• title card: white all caps text reading 'THE TALE OF THE BIG WHY BY BRIAN CLEMENS' superimposed on a view over the handlebars of a trailbike, a blue truck almost completely blocking the road ahead
  • Roach and Poole completely strip Brandon's car, leaving the pieces strewn all over the yelow, mown grass of a fieldb
  • The paperback book from Braqndon's package, 'The Tale of the Big Y' sits on top of a map of the area. The book's cover is red with white text and has a sepia drawing of three cowboys before some mountains, rounding up a cow which is branded with a Y on the rump
  • Gambit stands before his white Range Rover, pointing his revolver to the left
  • Turner climbs into a red biplane in order to escape
  • A blurry black and white photo, but it shows Harmer handing over documents to the enemy clearly enough for his to be guilty

The New Avengers, Series 1 - Episode 8
The Tale of the Big Why

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Robert Fuest

Production details

Produced:October, 1976
First broadcast:
  • London: 21/12/76
  • Midlands: 13/03/77
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 23/03/77
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 23/03/77
  • USA (CBS): 29/12/78
  • France (TF1): 26/02/77


The script is adapted from Phillip Broadley's rejected script entitled "The Tale of the Deadly Cross", written in the spring of 1976.


  • When Purdey sees Turner's aeropane fly past and land while she's searching for Brandon, it's Irene's yellow 'plane, not Turner's red one.
  • When Gambit's stopping Turner from taking by holding the ailerons up, there's a close-up of Turner in the cockpit in which you can see a member of the crew running parallel to the 'plane in the middle distance.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Purdey's Honda XL 125cc trail bike 1976 red & grey OLR 471P
CitroŽn DS20 Safari 1972 white TMJ 105K
Vauxhall Viva 1975 navy JVS 751N
Skoda 110 1976 green ?
Audi 100 C1 1971 pale blue OCL 777J
Datsun 180B 1974 yellow UVL 500M
Renault 16 R 1968 claret RMY 417F
Ford D-Series removals van blue ?
De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth (Morris) aeroplane 1942 red G-ANOH
Gambit's Range Rover Series I 1976 white LOK 537P
Steed's Range Rover Series I 1976 dark green TXC 922J
Hot dog van - Ford? orange and white ?
De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth (Morris) aeroplane 1942 yellow G-APMX
Ford D-Series 'custom cab' open tray lorry brown, with W.H Holden & Son Prime Fertiliser and Manure written on door ?

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Bert Brandon Poole shotgun wound which causes a car accident
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. grey prison uniform
  2. navy chalk stripe single-breasted suit, with navy tie, white shirt
  3. brown suede jacket with brown buttons, yellow shirt with white collar & placket, brown trousers and gold tie
  4. navy single-breasted suit, white shirt, navy tie
  5. as above : brown suede jacket with brown buttons, yellow shirt with white collar & placket, brown trousers and gold tie
Purdey's fashions
  1. black jumpsuit with red and white sleeves, necline and "PURDEY" across the back, white helmet
  2. red coat with cloth belt, black knee-length skirt, red high heel sandals
  3. gold print evening dress, spaghetti straps, pleated hems, multilayered skirt, cream high heels
  4. green, purple, black and white dress
Steed's fashions
  1. dark blue 3-piece single-breasted suit, pale blue shirt, purple tie with white spots
  2. grey tweed single-breasted 3-piece suit with brown felt collar, grey bowler, bronze tie, cream shirt, brown Chelsea boots
  3. grey suit single-breasted 3-piece, with blue tie with white spot, white shirt, grey bowler and umbrella
  4. tweed jacket, single vent, slanted, flap-covered pockets, green waistcoat, cream riding trousers, blue shirt, brown patterned tie, brown Chelsea boots
  5. grey suit single-breasted 3-piece, with light blue paisley tie, white shirt

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