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THE AVENGERS

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Full Name: The Avengers
Series Name: The Avengers
Nationality: British
Organization: The Avengers
Occupation Agency

Creator: Sydney Newman
Time Span: 1961 - 2017

ABOUT THE SERIES

The Avengers is a group of operatives whose mission is to protect Britain from extraordinary dangers.

The series of books derive from two British television series. Few series from British television has had close to the acceptance and appreciation in the States as has the Avengers. The suave urbanity of John Steed and the incredibly sexy assurance of Emma Peel captured imagination of Americans. Thanks to syndication, it was seen over and over again, gaining new audiences along the way. Moreover, it was telecast at one time or another in over 120 different countries.

There were really two different series involved: The Avengers and The New Avengers.

The first, and best well known, ran in Great Britain from January 1961 to September 1969, numbering 161 episodes. During that period in which the Avengers changed makeup several times, the one constant was John Steed, played admirably by Patrick MacNee.

When the show first came on the air, Steed was the junior partner of a police surgeon named Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry). It was originally a half-hour crime drama with the mystery-solver being the surgeon. Steed was the mysterious spy who convinces Keel to join his organization but the emphasis remained larger of Keel. This pairing lasted only one season and Hendry left for other interests.

Taking his place was the anthropologist Dr. Catherine Gale. This highly intelligence, judo-throwing member of the group initially was just asked to help in a black magic case but was enticed to come in on a more regular basis. During this second season, however, Dr. Gale was sometimes replaced with either Dr. Martin King (Jon Rollason) or a jazz singer named Venus Smith (Julie Stevens). These last two did not make it into season three.

It wasn't until the fourth season that the show really hit its main stride, and started to become popular in the States. Steed changed from being rather harsh and demanding and became the gentile man of confidence he would always be remembered as. He was also joined, most importantly, by the scrumptious Mrs. Emma Peel, delightfully played by Diana Rigg. Mrs. Peel would be Steed's partner-in-danger for two full seasons.

The final season saw Mrs. Peel depart with her long-lost, suddenly refound husband (who bore an astonishing resemblance to Steed). She was replaced as Steed's teammate by the cute and perky Tara King (Linda Thorson) who had the unenviable job of following such a dynamite act as Mrs. Peel. Interestingly, of all of the four partners that Steed would have (Keel, Gale, Peel, and King), only the last one would have any professional training as a spy, being a graduate of the spy school the Avengers' organization ran.

The second series, The New Avengers, appeared on the scene 7 years after the original left with the first of 26 episodes spanning two seasons airing in October of 1976. The New Avengers consisted of John Steed, every bit as debonair as ever, the delectable Purdey (Joanna Lumley) and Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt).

These adventures were lush and bright, filled with action and humor. Unfortunately, as popular as the original Avengers were and as very popular as Lumley proved to be, the show didn't last too long.

BOOKS

Number of Books:20
First Appearance:1963
Last Appearance:1998

1 The Avengers The Avengers
Written by Douglas Enefer
Copyright: 1963

Both John Steen and Cathy Gale are invited to the same high-class party onboard a millionaire's yacht, and neither that pleased to see the other. When a famous actress is murdered in their midst, they reluctantly agree to work together.
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2 Deadline Deadline
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1965

Someone is trying to destroy the British government by altering the speeches of key officials when they are reprinted in newspapers across Europe, causing anger over things that are just not true.
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3 Dead Duck Dead Duck
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1966

Why did the man seated near Steed and Peel in the 5-star restaurant suddenly fall over dead? For that matter, why has several different people die after eating duck? To find out what it is all about, the Avengers have to travel to North Anglia and muck about the marshes.
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4 The Floating Game The Floating Game
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

Published as #1 in the Berkley series of adventures.
The main emphasis of this assignment seems to be the plot by the Mafia to take over the British government. To stop it, Mrs. Peel learns to deal blackjack on a floating casino and Steed once again finds himself the victim of torture.
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5 The Laugh Was On Lazarus The Laugh Was On Lazarus
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

Published as #2 in the Berkley series of adventures.
Men are being raised from the dead, walking zombies at the command of a dangerous man with a diabolical plan to destroy the Pentagon. Using his abilities to transplant brains, the villain has acquired an H-Bomb and is more than ready to use it if Steed and Mrs. Peel cannot stop him.
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6 The Passing Of Gloria Munday The Passing Of Gloria Munday
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

Published as #3 in the Berkley series of adventures.
The pop singer Gloria Munday has been murdered and the question of who and why have been passed to Steed and Mrs. Peel. Feeling that it is connected to her profession and not her private life, Mrs. Peel decides to take her place.
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7 Heil Harris Heil Harris
Written by John Garforth
Copyright: 1967

Published as #4 in the Berkley series of adventures.
Is the man named Harris just a crackpot or could he really be Adolf Hitler, turning 78 while living in Hertfordshire? That is what John Steed is trying to find out even as Emma Peel goes undercover to join a neo-Nazi group wanting to bring forth the Fourth Reich.
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8 The Afrit Affair The Afrit Affair
Written by Keith Laumer
Copyright: 1968

Published as #5 in the Berkley series of adventures.
A mad scientist is intent of taking over the world but first he must leave warnings of his plans in the most bizarre ways. The first warning is a note inside a kippered herring. The second came out of a squeezed toothpaste tube. After that, things get weird.
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9 The Drowned Queen The Drowned Queen
Written by Keith Laumer
Copyright: 1968

Published as #6 in the Berkley series of adventures.
The queen in the title is the Atlantic Queen, the world's first submarine luxury liner. As preparations go on for her maiden voyage, word comes that there is a plot to destroy the vessel. Steed cover is as the ship's dance instructor.
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10 The Gold Bomb The Gold Bomb
Written by Keith Laumer
Copyright: 1968

Published as #7 in the Berkley series of adventures.
A gentleman with the rather bizarre name of The Walker has a desire to blow up half of England and he is quickly proceeding to acquire the means to carry it off. A stock of uranium has gone missing and it is the job of Steed and Tara to find it.
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11 The Magnetic Man The Magnetic Man
Written by Norman Daniels
Copyright: 1968

Published as #8 in the Berkley series of adventures.
John Steed is sent to Hong Kong to perform a very prosaic mission, couriering a briefcase of important papers. No sooner had he taken possession of the satchel, however, but he is knocked out and the papers stolen.
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12 Moon Express Moon Express
Written by Norman Daniels
Copyright: 1969

Published as #9 in the Berkley series of adventures.
How would you like a trip to the moon? A new company is out there offering the unprecedented opportunity, if the price is right. With no apparent government behind the company, the question of who it is and how they got the technology to pull it off sends in John Steed and Tara King to find out.
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13 House Of Cards House Of Cards
Written by Peter Cave
Copyright: 1976

Published as #1 in the New Avengers series of adventures.
From an episode written by Brian Clemens, it is through the use of tarot cards that hidden messages are being passed to 12 Soviet moles, hypnotized to believe they are true and loyal British subjects.
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14 The Eagle's Nest The Eagle's Nest
Written by John Carter
Copyright: 1976

Published as #2 in the New Avengers series of adventures.
From an episode written by Brian Clemens, the title refers to a little known monastery on a remote island off the north of Scotland. At the establishment, research is being conducted in the field of cryogenics, tied to the fall of the Nazis.
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15 To Catch A Rat To Catch A Rat
Written by William Harris
Copyright: 1977

Published as #3 in the New Avengers series of adventures.
From an episode written by Terence Feeley, the deep cover mole had worked inside British Intelligence for many years but now it was time to return to his home and receive the rewards he had earned for so long. His last task is to eliminate John Steed.
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16 Fighting Men Fighting Men
Written by Justin Cartwright
Copyright: 1977

Published as #4 in the New Avengers series of adventures.
From an episode written by Brian Clemens, trained to be the ultimate in killing machines, the men of the 19th Special Commando unit were supposed to be used in only the direst of wartime situations but someone has other plans.
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17 The Cybernauts The Cybernauts
Written by Peter Cave
Copyright: 1977

Published as #5 in the New Avengers series of adventures.
From an episode written by Brian Clemens, the cybernauts were huge, slow-moving and quite dangerous. Robots with no wills of their own, they answered only the orders of the maniac who was thought dead long ago but has now returned to avenge those he blames for crippling him.
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18 Hostage Hostage
Written by Peter Cave
Copyright: 1977

Published as #6 in the New Avengers series of adventures.
From an episode written by Brian Clemens, all evidence clearly points to just one man as the one leaking the most vital secrets of the government and that man is John Steed.
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19 Too Many Targets Too Many Targets
Written by John Peel
Copyright: 1990

The most dangerous double agent ever to plague the British Intelligence field is operating and it looks to John Steed as though it is Mother. But then Emma Peel and Cathy Gale don't agree, Dr. Keel is believing an ape is to blame, and Tara King is just confused. All the major Avengers from the original series return to work together in this extremely well-crafted novel that is a success not only as a story but also as a welcome reunion of some old friends.
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20 The Avengers The Avengers
Written by Don MacPherson
Copyright: 1998

The Prospero Project is an ultra top secret experiment keyed to learning how to control the weather. The leader of the scientists heading the project is Dr. Emma Peel. It is going well until someone has stolen the secrets and destroyed much of the laboratory and the evil-doer is apparently Mrs. Peel! Joining with John Steed, she must prove her innocence and stop the villains. Starring Ralph Fiennes as John Steed and Uma Thurman as Mrs. Peel, with Sean Connery playing the bad guy, this truly horrible film bears some resemblance to the original series, largely the names of the characters, but otherwise is totally forgettable. The novelizations, on the other hand, is quite well written, taking into account that the underlying plot was despicable.
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YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1978

1 The Avengers Annual 1968 The Avengers Annual 1968
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.
A collection of 4 short stories and 4 comic strip stories as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. Double Trouble
2. A Race Against Time
3. Sunset In The East
4. A Question Of Intelligence
The Comic Strip Stories are:
1. Odds Against Steed
2. Flying Eagles
3. Steed's Holiday
4. A Brush With Disaster

2 The Avengers Annual 1969 The Avengers Annual 1969
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.
A collection of 3 short stories and 3 comic strip stories as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. All The Fun Of The Fair, Mr. Steed
2. Mensa Sana And All That
3. Avast There, Mr. Steed
The Comic Strip Stories are:
1. Clothes Make The Man
2. Are You A Clansman, Mr. Steed?
3. Mary, Mary

3 The Avengers Annual 1970 The Avengers Annual 1970
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

Published by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd.
A collection of 3 short stories and 3 comic book stories as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. Don't Go Down The Mine, Dad...Mother's Already There
2. Come On In, The Water's Deadly
3. What's A Ghoul Like You Doing In A Place Like This?
The Comic Strip Stories are:
1. Good Guys And Bad Guys
2. May I Have This Trance?
3. Thou'rt An Interfering Varlet, Mr. Steed

4 The New Avengers Annual 1978 The New Avengers Annual 1978
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Published by Brown Watson

5 The New Avengers Annual 1979 The New Avengers Annual 1979
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Published by Brown Watson

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:7
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1969

1 Double Trouble Double Trouble
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

1st of 4 stories in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

2 A Race Against Time A Race Against Time
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

2nd of 4 stories in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

3 Sunset In The East Sunset In The East
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

3rd of 4 stories in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

4 A Question Of Intelligence A Question Of Intelligence
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1967

4th of 4 stories in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Plot unknown

5 All The Fun Of The Fair, Mr. Steed All The Fun Of The Fair, Mr. Steed
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

1st story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown
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6 Mensa Sana And All That Mensa Sana And All That
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

2nd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown
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7 Avast There, Mr. Steed Avast There, Mr. Steed
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1968

3rd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown
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8 Don't Go Down The Mine, Dad...Mother's Already There Don't Go Down The Mine, Dad...Mother's Already There
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

1st story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1970. Plot unknown
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9 Come On In - The Water's Deadly Come On In - The Water's Deadly
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

2nd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1970. Plot unknown
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10 What's A Ghoul Like You Doing In A Place Like This? What's A Ghoul Like You Doing In A Place Like This?
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1969

3rd story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1970. Plot unknown
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MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1998
Last Appearance:1998

1 The Avengers The Avengers
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Writer: Don MacPerson
Actors: Ralph Fiennes as John Steed, Uma Thurman as Emma Peel, Sean Connery as de Wynter, Patrick Macnee as Invisible Jones, Jim Broadbent as Mother
Released: 1998

Sir August de Winter wants to destroy the world using his personal invention, a weather altering device. John Steed and Emma Peel are sent to stop him.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:187
First Appearance:1961
Last Appearance:1977
Network:ITV

REGULAR CAST
Patrick MacneeJohn Steed [ 1-8 ]
Ian HendryDr. David Keel [ 1 ]
Honor BlackmanCathy Gale [ 2-3 ]
Diana RiggMrs. Emma Peel [ 4-5 ]
Linda ThorsonTara King [ 6 ]
Joanna LumleyPurdy [ 7-8 ]
Gareth HuntMike Gambit [ 7-8 ]

       In 1961, ITV brought to the British viewers The Avengers, an interesting adventure drama. It started with a doctor whose fiancee is murdered and who wants to bring the killers to justice. Enter dashing and debonair and mysterious John Steed with a way to do just that. Then Steed had other ways that the doctor (David Keel) could help stop others malafactors.
       In 1962, Season 2 saw the replacement of Keel with Cathy Gale, a literal kick-butt woman who was as sharp as she was deadly. She worked with Steed for two years.
       1964 saw the arrival of the deliciously dangerous Mrs. Peel and for another two years, Steed had a companion fighting crime and other very odd troublemakers.
       1966, the final season of the original drama, saw Mrs. Peel depart and Tara King take over the partner role.
       A decade later, John Steed was back with two more years of very oddball missions and scrapes, this time with the lovely Purdey and dour Mike Gambit.

1 Hot Snow
Episode 1-01, first aired 01/07/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: Patrick Brawn, Ray Rigby

When Dr. David Keel's fiancée is murdered by drug smugglers, the distraught physician swears to avenge her death by bringing the criminals to justice. He's aided in his quest by an elusive character who calls himself John Steed.

2 Brought to Book
Episode 1-02, first aired 01/14/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writers: Patrick Brawn, Brian Clemens

Steed infiltrates a heroin-selling gang to get the evidence needed to convict Dr. Keel's fiancée's murderer. Dr. Keel discovers a rival gang has hired an assassin to kill Steed.

3 Square Root of Evil
Episode 1-03, first aired 01/21/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: John Bryce, Richard Harris

Steed impersonates a master forger to get evidence against a gang of vicious criminals. Steed well-laid plans are thrown for a loop when the forger's girlfriend shows up demanding to see him.

4 Nightmare
Episode 1-04, first aired 01/28/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Terence Feely

Dr. Keel poses as the missing husband of one of his patients and is shot for his troubles. A murderous anesthesiologist plans to finish the job by tampering with Dr. Keel's oxygen during a minor operation.

5 Crescent Moon
Episode 1-05, first aired 02/04/1961
Director: John Knight
Writers: John Whitney, Geoffrey Bellman, Patrick Brawn

A General fakes his own death and arranges his daughter to be kidnapped in an attempt to thwart his wife's plan to grab his entire fortune. Unfortunately, the girl falls into the wrong hands and needs to be rescued by Steed.

6 Girl on the Trapeze
Episode 1-06, first aired 02/11/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Dennis Spooner

Dr. Keel rescues a girl who tries to commit suicide by jumping into the Thames River. He discovers that the young lady is a trapeze artist with a visiting circus and foreign agents seek to capture her in order to force her father, a defecting scientist, to return to his country behind the Iron Curtain.

7 Diamond Cut Diamond
Episode 1-07, first aired 02/18/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Max Marquis

While investigating a gang of diamond smugglers, Steed is drugged and finds himself accused of a hit-and-run accident.

8 The Radioactive Man
Episode 1-08, first aired 02/25/1961
Director: Robert Tronson
Writers: Fred Edge, Patrick Brawn

An immigrant worker in England on a forged passport picks up a radioactive isotope by mistake. Unless he's located quickly, he and anyone near him will suffer from radiation poisoning. The worker thinks the police are pursuing him because of his being an illegal alien and does his best not to be captured.

9 Ashes of Roses
Episode 1-09, first aired 03/04/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: Sheilah Ward, Peter Ling

Steed investigates a series of arson cases. He finds a clue that the next victim will be a hairdressing salon on the verge of bankruptcy. Carol is snooping around the salon at Steed's behest when the building explodes.

10 Hunt the Man Down
Episode 1-10, first aired 03/18/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Richard Harris

Frank Preston is released from prison with only one thing on his mind - the recovery of 100,000 pounds that he hid after his final robbery. Frank isn't the only one after his ill-gotten gains - he's trailed by two thugs, a scheming wife and John Steed.

11 Please Don't Feed the Animals
Episode 1-11, first aired 04/01/1961
Director: Dennis Vance
Writer: Dennis Spooner

In order to get evidence on a ring of criminals who specialize in blackmailing civil servants, Steed allows himself to be compromised in a Soho strip club.

12 Dance with Death
Episode 1-12, first aired 04/15/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: Peter Ling, Sheilah Ward

Dr. Keel rescues a dancing instructor who nearly died from gas asphyxiation. When he returns to check on his patient, the police arrest the doctor for murder. It seems that the doctor's scarf had been used to strangle the unlucky young woman.

13 One for the Mortuary
Episode 1-13, first aired 04/29/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Brian Clemens

When Dr. Keel attends a conference in Switzerland he is arrested for murder. The police also discover a microdot containing secret information that Keel was unwittingly transporting.

14 The Springers
Episode 1-14, first aired 05/13/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: Geoffrey Bellman, John Whitney

In order to smash a gang who specialize in jail breaking, Steed plays a prisoner with plenty of money and a desperate need be sprung from prison.

15 The Frighteners
Episode 1-15, first aired 05/27/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Berkely Mather

Sir Thomas Waller disapproves of his daughter's choice in boyfriends and hires a criminal to scare off an unwanted suitor. Keel and Steed rescue the swain from the criminal's henchman and discover a clue to an extortion plot.

16 The Yellow Needle
Episode 1-16, first aired 06/10/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: Reed De Roen, Patrick Campbell

After an assassination attempt on Dr. Keel's friend, a pro-Western African leader, Keel investigates the man's secretary, while Steed flies to Africa to search for the conspiracy's roots.

17 Death on the Slipway
Episode 1-17, first aired 06/24/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: James Mitchell

When a government agent dies at a secret shipyard used to build submarines, Steed discovers foreign spies had arranged for the "accident."

18 Double Danger
Episode 1-18, first aired 07/08/1961
Director: Roger Jenkins
Writers: John Lucarotti, Gerald Verner

Dr. Keel discovers that a man's serious injury is a dangerous bullet wound and the injured man may be linked to a recent diamond heist.

19 Toy Trap
Episode 1-19, first aired 07/22/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Bill Strutton

Dr. Keel agrees to help the daughter of an old friend find her missing roommate. He traces the girl to the seamy underworld of prostitution.

20 The Tunnel of Fear
Episode 1-20, first aired 08/05/1961
Director: Guy Verney
Writer: John Kruse

Top-secret documents are disappearing and Steed trails them to a tawdry fairgrounds in Southend. He's captured, hypnotized and left bound in a train tunnel to await his fate.

21 The Far Distant Dead
Episode 1-21, first aired 08/19/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: John Lucarotti

While assisting hurricane victims in a remote Mexican village Dr. Keel treats a number of food-poisoning cases. He discovers that the vegetable oil the villagers have been given to cook with is actually hydraulic-fluid.

22 Kill the King
Episode 1-22, first aired 09/02/1961
Director: Roger Jenkins
Writer: James Mitchell

A foreign monarch visiting London to sign a oil deal is targeted for assassination by dissidents from his native land.

23 Dead of Winter
Episode 1-23, first aired 12/09/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Eric Paice

Steed and Keel confront a group of British fascists after discovering a Nazi war criminal frozen in a cryogenics experiment.

24 The Deadly Air
Episode 1-24, first aired 12/16/1961
Director: John Knight
Writer: Lester Powell

When a revolutionary, but experimental, vaccine is stolen from a top-secret laboratory and a volunteer who was administered a dose dies, Keel and Steed agree to be human guinea pigs for the next test.

25 A Change of Bait
Episode 1-25, first aired 12/23/1961
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Lewis Davidson

A businessman struggles to sell a load of bananas before he dies from heart failure.

26 Dragonsfield
Episode 1-26, first aired 12/30/1961
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Terence Feely

Steed is sent to research facility when a scientist developing a radiation-proof material dies of radiation.

27 Mr Teddy Bear
Episode S2-1, first aired 09/29/1962
Director: Richmond Harding
Writer: Martin Woodhouse

Steed and Cathy must track down an elusive assassin nicknamed Mr. Teddy Bear.

28 Propellant 23
Episode S2-2, first aired 10/06/1962
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writer: Jon Manchip White

Steed and Cathy must retrieve a flask of top secret rocket fuel stolen from a murdered courier at a French airport.

29 The Decapod
Episode S2-3, first aired 10/13/1962
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Eric Paice

Steed is brought in to protect the President of a Balkan Republic from a masked assassin. He sends Venus on a phony tour, with real wrestlers.

30 Bullseye
Episode S2-4, first aired 10/20/1962
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Eric Paice

Steed and Cathy investigate illegal gunrunning to Africa by a British arms manufacturer.

31 Mission to Montreal
Episode S2-5, first aired 10/27/1962
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Lester Powell

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.

32 The Removal Men
Episode S2-6, first aired 11/03/1962
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: Roger Marshall, Jeremy Scott

Steed goes undercover to infiltrate a clique of assassins based in France.

33 The Mauritius Penny
Episode S2-7, first aired 11/10/1962
Director: Richmond Harding
Writers: Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks

A philatelist is murdered after discovering an extremely rare and valuable stamp on sale. Steed and Cathy investigate and encounter a naughty dentist.

34 Death of a Great Dane
Episode S2-8, first aired 11/17/1962
Director: Peter Hammond
Writers: Roger Marshall, Jeremy Scott

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.

35 The Sell-Out
Episode S2-9, first aired 11/24/1962
Director: Don Leaver
Writers: Brandon Brady, Anthony Terpiloff

Steed, though under suspicion himself, leads an operation to flush out a traitor plotting to assassinate a foreign dignitary. Dr. King initially refuses to be involved, but comes to Steed's aid.

36 Death on the Rocks
Episode S2-10, first aired 12/01/1962
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writer: Eric Paice

Steed and Cathy investigate a gang of criminals who are flooding the market with smuggled diamonds.

37 Traitor in Zebra
Episode S2-11, first aired 12/08/1962
Director: Richmond Harding
Writer: John Gilbert

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.

38 The Big Thinker
Episode S2-12, first aired 12/15/1962
Director: Kim Mills
Writer: Martin Woodhouse

A new cryogenic missile defence system computer, Plato, springs a deadly leak. Sabotage? Murder? Steed investigates while Cathy plays cards with sharks.

39 Death Dispatch
Episode S2-13, first aired 12/22/1962
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writer: Leonard Fincham

Steed and Cathy get a job as bait in South America, investigating the murder of a British courier in Jamaica.

40 Dead on Course
Episode S2-14, first aired 12/29/1962
Director: Richmond Harding
Writer: Eric Paice

Canadian aircraft crash off course, near an Irish convent. But what happened to the crew?

41 Intercrime
Episode S2-15, first aired 01/05/1963
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writers: Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks

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.

42 Immortal Clay
Episode S2-16, first aired 01/11/1963
Director: Richmond Harding
Writer: James Mitchell

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.

43 Box of Tricks
Episode S2-17, first aired 01/18/1963
Director: Kim Mills
Writers: Peter Ling, Edward Rhodes

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.

44 Warlock
Episode S2-18, first aired 01/25/1963
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Doreen Montgomery

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.

45 The Golden Eggs
Episode S2-19, first aired 02/01/1963
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Martin Woodhouse

A burglar steals two gold-plated eggs from a laboratory not knowing that they contain a deadly virus.

46 School for Traitors
Episode S2-20, first aired 02/08/1963
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writer: James Mitchell

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.

47 The White Dwarf
Episode S2-21, first aired 02/15/1963
Director: Richmond Harding
Writer: Malcolm Hulke

A leading astronomer predicts that the earth is about to be destroyed. Steed and Cathy investigate a conspiracy to silence him.

48 Man in the Mirror
Episode S2-22, first aired 02/22/1963
Director: Kim Mills
Writers: Anthony Terpiloff, Geoffrey Orme

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.

49 Conspiracy of Silence
Episode S2-23, first aired 03/01/1963
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Roger Marshall

Steed and Cathy investigate a Mafia drugs gang using a travelling circus as a front. Clowning around leads a nosy journalist to use her judo.

50 A Chorus of Frogs
Episode S2-24, first aired 03/09/1963
Director: Raymond Menmuir
Writer: Martin Woodhouse

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".

51 Six Hands Across a Table
Episode S2-25, first aired 03/16/1963
Director: Richmond Harding
Writer: Reed De Rouen

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.

52 Killer Whale
Episode S2-26, first aired 03/23/1963
Director: Kim Mills
Writer: John Lucarotti

Steed investigates a possible link between the proprietors of a boxing ring and the illegal smuggling of ambergris.

53 Brief for Murder
Episode S3-1, first aired 09/28/1963
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Brian Clemens

Steed and Cathy set a trap to catch two corrupt lawyers.

54 The Undertakers
Episode S3-2, first aired 10/05/1963
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Malcolm Hulke

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.

55 Man with Two Shadows
Episode S3-3, first aired 10/12/1963
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: James Mitchell

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.

56 The Nutshell
Episode S3-4, first aired 10/19/1963
Director: Raymond Menmuir
Writer: Philip Chambers

Steed and Cathy investigate espionage by a pretty burglar in "The Nutshell", codename for a top-secret underground nuclear shelter. They are not telling each other everything, and somewhere a traitor lurks.

57 Death of a Batman
Episode S3-5, first aired 10/26/1963
Director: Kim Mills
Writer: Roger Marshall

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.

58 November Five
Episode S3-6, first aired 11/02/1963
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Eric Paice

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.

59 The Gilded Cage
Episode S3-7, first aired 11/09/1963
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Roger Marshall

Steed and Cathy set out to snare criminal mastermind John P. Spagge using a gold bullion robbery as bait. Postal cards and a gas figure prominently.

60 Second Sight
Episode S3-8, first aired 11/16/1963
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Martin Woodhouse

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. Mrs Gale plays a doctor.

61 The Medicine Men
Episode S3-9, first aired 11/23/1963
Director: Kim Mills
Writer: Malcolm Hulke

Steed and Cathy investigate a conspiracy to flood the market with counterfeit medicines.

62 The Grandeur That Was Rome
Episode S3-10, first aired 11/30/1963
Director: Kim Mills
Writer: Rex Edwards

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.

63 The Golden Fleece
Episode S3-11, first aired 12/07/1963
Director: Peter Hammond
Writers: Roger Marshall, Phyllis Norman

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.

64 Don't Look Behind You
Episode S3-12, first aired 12/14/1963
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

65 Death a la Carte
Episode S3-13, first aired 12/21/1963
Director: Kim Mills
Writer: John Lucarotti

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.

66 Dressed to Kill
Episode S3-14, first aired 12/28/1963
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

67 The White Elephant
Episode S3-15, first aired 01/04/1964
Director: Laurence Bourne
Writer: John Lucarotti

Following the theft of Snowy, a rare albino elephant, Steed and Cathy are brought in to investigate illegal ivory smuggling.

68 The Little Wonders
Episode S3-16, first aired 01/11/1964
Director: Laurence Bourne
Writer: Eric Paice

Steed and Cathy infiltrate a crime syndicate whose members masquerade as members of the clergy.

69 The Wringer
Episode S3-17, first aired 01/18/1964
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Martin Woodhouse

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.

70 Mandrake
Episode S3-18, first aired 01/25/1964
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Roger Marshall

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.

71 The Secrets Broker
Episode S3-19, first aired 02/01/1964
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writer: Ludovic Peters

Spirits order a murder, leading to blackmail and a wine shop that is being used as a front for espionage activities.

72 Trojan Horse
Episode S3-20, first aired 02/08/1964
Director: Laurence Bourne
Writer: Malcolm Hulke

Steed and Cathy face horse racing jockeys that are acting as assassins armed with binoculars firing poison darts.

73 Build a Better Mousetrap
Episode S3-21, first aired 02/15/1964
Director: Peter Hammond
Writer: Brian Clemens

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?

74 The Outside-In Man
Episode S3-22, first aired 02/22/1964
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writer: Philip Chambers

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.

75 The Charmers
Episode S3-23, first aired 02/29/1964
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

76 Concerto
Episode S3-24, first aired 03/07/1964
Director: Kim Mills
Writers: Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks

Steed and Cathy come to the rescue of a visiting Russian concert pianist who has a dead girl in his room.

77 Esprit de Corps
Episode S3-25, first aired 03/14/1964
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Eric Paice

Steed and Cathy investigate the murder of a soldier and uncover a plot to stage a coup d'état against the British government. The regal Mrs Gale meets a strangler who's not a true gentleman.

78 Lobster Quadrille
Episode S3-26, first aired 03/21/1964
Director: Kim Mills
Writer: Richard Bates

Steed and Cathy investigate an illegal drug smuggling operation.

79 The Town of No Return
Episode S4-1, first aired 09/28/1965
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

80 The Gravediggers
Episode S4-2, first aired 10/05/1965
Director: Quentin Lawrence
Writer: Malcolm Hulke

A hospital for railwaymen is a front for a plot to destroy Britain's early warning radar system.

81 The Cybernauts
Episode S4-3, first aired 10/12/1965
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Philip Levene

Industrialists are being killed off with inhuman efficiency by an assassin who is just that - inhuman!

82 Death at Bargain Prices
Episode S4-4, first aired 10/19/1965
Director: Charles Crichton
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

83 Castle De'ath
Episode S4-5, first aired 10/26/1965
Director: James Hill
Writer: John Lucarotti

A Scottish castle is the scene for a family feud - and a plot to engineer a fishing crisis.

84 The Master Minds
Episode S4-6, first aired 11/02/1965
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writer: Robert Banks Stewart

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.

85 The Murder Market
Episode S4-7, first aired 11/09/1965
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writer: Tony Williamson

Steed and Emma pose as eligible singles in order to infiltrate an assassination service posing as a matchmaking agency.

86 A Surfeit of H2O
Episode S4-8, first aired 11/16/1965
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Colin Finbow

After two men are drowned by sudden freak rainstorms, Steed's attention is drawn to a winery under a suspiciously cloudy sky.

87 The Hour That Never Was
Episode S4-9, first aired 11/23/1965
Director: Gerry O'Hara
Writer: Roger Marshall

After crashing their car, Steed and Emma visit an airfield and find a baffling mystery of stopped clocks, dead milkmen and a naughty dentist.

88 Dial a Deadly Number
Episode S4-10, first aired 11/30/1965
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Roger Marshall

The duo combat malfeasance in the London financial world, after paged businessmen start dropping dead from heart attacks.

89 Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Episode S4-11, first aired 12/07/1965
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Philip Levene

Steed and Emma encounter their most bizarre enemy yet - a carnivorous alien plant with plans for world domination.

90 Two's A Crowd
Episode S4-12, first aired 12/14/1965
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Philip Levene

Steed "creates" a double of himself to outwit an enemy master spy who loves deadly toys.

91 Too Many Christmas Trees
Episode S4-13, first aired 12/21/1965
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Tony Williamson

A villainous mastermind steal secrets telepathically from agent's brains, killing the subjects in the process - and Steed is next on the list.

92 Silent Dust
Episode S4-14, first aired 12/28/1965
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Roger Marshall

Rural villains hold the British government to ransom with a devastating new biological weapon; our heroes join the hunt.

93 Room Without a View
Episode S4-15, first aired 01/04/1966
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Roger Marshall

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.

94 Small Game for Big Hunters
Episode S4-16, first aired 01/11/1966
Director: Gerry O'Hara
Writer: Philip Levene

An English tropical jungle harbours a pompous professor, a mad colonel, a war-painted spy, and a bioweapon against an African nation.

95 "The Girl from AUNTIE"
Episode S4-17, first aired 01/18/1966
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Roger Marshall

An Emma impersonator and a string of murders put Steed onto the trail of a villainous art dealer.

96 The Thirteenth Hole
Episode S4-18, first aired 01/25/1966
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Tony Williamson

Death on a golf course brings Emma into a sand trap, Steed into a tournament, and light upon a spy ring.

97 Quick Quick Slow Death
Episode S4-19, first aired 02/01/1966
Director: James Hill
Writer: Robert Banks Stewart

Spy death leads to investigation of a dance school, unattached bachelors, and a tattoo.

98 The Danger Makers
Episode S4-20, first aired 02/08/1966
Director: Charles Crichton
Writer: Roger Marshall

Several military officers are engaging in reckless daredevil antics - all part of an unscrupulous psychiatrist's plan to steal the Crown Jewels.

99 A Touch of Brimstone
Episode S4-21, first aired 02/15/1966
Director: James Hill
Writer: Brian Clemens

An eccentric band of libertines (called the Hellfire Club) who commit deadly practical jokes is revealed to have much bigger plans in mind.

100 What the Butler Saw
Episode S4-22, first aired 02/22/1966
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Brian Clemens

Steed enlists at a butler training school to find out who is selling military secrets to the enemy.

101 The House That Jack Built
Episode S4-23, first aired 03/01/1966
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

102 A Sense of History
Episode S4-24, first aired 03/08/1966
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writer: Martin Woodhouse

Steed and Emma investigate an assassination plot among a university's boisterously merry men.

103 How to Succeed.... at Murder
Episode S4-25, first aired 03/15/1966
Director: Don Leaver
Writer: Brian Clemens

Efficient, militant, physically fit and bespangled secretaries are assassinating key businessmen – but who's behind the curtain?

104 Honey for the Prince
Episode S4-26, first aired 03/22/1966
Director: James Hill
Writer: Brian Clemens

Genie brings Steed and Emma to fantasy world of cricket, harem dance, and creative assassination.

105 From Venus with Love
Episode S5-1, first aired 01/09/1967
Director: Robert Day
Writer: Philip Levene

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.

106 The Fear Merchants
Episode S5-2, first aired 01/16/1967
Director: Gordon Flemyng
Writer: Philip Levene

Executives in the ceramics industry are driven out of their minds with fear at the behest of a competitor, by the application of science.

107 Escape in Time
Episode S5-3, first aired 01/23/1967
Director: John Krish
Writer: Philip Levene

An organisation is apparently sending criminals into the past to escape arrest.

108 The See-Through Man
Episode S5-4, first aired 01/30/1967
Director: Robert Asher
Writer: Philip Levene

A Russian spymaster seemingly purchases the secret of invisibility from an eccentric English scientist, in order to penetrate British security.

109 The Bird Who Knew Too Much
Episode S5-5, first aired 02/08/1967
Director: Roy Rossotti
Writer: Brian Clemens

Steed and Emma chase a missing parrot that holds a clue to Soviet espionage activities.

110 The Winged Avenger
Episode S5-6, first aired 02/15/1967
Directors: Peter Duffell, Gordon Flemyng
Writer: Richard Harris

A comicbook character is brought to life to commit murder, killing a number of men in the publishing industry – by walking up walls.

111 The Living Dead
Episode S5-7, first aired 02/22/1967
Director: John Krish
Writer: Brian Clemens

The late Duke of Benedict, who perished in a mining disaster, returns to haunt a sleepy English village. But is he really dead?

112 The Hidden Tiger
Episode S5-8, first aired 03/01/1967
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Philip Levene

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.

113 The Correct Way to Kill
Episode S5-9, first aired 03/08/1967
Director: Charles Crichton
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

114 Never, Never Say Die
Episode S5-10, first aired 03/15/1967
Director: Robert Day
Writer: Philip Levene

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).

115 Epic
Episode S5-11, first aired 03/29/1967
Director: James Hill
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

116 The Superlative Seven
Episode S5-12, first aired 04/05/1967
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Brian Clemens

A mysterious invitation that strands him on a remote island, with six companions who are murdered one by one, makes Steed a Little Indian.

117 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station
Episode S5-13, first aired 04/12/1967
Director: John Krish
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

118 Something Nasty in the Nursery
Episode S5-14, first aired 04/21/1967
Director: James Hill
Writer: Philip Levene

Government ministers suddenly revert to childhood, when exposed to a new type of nerve gas.

119 The Joker
Episode S5-15, first aired 04/26/1967
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Brian Clemens

Mrs Peel is lured to a big, lonely country house by a man who wants revenge.

120 Who's Who?
Episode S5-16, first aired 05/03/1967
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Writer: Philip Levene

A pair of assassins changing their minds (for Steed's and Emma's) bring double trouble.

121 Return of the Cybernauts
Episode S5-17, first aired 09/27/1967
Director: Robert Day
Writer: Philip Levene

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.

122 Death's Door
Episode S5-18, first aired 10/04/1967
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Philip Levene

Top Civil Servants are manipulated into believing that if they go through the door to a vital conference they will die.

123 The £50,000 Breakfast
Episode S5-19, first aired 10/11/1967
Director: Robert Day
Writer: Roger Marshall

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'.

124 Dead Man's Treasure
Episode S5-20, first aired 10/18/1967
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Michael Winder

A missing briefcase full of secrets propels Steed and Emma into a treasure hunt by car.

125 You Have Just Been Murdered
Episode S5-21, first aired 10/25/1967
Director: Robert Asher
Writer: Philip Levene

Millionaires are being blackmailed into paying a mystery enemy not to murder them, as he repeatedly demonstrates how vulnerable to assassination they are.

126 The Positive Negative Man
Episode S5-22, first aired 11/01/1967
Director: Robert Day
Writer: Tony Williamson

Scientists are being eliminated by a highly charged hitman, whose touch brings instant death by electrocution.

127 Murdersville
Episode S5-23, first aired 11/08/1967
Director: Robert Asher
Writer: Brian Clemens

A childhood chum of Mrs Peel's retires to a quiet, friendly little English village – that is now the headquarters of Murder Incorporated.

128 Mission... Highly Improbable
Episode S5-24, first aired 11/15/1967
Director: Robert Day
Writer: Philip Levene

In a spoof of the television series "Mission: Impossible", a new ray machine, which makes everything smaller, miniaturises Steed!

129 The Forget-Me-Knot
Episode S6-1, first aired 09/25/1968
Director: James Hill
Writer: Brian Clemens

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).

130 Game
Episode S6-2, first aired 10/02/1968
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Richard Harris

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.

131 Super Secret Cypher Snatch
Episode S6-3, first aired 10/09/1968
Director: John Hough
Writer: Tony Williamson

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.

132 You'll Catch Your Death
Episode S6-4, first aired 10/16/1968
Director: Paul Dickson
Writer: Jeremy Burnham

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.

133 Split!
Episode S6-5, first aired 10/23/1968
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

134 Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?
Episode S6-6, first aired 10/17/1968
Director: Cyril Frankel
Writer: Tony Williamson

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.

135 False Witness
Episode S6-7, first aired 11/06/1968
Director: Charles Crichton
Writer: Jeremy Burnham

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.

136 All Done with Mirrors
Episode S6-8, first aired 11/13/1968
Director: Ray Austin
Writer: Leigh Vance

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.

137 Legacy of Death
Episode S6-9, first aired 11/20/1968
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Terry Nation

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.

138 Noon Doomsday
Episode S6-10, first aired 11/27/1968
Director: Peter Sykes
Writer: Terry Nation

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.

139 Look - But There Were These Two Fellers...
Episode S6-11, first aired 12/04/1968
Director: James Hill
Writer: Dennis Spooner

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.

140 Have Guns - Will Haggle
Episode S6-12, first aired 12/11/1968
Director: Ray Austin
Writer: Donald James

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.

141 They Keep Killing Steed
Episode S6-13, first aired 12/18/1968
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Brian Clemens

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!

142 The Interrogators
Episode S6-14, first aired 01/01/1969
Director: Charles Crichton
Writers: Richard Harris, Brian Clemens

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.

143 The Rotters
Episode S6-15, first aired 01/08/1969
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Dave Freeman

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.

144 Invasion of the Earthmen
Episode S6-16, first aired 01/15/1969
Director: Don Sharp
Writer: Terry Nation

Steed and Tara investigate an unusual school: a military academy for young men and women, that hides a secret astronaut training centre.

145 Killer
Episode S6-17, first aired 01/22/1969
Director: Cliff Owen
Writer: Tony Williamson

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.

146 The Morning After
Episode S6-18, first aired 01/10/1969
Director: John Hough
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

147 The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
Episode S6-19, first aired 01/31/1969
Director: Don Sharp
Writer: Philip Levene

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.

148 Wish You Were Here
Episode S6-20, first aired 02/07/1969
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Tony Williamson

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.

149 Love All
Episode S6-21, first aired 02/14/1969
Director: Peter Sykes
Writer: Jeremy Burnham

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'.

150 Stay Tuned
Episode S6-22, first aired 02/21/1969
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Tony Williamson

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.

151 Take Me to Your Leader
Episode S6-23, first aired 02/28/1969
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Terry Nation

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.

152 Fog
Episode S6-24, first aired 03/07/1969
Director: John Hough
Writer: Jeremy Burnham

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.

153 Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
Episode S6-25, first aired 03/14/1969
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Jeremy Burnham

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.

154 Homicide and Old Lace
Episode S6-26, first aired 03/21/1969
Director: John Hough
Writers: Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks

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.

155 Thingumajig
Episode S6-27, first aired 03/28/1969
Director: Leslie Norman
Writer: Terry Nation

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.

156 My Wildest Dream
Episode S6-28, first aired 04/04/1969
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Philip Levene

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.

157 Requiem
Episode S6-29, first aired 04/11/1969
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

158 Take-Over
Episode S6-30, first aired 04/18/1969
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Terry Nation

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.

159 Pandora
Episode S6-31, first aired 04/04/1969
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

160 Get-a-Way!
Episode S6-32, first aired 12/27/1968
Director: Don Sharp
Writer: Philip Levene

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.

161 Bizarre
Episode S6-33, first aired 05/17/1969
Director: Leslie Norman
Writer: Brian Clemens

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.

162 The Eagle's Nest
Episode S1-1, first aired 10/22/1976
Director: Desmond Davis
Writer: Brian Clemens

Steed investigates the death of a colleague while Gambit witnesses the kidnapping of Professor Von Claus. Purdey scuba dives to the remote island of St. Dorca, where a monastery hides a secret and Germany's greatest treasure.

163 House of Cards
Episode S1-2, first aired 10/29/1976
Director: Ray Austin
Writer: Brian Clemens

Steed, Purdey and Gambit, aided by a flock of rabid female fans rescue defector Professor Vasil from under the nose of Ivan Perov at an airport. Perov reactivates a group of 13 sleepers known as the House of Cards in order to avenge himself on the Avengers and get Vasil back to Russia.

164 The Last of the Cybernauts?
Episode S1-3, first aired 11/05/1976
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Brian Clemens

Double agent Felix Kane is horribly disfigured while being chased by the New Avengers. A year later, Kane forces Frank Goff to breathe new life into old Cybermen left in storage by Goff's former employer, Dr. Armstrong.

165 The Midas Touch
Episode S1-4, first aired 11/12/1976
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Brian Clemens

Professor Turner has found the ultimate carrier for a host of deadly diseases, calls him Midas and offers him to the highest bidder in exchange for gold. However, Steed's former colleague Freddie, now a vagrant is on to him and manages to pass over a few hints to the New Avengers before he succumbs to everything.

166 Cat Amongst the Pigeons
Episode S1-5, first aired 11/19/1976
Director: John Hough
Writer: Dennis Spooner

The New Avengers investigate the murders of several ecologists who seem to have been attacked by flocks of kamikaze birds. Before long each one of them encounters a feathered foe on their trail.

167 Target
Episode S1-6, first aired 11/26/1976
Director: Ray Austin
Writer: Dennis Spooner

Ministry agents are dropping dead of natural causes either on leave, or just about to go. Discovering a pattern, all clues lead back to the training range where Purdey has just scored a 99% walk through. Unfortunately for her, it's the one remaining per cent that kills.

168 To Catch a Rat
Episode S1-7, first aired 12/03/1976
Director: James Hill
Writer: Terence Feely

D16 Agent Irwin Gunner was on the trail of a double agents known as White Rat in 1960 when an arranged trapeze accident caused him to suffer amnesia. 17 years later he begins to regain his memory and vows to track down the Rat, who has certainly moved up in the world by now.

169 The Tale of the Big Why
Episode S1-8, first aired 12/10/1976
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: Brian Clemens

Bert Brandon is released from jail and several parties, including the New Avengers, follow him to get their hands on the information he has been keeping secret, whatever it may be.

170 Faces
Episode S1-9, first aired 12/17/1976
Director: James Hill
Writers: Brian Clemens, Dennis Spooner

The New Avengers uncover an operation that is substituting doubles for politicians and other high ranking members of society. All the lookalikes seem to have been found amongst the drunks and derelicts of The Mission for the Distressed and Needy, so Gambit pretends to be a drunk named Walton, while Purdey infiltrates the organization on her own as 'Lollita'.

171 Gnaws
Episode S1-10, first aired 12/21/1976
Director: Ray Austin
Writer: Dennis Spooner

Scientists Thornton & Carter have discovered a radioactive isotope that causes living things to grow enormous. Rather than inform the Ministry the scientists keep the secret to themselves. After some of the isotope is spilled down the drain, reports surface of a monster emerging from the sewers that is intent on killing people.

172 Dirtier by the Dozen
Episode S1-11, first aired 01/07/1977
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Brian Clemens

General Stevens has gone missing while inspecting the 19th Special Commando Division unannounced. Gambit intercepts a canister of combat footage starring the commanding officer of the 19th: Colonel 'Mad Jack' Miller. Purdey has her finds her way into the training area by way of a pub filled with soldiers.

173 Sleeper
Episode S1-12, first aired 01/14/1977
Director: Graeme Clifford
Writer: Brian Clemens

The New Avengers are present at a demonstration of a new gas, S-95, that can knock out people instantaneously. Unfortunately a criminal called Brady is also present, steals 2 cannisters as well as the anti-dote and puts the heart of London to sleep the next morning.

174 Three-Handed Game
Episode S1-13, first aired 01/21/1977
Director: Ray Austin
Writers: Dennis Spooner, Brian Clemens

Steed has invented a way of using a triumvirate of agents with photographic memories to memorize top secret information in three parts. Each third being useless without the other two. A brilliant criminal named Juventor plans to use a mind-swapping device to piece all three parts together and sell the combined information to the highest bidder.

175 Dead Men Are Dangerous
Episode S2-1, first aired 09/09/1977
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Brian Clemens

Steed's friend from childhood attempts to overcome his inferiority complex by taking revenge on him.

176 Angels of Death
Episode S2-2, first aired 09/16/1977
Director: Ernest Day
Writers: Terence Feely, Brian Clemens

A nefarious crew of health spa workers plot to bring the Empire to its knees by killing off key government workers through "natural causes".

177 Medium Rare
Episode S2-3, first aired 09/23/1977
Director: Ray Austin
Writer: Dennis Spooner

A psychic medium makes eerily accurate predictions about Steed's future.

178 The Lion and the Unicorn
Episode S2-4, first aired 09/30/1977
Director: Ray Austin
Writer: John Goldsmith

With the help of Gambit and Purdey, Steed manages to capture the ruthless killer known as The Unicorn whom he has been tracking for ten years. The Unicorn's accomplices kidnap a British royal to use as a hostage to swap. Unfortunately they are unaware that their previous rescue attempt left The Unicorn lying dead on the floor.

179 Obsession
Episode S2-5, first aired 10/07/1977
Director: Ernest Day
Writer: Brian Clemens

June 1977. Purdey is confronted with her former fiancée Larry Doomer. She's been avoiding him ever since he attempted to murder a Middle Eastern emissary 7 years earlier. Now it seems he's planning a second attempt by using a brand new RAF rocket.

180 Trap
Episode S2-6, first aired 10/14/1977
Director: -Ray Austin
Writer: Brian Clemens

The New Avengers, with some help from CIA agent Marty Brice, stop a drug deal arranged by Chinese crime lord Soo Choy. To rectify this embarrassment, Soo Choy lures Steed, Purdey and Gambit to his territory in order to exact his revenge in front of his peers.

181 Hostage
Episode S2-7, first aired 10/21/1977
Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Brian Clemens

Purdey is kidnapped and Steed is given instructions to copy some top secret documents in order to get her back. Unable to tell anyone what he's doing, the Ministry begins to suspect Steed has switched sides and Gambit is ordered to follow him.

182 K Is for Kill Part One: The Tiger Awakes
Episode S2-8, first aired 10/28/1977
Director: Yvon Marie Coulais
Writer: Brian Clemens

In 1945 Russian soldier Stanislav stole the secret of longevity from a Tibetian monk. He created an army of 252 sleepers that were stationed all over Europe. In 1965, one of them awoke by accident and went on a rampage in Berkshire. 12 years later, the same thing happens to a larger group in France.

183 K Is for Kill Part Two: Tiger by the Tail
Episode S2-9, first aired 11/04/1977
Director: Yvon Marie Coulais
Writer: Brian Clemens

250 of the Russian sleeping commandos have been defeated and accounted for. Only the two most dangerous K-agents remain. Colonel Stanislav orders them to assassinate General Gaspard and the French President in order to cause the outbreak of World War III.

184 Complex
Episode S2-10, first aired 11/11/1977
Director: Richard Gilbert
Writer: Dennis Spooner

The New Avengers fly to Toronto, Canada to learn the identity of KGB assassin X-41, aka Scapina. Unfortunately all their contacts end up dead before they are able to spill the beans. Also, Gambit keeps getting arrested by the Canadian police and Purdey finds herself trapped in a ultra modern building.

185 Forward Base
Episode S2-11, first aired 11/18/1977
Director: Don Thompson
Writer: Dennis Spooner

Lake Ontario Canada becomes the center of some strange happenings after a mysterious signal FB1 is intercepted. Tides that should not be. Fish swimming birds nests. What happened in the Spring of 69 that could change the world forever.

186 The Gladiators
Episode S2-12, first aired 11/25/1977
Director: Claude Fournier
Writer: Brian Clemens

Though officially on holiday in Canada, the New Avengers join the search for several missing Soviet and Canadian agents. KGB agent Karl Sminsky has achieved super human strength thanks to a combination of martial arts. Now he is gathering a group of 'gladiators' to teach his secrets to.

187 Emily
Episode S2-13, first aired 12/17/1977
Director: Don Thompson
Writer: Dennis Spooner

On the trail of the elusive agent 'The Fox', the New Avengers find their target has left a palm print on the roof of a car. Borrowing the vehicle, which is called 'Emily' from her owner proves to be easier than getting it safely to the Canadian Secret Service in Toronto.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:33
First Appearance:1962
Last Appearance:2016

1 The Drug Pedlar The Drug Pedlar
Published by TV Publications Ltd.

Copyright: 1962

Printed in the book TV Crimebusters Annual 1962. A retelling in comic form of the episode from the first season. Dr. Keel finds a dead agent at his door and asks Steed for help. Together they come up against a drug smuggling gang. This contains both art panels and snapshots from the actual telecast.
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2 Return to Castle De'ath Return to Castle De'ath
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1966

1st of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #199-201 - 2 pages each for 6 pages - John Steed and Emma Peel are to secretly guard a rich visiting Arab prince vacationing in Scotland.

3 The Miser The Miser
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1966

2nd of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #202-204 - 2 pages each for 6 pages - Going to the train station to meet an old friend, Steed and Peel witness the train not slowing down and hitting the buffers to stop. Everyone onboard is sound asleep! Everyone.

4 The Golden Dresses The Golden Dresses
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1967

3rd of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #205-208 - 2 pages each for 8 pages - Steed and Peel attend a fashion show where all the ladies are in love with the golden dresses. So much so they will do anything they are told to while wearing them.

5 The Norse Code The Norse Code
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1967

4th of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #209-211 - 2 pages each for 6 pages - An afternoon of fishing by Steed and Peel turns into an adventure when their boat is attacked by Vikings.

6 Playtime Is Over Playtime Is Over
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1967

5th of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #212-215 - 2 pages each for 8 pages - As they sit on a park bench next to a pond discussing their latest case - one involving jewelry heists - a young boy remote-controls a toy boat near them. And then explodes it.

7 The Antagoniser The Antagoniser
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1967

6th of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #216-218 - 2 pages each for 6 pages - A scientist has come up with a device that causes anyone, man or animal, to go into a mad rage.

8 The Mad Hatter The Mad Hatter
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1967

7th of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #219-220 - 2 pages each for 4 pages - Steed and Peel are onlookers during a carriage procession of a visiting foreign princess when the coach is bombed.

9 The Secret Six The Secret Six
Published by D.C.Thomson

Copyright: 1967

8th of 8 stories told serially in the British magazine Diana. This ran in issues #221-224 - 2 pages each for 8 pages - Steed and Peel are invited to a masked ball of one of their friends but when the party is cut short due to the host's illness, they are not allowed to leave.

10 The Mohocks The Mohocks
Published by Thorne & Porter
Contributors: Mick Anglo (artist)
Copyright: 1966

1st of 4 stories in the solo issue by this publisher - 16 pages - Patterned after an early 19th century club, the Mohocks is a group of sons of wealthy families looking for excitement which includes "murder and mutilation".

11 The K Stands For Killers The K Stands For Killers
Published by Thorne & Porter
Contributors: Mick Anglo (artist)
Copyright: 1966

2nd of 4 stories in the solo issue by this publisher - 16 pages - Members of an exclusive karate club decide to test how good they are using humans as guinea-pigs.

12 No Jury ... No Justice! No Jury ... No Justice!
Published by Thorne & Porter
Contributors: Mick Anglo (artist)
Copyright: 1966

3rd of 4 stories in the solo issue by this publisher - 16 pages - A judge with a dislike of spies takes it upon himself to hand out death sentences and to see them carried out. One spy in mind in John Steed.

13 Deadly Efficient Deadly Efficient
Published by Thorne & Porter
Contributors: Mick Anglo (artist)
Copyright: 1966

4th of 4 stories in the solo issue by this publisher - 16 pages - John Steed and Emma Peel go undercover as efficiency experts in a plastics company to find a ruthless spy.

14 'The Circus Is In Town' 'The Circus Is In Town'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 1965

1st of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #720-725, 10/1965 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Thieves steal secret plans from an office building and then flee to a circus to hide.

15 'Poof! He's Gone' 'Poof! He's Gone'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 10/1965

2nd of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #726-730 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Using a strange new weapon. spies have caused a noted British scientist to disappear in a flash and Steed and Peel go searching.

16 'Fireball In The Sky' 'Fireball In The Sky'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 12/1965

3rd of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #731-735 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Steed and Peel are following a strange fireball in the sky during a bad snowstorm.

17 'Calling Alpha 1' 'Calling Alpha 1'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 01/1966

4th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #736-740 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Fellow agent Alpha 1 is bringing back vital intel as he flies in a 2-seater. The plane crashes but no Alpha 1.

18 'The Highwaymen' 'The Highwaymen'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 02/1966

5th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #741-745 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Heading to an estate of a friend, Steed and Peel are hijacked by highwaymen looking for some microfilm.

19 'Listen Up!' 'Listen Up!'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 04/1966

6th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #746-750 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Testing a new listening device onboard a yacht, Steed and Peel are attacked and the device stolen.

20 'No Cheetahs Allowed' 'No Cheetahs Allowed'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 05/1966

7th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #751-755 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Returning two cheetahs to the Sheik of Samara, Steed and Peel are surprised when the man runs away in fear.

21 'A Cruise Sounds Like Fun' 'A Cruise Sounds Like Fun'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 06/1966

8th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - Holiday 1966 - 4 pages - Steed and Peel have booked a holiday cruise. So has an old enemy of theirs and his henchmen.

22 'The Roman Invasion' 'The Roman Invasion'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 06/1966

9th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #756-760 - 2 pages each for 10 pages - Steed and Peel on a picnic when they are attacked by men in Roman armor.

23 'The Mirage Maker' 'The Mirage Maker'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 07/1966

10th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #761-766 - 2 pages from 2 issues, 1 page each after for 8 pages - Catching an illusionist crook is tricky when he can make you believe any mirage.

24 'The Disappearing Scientists' 'The Disappearing Scientists'
Published by Polystyle

Copyright: 08/1966

11th of 11 stories in group one of the TV Comic adventures - #767-771 - 1 page each for 6 pages - Scientists are disappearing and Steed and Peel believe the illusionist Wander the Wizard in at fault.

25 The Roman Invasion The Roman Invasion
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Pat Williams (artist)
Copyright: 1968

1st of 2 stories in the solo Gold Key issue of John Steed - Emma Peel - a colorized reprint of the story originally published in the British TV Comic #756-760.

26 The Mirage Maker The Mirage Maker
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Pat Williams (artist)
Copyright: 1968

2nd of 2 stories in the solo Gold Key issue of John Steed - Emma Peel - a colorized reprint of the story originally published in the British TV Comic #761-766.

27 Odds Against Steed Odds Against Steed
Published by Atlas Publishing
Contributors: John Stokes (artist), Peter Leslie (writer)
Copyright: 1967

1st comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. A mysterious stranger from Steed's past gives him a tip when Steed and Mrs. Peel go to the races.
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28 Flying Eagles Flying Eagles
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1967

2nd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. A series of incidents are possibly linked by a ornithological symbol. It's up to John Steed and Emma Peel, our heroes The Avengers, to investigate.
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29 Steed's Holiday Steed's Holiday
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1967

3rd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. On a fishing holiday a mysterious enemy plot is stumbled upon by Steed.
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30 A Brush With Disaster A Brush With Disaster
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1967

4th comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1968. Steed is on another holiday and uncovers that there are still Cornish smugglers.
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31 Clothes Make The Man Clothes Make The Man
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1968

1st comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown
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32 Are You A Clansman, Mr. Steed? Are You A Clansman, Mr. Steed?
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1968

2nd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown
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33 Mary, Mary Mary, Mary
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1968

3rd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1969. Plot unknown
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34 Good Guys And Bad Guys Good Guys And Bad Guys
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1969

1st comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1970. Plot unknown
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35 May I Have This Trance? May I Have This Trance?
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1969

2nd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1970. Plot unknown
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36 Thou'rt An Interfering Varlet, Mr. Steed Thou'rt An Interfering Varlet, Mr. Steed
Published by Atlas Publishing

Copyright: 1969

3rd comic strip story in the collection The Avengers Annual 1970. Plot unknown
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37 The Golden Game The Golden Game
Published by Eclipse
Contributors: Ian Gibson (artist), Grant Morrison (writer)
Copyright: 1990

Told in the 3-issue mini-series Steed and Mrs. Peel
The Golden Game - In which Steed breaks the rules and Emma gets a full house. When Tara King mysteriously disappears, Mother is certain bad guys are involved. He sends Steed to look into it with the warning to "trust no one". Knowing he needs help nonetheless, Steed calls his old partner, Mrs. Peel, who is more than ready for some excitement. Told in 4 parts over the 3 issues:
Part 1: Crown & Anchor
Part 2: Hare & Hounds
Part 3: Fox & Geese
Part 4: Hangman

38 Deadly Rainbow Deadly Rainbow
Published by Eclipse
Contributors: Ian Gibson (artist), Grant Morrison (writer)
Copyright: 1990

Told in the 3-issue mini-series Steed and Mrs. Peel
Mrs. Peel is reunited with her husband, missing for 3 years, and together they look into the disappearance of two other agents. Told in 2 parts over the 2nd and 3rd issues.

39 Ongoing Ongoing
Published by Boom!
Contributors: Caleb Monroe (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Mark Waid (story)
Copyright: 08/2012

A 12-part adventure.
Part 0 - The Dead Future - Steed feels his age. Emma turns back time.
Part 1 - London Falling - Steed plays with fire. Emma tests the waters.
Part 2 - Life In Hell - Steed checks on breakfast. Emma checks and mates.
Part 3 - Long Live The Queen - Steed triggers Emma. Emma pulls the trigger.
Part 4 - Ballroom Dance Fu - Steed dresses up. Emma strips down.
Part 5 - The Secret History of Space - Steed dries off. Emma drifts off.
Part 6 - Time Flies - Steed loses track of Emma. Emma loses track of time.
Part 7 - Tawdry Little Endings - Steed subdued by Emma. Emma subdued by Steed.
Part 8 - The Art of Resurrection - Steed sees double. Emma is all wet.
Part 9 - The Clothes Makes the Cybernaut - Steed's burns up. Emma cools off.
Part 10 - Punchlines and Proposals - Steed gets the whip. Emma gets an offer.
Part 11 - Conclusion - What They Do - Steed disrupts the proceedings. Emma plays goddess in the lab.
This adventure was later released in three TPBs.

40 We're Needed We're Needed
Published by Boom!
Contributors: Ian Edginton (writer), Marco Costino (artist)
Copyright: 2014

A 3-part adventure:
Part 1 - Steeds takes a holiday. Emma takes the strain.
Part 2 - Steeds takes a trip. Emma visits the underworld.
Part 3 - Steeds makes up his mind. Emma minds her make-up.

41 Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Wes Abbott (letterer), Michael Allred (cover), Laura Allred (cover), Jordie Bellaire (colorist), Matthew Dow Smith (artist), Ian Edginton (writer), Wendy Broome (colorist)
Copyright: 2016

A 12-part adventure: Someone is 'collecting' all the biggest diamonds in the world for a major power source. Steed and Mrs. Peel are on the hunt and when the culprit targets Gotham City, Batman and Robin join the fun.
Part 1 - The Bowler and the Bat
Part 2 - The Robin and the Cat
Part 3 - Lord Ffogg Plays His Hand
Part 4 - The Avengers Join The Band
Part 5 - Tinkering With Terror
Part 6 - A Deadly Error
Part 7 - Batman Gets Flighty
Part 8 - Back To Old Blighty
Part 9 - Ffogg and Ice
Part 10 - Sugar and Spice
Part 11 - A Robotic Revelation
Part 12 - A Startling Explanation

PARODIES, SATIRES, AND PASTICHES

Number of Entries:2
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1977

1 Steed vs. Bad Guy Steed vs. Bad Guy
Published by IPC Magazines

Copyright: 1976

From Krazy Comic #9, Dec 11, 1976, with 1 black & white page.
A KRAZY look at TV No. 9 - John Steed proves that he is better with an umbrella than a bad guy is with anything.
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2 The New Stewvengers The New Stewvengers
Published by IPC Magazines

Copyright: 1976

From Look-In Books' Stewpot's Fun Book, 1977, with 5 black & white page.
Cashing in on popular British DJ Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart's popularity, this is a send-off of him being somehow connected with The Avengers.
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COMIC STRIPS

Number of Arcs:4
Number of Strips:35
First Appearance:1964
Last Appearance:1964

1 Operation Harem   Operation Harem
Strips: 1 - 9
Dates: 02/01/1964 - 03/28/1964

John Steed and Cathy Gale are posing as stewards on a plane in the Middle East to protect Sheikh Abal from a suspected assassination. The culprit is the leader's right hand man

2 The Computer Menace   The Computer Menace
Strips: 10 - 19
Dates: 04/04/1964 - 06/07/1964

A series of freak lightning strikes on prominent London landmarks set John Steed and Cathy Gale in search of who has been playing with ray guns. They go up against the Establishment which is actually run by a computer.

3 Epidemic Of Terror   Epidemic Of Terror
Strips: 20 - 27
Dates: 06/14/1964 - 08/01/1964

A series of freak lightning strikes on prominent London landmarks set John Steed and Cathy Gale in search of who has been playing with ray guns. They go up against the Establishment which is actually run by a computer.

4 Quest For A Queen   Quest For A Queen
Strips: 28 - 33
Dates: 08/08/1964 - 09/26/1964

Queen Olivia of Richenstein, a small nation in the middle of Europe, is onboard a train in Scotland. Also on it are John Steed and Cathy Gale whose job it is to stop an suspected assassination attempt. Things go sideways when the queen is kidnapped and they must get her back.

GAMES

Number of Games:7
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1998

1 Stars and their Cars Stars and their Cars
Quiz
D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Diana's Top Secret Diary. Guess the 3 Secret Agents by the cars they drive.

2 Mystery Makers And Breakers Mystery Makers And Breakers
Article & Matching
D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Diana For Girls 1967 Annual. Game takes the form of an Article about well know mystery writers. The authors mentioned are Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Mary Shelley. Then it becomes a Matching type game with character from TV series. The object is to match the characters pictured into teams. Listed only because of the 2 Spy Series. TV Series used are as follows; No Hiding Place, The Avengers, Maigret, Cluff, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Sherlock Holmes.
The TV Series Characters are as follows:
A. Detective-Sgt. Russell (Johnny Briggs)
B. John Steed (Patrick Macnee)
C. Lucas (Ewen Solon)
D. Sgt. Caleb Cluff (Leslie Sands)
E. Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn)
F. Doctor Watson (Nigel Stock)
G. Emma Peel (Diana Riggs)
H. Chief Tom Lockhart (Raymond Francis)
I. Jules Maigret (Rupert Davies)
J. Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum)
K. Clive (The Dog)
L. Sherlock Holmes (Douglas Wilmer)

3 Avengers Shooting Game Avengers Shooting Game
Target Shooting
Merit
Copyright: 1967

Hit the crate of dynamite in the center of the target board and up goes the villains car that is spring loaded. The game contains a Black Pistol, 2 Safety Darts (black with orange suction cups) and Target Board with Stand. Picture on game box and target board depicted John Steed (Patrick Macnee) as the driver of a car and Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Riggs) holding a gun. Play alone or with a girlfriend. Winner is the one who hits the crate of dynamite the most.

4 The Secret Agent Game The Secret Agent Game
Boardgame
D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 1967

Subtitled "- or catch yourself a villain". From the pages of Diana For Girl 1968 Annual. Six can play this game of spies, other items needed are dice and discs of cardboard with images of the Agents. Select your favorite Agent from John Steed & Emma Peel (The Avengers), James Bond, John Drake (Danger Man) or Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Then each player is ready to set out after the villains. The villains are Odd Job (worth 3 Points), Rosa Klebb (worth 6 Points) and Emilio Largo (worth 10 Points). Games is played in 5 rounds and the agent with the highest score is the winner.
The Secret Agent used are pictures as follows;
David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Agent 1 & 1st Row
Diana Riggs as Emma Peel (The Avengers) Agent 2 & 1st Row
Sean Connery as James Bond (Agent 007) Agent 3 & 1st Row
Patrick McGoohan as John Drake (Danger Man) Agent 4 & 2nd Row
Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo (The Man From U.N.L.E.) Agent 5 & 2nd Row
Patrick Macnee as John Steed (The Avengers) Agent 6 & 2nd Row.
The 3 Villains used are picture as follows;
Harold Sakata as Odd Job (Goldfinger's Henchman) Villain 1
Lotta Lenya as Rosa Klebb (From Russia With Love) Villain 2
Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo (From the film Thunderball) Villain 3

5 QuizMaster - How Much Do You Know About Secret Agents? QuizMaster - How Much Do You Know About Secret Agents?
Quiz
Thorpe & Porter
Copyright: 1969

From the pages of Super DC No. 5 printing in the UK. Name who the agents mentioned get there order from.

6 QuizMaster - What Do You Know About Cars On TV? QuizMaster - What Do You Know About Cars On TV?
Quiz
Thorpe & Porter
Copyright: 1969

From the pages of Super DC No. 6 printed in the UK. Listed only because of the 3 spy series. What cars were driven on TV by the main characters in the follow series? 1. The Prisoner; 2. The Saint; 3. The Avengers; 4. Sexton Blake; 5. Fraud Squad.

7 The Avengers Pinball The Avengers Pinball
PC CD-ROM
Pin-Ball Games, Ltd.
Copyright: 1998

A video pinball type game that was on a disc and based on the hit British TV series.
There could be as many as four players. It used an intro scene from the show's 5th season with John Steed (Patrick Macnee) & Emma Peel (Diana Riggs). Other scenes were used too. Also it was played mostly on computers using Windows at the time and only in Europe.

ODDS & ENDS

Number of Items:1
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2017

1 The Avengers - The Lost Episodes The Avengers - The Lost Episodes
Audio Dramas
Big Finish Productions
Copyright: 2014-2017

Seven sets of Lost Episodes from the first season of the Avengers, recreated in audio format
1-1: Hot Snow
Written by Ray Rigby, adapted by John Dorney
When an incomprehensible tragedy strikes on what should have been the happiest day of David Keel's life, he is left traumatised. Confronted with an apparently motiveless crime, he feels compelled to investigate and is drawn into London's seedy underworld of drug smuggling. As he digs deeper and deeper, his only hope may be a mysterious gentleman who appears to know more than he says. Together, will they be able to avenge the crime?

1-2: Brought to Book
Written by Brian Clemens, adapted by John Dorney
Still on the trail of the men who wrecked his life, Dr Keel gets to know his new associate, John Steed, rather better as they infiltrate warring gangs running amok in the betting community. Lies and double crosses stack up on every side, and it's impossible to know who to trust. As the race nears its fatal finish, has Dr Keel gambled on the wrong side?

1-3: Square Root of Evil
Written by Richard Harris, adapted by John Dorney
Following the death of a colleague, Steed goes undercover amongst a group of forgers. As the stakes get higher, his risk of discovery increases and Dr Keel may be his only chance to escape alive. But with the formidable thug known as the Cardinal watching their every move, could Steed be dooming them both?

1-4: One for the Mortuary
Written by Brian Clemens, adapted by John Dorney
It should have been an easy day for David Keel. A short flight and a conference to attend. But John Steed’s arrival disrupts everything, as usual. Without even knowing, he finds himself at the centre of an international conspiracy. The chase is on to preserve and protect a valuable medical formula, and with an assassin on their trail, our heroes find themselves enmeshed in an intricate web of laundry, taxidermy and murder.

2-1: Ashes of Roses
Written by Peter Ling and Sheilagh Ward, adapted by John Dorney
Carol goes undercover at a hairdressing salon, which appears to be at the centre of an arson ring.

2-2: Please Don’t Feed the Animals
Written by Dennis Spooner, adapted by John Dorney
Steed takes on blackmailers who are extorting secrets from government officials.

2-3: The Radioactive Man
Written by Fred Edge, adapted by John Dorney
Someone is at large in London, unwittingly carrying a radioactive isotope.

2-4: Dance With Death
Written by Peter Ling and Sheilagh Ward, adapted by John Dorney
Dr Keel is framed for murder, and Steed investigates a dance school.

3-1: The Springers
Written by John Whitney and Geoffrey Bellman, adapted by John Dorney
Steed and Keel go undercover to try and crack a prison escape route.

3-2: The Yellow Needle
Written by Patrick Campbell, adapted by John Dorney
An attempt is made on the life of Sir Wilberforce Lungi, the Prime Minister of an African country on the verge of independence, and Steed and Keel attempt to expose his enemies.

3-3: Double Danger
Written by Gerald Verner, adapted by John Dorney
A dangerous attempt to discover a cache of stolen diamonds goes badly wrong, and Keel is captured by a criminal gang.

3-4: Toy Trap
Written by Bill Strutton, adapted by John Dorney
Keel is charged with keeping an eye on the daughter of a friend. But it soon becomes clear that all is not well at her place of employment, a department store in London…

4-1: Kill the King
Written By James Mitchell, adapted by John Dorney
When the King of an unstable Far Eastern country visits the UK to sign an oil treaty, Steed is assigned to his protection and discovers that assassins lurk around every corner.

4-2: A Change of Bait
Written By Lewis Davidson, adapted by John Dorney
Carol's landlord has got into a lot of trouble with a shipment of bananas and a crooked businessman. Fortunately Steed and Keel are hot on the heels of insurance fraudsters and might just be able to save him...

4-3: Hunt the Man Down
Written By Richard Harris, adapted by Justin Richards
When Frank Preston is released from prison the race is on to find his hidden loot. Can Steed and Keel survive warring gangsters to return the stolen property and rescue a kidnapped Carol?

4-4: Dead of Winter
Written By Eric Paice, adapted by John Dorney
When the frozen body of a Neo-Nazi is discovered at the docks, Steed and Keel get involved with a fascist organisation developing an apocalyptic plan.

5-1: Nightmare
Written by Dan Starkey, from a storyline by Terence Feely
When one of his patients, an experimental scientist, goes missing, Dr Keel ends up impersonating him. But not all doctors are on the side of the angels.

5-2: Girl on the Trapeze
Written by Dennis Spooner, adapted by Rae Leaver
The circus has come to town - but after Keel witnesses an apparent suicide, it becomes clear that the clowns are concealing something sinister behind the scenes.

5-3: Crescent Moon
Written by Phil Mulryne, from a storyline by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney
On a Caribbean Island, Steed finds himself caught up in a curious case of kidnapping, where if he wants to save a missing girl, he's got to find out what's really going on... and quickly.

5-4: Diamond Cut Diamond
Written by John Dorney, from a storyline by Max Marquis
A smuggling ring is leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Steed goes undercover as an air steward to investigate, but can he confront the culprit before it's his head on the block?

6-1: The Frighteners
Written by Berkeley Mather, adapted by Rae Leaver
If you need someone scared off, you speak to the Deacon. Steed and Keel are on the trail of an intimidation expert whose services have recently been acquired by a wealthy businessman. But as they head deeper and deeper into this seedy world, who do they really have to stop. And who do they have to save?

6-2: Death on the Slipway
Written by Ian Potter, from a storyline by James Mitchell
When a fellow agent is killed, Steed is sent undercover at a government dockyard to find the killer. Can he sort the truth from the lies and track down the enemy infiltrator hunting for top secret plans before it’s all too late?

6-3: Tunnel of Fear
Written by John Dorney, from a storyline by John Kruse
Southend. A perfect spot for a family holiday - or for a traitor to hide. Somewhere in the town lurks a spy ring that is smuggling out classified information. When his old mole is attacked, and with innocent lives at risk, Steed takes Keel to the seaside for a far from sunny time.

7-1: Dragonsfield
Written by Ian Potter, from a script by Terence Feely
A man has been murdered in an experimental laboratory, and Steed is sent to investigate. Someone is working for the other side - and Steed will need to untangle a messy web of inter-personal relationships if he's to stand any chance of identifying who.

7-2: The Far Distant Dead
Written by Tom Mallaburn from a script by John Lucarotti
En route from Chile back to England, Dr Keel stops off to help the victims of a cyclone. Except not every fatality he encounters was caused by the disaster. It appears he's stumbled onto an international conspiracy of the most sinister kind... and the perpetrators will be found many miles away...

7-3: The Deadly Air
Written by John Dorney from a script by Lester Powell
When an experimental vaccine is destroyed Steed calls in Keel to join him on the scene as a medical expert. But it isn't long before the saboteur becomes a murderer. As the situation escalates, can the Avengers identify their foe before they become his victims?

REFERENCE BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 Hero-A-Go-Go! Hero-A-Go-Go!
Written by Michael Eury
Copyright: 2017

This book is subtitled "Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters & Culture Of The Swinging Sixties." It mentions and gives details on a number of Spy Series within! Welcome to the Camp Age when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm and good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch. Celebrate the Camp Craze of the Swinging Sixties when just about everyone was a secret agent.

MY COMMENTS

I loved The Avengers. No real fan of spy-fi series could not love The Avengers. The inimitable Mr. Steed, the incomparable Mrs. Peel, not to mention the others like Catherine Gayle and Tara King. The strange cases they encountered while defending queen and country and, in some cases, the world itself. It may have been on a different end of the spectrum from serious and somber tomes like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold but it was fun!

Remembering them so well, the books come across as a mixed bag, as is often the case with books from television shows, especially when written by different people at different times. The first three books are very well done. The last one, Too Many Targets, is excellent. The others are passable, at best.

So, the books get a low grade. The television show would get a B for the first season as it seemd to be a mystery just getting into stride, a A for the Gayle and the Mrs. Peel seasons for being great enjoyment with terrific imagination and panache, and a B+ for the King season! I cannot rate the books higher than a "C" because they don't deserve it.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

Your Average Grade:   A-

YOUR OPINIONS

chrisno1 A- 2020-11-27

The Avengers needs no introduction. I love it. Even the silly episodes. The best episodes still hold up well today. It gets an A- because some of the Cathy Gale seasons are a bit under par (these were transmitted as live) and the later New Avengers didnt quite live up to expectations. But those two Diana Rigg seasons my goodness, what fun! And sometimes genuinely startling too. I''ve seen a lot if these on TV recently and it''s interesting to note how vicious and manipulative Steed was before Mrs Peel softened him up. I am intrigued by the novels and look forward to tracking them down.


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