• title card: white all caps text reading ‘TARGET! BY DENNIS SPOONER’ superimposed on Talmadge suddenly collapsing in the surgery
  • Palmer lies on the pavement, falling out of the door of the red telephone box on the side of the street that stretches away from us, the villains Triumph Dolomite can be seen driving away
  • Bradshaw finds one of the darts has struck Purdey in the back
  • Klokoe hides amongst the reeds in Lopez’s conservatory
  • Gamit strikes a heroic, Seventies action figure pose as he goes through the training course
  • Purdey rests against Gambit, who holds up the brown glass bottle of the antidote

The New Avengers, Series 1 — Episode 6

by Dennis Spooner
Directed by Ray Austin

Production details

Produced:July, 1976

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television23/11/19768:00pm
ATV Midlands26/11/19768:00pm
Granada Television26/11/19768:00pm
Anglia Television23/11/19768:00pm
Border Television26/11/19768:00pm
Channel Television26/11/19768:00pm
Grampian Television26/11/19768:00pm
Southern Television26/11/19768:00pm
Scottish Television26/11/19768:00pm
Tyne Tees Television26/11/19768:00pm
Ulster Television26/11/19768:00pm
Westward Television26/11/19768:00pm
Harlech Television7/11/19767:50pm
Yorkshire Television26/11/19768:00pm

TV Times listing

I do not have a TV Times / TV Weekly or other contemporary British listing for this episode, if you have one, please get in touch.

Sydney Morning Herald listing for March 2 1977, 8.30pm
The Age listing for March 2 1977, 8.30pm

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia2/03/19778:30pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia2/03/19778:30pm
ABC New York, USA22/09/197811:30pm
TF1 France23/12/19768:30pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland22/03/19778:15pm
French titleCible
ZDF Germany20/04/19789:45pm
German titleTödliches Training
KRO Netherlands30/12/19768:25pm
Dutch titleDoelwit
Italian titleTiro al bersaglio
Spanish titleEjercicio de tiro

This episode was originally scheduled in the Netherlands for 8.25pm on November 18 1976 but was pre-empted by extended coverage of an important debate in the Dutch parliament. It was later rescheduled for December 30 1976.

France: Gazette de Lausanne listing for December 23 1976, 8.30pm
Germany: Hamburg Abendblatt listing for April 20 1978, 9.45pm
Italy: Radiocorriere listing for June 8 1978, 10.15pm
Italy: La Stampa listing for June 8 1978, 10.15pm
USA: Chicago Tribune listing for September 22 1978, 10.30pm
Spain: ABC Madrid listing for August 9 1981, 7.35pm
Netherlands: Leidse Courant listing for November 18 1976 which was pre-empted
Netherlands: Algemeen Dagblad reports that parliament coverage replaced Target
Netherlands: Leeuwarder Courant hoofblad van Friesland listing for December 30 1976, 8.25pm
Switzerland: L’Impartial highlights for March 22 1977 with photo
Switzerland: Feuille d’Avis de Neuchâtel L’Express listing, photo and episode summary for March 22 1977, 8.15pm

Continuity and trivia

When Ilenko first turns up, Draker calls him Colonel Ilenko, and he replies that he’d rather be known called by his American pseudonym, Paul Malloy, and Draker assents; yet for the rest of the episode, Draker still calls him Ilenko.

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

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Mercedes 350 SL [R107] 1976 burgundy KCM 515P
horses chestnut
Triumph 2.5 Pi Mk 2 1972 dark green RGY 380L
Purdey’s MGB Mk III 1976 drophead roadster sandglow MOC 232P
Gambit’s Jaguar XJ-S [XJ27] 1976 red NRW 875P
tricycle red & chrome n/a
Steed’s Range Rover Series I 1976 dark green TXC 922J

Who’s Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
McKay Bradshaw curare darts
Potterton Bradshaw curare darts
Talmadge Bradshaw curare darts
David Palmer Bradshaw curare darts
George Myers Bradshaw curare darts
Bradshaw Gambit curare darts
Professor Lopez Klokoe curare dart
Ilenko Draker curare dart
Klokoe Gambit curare dart blown back through his blowpipe
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit’s fashions
  1. lightbrown/beige 3-piece single-breasted suit, cream open neck shirt, green cravat, brown riding boots
  2. dark brown single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers with a white shirt, brown chelsea boots
Purdey’s fashions
  1. purple & white hooped t-shirt with purple cardigan, white piping, blue jeans with huge turn-ups, brown boots, white face makeup
  2. green and white dress
  3. pink button-up blouse […]PORT on the back in white with vertically-striped rainbow skirt, tan boots
  4. white camisole
Steed’s fashions
  1. grey suit single-breasted 3-piece, grey shirt, gold metallic tie, black gloves, grey bowler and umbrella, white face makeup
  2. tweed jacket, single vent, slanted, flap-covered pockets, green waistcoat, blue shirt, brown patterned tie, tan riding boots
  3. navy single-breasted 3-piece suit, pale blue shirt, dark purple tie
  4. grey tweed single-breasted 3-piece suit with brown felt collar, grey bowler, cream shirt, bright gold tie

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