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5 September 1978 (USA) See more »
John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 21)

Patrick Macnee ... John Steed (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gareth Hunt ... Mike Gambit (26 episodes, 1976-1977)

Joanna Lumley ... Purdey (26 episodes, 1976-1977)

Series Directed by
Ray Austin (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Sidney Hayers (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Robert Fuest (2 episodes, 1976)
James Hill (2 episodes, 1976)
Yvon Marie Coulais (2 episodes, 1977)
Ernest Day (2 episodes, 1977)
Don Thompson (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Writing credits
Brian Clemens (17 episodes, 1976-1977)
Dennis Spooner (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Terence Feely (2 episodes, 1976-1977)

Sydney Newman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Brian Clemens .... producer (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
Albert Fennell .... producer (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ron Fry .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1977)
Ray Austin .... coordinating producer: Avengers Film&TV Enterprises (4 episodes, 1977)
Hugh Harlow .... producer (3 episodes, 1977)
Jim Hanley .... producer (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Original Music by
Laurie Johnson (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Cinematography by
Michael Reed (10 episodes, 1976)
Ernest Steward (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Henri Fiks (3 episodes, 1977)
Gilbert Sarthre (3 episodes, 1977)
Ian Wilson (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Film Editing by
Robert C. Dearberg (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ralph Sheldon (6 episodes, 1976)
Alan Killick (5 episodes, 1977)
Graeme Clifford (4 episodes, 1976)
Eric Wrate (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Casting by
Maggie Cartier (19 episodes, 1976-1977)
Karen Hazzard (4 episodes, 1977)
Mamade (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Production Design by
Syd Cain (13 episodes, 1976)
Keith Wilson (6 episodes, 1977)
Daniel Budin (3 episodes, 1977)
Seamus Flannery (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (13 episodes, 1976)
Series Set Decoration by
Simon Wakefield (3 episodes, 1976)
Series Makeup Department
Alan Boyle .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alan Brownie .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1976-1977)
Helene Bevan .... hair stylist / hairdressing supervisor / ... (13 episodes, 1976)
Joyce James .... assistant hairdresser / hair stylist / ... (9 episodes, 1976)
Mark Nelson .... hairdresser / hair stylist (9 episodes, 1977)
Ken Freeman .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1977)
Jean Murray .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1977)
Malcolm Tanner .... hairdresser / hair stylist (4 episodes, 1977)
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1976)
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1976)
Paul Le Marinel .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Production Management
Ron Fry .... production supervisor (15 episodes, 1976-1977)
Robert Fennell .... unit manager (13 episodes, 1976)
Paul Clay .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 1977)
Ron Purdie .... production manager / unit manager (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Patrick Danon .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1977)
Philippe Lefebvre .... production manager (3 episodes, 1977)
Don Buchsbaum .... production manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Samuel C. Jephcott .... production manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... assistant director / assistant director: second unit / ... (10 episodes, 1976)
Ron Purdie .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Al Burgess .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
René Bonnière .... second unit director (2 episodes, 1977)
Dominic Fulford .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Jean-Claude García .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Jean-Michel Lacor .... second unit director (2 episodes, 1977)
Tony Lucibello .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Ian McDougall .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Ian Wilson .... first assistant director: second unit / second unit director (2 episodes, 1977)

Victoria Plummer .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Maurice Cain .... assistant art director (13 episodes, 1976)
Leon Davis .... construction manager / construction supervisor (13 episodes, 1976)
Bryn Siddall .... property buyer (10 episodes, 1976)
Simon Wakefield .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1976)
Michael Ford .... assistant art director (6 episodes, 1977)
Bill Waldron .... construction manager (6 episodes, 1977)
Ziggy Galko .... construction manager (4 episodes, 1977)
Keith Pepper .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1977)

Bill Harman .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist (21 episodes, 1976-1977)
Peter Lennard .... dubbing editor (20 episodes, 1976-1977)
Mike Hopkins .... dubbing editor (19 episodes, 1976-1977)
Paul Le Mare .... sound recordist (11 episodes, 1976-1977)
Dennis Whitlock .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1976)
Robert C. Dearberg .... dubbing editor (5 episodes, 1976)
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1976)
Jack T. Knight .... dubbing editor (4 episodes, 1977)
Peter Shewchuk .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1977)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Peter Keen .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1977)

Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Alan Bryce .... special effects (4 episodes, 1977)
Series Stunts
Cyd Child .... fight arranger (12 episodes, 1976)
Joe Dunne .... fight arranger (6 episodes, 1977)
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1977)
Valentino Musetti .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1977)

Wendy Leech .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator / camera operator: second unit (21 episodes, 1976-1977)
John May .... gaffer (13 episodes, 1976)
Jimmy Allen .... lighting camera: second unit (9 episodes, 1976)
James Devis .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1976)
Herbert Smith .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1976)
Karol Ike .... director of photography: second unit (3 episodes, 1977)
Manfred Guthe .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977)
Gilbert Sarthre .... lighting cameraman (2 episodes, 1977)

Ian Preston .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jilly Murphy .... wardrobe: Joanna Lumley / fashion coordinator (14 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe supervisor (13 episodes, 1976)
Betty Jackson .... wardrobe: Joanna Lumley (6 episodes, 1977)
Margaret Lewin .... wardrobe supervisor (6 episodes, 1977)
Catherine Buckley .... Joanna Lumley's costumes designed by / Joanna lumley's costumes designed by (4 episodes, 1976)
Jackie Budin .... wardrobe mistress (3 episodes, 1977)
Judith R. Gellman .... wardrobe mistress (3 episodes, 1977)
Jennifer Hocking .... wardrobe: Joanna Lumley (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Editorial Department
Paul Clay .... post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

Rodney Glenn .... first assistant editor: film (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Don Retzer .... transport coordinator (4 episodes, 1976)
Series Other crew
Pat Rambaut .... continuity / continuity: second unit (14 episodes, 1976-1977)
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (13 episodes, 1976)
Nick Gillott .... location manager (12 episodes, 1976)
Renée Glynne .... continuity (9 episodes, 1976)
Cheryl Leigh .... continuity (6 episodes, 1977)
Brian Clemens .... presenter (4 episodes, 1977)
Albert Fennell .... presenter (4 episodes, 1977)
Eliane Baum .... continuity (3 episodes, 1977)
Ginette Mejinsky .... location manager (3 episodes, 1977)
Susanna David .... continuity (2 episodes, 1977)
Diane Parsons .... continuity (2 episodes, 1977)

Marie McFerran .... production secretary (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The New Avengers in Canada" - Canada (English title) (last season title)
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60 min (26 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Diana Rigg, co-star of the original Avengers, declined an invitation to appear on the new series. Instead, archive footage from the The Winged Avenger and From Venus With Love was used in one episode (K is For Kill Part One - The Tiger Awakes) to allow Emma Peel to make a guest appearance.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The lion roars, 27 December 2005
Author: Jack Yan from Wellington, New Zealand

If you were a child of the 1970s, then you will probably remember this as the definitive Avengers, and find the original rather odd. It's not to say I dislike the original, but when I watched The New Avengers in the 1970s, it had that sense of realism and style that was very formative in my younger days.

Technically, the 1970s saw lighter cameras and greater use of location filming, two things that made The New Avengers different from its forebear. These enabled the series to be grittier, in keeping with the mood of the time. Preserving the fanciful, "British Batman" ideals of the 1960s' series would have gone sharply against the realism that viewers demanded in the 1970s. Britons (and plenty of people worldwide) wanted to see Britain, not a studio mock-up of it. And car chases were de rigueur. On these counts, The New Avengers delivered.

Purdey, not Emma Peel, was the first strong female character I knew on television. Columbia Pictures Television's Police Woman seemed phoney with Angie Dickinson getting her gun out of her handbag; it was Joanna Lumley's willingness to do her own action sequences that made her Purdey character more convincing. The fact she did her high kicks while wearing Laura Ashley, and not encased in PVC, did not seem strange; it was more her short hair that naice girls on telly did not have.

And because I was introduced to the Avengers' mystique through this series, I have always been used to the idea of Patrick Macnee's John Steed being the elder statesman. The suggestive nature of his relationships with his female partners in the 1960s seemed inappropriate when I viewed The Avengers in re-runs (and Macnee once quipped that he felt John Steed did consummate his relationships 'continuously and in his spare time'). The Gambit character played by Gareth Hunt was more my idea of the action-oriented British gent who had spent time in the military, though I recall both being relatively wooden, save for a few episodes.

The spy story lines were entertaining, and I understand the original series' fans being less than impressed. But they were a clever differentiation from the typical cop shows of the decade, and even though there were some corners cut (using old footage of Diana Rigg in one episode), I never felt cheated by The New Avengers. The thriller style that Brian Clemens and his team introduced to this series kept viewers on the edge of their seats, and it must have been good enough to warrant a second season at the time—even if the latter was partly made in France and Canada. Even then, the episodes were not as bad as some have made out—Continental filming, in particular, gave me one of my earliest impressions of Europe. I don't think I had seen anything made in Canada prior to The New Avengers.

In many respects, The New Avengers was more a forerunner to The Professionals—one of the greatest British TV actioners made—than a successor to The Avengers. It had the same producers and very similar crews. By coincidence, The Professionals' Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw guest-starred together in one episode. And, like The Professionals, it gave the sense that after an hour, you got great value. The same could not be said for most TV series of this genre today, made to please a network and an accounting firm rather than the audience.

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