The Avengers

Hot Snow

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/7/61
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. David Keel has just announced his engagement to his secretary, Peggy. However, when Peggy is murdered Keel, vowing vengeance, meets a mysterious stranger named John Steed. Steed and Keel join forces in hunting for the gang responsible for Peggy's death. (All episodes in this guide are authorised by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping, authors of 'The Avengers Dossier: The Definitive Unauthorised Guide' (London: Virgin Books, 1998).

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick Macnee

    John Steed

  • Ian Hendry

    Dr David Keel

  • Ray Rigby

  • Don Leaver

  • Patrick Brown

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    • The Avengers made its debut on British Television with the broadcast of the episode 'Hot Snow'.

    • Patrick Macnee later married Catherine Woodville, who played Peggy, in 1965.

    • In this episode Doctor David Keel's fiancee Peggy is murdered, which sparks his desire to combat crime.

    • The first third of this episode exists - up to the end of Act 1 and the first commercial break. The only complete episodes left from the first series are The Frighteners and The Girl On The Trapeze.

    • The makers of The Avengers wanted Steed to carry a gun. Patrick Macnee refused because he had seen so many friends die in World War II and never wanted to touch a gun again. When asked what he thought Steed should carry, Macnee replied, 'An umbrella'. So Steed carries an umbrella with a concealed sword in it and it is left to his sidekicks to deal with guns.

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