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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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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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"One of British television's finest hours." 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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Runtime:
60 min (161 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the episode "The Avengers: Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40? (#7.6)" (1968), Linda Thorson speaks with her normal Canadian accent.See more »
Quotes:
John Steed:[trying to fix Emma's toaster, it explodes and shoots toast through the ceiling] That's the first thing Great Britain's ever got into orbit.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in War Zone: The End of an Era (2009) (V)See more »

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Why doesn't Steed use a gun?
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"One of British television's finest hours.", 18 August 2004
Author: jamesraeburn2003 from Poole, Dorset

The adventures of a suave British agent John Steed and his sexy female sidekicks...

This highly popular and long running spy show was the brainchild of Canadian born producer Sidney Newman. It began life as a medical crime drama called "Police Surgeon" starring Ian Hendry as Dr David Keel a pathologist working for the London police. When this failed to take on with the public, the character called John Steed was created. In the first episode of the revamped show renamed "The Avengers", John Steed helps Dr David Keel to avenge the death of his wife because he happened to be after the same man. Steed and Keel would collaborate many more times to rid the streets of criminals. The new show took on much better but Ian Hendry departed after the first series and was replaced by Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale, the first of the better known sexy sidekicks that would put the show firmly on the British TV show map. Blackman lasted two series and was then replaced by Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, a sexy auburn haired leather cladded woman who was expert at karate as well as having skills in a wide range of subjects such as chemistry. By now John Steed's English gentlemen image had been fully opened up, his bowler hat and umbrella was inspired by the film "Q-Plains". Steed's image also consisted of suave suits and he drove vintage cars, first a 1927 4 and a half litre Bentley and occasionally a speed six Bentley (circa 1926) and later a 1927 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in the Linda Thorson series. In one or two episodes, Steed could be seen driving a 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom One. Emma Peel drove a 1966 Lotus Elan and Tara King was often seen behind the wheel of a Lotus as well.

By now the show had cracked the American market and it's success lead to the use of colour film for the last two series. Diana Rigg left in 1967 and her replacement was a young Canadian actress called Linda Thorson who played a young agent called Tara King. There was initial doubts about her suitability to the part, but the script writers modelled the character as a young agent who Steed was grooming and her skills developed as the series progressed. The series was a tremendous success in the UK, but in America it was less so. Therefore in 1969 the show was cancelled. However, in 1976, a revival series entitled "The New Avengers" surfaced co-produced by original producers Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens and a French production company (see separate review). Alas, financial problems saw the show cancelled after a year.

"The Avengers" is without doubt one of British TV's finest hours. In almost every episode superb character actors were drafted in to support Macnee and his co-stars. The plots were usually tight and the combination of fantasy and a unique brand of British humour rose the show well above the average sixties spy show. The most representative segments of the show are without doubt the Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson series. The Honor Blackman series has dated badly because the primitive video tape production techniques are less effective than the later filmed episodes and the style of the show was never really opened up until Diana Rigg joined the show. The writers most associated with the look of the programme are Brian Clemens and Philip Levene. There is only one episode of the Ian Hendry series left in existence and the majority of these were transmitted live.

Finally, here is a list of my recommended episodes, all are available on DVD.

Diana Rigg series: "The Gravediggers", "The Master Minds", "What The Butler Saw", "Room Without A View", "Epic", "The Living Dead" and "The Forget Me Knot" (in which Emma Peel left and Tara King joined).

Linda Thorson series: "Love All", "Requiem", "The Morning After", "The Rotters" and "Bizarre" (the very last episode in the series saw Steed and Tara take off in a rocket).

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