• title card: white all caps text reading ‘The Last of the Cybernauts…?? BY BRIAN CLEMENS’ superimposed on Kane in his car, shielding his head from the inevitable crash with his hands
  • Kane is displeased, so he puts on a sad mask
  • Goff holds a torch and he stands in front of a dusty, cobweb-covered cybernaut in the basement of the ruins of Armstrong’s secret lab
  • Steed in profile on the right in his bowler hat, Gambit and Purdey face us - and him as they discuss Mason’s kidnapping
  • Gambit fights the cybernaut on the staircase
  • Mason and Malov strap Kane into his cybernautic suit
  • Steed looks at his can of aerosol plastic skin before Kane’s frozen face, Purdey looks on over Kane’s right shoulder

The New Avengers, Series 1 — Episode 3
The Last of the Cybernauts…??

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Sidney Hayers

Production details

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television2/11/19768:00pm
ATV Midlands5/11/19768:00pm
Granada Television5/11/19768:00pm
Anglia Television2/11/19768:00pm
Border Television5/11/19768:00pm
Channel Television5/11/19768:00pm
Grampian Television5/11/19768:00pm
Southern Television5/11/19768:00pm
Scottish Television5/11/19768:00pm
Tyne Tees Television5/11/19768:00pm
Ulster Television5/11/19768:00pm
Westward Television5/11/19768:00pm
Harlech Television28/11/19767:50pm
Yorkshire Television5/11/19768:00pm

This episode was shown in the Netherlands before it was broadcast on any ITV region in the UK, see below.

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for 2 November 1976, 8pm (London edition)
Sydney Morning Herald listing for April 6 1977, 8.30pm

8.0 The New Avengers
Patrick Macnee
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley
The Last of the
Cybernauts… ?

By Brian Clemens

John Steed has met the Cybernauts before — 10 years before, when Emma Peel was his assistant. Steed has almost forgotten the robot missiles which nearly killed them, and he has almost forgotten too, the double agent who, only a few months ago, was horribly burned in a car crash, trying to escape Steed, Purdey and Gambit.
Now the Cybernauts reappear, led by a half-man/half-machine, seeking vengeance on the Avengers … and Emma Peel’s ghost.

John Steed Patrick Macnee
Mike Gambit Gareth Hunt
Purdey Joanna Lumley
Kane Robert Lang
Melov Oscar Quitak
Dr. Marlow Gwen Taylor
Prof. Mason Basil Hoskins
Goff Robert Gillespie
Fitzroy David Horovitch
Laura Sally Bazely
Mrs. Weir Pearl Hackney
Second guard Martin Fisk
Terry Eric Carte
First guard Ray Armstrong
Cybernaut Rocky Taylor
Tricia Davinia Taylor

Director Sidney Hayers

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia6/04/19778:30pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia6/04/19778:30pm
ABC New York, USA9/03/197911:30pm
TF1 France21/12/19768:30pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland16/11/19768:15pm
French titleLe dernier des Cybernautes
ZDF Germany
German titleDas stählerne Monster
KRO Netherlands21/10/19768:25pm
Dutch titleDe laatste de Cybernauten
Italian titleL’ultimo dei cibernauti
Spanish title¿El último de los cibernautas?

This episode was shown in the Netherlands on October 21 1976, thirteen days before it was broadcast on any ITV region in the UK.

France: Gazette de Lausanne listing for December 21 1976, 8.30pm
USA: Los Angeles Times listing for March 9 1979, 11.30pm
Italy: Radiocorriere episode summary for June 2 1978, 9.15pm
Italy: Stampa Sera episode summary for June 2 1978, 9.15pm
Spain: ABC Madrid listing and summary for May 12 1981, 11.05pm
Netherlands: Leidse Courant episode summary and photo for October 21 1976, 8.25pm
Switzerland: Le Nouvelliste pick of the day for November 16 1976
Switzerland: Le Nouvelliste listing and photo for November 16 1976, 8.15pm

Continuity and trivia

In the pre-titles sequence, when everyone is singing Happy Birthday, we cut to a reverse mid shot and in that shot Joanna Lumley’s mouth is out of sync with her voice. It looks like she’s delivering a line that’s been dubbed out. Maybe they trimmed the scene a bit but ran on the audio.

During the carpark chase scene, you catch occasional glimpses of the camera crew on the edges of the carpark and, in one great shot through a car, reflected on the window panes.

Kane parks in the bay reserved for Nicholas Gillott, production manager for The Sweeney and The Professionals and unit manager for Hostage.

After Kane’s contact crashes his Peugeot into the Hillman Minx, Kane legs it for his own car - and runs past the contact’s Peugeot, undamaged and parked in a bay.

Near the end of the chase around the carpark, the purple Hillman Kane’s contact had crashed into can be seen, completely undamaged, in the background.

The wrecked car in Kane’s lair is not the Austin Westminster he was driving, so why is it there? It’s a 1950 Austin A135 Princess MkII

Kane loves to crush obviously feeble things - a completely rotten apple, and a clearly plastic toy gun thrown at him by Purdey.

This episode has a video Q&A and commentary with Renée Glynne and Philip Hawkins on the Lives in the Pictures YouTube channel.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Austin A110 Westminster Mk II Automatic 1964 grey AHC 585B
Peugeot 404 1964 taupe JHX 44K
Citroen DS21 Pallas white MCO 731P
Fiat 1800 1960 red 506 MPH
Morris Minor 1000 1964 dark grey OGJ 195B
Vauxhall Magmum 1600 L 1975 blue HLO 351N
Steed’s “big cat” Jaguar XJ12 C Broadspeed 5.3 Litre Coupe Automatic 1976 british racing green NWK 60P
Ford Popular or Anglia 100E 1960 pale blue 3680 MC
Hillman Minx Series V 1965 magenta CBV 870C
Gambit’s Range Rover Series I 1976 white LOK 537P
Austin 1300 GT Mk II ADO16 1970 yellow with black roof ?
Commer CA fuel tanker 1962 green 256 WFK
AEC Reliant - Plaxton Panorama Elite coach beige VHV 111G?
Newton electric wheelchair with custom wooden panelling black and grey -
Rover 2000 TC Mk I P6 1970 dark mustard ONK 460H
Purdey’s MGB Mk III 1976 drophead roadster sandglow MOC 232P
Gambit’s Jaguar XJ-S [XJ27] 1976 red NRW 875P
Range Rover Series I 1973 white KXC 376L

Who’s Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Terry Kane? bullet wound?
Kane (assumed) (self) crashes car into fuel tanker, which explodes
Frank Goff Kane cybernaut
1st Guard Kane cybernaut
J.B. Foster Kane cybernaut
Malov Professor Mason cybernaut
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit’s fashions
  1. black tuxedo with silk shawl collar, white frilled dress shirt, black bow tie
  2. light brown checked single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers, slit breast pocket, tailored with darts, light brown shirt, dark brown tie
  3. light brown single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers, slit breast pocket, double covered dpockets at waist (R only?), light orange-brown shirt, brown tie
  4. navy chalk stripe single-breasted suit, purple tie with white spot, pale blue shirt
  5. dark brown single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers with a white shirt
Purdey’s fashions
  1. gold and white dress, spaghetti shoulder straps
  2. pink t-shirt, grey slacks
  3. lavender/white body suit
  4. chocolate jacket with huge lapels, white piping, cream shirt with loose, turned back cuffs, brown slacks
  5. brown culottes, gold and brown silk gathered shoulderless blouse, brown high heeled calf-length boots
  6. pale mustard PVC cape and wrap-around skirt, pattened in brown, both with pleated hems, milk chocolate rollneck shirt with long sleeves, long brown socks
  7. brown rollneck long-sleeved woollen, patterned pyramid/diamond skirt
  8. pink/purple/white sundress
  9. lilac leotard & leg warmers, later with a purple jumper
  10. blue floating skirt, leotard top with transparent cape
Steed’s fashions
  1. dark green velvet tuxedo, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund
  2. blue single-breasted 3-piece suit, tartan red tie, pale blue shirt
  3. brown single-breasted suit, felted collar, slanted waist pockets, covered, no breast pockets, single button on cuff, brown tie with white spot, blue shirt
  4. yellow waistcoat, pale blue shirt, dark brown tie, cream trousers, brown chelsea boots
  5. khaki riding coat with felted collar, single vent, blue shirt, brown paisley tie
  6. blue single-breasted 3-piece suit, purple tie with white spot, pale blue shirt, black bowler hat
  7. dark grey single-breasted 3-piece suit, covered waist pockets, single button at waist & single vent?, with matching bowler hat, nauve shirt and metallic gold tie
  8. khaki riding coat with felted collar, single vent, cream shirt, brown paisley tie
  9. above with old gold tie

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