The New Avengers - Season 1

ITV (ended 1977)




Episode Guide

  • Gnaws
    Episode 13
    Two scientists have developed a new experimental growth drug which they foresee could end world famine. Unfortunately, some of the stuff has been flushed down the sink, and it has resulted in giant rats in the sewers. But the rats are not only of the animal variety.
  • Dirtier by the Dozen
    Gambit was due to meet an agent called Travis, but he finds him dead, tightly clutching a can of film. When Steed views the film, it proves to show soldiers fighting in a forest. There seems to be nothing very special about the film, but it must have been important. Then a general disappears, and a wounded soldier is kidnapped from a country hospital. Suspicion falls on the Commandos at a nearby army base, and Steed, Purdey and Gambit have to find out what is going on.moreless
  • Three Handed Game
    Three Handed Game
    Episode 11
    Some Allied defence plans have to be got from London to the U.S., and for security purposes Steed comes up with the idea of using three men with photographic memories who will each memorise a third of the detailed plans. The plan works well - but then one by one the three memory couriers are found in a coma, and it looks as if someone is trying to reconstruct the secret plans. In fact, the enemy agent Juvenator has got hold of a new device which can drain information from the human mind. Can Steed, Purdey and Gambit stop Juvenator from getting the final piece of the puzzle?moreless
  • Sleeper
    Episode 10
    Steed and his team are present at the test of a new sleeping gas called S-95, so they are immunized to its effects. Then on Sunday morning they wake up to find the whole city of London fast asleep. The city's banks and jewellery shops are unprotected, and the Avengers are the only people awake, apart from the unknown enemy.moreless
  • Faces
    Episode 9
    Steed meets a politician he knows well, but the man walks straight past him - and when questioned, he has no idea who Steed is. Then Steed learns that other leading figures in the government have also been acting strangely. When one of them dies from an illness he didn't have, the clues lead Purdey and Gambit to an establishment in the East end of London run by a cosmetic surgeon. They infiltrate the place, and Steed's friends find they are being trained to impersonate and kill the 'real' Purdey and Gambit.moreless
  • The Tale of the Big Why
    Burt Brandon gets out of jail after serving nine years - and he is followed, as the top secret information he stole was never found. But it is not only Steed's team who are on his trail. Brandon heads for a remote well where he expects to find his cache. When his enemies catch up with him, they kill him, and the Avengers find Brandon's body and the remains of his car, which has been completely dismantled. Brandon had mailed a package to his daughter, but when Steed gets hold of it, what he finds in it is a paperback book - a western called The Tale of the Big Why. So what is going on?moreless
  • To Catch a Rat
    To Catch a Rat
    Episode 7
    Steed, Purdey, and Gambit get a strange message, which alerts them to danger. Steed has research to do on some old files, while Purdey and Gambit go out to investigate. A legendary agent has resurfaced, seventeen years after he vanished. Then, he was working in Germany as a circus acrobat, and he discovered the identity of a double agent known as White Rat, set a trap for hiim, and shot him in the leg. The acrobat then had a nasty accident and lost his memory. But now he has remembered who he is, and he is trying to contact his spy masters. They get the radio transmissions from him but can't decipher them, and the race is on to find him before White Rat does. Meanwhile, Purdey has a new boyfriend and is in danger.moreless
  • Target!
    Episode 6
    Steed has a perfect record on the active combat shooting-range, and Purdey tackles the range with all her usual skill. But she occasionally misses or gets hit. Then other agents who have tackled the range begin to die, and Steed and Gambit put the clues together and realize they must work fast to save Purdey before she is killed by an insidious poison.moreless
  • Cat Amongst the Pigeons
    A dying man warns Steed that an ecologist called Rydercroft is going to be killed at mid-day. Rydercroft is on an air journey, and all possible steps are taken to protect his aircraft, but it still crashes. Soon the Avengers find they are dealing with a completely new kind of enemy.moreless
  • The Midas Touch
    The Midas Touch
    Episode 4
    Steed and his fellow agents come up against Professor Turner, a scientist with a lust for gold, and Turner's protegé Midas, whose touch is deadly.
  • The Last of the Cybernauts?
    Some years ago, a double agent called Felix Kane was ambushed by Steed and was crippled and horribly disfigured when a fuel tanker exploded. Kane vowed he would have his revenge, and since then he has re-activated a force Steed has tangled with twice before - the Cybernauts. Originally created by Armstrong, a crazy scientist, these metallic menaces have twice in the past been foiled by Steed and his former side-kick, Emma Peel. But with Kane directing them, Steed and his team have to risk their lives to stop the Cybernauts for a third time.moreless
  • House of Cards
    House of Cards
    Episode 2
    A crowd of screaming teenagers rescues a man Steed has hunted down, but then the Soviet spymaster Perov appears to kill himself. Just days later, a network of sleeper agents set up by Perov, called the House of Cards, is activated: people believed to be on Steed's side suddenly turn into assassins, killing British intelligence personnel. The attacks are set off by an embedded hynotic order which is triggered by half of a playing card. Steed, Purdey and Gambit find themselves fighting people they thought were their friends.moreless
  • The Eagle's Nest
    The Eagle's Nest
    Episode 1
    A British agent is sent to investigate a suspicious monastery on a remote Scottish island, but he is killed by the local fishermen. Then Steed, Gambit, and Purdey are sent to look into their fellow agent's death and to continue his investigation. It seems that at the end of the second world war an aeroplane carrying Germany's Greatest Treasure (whatever that may be) ended up there - and the monks turn out to be not particularly religious.moreless