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 John Steed (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Mike Gambit (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Purdey (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
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John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face mutated giant rats, flocks of killer birds and fanatical mysterious monks. Later episodes find Steed's loyalty under question and an increasing number of assignments overseas. Written by Gareth Humphreys <jgh94@aber.ac.uk>

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Trivia

The opening credits for the first 7 episodes of series one were edited out the first five episodes of the series, mainly "The Eagle's Nest" and "The Midas Touch". However, one shot featuring Joanna Lumley with long hair and Gareth Hunt in jeans was actually from their combined screen-test instead of an episode. From episode 8 onward, animated opening titles were used. See more »

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The final half-dozen episodes begin with a brief title sequence bearing the title "The New Avengers in Canada", prior to the teaser. The episodes otherwise retain their regular opening credits. See more »

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I stumbled on this once night in 1978 or so.
9 September 2000 | by (Lowell, Mich. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Knock me over with a feather! At first I was not sure what I was watching on late night Detroit or Windsor television -- then it dawned. I made it my business every Friday night after the news to catch THE NEW AVENGERS, but probably saw little more than half.

No, it was not the old time religion, because the old chemistry would be impossible to create. This programme stood on its own, suffering in comparison only if one wanted the more of same. THE NEW AVENGERS was "bigger" (which does not make it better), less wacky, and to employ the amorphous, less artistic. The budgets of the 1960s were no doubt modest, forcing more creativity.

None the less, it was well cast with Steed as more of an elder statesman -- not "old" at 54 as another commentator was unkind enough to allege. Purdy was not Rigg or Blackman, but then she created her own viable character as a woman, much distinguished from the "youth market" Tara of 1968-9.

I make no comment upon individual episodes, because it would not be fair given the time elapsed, for me 1980 at latest. Having no cable television, nor being a videophile, I have not seen THE NEW AVENGERS since.


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