• title card: white all caps text reading 'TO CATCH A RAT BY TERENCE FEELY' superimposed on two acrobats on a dark background with two spotlights behind them. The acrobat at top right has retracted his hands and the other is now falling, arms outstretched, to his doom
  • Gunner smiles to himself as he runs out of the barn door. He wears a beige jacket and carries a rucksack
  • Purdey, Gambit and Steed crowd around the radio operator, who has picked up Gunner's signal again
  • Gunner is perched on the top of the woodwork near the arched roof of the chirch, poised to leap on his victim
  • Steed pauses while combing his horse to smile at the young blonde German giel
  • Purdey cradles the head of the injured Gunner as he gasps, 'Sixteen years too late' to Steed

The New Avengers, Series 1 - Episode 7
To Catch a Rat

by Terence Feely
Directed by James Hill

Production details

Produced:June, 1976
First broadcast:
  • London: 30/11/76
  • Midlands: 14/11/76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 9/03/77
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 9/03/77
  • USA (CBS): 16/02/79
  • France (TF1): 15/01/77


The little girl who accidentally hit Gunner in the head with the swing is played by Ian Hendry's daughter, Corrie. You can see him enjoying the rare moment of family togehterness on set during the scene.

Steed's callsign was 'the new doberman' or the 'new d' for short - and he was called 'the nudie', naturally!

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Volkswagen Beetle 1200 [Typ 1] 1967 white 6/7 214
Ford Cortina Mk III 1971 pond green JMD 347K
Gambit's Range Rover Series I 1976 white LOK 537P
Steed's "big cat" Jaguar XJ12 C Broadspeed 5.3 Litre Coupe Automatic 1976 british racing green NWK 60P
Rover 2000 TC P6 1971 police car white ?
Triumph Stag Mk 2 1974 burgundy NHP 16M

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Cledge Gunner shot by his own revolver during struggle
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. dark brown single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers, brown tie with diamond motif, beige shirt with brown pinstripes
  2. brown suede jacket, cream rollneck, brown trousers
  3. light brown checked single-breasted 3-piece suit with flared trousers, slit breast pocket, tailored with darts,pale yellow shirt, brown tie
Purdey's fashions
  1. pink dress with white cardigan
  2. black leather bomber jacker with fleece neck, blue & white scarf, pale grey rollneck, blue jeans, short black boots
  3. purple & white hooped t-shirt with purple cardigan, white piping, khaki plus fours (or culottes?), long purple boots
  4. orange and black Japanese print wrap-around dress
  5. purple velvet suit single-breasted with wide lapels, 3 buttons, pink pinstriping, white and grey thick striped shirt with French cuffs, wide white silk tie
Steed's fashions
  1. slate grey 3-piece single-breasted suit, purple tie with white spot, cream shirt
  2. grey suit single-breasted 3-piece, grey shirt, green-gold metallic tie
  3. grey suit single-breasted 3-piece, with blue tie with white spot, white shirt
  4. grey suit single-breasted 3-piece, grey shirt, green-gold metallic tie
  5. dark green waistcoat, cream shirt, brown tie, beige riding trousers
  6. navy suit, blue shirt, brown tie with white spot, black bowler hat

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