (5 episodes, 1965)
Wilkie Cooper (5 episodes, 1967)
David Holmes (5 episodes, 1969)
Stephen Dade (2 episodes, 1968)
H.A.R. Thomson (2 episodes, 1969)
Walter J. Harvey (1 episode, 1968-1969)

Gerald Gibbs (unknown episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Film Editing by
Lionel Selwyn (15 episodes, 1966-1968)
Richard Best (14 episodes, 1965-1966)
Karen Heward (11 episodes, 1968-1969)
Peter Tanner (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
Anthony Palk (8 episodes, 1967)
Manuel del Campo (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ann Chegwidden (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert C. Dearberg (2 episodes, 1969)

John Glen (unknown episodes)
Frank P. Keller (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
G.B. Walker (83 episodes, 1965-1969)
 
Series Production Design by
Robert Jones (51 episodes, 1967-1969)
Robert Fuest (10 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jim Goddard (9 episodes, 1961-1963)
Terry Green (9 episodes, 1962-1963)
Patrick Downing (6 episodes, 1961-1964)
Paul Bernard (6 episodes, 1961-1963)
David Marshall (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Wilfred Shingleton (6 episodes, 1967)
Alpho O'Reilly (5 episodes, 1961)
Ann Spavin (5 episodes, 1962-1964)
Richard Harrison (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert MacGowan (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
Philip Harrison (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Douglas James (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Art Direction by
Harry Pottle (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Len Townsend (13 episodes, 1967)
Kenneth McCallum Tait (7 episodes, 1967-1969)
Fred Carter (7 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jackie Jackson (4 episodes, 1965)

Anne Gainsford (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist / make-up (52 episodes, 1967-1969)
George Blackler .... makeup artist (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Pearl Orton .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1965-1966)
Hilda Fox .... hair stylist / hairdressing (15 episodes, 1967)
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1968-1969)
Gordon Bond .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bill Griffiths .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jan Dorman .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1968)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1967)
Jeanette Freeman .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Laurie Greenwood .... unit manager (49 episodes, 1967-1969)
Geoffrey Haine .... production manager (46 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ron Fry .... production manager (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Gordon Scott .... executive in charge of production (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Albert Fennell .... executive in charge of production (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Franz von Toskana .... assistant production manager (25 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard F. Dalton .... unit manager (18 episodes, 1967)
Ted Lloyd .... production manager (4 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Hough .... second unit director / assistant director: second unit (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Frank Hollands .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard F. Dalton .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ron Appleton .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1967-1969)
Ron Purdie .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1967-1969)
Ted Lewis .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1967-1969)
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director: second unit / second assistant director (11 episodes, 1967)
Michael Murray .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Martin .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1967)
Colin Lord .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1969)
Claude Watson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1965)
Ron Carr .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1967)

Drummond Riddell .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Herbert Worley .... construction manager (34 episodes, 1967-1969)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Kenneth McCallum Tait .... associate art director / set dresser (30 episodes, 1968-1969)
Len Townsend .... associate art director (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
Simon Wakefield .... set dresser (24 episodes, 1968-1969)
Charles Hammerton .... construction manager (16 episodes, 1967)
Len Dunstan .... construction manager (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Harrison .... assistant art director / associate art director (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ted Tester .... set dresser (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Sound Department
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director (83 episodes, 1965-1969)
Len Abbott .... dubbing mixer (54 episodes, 1965-1969)
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist (36 episodes, 1965-1967)
Cecil Mason .... sound recordist (27 episodes, 1967-1969)
Peter Lennard .... sound editor (26 episodes, 1967-1969)
Len Shilton .... dubbing mixer / sound mixer (23 episodes, 1967-1969)
Jack T. Knight .... sound editor (18 episodes, 1966-1967)
Lionel Selwyn .... sound editor (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist (10 episodes, 1967)
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer / sound recordist (8 episodes, 1967-1969)
Robert C. Dearberg .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Russ Hill .... sound editor (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Rydal Love .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1967)
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1969)
Ken Rolls .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1966)
Bert Rule .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1966)
Dennis Whitlock .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1968-1969)

Keith Batten .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Ray Austin .... stunt arranger (50 episodes, 1965-1967)
Joe Dunne .... stunt arranger (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Paul Weston .... stunt double: Patrick Macnee (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Peter J. Elliott .... high dive stunt double: Diana Rigg / stunt double: Richard Montez (2 episodes, 1967)

Cyd Child .... stunt double: Diana Rigg, 1965-1967 (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Birtles .... supervising electrician (30 episodes, 1967-1969)
Wally Thompson .... supervising electrician (18 episodes, 1967)
James Bawden .... camera operator (14 episodes, 1965-1967)
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Brian Elvin .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Tony White .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ernest Robinson .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Roy Bond .... supervising electrician (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Walter J. Harvey .... director of photography: second unit (7 episodes, 1968)
Frank Drake .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1967)
Gerald Gibbs .... director of photography: second unit (6 episodes, 1968)
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1965)
Bert Mason .... director of photography: second unit (4 episodes, 1969)
David Holmes .... director of photography: second unit (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alun Hughes .... wardrobe designer: Linda Thorston / wardrobe designer: Diana Rigg (52 episodes, 1967-1969)
Pierre Cardin .... wardrobe designer: Patrick Macnee (30 episodes, 1967-1969)
Felix Evans .... wardrobe (25 episodes, 1967-1969)
Patrick Macnee .... wardrobe designer: Patrick Macnee / wardrobe: Patrick Macnee (24 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jackie Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor (22 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Bates .... wardrobe designer: Diana Rigg (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Frederick Starke .... wardrobe designer: Honor Blackman (14 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe supervisor (11 episodes, 1967)
Michael Whittaker .... wardrobe designer: Honor Blackman (7 episodes, 1962-1963)
Harvey Gould .... wardrobe designer: Linda Thorston (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Hilda Geerdts .... wardrobe / wardrobe supervisor (5 episodes, 1967)
Gladys James .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Editorial Department
Peter Tanner .... supervising editor (24 episodes, 1967)
Ann Chegwidden .... post-production coordinator (20 episodes, 1968-1969)
Harry Booth .... post-production coordinator (12 episodes, 1968)
Manuel del Campo .... supervising editor (9 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Music Department
John Dankworth .... composer and performer: theme / composer: theme music (78 episodes, 1961-1964)
Karen Heward .... music editor (35 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paul B. Clay .... music editor (19 episodes, 1968-1969)
Howard Blake .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 1968)
Laurie Johnson .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Vivienne Collins .... music editor (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Transportation Department
George Andrews .... unit driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Jack Greenwood .... production controller (44 episodes, 1967-1969)
John Bryce .... story editor (40 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Bates .... story editor (38 episodes, 1963-1964)
June Randall .... continuity (35 episodes, 1965-1969)
Philip Levene .... story consultant (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Terry Nation .... script editor (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Julian Wintle .... consultant to the series (33 episodes, 1968-1969)
Patrick Brawn .... story editor (26 episodes, 1961)
Brian Clemens .... story editor (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Franz von Toskana .... production accountant (25 episodes, 1968-1969)
Edward Rayne .... shoes: Diana Rigg (14 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mary Spain .... continuity (14 episodes, 1967-1969)
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity (13 episodes, 1967)
Kay Perkins .... continuity (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Anne Trehearne .... fashion consultant (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Kay Fenton .... continuity (4 episodes, 1969)
Eve Wilson .... continuity (3 episodes, 1967)
Doreen Soan .... continuity (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity (2 episodes, 1967)
Peggy Spirito .... continuity (2 episodes, 1967)
 

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60 min (161 episodes)
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Trivia:
Series writer Brian Clemens noted in an interview the sexual chemistry that particularly existed between Steed and Emma Peel, and the common question of "Will they ever go to bed together?" Clemens's attitude toward the characters was that they already had done, and this was the next day. Stars Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg confirmed later, in interviews, that they had decided their characters had a casual sexual relationship, "but just didn't dwell on it."See more »
Quotes:
John Steed:[Emma is bouncing on a trampoline] Look, do you mind? It's like watching a game of perpendicular tennis.See more »
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59 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
"Good morning Cathy, what's for breakfast?" "Cook it and see!", 1 October 2003
Author: fdpedro from Miami, Florida

PART ONE: THE EARLY YEARS (61-64)

When most people think of THE AVENGERS, they often think of the Emma Peel episodes and tend to ignore the magic that the entire series is. What began as a cheap weekly live-broadcast B&W thriller managed to become a major color series with quite high production values and also the first British TV show ever to be exported to the US.

THE AVENGERS began in 1961, as an attempt to cash in ABC's previous medical thriller POLICE SURGEON. The former stared Ian Hendry who became one of the biggest TV stars of the time. The show failed to be a hit however. So Hendry and his co-star Ingrid Hafner were called in to do a replacement called THE AVENGERS. The weekly show would pair up the widowed Dr. Keel (Hendry) with charming secret agent John Steed (Patrick McNee) as they hunted down criminals and diabolical masterminds while walking on the noir-like soaked London streets wearing raincoats. Hafner starred in some episodes as nurse Carol. Only two of these episodes are known to exist, and they have been rarely seen. After many videotaped episodes, the show became a hit and Hendry decided it was a perfect time to start a movie career. He quit the show and so did Hafner. This left co-star McNee all by himself.

The second season started in 1962 and McNee was paired up with Dr. King (Jon Rollason), a temporary replacement. After shooting left-over season one scripts, King was dropped and Julie Stevens as jazz singer Venus Smith was brought in to be Steed's new female partner. A bad one by the way. Not only was Stevens a young unexperienced actress, but the character itself was a manipulative innocent teenager that would always become the damsel in distress and have to be saved during the climax. Weak material here. However, the writers decided to pair Steed up with a different kind of female partner. One that would be written as a male character on the script, and play it like a man. And so was born television's first true independent woman: Mrs. Catherine Gale. Played to perfection by Honor Blackman, the high-tempered Cathy would always have "battle of the sexes" arguments with Steed, hit him with outrageous answers and punchlines, ("Good morning Cathy, what's for breakfast?" "Cook it and see!") and always try to erase his sexist side. Also notable were Cathy's leather catsuits that launched an entire fashion in England, as well as her weekly judo fights with male thugs. The many Cathy Gale episodes have remained in obscurity during the years for the fact that they were videotaped on low production values and transfered into poor prints with lackluster sound. This makes them almost unwatchable. And the bad guest acting and all the technical bloopers that were never fixed during editing didn't help. But all the purists who try to avoid these episodes are actually missing a great load of fun. If you overlook all the negative elements, you are left with entertaining stories that always surprise you with all the wit, poison, and humor from McNee and Blackman. You would also be surprised at how superior the material is since back then the show took itself seriously.

Some episodes speak for themselves: MANDRAKE is a slow-paced but well done suspense with a great fight scene with Blackman and wrestler Jack Parlo. THE LITTLE WONDERS is a funny episode featuring Lois Maxwell (a.k.a Miss Moneypenny) as a wicked machine-gun shooting evil nun. DRESSED TO KILL is a well done variation of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians. THE MAN WITH TWO SHADOWS was one of the first spy stories to use the look-alike element. And THE CHARMERS is perhaps one of the best episodes ever.

It is true that these shows don't even come close to the wonderful filmed seasons that would start in 1965 and they do not hold up to today's standards when compared to other shows of the time. But the biggest reason you should go back to watch these episodes is Cathy Gale herself. A wonderful actress (Blackman) and a wonderful character, Gale is one of the most important female characters of all time. She is for sure my favorite out of all of Steed's partners. Long live Cathy Gale!

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