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The Avengers: The Charmers

This episode sees Steed having to work with “the other side” when it seems there is a third party killing off both their organisations’ operatives. That puts Steed in a very interesting situation, and the ease with which he strolls … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Outside-In Man

In 1959 a British agent turned traitor and defected to an enemy state. Now the countries are at peace, and Britain faces the very odd situation of having to negotiate with the traitor, now “General” Sharp, to broker an arms … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Build a Better Mousetrap

As Season Three has progressed, The Avengers has been moving more and more towards bizarre scenarios and unusual, eccentric characters. This episode seems to be something of a breakthrough for that approach, because it is a huge amount of fun. … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Trojan Horse

This week writer Malcolm Hulke takes us into the world of horse racing and betting, but what are the odds on a good story set in that location? I’ve seen a few crime stories set at racetracks, and it seems … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Secrets Broker

The Avengers tends to be at its best when each episode focusses on one good idea. In a self-contained 50 minute story there is not a huge amount of room for complexity, and when a writer tries to pack in … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Mandrake

Several sources on the internet report that Honor Blackman accidentally kicked wrestler Scott Sexton in the head during one take of a scene in a graveyard during the filming of this episode, knocking him out. As is often the case, … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Wringer

We know little of the organisation Steed works for, and his bosses have only made very occasional appearances. This is Paul Whitsun-Jones’s second appearance as Charles, and this time we gain a deeper insight into him and his organisation than … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Little Wonders

I always thought the highly effective use of cliffhangers was something peculiar to Doctor Who, with few other series doing anything remotely similar. After all, most contemporary series were a collection of individual episodes rather than one serialised story, for … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The White Elephant

On 22nd November 1963, at almost the exact time that JFK was assassinated, the cast of The Avengers was busy filming this episode, and by the end of the evening the cast would also have borne witness to a tragic … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Dressed to Kill

The set-up for this story is an odd chain of events to say the least. The nation’s early warning systems for a nuclear attack are triggered by a deliberate hoax, with the exception of one military base in Cornwall. Our … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Death a la Carte

On the same evening that a Dalek first waved a menacing sink plunger at one of the Doctor’s companions, over on the other channel The Avengers offered Death a la Carte, later the same evening, written by future Doctor Who … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Don’t Look Behind You

In the introduction to this episode on the DVD, Patrick Macnee describes it as “the best television show of the entire series”, and that’s despite having very little to do with the story himself. He can’t have formed that opinion … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Golden Fleece

A few weeks ago, The Gilded Cage blurred the lines between heroes and villains. The Golden Fleece goes even further down that path. Between 1945 and the end of the decade UK armed forces personnel were reduced from nearly five … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Grandeur That Was Rome

Right from the start this episode had my attention, with a courtyard full of Roman statues and ivy growing around the walls. It’s a great setting for a story, but then I do have to admit that I share Sir … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Medicine Men

In 1961 Sydney Newman created The Avengers for ABC. Two years later he created another long-running series for rival channel BBC. You might have heard of it: Doctor Who. On 23rd November 1963, Doctor Who made it’s debut at 5.15pm … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Second Sight

“It’s macabre.” That’s a good word to describe most of this episode, which concerns an operation to harvest corneas from a live patient in order to transplant them into a blind millionaire. The donor is apparently dying and owes the … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Gilded Cage

John P. Spagge used to be a “crime broker”, and the “king of the underworld”, but he has retired and spends his days sitting in his wheelchair being waited on by his snobbish butler. Steed and Cathy tempt him out … Continue reading

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The Avengers: November Five

When a newly-elected Member of Parliament gets assassinated, Steed and Cathy get involved in the world of politics. It’s not a straightforward business, and these are not the easiest of people to deal with. For example, the picture on the … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Death of a Batman

If you’re thinking “… and Robin”, then I’m sorry to disappoint you, because the title of this story refers to a soldier assigned to a commissioned officer as his personal servant. The deceased was a “batman” to Steed in the … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Nutshell

The Nutshell, a thermonuclear underground shelter, the seat of government for World War Three, a shell that protects nuts. It seems like a suitable name for a bunker for politicians. The problem is that it was impossible to really create … Continue reading

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