• title card: white all caps text reading 'THE MIDAS TOUCH BY BRIAN CLEMENS' superimposed on a man in beige fatigues and a black woolen hat kicking in a door in a disused factory
  • Turner sits on his red and gold throne, a gold curtain behind him; he wears a gold shirt and tie, and wristwatch
  • Gambit's red Jaguat XJS smashes through the crates of oranges at the markets under the flyover as he pursues Turner's henchman
  • Close-up of a party guest wearing a pseudo African costume - leopardskin hat and jacket with feathers, face paint. The room is lit only with red and blue lights
  • A close-up of Midas, standing in Turner's golden office and requesting Purdey as his prize
  • Turner lies against the red wall of the museum, slumped against a golden pedestal, the lesions from his contamination by Midas already blackening his face

The New Avengers, Series 1 - Episode 4
The Midas Touch

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Robert Fuest

Production details

Produced:April, 1976
First broadcast:
  • London: 9/11/76
  • Midlands: 24/10/76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 16/02/77
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 16/02/77
  • USA (CBS): 1/12/78
  • France (TF1): 28/12/76


At 12:11 the Aston Martin passes a green car, pursued by Gambit's Jaguar and the scene is repeated from a different camera angle at 12:26.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Land Rover LWB Series II open tray olive green ?
Land Rover LWB Series III Station olive green/off white MUD 564E
Gambit's Jaguar XJ-S [XJ27] 1976 red NRW 875P
Aston Martin DBS V8 1968 yellow MCO 731P
Steed's Rover 3500 SD1 Automatic 1976 lemon MOC 229P
Ford Anglia 1966 burgundy EYM 726L
Range Rover Series I 1976 white KXC 376L
Ford Escort van Mk I 1974 white W 1225

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Tayman (other henchmen) shot to prevent spead of infection
(lots of party guests) Midas infects punch bowl with his hands
Boz Purdey kicked off building
Freddy self/Midas drives off cliff after finding himself infected by Midas
Professor Turner Midas hit in face during struggle, and dies from infection
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. navy chalk stripe single-breasted suit with pale blue shirt and purple tie
  2. light brown checked single-breasted suit with flared trousers, light brown shirt, brown tie with diamond motif
Purdey's fashions
  1. scallop necked cream with brown pattern blouse & shorts with sheer shawl and skirt, matching shoes
  2. yellow, orange and white crocheted coat, rollneck, hat and skirt, 2 long vert vents in front of skirt
  3. brown and green British Army camouflage jacket and trousers with khaki t-shirt
  4. lilac and white Catherine Buckley dress with looped buttons, scarf at neck
Steed's fashions
  1. green velvet tuxedo with dress shirt and black bow tie
  2. dark blue single-breasted 3-piece suit with white shirt and blue paisley tie, later with chalk stripe overcoat
  3. grey single-breasted 3-piece suit with felted brown collar, slanted covere dwaist pockets, pale lemon shirt, brown tie

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