The New Avengers

Seasons 1 & 2, 1976–7

Episode Guide

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Episodes are listed in order of first transmission by ATV Midlands, as used in Dave Rogers’ books. You may re-sort the table by clicking on the headings.

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Series 1

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# Episode Produced London ATV North Anglia BTV CTV GTV South STV TT UTV WTV HTV YTV ABN2 ABV2 CBS TF1
01 The Eagle’s Nest April 1976 19/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 19/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 17/10/1976 7.50pm 22/10/1976 8.00pm 9/02/1977 8.30pm 9/02/1977 8.30pm 15/09/1978 11.30pm 22/01/1977 9.45pm
02 House of Cards May 1976 26/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 26/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 21/11/1976 7.50pm 29/10/1976 8.00pm 23/02/1977 8.30pm 23/02/1977 8.30pm 20/10/1978 11.30pm 30/12/1976 8.30pm
03 The Last of the Cybernauts…?? May 1976 2/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 2/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 28/11/1976 7.50pm 5/11/1976 8.00pm 6/04/1977 8.30pm 6/04/1977 8.30pm 9/03/1979 11:30pm 21/12/1976 8.30pm
05 Cat Amongst the Pigeons July 1976 16/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 16/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 31/10/1976 7.50pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 30/03/1977 8.30pm 30/03/1977 8.30pm 17/11/1978 11.30pm 8/01/1977 9.30pm
04 The Midas Touch April 1976 9/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 9/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 19/11/1976 8.00pm 24/10/1976 7.50pm 12/11/1976 8.00pm 16/02/1977 8.30pm 16/02/1977 8.30pm 1/12/1978 11.30pm 28/12/1976 8.30pm
06 Target! July 1976 23/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 23/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 7/11/1976 7.50pm 26/11/1976 8.00pm 2/03/1977 8.30pm 2/03/1977 8.30pm 22/09/1978 11.30pm 23/12/1976 8.30pm
07 To Catch a Rat June 1976 30/11/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 30/11/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 14/11/1976 7.50pm 3/12/1976 8.00pm 9/03/1977 8.30pm 9/03/1977 8.30pm 16/02/1979 11.30pm 15/01/1977 9.35pm
08 The Tale of the Big Why August 1976 7/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 7/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 27/03/1977 7.25pm 10/12/1976 8.00pm 23/03/1977 8.30pm 23/03/1977 8.30pm 2/02/1979 11.30pm 29/01/1977 9.30pm
09 Faces July 1976 14/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 14/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 6/03/1977 7.25pm 17/12/1976 8.00pm 27/04/1977 8.30pm 27/04/1977 8.30pm 13/10/1978 11.30pm 12/02/1977 9.30pm
10 Sleeper October 1976 12/01/1977 8.00pm 7/01/1977 7.30pm 7/01/1977 7.30pm 12/01/1977 8.00pm 16/03/1977 8.00pm 7/01/1977 7.30pm 16/03/1977 8.00pm 7/01/1977 8.00pm 16/03/1977 8.00pm 16/03/1977 8.00pm 7/01/1977 7.30pm 7/01/1977 7.30pm 12/12/1976 7.50pm 16/03/1977 8.00pm 4/05/1977 8.35pm 1 4/05/1977 8.35pm 1 6/10/1978 11.30pm 19/02/1977 9.35pm
11 Three Handed Game August 1976 19/01/1977 8.00pm 14/01/1977 7.30pm 14/01/1977 7.30pm 19/01/1977 8.00pm 30/03/1977 8.00pm 14/01/1977 7.30pm 30/03/1977 8.00pm 14/01/1977 8.00pm 30/03/1977 8.00pm 30/03/1977 8.00pm 14/01/1977 7.30pm 14/01/1977 7.30pm 5/12/1976 7.50pm 30/03/1977 8.00pm 11/05/1977 8.30pm 2 16/03/1977 8.30pm 12/01/1979 11.30pm 5/02/1977 9.30pm
12 Dirtier by the Dozen October 1976 5/01/1977 8.00pm 21/01/1977 7.30pm 21/01/1977 7.30pm 5/01/1977 8.00pm 9/03/1977 8.00pm 21/01/1977 7.30pm 9/03/1977 8.00pm 21/01/1977 8.00pm 9/03/1977 8.00pm 9/03/1977 8.00pm 21/01/1977 7.30pm 21/01/1977 7.30pm 19/12/1976 7.50pm 9/03/1977 8.00pm 13/04/1977 8.30pm 1 13/04/1977 8.30pm 1 22/12/1978 11.30pm 5/03/1977 9.45pm
13 Gnaws October 1976 21/12/1976 8.00pm 28/01/1977 7.30pm 28/01/1977 7.30pm 21/12/1976 8.00pm 2/03/1977 8.00pm 28/01/1977 7.30pm 2/03/1977 8.00pm 28/01/1977 8.00pm 2/03/1977 8.00pm 2/03/1977 8.00pm 28/01/1977 7.30pm 28/01/1977 7.30pm 13/03/1977 7.25pm 2/03/1977 8.00pm 20/04/1977 8.30pm 20/04/1977 8.30pm 29/12/1978 11.30pm 26/02/1977 9.30pm

  1. Sleeper is listed in nearly every single Australian broadcast schedule against both April 13 and May 4, 1977 but the repetition has been found to be an error and Dirtier by the Dozen replaced it on April 13th as seen is some daily listings (The Age did not publish a correction). Sleeper finally aired on May 4th. See “The Avengers Down-under” for more information.
  2. Three Handed Game was pre-empted in NSW and the ACT by a Rod Stewart concert film, Rod the Mod Comes of Age. See “The Avengers Down-under” for more information.

Series 2

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# Episode Produced London ATV North Anglia BTV CTV GTV South STV TT UTV WTV HTV YTV ABN2 ABV2 CBS TF1
14 Dead Men are Dangerous 12/05/1977 8/09/1977 8.00pm 9/09/1977 8.00pm 8/09/1977 8.00pm 8/09/1977 8.00pm 9/09/1977 8.00pm 8/09/1977 8.00pm 9/09/1977 8.00pm 8/09/1977 8.00pm 8/09/1977 8.00pm 9/09/1977 8.00pm 8/09/1977 8.00pm 8/09/1977 8.00pm 9/09/1977 8.00pm 9/09/1977 8.00pm 23/01/1978 8.30pm 23/01/1978 8.30pm 24/11/1978 11.30pm 30/06/1979 9.35pm
15 Angels of Death 8/07/1977 15/09/1977 8.00pm 16/09/1977 8.00pm 15/09/1977 8.00pm 15/09/1977 8.00pm 16/09/1977 8.00pm 15/09/1977 8.00pm 16/09/1977 8.00pm 15/09/1977 8.00pm 15/09/1977 8.00pm 16/09/1977 8.00pm 15/09/1977 8.00pm 15/09/1977 8.00pm 16/09/1977 8.00pm 16/09/1977 8.00pm 20/02/1978 8.30pm 20/02/1978 8.30pm 29/09/1978 11.30pm 21/07/1979 9.35pm
16 Medium Rare May 1977 22/09/1977 8.00pm 23/09/1977 8.00pm 22/09/1977 8.00pm 22/09/1977 8.00pm 23/09/1977 8.00pm 22/09/1977 8.00pm 23/09/1977 8.00pm 22/09/1977 8.00pm 22/09/1977 8.00pm 23/09/1977 8.00pm 22/09/1977 8.00pm 22/09/1977 8.00pm 23/09/1977 8.00pm 23/09/1977 8.00pm 13/02/1978 8.30pm 13/02/1978 8.30pm 26/01/1979 11.30pm 7/07/1979 9.35pm
17 The Lion and the Unicorn 15/09/1977 29/09/1977 8.00pm 30/09/1977 8.00pm 29/09/1977 8.00pm 29/09/1977 8.00pm 30/09/1977 8.00pm 29/09/1977 8.00pm 30/09/1977 8.00pm 29/09/1977 8.00pm 29/09/1977 8.00pm 30/09/1977 8.00pm 29/09/1977 8.00pm 29/09/1977 8.00pm 30/09/1977 8.00pm 30/09/1977 8.00pm 27/02/1978 8.30pm 27/02/1978 8.30pm 15/12/1978 11.30pm 28/07/1979 9.35pm
18 Obsession 22/06/1977 6/10/1977 8.00pm 7/10/1977 8.00pm 6/10/1977 8.00pm 6/10/1977 8.00pm 7/10/1977 8.00pm 6/10/1977 8.00pm 7/10/1977 8.00pm 6/10/1977 8.00pm 6/10/1977 8.00pm 7/10/1977 8.00pm 6/10/1977 8.00pm 6/10/1977 8.00pm 7/10/1977 8.00pm 7/10/1977 8.00pm 6/02/1978 8.30pm 6/02/1978 8.30pm 10/11/1978 11.30pm 14/07/1979 9.35pm
19 Trap 2/05/1977 13/10/1977 8.00pm 14/10/1977 8.00pm 13/10/1977 8.00pm 13/10/1977 8.00pm 14/10/1977 8.00pm 13/10/1977 8.00pm 14/10/1977 8.00pm 13/10/1977 8.00pm 13/10/1977 8.00pm 14/10/1977 8.00pm 13/10/1977 8.00pm 13/10/1977 8.00pm 14/10/1977 8.00pm 14/10/1977 8.00pm 30/01/1978 8.30pm 30/01/1978 8.30pm 2/03/1979 11.30pm 23/06/1979 9.35pm
20 Hostage February 1977 17/11/1977 8.00pm 21/10/1977 8.00pm 17/11/1977 8.00pm 17/11/1977 8.00pm 21/10/1977 8.00pm 17/11/1977 8.00pm 21/10/1977 8.00pm 17/11/1977 8.00pm 17/11/1977 8.00pm 21/10/1977 8.00pm 17/11/1977 8.00pm 17/11/1977 8.00pm 21/10/1977 8.00pm 21/10/1977 8.00pm 6/03/1978 8.30pm 6/03/1978 8.30pm 8/12/1978 11.30pm 16/06/1979 9.35pm
21 K is for Kill — The Tiger Awakes September 1977 27/10/1977 8.00pm 28/10/1977 8.00pm 27/10/1977 8.00pm 27/10/1977 8.00pm 28/10/1977 8.00pm 27/10/1977 8.00pm 28/10/1977 8.00pm 27/10/1977 8.00pm 27/10/1977 8.00pm 28/10/1977 8.00pm 27/10/1977 8.00pm 27/10/1977 8.00pm 28/10/1977 8.00pm 28/10/1977 8.00pm 13/03/1978 8.30pm 13/03/1978 8.30pm 23/03/1979 11.30pm 1 4/08/1979 9.45pm
22 K is for Kill — Tiger by the Tail September 1977 3/11/1977 8.00pm 4/11/1977 8.00pm 3/11/1977 8.00pm 3/11/1977 8.00pm 4/11/1977 8.00pm 3/11/1977 8.00pm 4/11/1977 8.00pm 3/11/1977 8.00pm 3/11/1977 8.00pm 4/11/1977 8.00pm 3/11/1977 8.00pm 3/11/1977 8.00pm 4/11/1977 8.00pm 4/11/1977 8.00pm 20/03/1978 8.30pm 20/03/1978 8.30pm 24/03/1979 12.45am 1 11/08/1979 9.40pm
23 Complex 3/10/1977 10/11/1977 8.00pm 11/11/1977 8.00pm 10/11/1977 8.00pm 10/11/1977 8.00pm 11/11/1977 8.00pm 10/11/1977 8.00pm 11/11/1977 8.00pm 10/11/1977 8.00pm 10/11/1977 8.00pm 11/11/1977 8.00pm 10/11/1977 8.00pm 10/11/1977 8.00pm 11/11/1977 8.00pm 11/11/1977 8.00pm 27/03/1978 8.30pm 27/03/1978 8.30pm 5/01/1979 11.30pm 18/08/1979 9.45pm
24 The Gladiators 12/10/1977 6/09/1978 11.25pm 18/11/1977 8.00pm 8/12/1977 8.00pm 27/08/1978 11.00pm 18/11/1977 8.00pm 8/12/1977 8.00pm 18/11/1977 8.00pm 8/12/1977 8.00pm 8/12/1977 8.00pm 18/11/1977 8.00pm 8/12/1977 8.00pm 8/12/1977 8.00pm 18/11/1977 8.00pm 2 3/09/1978 8.30pm 3/04/1978 8.30pm 3/04/1978 8.30pm 19/01/1979 11.30pm 8/09/1979 9.40pm
25 Forward Base 20/10/1977 24/11/1977 8.00pm 25/11/1977 8.00pm 24/11/1977 8.00pm 24/11/1977 8.00pm 25/11/1977 8.00pm 24/11/1977 8.00pm 25/11/1977 8.00pm 24/11/1977 8.00pm 24/11/1977 8.00pm 25/11/1977 8.00pm 24/11/1977 8.00pm 24/11/1977 8.00pm 25/11/1977 8.00pm 18/11/1977 8.00pm 17/04/1978 8.30pm 17/04/1978 8.30pm 3/11/1978 11.30pm 1/09/1979 9.40pm
26 Emily 14/11/1977 1/12/1977 8.00pm 17/12/1977 8.00pm 1/12/1977 8.00pm 1/12/1977 8.00pm - 1/12/1977 8.00pm - 1/12/1977 8.00pm 1/12/1977 8.00pm - 1/12/1977 8.00pm 1/12/1977 8.00pm 17/12/1977 9.30pm 25/11/1977 8.00pm 10/04/1978 8.30pm 10/04/1978 8.30pm 9/02/1979 11.30pm 25/08/1979 9.35pm

  1. CBS showed both parts of K is for Kill back to back as a series finale on March 23 1976. In New York, part 2 started at 12:45am on March 24 1979 but in Chicago it started at around 11:40pm on March 23 1979. See “Broadcast” for more information.
  2. The Gladiators was rescheduled for September 6 1978 at 11.25pm, which suggests it was pulled at the last minute on November 18 1977 despite being confirmed for HTV West. See “Broadcast” for more information.
Legend and cast lists
  • Television channels are listed with their acronym or short name, hovering over them will give you the full name. On small screens, these are automatically expanded as the table is redrawn.
  • Episodes are listed in order of first transmission to the Midlands area which is identical to that in Dave Rogers’ books except for the last episode of series 2.
    Also indicated is the production order of the episodes and regional and international transmission dates (Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Paris).
  • The cast and crew lists are as complete as possible, and readers should note that they are often more informative than the originally broadcast credits; that is, I have included complete character names, if known, in place of a single name — the addition in italics — (e.g. “Doctor Maybach von Claus” instead of “von Claus”); and uncredited characters are also listed. Some of these have been identified by a combination of script listings, call sheets, research and good luck; if you see a mistake or can identify someone, let us know.
Media and archive status

All episodes have been recovered from private collections and film libraries and are now available to the public on DVD or digital download.

There have not been any good DVD releases of the series so few original items of paperwork or publicity still are available.

Production dates are from recovered paperwork but recent research by Mike Richardson has caused many of them to be revised. The production dates used here are from The Avengers Declassified. Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots (Mike Richardson, Telos Publishing 2014, First paperback edition) contains numerous variations.

Broadcast
    • All ITV regions that were showing The Avengers at the time took a week’s break if the episode was going to fall between Christmas Eve and December 27, as well as December 31 in 1976, and for the Britannia Awards on October 20 1977.
    • The Gladiators was widely pre-empted for violent content by ITV channels and shown in late night timeslots after 10.30pm.
    • Anglia Television:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 18 and then replaced with The Gladiators.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 25 and then replaced with Forward Base.
      • The Gladiators was not shown in the first run due to its violent content and was finally screened at 11.00pm on August 27 1978.
    • ATV:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was finally shown at 8pm on December 17.
    • Border Television and Grampian Television:
      • Border and Grampian stopped showing The New Avengers after stopping for Christmas 1976. They showed the last four episodes throughout March 1977. Guides only identify Sleeper so the order has been guessed based on the schedules of other channels.
      • Emily appears not to have been broadcast by Border or Grampian in the first run, if ever.
    • Channel Television:
      • Channel scheduled series 1 of The New Avengers in the same timeslot as other regions, such as ATV and Southern, but no newspaper listing I’ve checked specify the episode order; it has been assumed they were the same as the other channels.
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was shown at 8pm on December 1.
      • Listings do not specify that The Gladiators was shown on December 8 1977 but it’s the only episode not accounted for. It’s possible it was delayed until May 23 1978 when an episode was screened at the 11.30pm timeslot.
    • Granada Television:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was shown at 8pm on December 1.
    • Harlech Television:
      • The Moel-y-Parc transmitter was knocked out by a thunder storm on October 17 1976, affecting West Wales reception of The Eagle’s Nest.
      • The Gladiators was rescheduled for September 6 1978 at 11.25pm, which suggests it was pulled at the last minute on November 18 1977 despite being confirmed for HTV West.
    • Scottish Television:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was shown at 8pm on December 1.
    • Southern Television:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was shown at 8pm on December 1.
      • Listings do not specify that The Gladiators was shown on December 8 1977 but it’s the only episode not accounted for.
    • Thames Television:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was shown at 8pm on December 1.
      • The Gladiators was not shown in the first run due to its violent content and was finally screened at 11.25pm on September 6 1978.
    • Tyne Tees Television:
      • It’s possible that The Gladiators was not shown on November 18 1977 as scheduled, and the last two episodes moved up the schedule, as the series ends a week earlier than expected and there is no listing for Emily.
        That would put Forward Base on November 18 and Emily on November 25.
    • Ulster Television:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was shown at 8pm on December 1.
      • Listings do not specify that The Gladiators was shown on December 8 1977 but it’s the only episode not accounted for.
    • Westward Television:
      • Forward Base was scheduled for November 17 and then replaced with Hostage.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 24 and then replaced with Forward Base. Emily was shown at 8pm on December 1.
    • Yorkshire Television:
      • Yorkshire scheduled Medium Rare but must have forced into line with the rest of ITV and replaced it with the correct “first” episode, Dead Men are Dangerous.
      • Emily was scheduled for November 25 but apparently replaced with The Gladiators then finally screened on September 3 1978 at 10.30pm. However, I suspect the exact opposite occurred, based on the scheduling of The Gladiators by other ITV companies, and have reversed these dates in my table above.
The New Avengers Down-under
  • The New Avengers was heavily promoted by the government-owned Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in 1977 and The Women’s Weekly doted on Purdey’s fashions and haircut.
  • In a rare moment of synchronicity in Australia, every single episode of The New Avengers was screened on the same night and at the same time across the entire country (or at least, to metropolitan areas) — except one! On March 16 1977, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory viewers instead saw a Rod Stewart concert film, Rod the Mod Comes of Age instead of Three Handed Game. Victoria stuck to their guns and showed the Rod Stewart concert on the Friday night, March 18 1977. As a consequence, in NSW and the ACT, viewers had to wait until the 11th of May to see Three Handed Game, the week after the nationally pre-empted Sleeper.
  • Sleeper is listed in nearly every single Australian broadcast schedule against both April 13 and May 4, 1977. It appears to have been pre-empted in its original broadcast by Dirtier by the Dozen as there are daily listings (as opposed to weekly guides) that show the switch — the daily listings normally did not indicate the episode title so having these do so seems to confirm the late schedule change. To confuse the issue, however, The Bananacoast Opinion printed a lengthy exposé of the plot for Dirtier by the Dozen in their May 4 edition. Did the Far North Coast have a different schedule? It seems unlikely, as Victoria and other states seem to have had the same change. Perhaps the editor noticed the repetition of Sleeper and ran the other plot line as being from the only apparently unaccounted for episode.
  • Following the showing of series 2, the A.B.C. immediately showed a repeat run of the whole of series 1, meaning The New Avengers was broadcast from 23 January until 24 July in 1978 with only a single week break for the World Cup on June 26 1978.
  • Series 2 was repeated from November 30 1979 until January 25 1980, showing only nine of the thirteen episodes. Those that were not broadcast in the repeat screenings were Angels of Death, Complex, The Gladiators, and Forward Base. The finale of the repeat run was Emily. As far as I can tell, The New Avengers has never been broadcast in Australia since.
The New Avengers in North America
Canada

The New Avengers was not networked in Canada. Series 1 was shown in some areas over February to May 1977 but other regions may have not shown it at all. Series 2, with its Canadian input, was more widely shown and was broadcast in most areas from April or May to August 1978, although the selection of episodes varied by station, and a bit of patriotism had CKTV in Regina, Saskatchewan repeat the Canadian episodes in favour, possibly, of the two-part K is for Kill.

United States
  • CBS bought The New Avengers for the American market, buoyed by reports of it being a highly rating show and hoping to steal a ratings winner from ABC, who had shown The Avengers in the past. Buying the series quite late, the USA saw a confused combined run of series 1 and 2 as a single series and the only similarity between it and the English premiers is that The Eagle’s Nest was the first episode.
  • CBS didn’t seem to know how to fit it into their schedule and relegated it to an 11:30pm timeslot in New York, Baltimore, Toledo and Los Angeles, and a 10:30pm timeslot in Chicago, ostensibly on the grounds that this was the time the youth market who were the target demographic for the show would be watching. Detroit viewers, as evidenced by listings in the Toledo Blade saw the show on WJBK-2 at midnight on Friday nights due to their timezone. I’ve found a letter to the Chicago Tribune (April 7 1979) suggesting that an earlier timeslot would open it to more viewers, but CBS were not swayed. They would do exactly the same thing to Return of the Saint at the end of 1979. In the end though, CBS was right — The New Avengers was a ratings success in the late night timeslot (see newspaper cutting below).
  • K is for Kill parts 1 and 2 were shown in one night by CBS stations as a long-form special finale for the American market. It appears from the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times that the two episodes were shown back to back as those newspapers have two entries for the night (11.30pm and 12.45am in New York, 11.30pm and 12.30am in LA, and Baltimore listed part 2 as starting at 12:40am), these areas all finished at 2am, whereas the Chicago Tribune simply listed The New Avengers at 10.30pm and a rock concert starting at 1am. Technically, the USA debut for part 2 is on March 23 1979 as Chicago ran an hour earlier and would have started the second part between 11:40 and 11:45pm, so as to be synchronised with East Coast broadcasts.
USA: Chicago Tribune, March 12 1979, reports that The New Avengers has been a hit.
The New Avengers in Asia
Hong Kong

I do not have any information about The New Avengers transmissions in Hong Kong yet.

Malaysia

TV Malaysia broadcast every episode of series 1 on the Programme Two station from November 3 1977 to February 2 1978. The show was pre-empted on November 24 but otherwise stuck to it’s Thursday prime time timeslot.

The New Avengers returned to Malaysian screens on April 27 1978 with the broadcast of Hostage which was followed by the rest of series 2, except for The Gladiators which was probably cut due to its violent content, although it might have been moved to a late night slot that I haven’t found.

Singapore

TV Singapura 5 showed 11 episodes of series 1 from June 22 until August 31 in 1977. The episodes omitted were House of Cards and The Midas Touch, although it’s possible they were shown at a later date.

TV Singapura 5 then broadcast 8 episodes of series 2 from March 6 to May 8, 1978 when it was replaced by Rafferty MD (prior to the replacement, The Straits Times announced it was being replaced by The Rockford Files).

The New Avengers in Europe

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# Episode France Switzerland French title Germany German title Netherlands Dutch title Italy Italian title Spain Spanish title
01 The Eagle’s Nest 22/01/1977 9:35pm 7/12/1976 8:25pm Le Repaire de l’Aigle Der Adlerhorst 28/10/1976 8:25pm Het Adelaarsnest 19/05/1978 8:40pm Il nido dell’aquila
02 House of Cards 30/12/1976 8:30pm 9/11/1976 8:25pm Le Château de Cartes 1/06/1978 9:45pm Herzdame 7/10/1976 8:25pm Kaarten des doods 1 2 26/05/1978 8:40pm La casa di carte
03 The Last of the Cybernauts…?? 21/12/1976 8:30pm 16/11/1976 8:15pm Le dernier des Cybernautes Das stählerne Monster 21/10/1976 8:25pm De laatste de Cybernauten 2 3 2/06/1978 9:15pm L’ultimo dei cibernauti 12/05/81
11:05pm
¿El último de los cibernautas?
05 Cat Amongst the Pigeons 8/01/1977 9:30pm 14/12/1976 8:15pm Un chat parmi les pigeons 12/01/1978 9:45pm Wie aus heiterem Himmel 11/11/1976 8:25pm Een kat tussen de duiven 15/06/1978 10:05pm Rapaci 2/08/81
7:35pm
Un gato entre las palomas
04 The Midas Touch 28/12/1976 8:30pm 23/11/1967 8:15pm Le Baiser de Midas 29/06/1978 9:45pm Gold 2 4 14/10/1976 8:25pm Midas 3/08/1978 10:05pm Il tocco di Mida 28/04/81
11:05pm
El toque de Midas
06 Target! 23/12/1976 8:30pm 22/03/1977 8:15pm Cible 20/04/1978 9:45pm Tödliches Training 30/12/1976 8:25pm Doelwit 8/06/1978 10:15pm Tiro al bersaglio 9/08/81
7:35pm
Ejercicio de tiro
07 To Catch a Rat 15/01/1977 9:32pm 30/11/1976 9:30pm Pour attraper un Rat 23/03/1978 9:45pm Die weiße Ratte 4/11/1976 8:25pm Ratten vangen 2 22/06/1978 10:05pm Caccia al topo 23/08/81
7:35pm
Coger una rata
08 The Tale of the Big Why 29/01/1977 9:30pm 29/03/1977 8:20pm La grande interrogation 27/07/1978 9:45pm Das geheimnisvolle Ypsilon 4 25/11/1976 8:25pm Het grote waarom 2 27/07/1978 10:05pm Storia di ipsilon
09 Faces 12/02/1977 9:30pm 12/04/1977 8:20pm Visages 23/02/1978 9:45pm Doppelgänger 9/12/1976 8:25pm Gezichten 2 6/07/1978 10:05pm I sosia 6/09/81
7:40pm
Los dobles
10 Sleeper 19/02/1977 9:47pm 19/04/1977 8:20pm Le «Z» 95 Schlaf über der Stadt 16/12/1976 8:25pm Slaap 31/08/1978 10:05pm Operazione silenzio 26/07/81
7:35pm
Gas letárgico
11 Three Handed Game 5/02/1977 9:35pm 4/04/1977 8:15pm Jeu à trois mains Drei minus eins gleich null 2/12/1976 8:25pm De Geheugenbank 2 20/07/1978 10:05pm Partita a tre mani 30/08/81
7:35pm
Juego a tres manos
12 Dirtier by the Dozen 5/03/1977 9:47pm 3/05/1977 8:20pm Commando très spécial Das dreckige Dutzend 6/01/1977 8:25pm De verdwenen generaal 24/08/1978 10:05pm Jack li pazzo 13/09/81
7:40pm
Comando especial
13 Gnaws 26/02/1977 9:32pm 26/04/1977 8:15pm Le monstre des égouts Das Ungeheuer 23/12/1976 8:25pm Knabbelaars 17/08/1978 10:05pm Paura sotto la città 19/07/81
7:35pm
El roedor
14 Dead Men are Dangerous 30/06/1979 8:35pm Méfiez-vous des morts! Tote Männer sind gefährlich 17/10/1977 8:25pm Gevaarlijke Lijken ?/4/80 I morti uccidono ancora 26/05/81
11:05pm
Los muertos son peligrosos
15 Angels of Death 21/07/1979 9:35pm Les anges de la mort Engel des Todes 31/10/1977 8:25pm Engelen van de dood 20/04/80
20:30
Gli angeli della morte 9/06/81
11:05pm
Los ángeles de la muerte
16 Medium Rare 7/07/1979 8:35pm Steed et la voyante Die Wahrsagerin 10/10/1977 8:25pm Het medium 26/04/80? Una medium preziosa 2/06/81
11:05pm
Una extraña médium
17 The Lion and the Unicorn 28/07/1979 8:35pm Le lion et la licorne Eine königliche Geisel 7/11/1977 8:25pm De Eenhoorn 12/04/80
20:30
Uno scambio difficile (TTI) 16/06/81
11:05pm
El león y el unicornio
18 Obsession 14/07/1979 8:38pm Obsession Der Rachefeldzug 24/10/1977 8:25pm Obsessie 13/04/80
20:30
Sabotaggio 21/04/81
11:05pm
La obsesión
19 Trap 23/06/1979 8:38pm Le piège Die Falle 29/09/1977 8:25pm De Val 2 21/04/80
20:30
La trappola 19/05/81
11:05pm
La trampa
20 Hostage 16/06/1979 8:35pm Otage Poker um Purdey 3/10/1977 8:25pm De gijzeling 2 14/04/80
20:30
L’ostaggio 5/05/81
11:05pm
Rehén
21 K is for Kill — The Tiger Awakes 4/08/1979 8:40pm Le long sommeil
(1re partie : Le réveil de l’ours)
Der Drache erwacht 14/11/1977 8:25pm De M van Moord 27/04/80? K come killers
22 K is for Kill — Tiger by the Tail 11/08/1979 8:45pm Le long sommeil
(2e partie : La danse de l’ours)
Der Drache erwacht 21/11/1977 8:25pm De M van Moord 29/04/80? K come killers
23 Complex 18/08/1979 8:35pm Complexe X41 Der Meisterspion 28/11/1977 8:25pm Het Complex 20/04/80? La spia 23/06/81
11:05pm
Complejo
24 The Gladiators 8/09/1979 8:40pm Les gladiateurs Die Kampfmaschin 5/12/1977 8:25pm De gladiatoren 17/04/80
20:30
I gladiatori
25 Forward Base 1/09/1979 8:40pm Bastion pirate Abenteuer in Kanada 12/12/1977 8:25pm De geheime basis NOT 13/04/80! In prima linea 5/07/81
7:40pm
Base avanzada
26 Emily 25/08/1979 8:40pm Emily Emily 19/12/1977 8:25pm Emily 17/04/80? Emily 12/07/81
7:35pm
Emily

  1. One Dutch newspaper lists House of Cards, the premiere episode, as De Kaarten des doods.
  2. These episodes had their worldwide premiere in the Netherlands.
  3. One Dutch newspaper perhaps incorrectly calls The Last of the Cybernauts…?? De laatste der Cybernauten.
  4. The Tale of the Big Why was cancelled by ARD and replaced by a Tom Jones special. There is some suggestion that they also cancelled the previous episode, The Midas Touch.

The Netherlands showed every episode of both series — in nine cases having the worldwide premiere, even before any ITV region in the UK broadcast them.
The Netherlands was so keen, KRO broadcast both House of Cards (October 7 1976) and The Midas Touch (October 14 1976) before any ITV company had started the domestic run, which commenced on Harlech on October 17 1976 with The Eagle’s Nest. Other stations followed on the 19th and 22nd.

Other countries were more lacklustre in their response:

Spain did reasonably well, taking ten episodes from each series but showed them as a combined single series, starting with mostly series 2 episodes.

Following the cancellation of Tale of the Big Why in Germany, ARD, which had announced a twelve part series of The New Avengers with much fanfare, then cancelled the series completely after only five or six episodes, and never showed any episodes from the second series. Local excitement had initially been high for the new series which started with Cat Amongst the Pigeons announced as the first of twelve episodes (under German law, Nazi imagery was illegal so ARD had not taken The Eagle’s Nest). Reception doesn’t seem to have been very good and I struggled to find newspapers that would list episode titles after the first one. Having four or five weeks between episodes doesn’t seem to have helped either. By June, there are reports that The Midas Touch was cancelled hours before it was due to be broadcast. Then, in July, the directors of ARD decided to curb screen violence and declared that Thursdays would become “krimifrei” . The first victim of the campaign would be The New Avengers:

Aktion „Sauberer Bildschirm” fordert heute das erste Opfer: …27.07.1978
John Steed muß die Melone nehmen — Tom Jones kommt als „Ersatzmann”

Der Beschluß der ARD-Intendanten, die Gewalt am Bildschirm drastisch einzudämmen, zeigt erste Wirkungen. Ab sofort bleibt der Donnerstag krimifrei. Erstes Opfer der Aktion „Sauberer Bildschirm”: die heutige Folge der Krimi- Reihe „Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone”. Sie sollte um 21.45 Uhr gezeigt werden. Statt dessen wird nun die Aufzeichnung einer Show mit Tom Jones ins Programm gerückt.

Auch der „Chef” wird nun donnerstags nicht, wie geplant, im Rollstuhl auf Gauner jagd gehen dürfen. Vom 31. August an sollte die beliebte Reihe wiederholt werden. Die erste Folge fällt nun dem Sport zum Opfer ? die ARD berichtet von der Leichtathletik-Europameisterschaft und von der Schwimm-Weltmeisterschaft.

„Das heißt für die Zukunft aber keineswegs, daß die Zuschauer ganz auf den ‚Chef’ oder andere Krimis verzichten müssen”, erläutert ARD-Pro grammdirektor Dietrich Schwarzkopf den Anti-Gewaltbeschluß der Intendanten.

„Und wir schalten auch nicht auf den total gewaltlosen Krimi um. Es geht vor 1 allem um eine Reduzierung der Krimis überhaupt.”

Das heißt: Pro Jahr werden die 13 Serien-Termine, die am Donnerstag um 21.45 Uhr für Krimis vorgesehen waren, und 26 Wiederholungstermine am späten Abend (23 Uhr) mit anderen Programmen gefüllt. Wann der „Chef”, John Steed, Purdey und Mike Gambit künftig zum Einsatz kommen, steht noch nicht fest. Schwarzkopf: „Wir prüfen, ob sie für andere Sendeplätze, etwa den späten Freitagabend, geeignet sind. Aber auch dann werden wir jede Folge noch einmal vorher anschauen.” . Auch das ZDF folgt nun dem Beispiel der ARD. Die für den Nachmittag geplante Westernserie „Josh” (mit US-Star Steve McQueen in der Rolle eines Kopfgeldjägers) erschien den Mainzer Programmverantwortlichen plötzlich als zu brutal. Von 17.10 Uhr soll „Josh” nun, laut ZDF-Pressechef Dr. Fritz Hufen, in den späten Abend rutschen. Die Nachmittagssendezeit bezeichnete Hufen als „Dispositionsfehler”, da die Serie in die „Empfindlichkeitszone” (in der die Kinder am Bildschirm sitzen) geraten sei. JA.


Action “clean screen” claims the first victim today: …27.07.1978
John Steed has to remove his bowler hat — Tom Jones comes as a “substitute”

The decision of the ARD directors to drastically curb violence on the screen is showing its first effects. From now on, Thursday will remain crime-free. First victim of the “clean screen” campaign: today’s episode of the crime series “The New Avengers”. It was supposed to be shown at 9:45 p.m. Instead, the recording of a show with Tom Jones will now be included in the program.

Even the “boss” will not be allowed to hunt crooks in a wheelchair on Thursdays, as planned. From August 31, the popular series should be repeated. The first episode now falls victim to sport? the ARD reports from the European Athletics Championships and the Swimming World Championships.

“But that doesn’t mean for the future that viewers will have to do without ‘Chef’ or other thrillers entirely,” says ARD program director Dietrich Schwarzkopf, explaining the directors’ anti-violence decision.

“And we’re not switching to totally non-violent crime shows either. It’s primarily about reducing crime shows in general.”

That means: per year, the 13 series dates that were scheduled for thrillers on Thursday at 9:45 p.m. and 26 repeat dates on late evening (11pm) filled with other programs. It is not yet certain when the “boss”, John Steed, Purdey and Mike Gambit will be used in the future. Schwarzkopf: “We are checking whether they are suitable for other slots, such as late Friday evening. But even then we will watch each episode again beforehand.” . ZDF is now also following the example of ARD. The western series “Josh” planned for the afternoon (with US star Steve McQueen in the rôle of a bounty hunter) suddenly seemed too brutal to the program managers in Mainz. According to ZDF press chief Dr. Fritz Hufen, slipping into the late evening. Hufen described the afternoon transmission time as a “scheduling error” because the series had gotten into the “sensitivity zone” (where the children sit in front of the screen). JA.

Germany: Hamburg Abendblatt announces the cancellation of The New Avengers

Italy’s public broadcaster RAI showed every episode of series 1 except Sleeper (the fools!) and declined to take an option on series two which ended up in the clutches of private television. Newspaper listings for the private stations are generally poor, so most of the dates for series two are questionable.

France:. France, having put up most of the money to pay the The New Avengers, showed every episode enthusiatically.

  • French dates are for Télévision Française 1 (TF1) Paris, taken from Le Monde Diplomatique. They differ slightly from those for Lyon (as reported by Swiss newspapers such as Feuille D’Avis de Neuchâtel L’Express, L’Impartial and Le Temps).

    Feuille D’Avis de Neuchâtel L’Express seems to incorrectly report Jeux à trois mains (Three Handed Game) as being shown on 12 février 1977 at 21.30 as other newspapers for that date report that Visages (Faces) was shown.

    Series 1

    EpisodeParisLyon
    To Catch a Rat 15 janvier 1977 21h35 15 janvier 1977 21h30
    The Eagle’s Nest 22 janvier 1977 21h45 22 janvier 1977 21h35
    Three Handed Game 5 février 1977 21h30 5 février 1977 21h45
    Sleeper 19 février 1977 21h35 19 février 1977 21h45
    • Sleeper was originally scheduled for 21h50 in Paris, then moved to 21h30.

    Series 2

    Paris was originally going to follow the same timeslot as Lyon, with L’Otage (Hostage) initially scheduled for 20h35, but TF1 Paris elected to continue with their variety programme at 20h35 and showed every episode at 21h35 instead. Variations from that time are listed below.

    EpisodeParisLyon
    The Lion and the Unicorn 28 juillet 1979 21h35 27 juillet 1979 20h35
    K is for Kill part 1 4 août 1979 21h45 4 août 1979 20h40
    K is for Kill part 2 11 août 1979 21h40 11 août 1979 20h45
    Complex 18 août 1979 21h45 18 août 1979 20h35
    Emily 25 août 1979 21h35 25 août 1979 20h40
    Forward Base 1 septembre 1979 21h40 1 septembre 1979 20h40
    Gladiators 8 septembre 1979 21h40 8 septembre 1979 20h40
    • Lyon moved The Lion and the Unicorn a day earlier than the usual schedule but Paris did not.
    • Gladiators was originally scheduled for 21h25 in Paris, then moved back to 21h40.
    • Emily went the other way, originally scheduled for 21h45 and brought forward to 21h35.

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