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The Avengers TV Show


The Avengers

Date September 02, 2008
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The Avengers is a spy-fi TV series set in 1960s Britain focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and his assistant John Steed (Patrick Macnee). Hendry left after the first series and Steed became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. Steed's most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and later Tara King (Linda Thorson). Later episodes increasingly incorporated elements of science fiction and fantasy, parody and British eccentricity.
Shown in Great Britain for more than five years (debuting in 1961) before it caught on in America, The Avengers is a secret-agent thriller that almost bests James Bond. Jonathan Steed - an urbane, proper gentleman spy - and adventurous citizen Emma Peel repeatedly saved the world from diabolical schemes plotted by equally diabolical evil-doers (among them robots and man-eating monsters).Emma Peel, in her leather boots and mini-skirts, is now considered one of the most liberated women on 60's television.

The Avengers Cast

Cast & Characters

  • Patrick Macnee as Jonathan Steed
  • Diana Rigg as Emma Peel (1966-1968)
  • Linda Thorson as Tara King (1968-1969)
  • Patrick Newell as "Mother" (1968-1969)
  • Joanna Lumley as Purdey (1976)
  • Gareth Hunt as Mike Gambit (1976)

Broadcast History

The Avengers Title Card First Telecast: March 28, 1966
Last Telecast: September 15, 1969
Original Network:  ABC
Number of Seasons: 6
Number of Episodes: 161
The Avengers Episode Guide
Original Primetime TV Schedule
  • March 1966- July 1966, ABC, Monday 10:00-11:00pm
  • July 1966- September 1966, ABC, Thursday 10:00-11:00pm
  • January 1967- September 1967, ABC, Friday 10:00-11:00pm
  • January 1968- September 1968, ABC, Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm
  • September 1968- September 1969, ABC, Monday 7:30-8:30pm

Theme Song & Opening Credits


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The Avengers Trivia

Many Avengers fans may not be aware that Ian Hendry (as Dr. David Keel) originally played the main character on the series. The original idea for the Avengers was also totally different from what eventually became the norm. Each week Dr. Keel was going to select from a number of agents who would assist him in that week's episode pretty much like what happened five years later when "Mission Impossible" hit the airwaves. But just like Mission Impossible became concentrated on several main characters, the Avengers soon settled down into two main characters each week.

There is a really good reason why even devout fans might have trouble remembering Ian Hendry. There was a writers' strike in the middle of the first season and Ian decided to leave the show. To make matters worse, there is only one episode from the first season that exists today. Luckily it's one that included Ian Hendry. It's episode #15, "The Frighteners".

John Steed had his own cure for a hangover called the "National Anthem". It was made up of 1 raw egg, 3 or 4 shakes of worcestershire sauce, and 1 dash of salt.

In the fourth season when Diana Rigg joined the cast, stunt arranger "Ray Austin" told the Avengers' producers that he wanted to have Mrs. Peel use Kung Fu to fight evil-doers. They had never heard of Kung Fu and told him to just stick to the Judo that John Steed's former partners had used. Austin taught Diana Rigg Kung Fu moves anyway and when the producers saw her in action, they gave in.

While Patrick Macnee obtained American citizenship in 1959, he also remained a Brit! He has duel citizenship and two passports!

Although his spy work was very dangerous, John Steed was only slightly hurt in three episodes and he was knocked unconscious in six! That's not too shabby for a 161 episode run!

John Steed's full name was: John Wickham Gascone Berresford Steed.

Honor Blackman had previously appeared on another British series titled, "The Four Just Men" and in the 1990s she starred as "Laura West" on another series, "The Upper Hand" which was the British version of a U.S. series titled, "Who's the Boss?"

Diana Rigg was "Knighted" by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. For my fellow Americans who might not be familiar with British tradition, a female who has been knighted is not referred to as "Sir". Ladies get the title, "Dame". So Diana Rigg's full proper title is "Dame Rigg - Commander of the British Empire"! Dame Rigg also got to be James Bond's first onscreen wife in the 1969 movie, "Her Majesty's Secret Service".

The title song and opening sequence video were changed beginning in the fourth season.

The Avengers was the first British TV series to be broadcast in a regular fall schedule on a U.S. network.
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