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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS BY DENNIS SPOONER' superimposed on Merton falling backwards over a cliff
  • Turner examines the wreckage of Rydercroft's plane
  • Steed arrives at Bridlington's hut which is dotted with signs forbidding cats and singing
  • Zarcadi sits in his feather-decorated wicker chair, his hand outstretched in dismissal of Turner, a sneer on his face
  • Steed leans out of his Range Rover to speak to Gambit - they've both arrive at tthe same time with the same cargo
  • Zarcadi lies at the base of a tree, dead; his hawk flies down to his side

The New Avengers, Series 1 - Episode 5
Cat Amongst the Pigeons

by Dennis Spooner
Directed by John Hough

Production details

Produced:June, 1976
First broadcast:
  • London: 16-Nov-76
  • Midlands: 1-Nov-76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 30-Mar-77
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 30-Mar-77
  • USA (CBS): 17-Nov-78
  • France (TF1): 8-Jan-77


I have to say it's no wonder that Rydercroft's plane crashed - he's taken off a plane which all the Ministry officials are checking out which has the registration G-ATUC, yet when he goes to take off, they put him in a plane with the registration G-ATPN!

Don't you just love the Set dresser? They have Zarcadi driving around in an old Humber Hawk, ha!

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Lancia Flavia convertible 1964 green ?
Ford Transit Mk I 1972 Ambulance white CPN 98K
Steed's Range Rover Series I 1976 dark green TXC 922J
Piper Cherokee PA-28-140 1966 aeroplane blue & white G-ATUC
Piper Cherokee PA-28-140 1966 aeroplane blue & white G-ATPN
Piper PA-28-151 Cherokee aeroplane yellow & white F-BVTH
Blériot monoplane cream ?
Cessna 421B Golden Eagle aeroplane yellow ?
Ford Cortina Mk III 1972 brown LYK 523K
Purdey's Yamaha DT 250 Enduro Motorcycle 1975 yellow & white LLC 950P
Gambit's Jaguar XJ-S [XJ27] 1976 red NRW 875P
Humber Hawk Series IV 1965 black ?
Removals van dark green ?
Ford Cortina Mk I 1965 dark blue GKX-644C
Gambit's Range Rover Series I 1976 white LOK 537P

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Merton Zarcadi flock of birds chase him off a cliff
Hugh Rydercroft Zarcadi flock of pigeons cause his plane to crash
W. Foster Zarcadi attacked by hawks, he falls out a window
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. double-breasted brown suit, cream shirt, dark brown tie, covered pockets
  2. light brown checked single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers, brown tie, creamy yellow shirt
Purdey's fashions
  1. black sleeveless dress with white motif on the plaquet which extends into a false scarf on the neckline
  2. peach t-shirt, dark blue jeans, later with a motorcycle helmet - white with black PURDEY
  3. green shoulderless dress with blue and white swirl
Steed's fashions
  1. navy suit, white shirt, purple tie
  2. dark grey single-breasted 3-piece suit, black bowler, blue shirt, purple tie with white spot
  3. khaki riding coat with felted collar, single vent, white shirt, khaki umbrella, brown bowler, brown patterned tie
  4. khaki riding coat with felted collar, single vent, white shirt, khaki umbrella, brown bowler, light green tie
  5. light grey single-breasted 3-piece suit, matching bowler, felted collar, single button at waist, covered waist pockets, metallic gold tie, pale lilac shirt
  6. brown suit, felt collar, brown bowler, blue shirt, brown tie

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