• title card: white all caps text reading ‘SLEEPER BY BRIAN CLEMENS’ superimposed on an extreme close-up of Brady wearing sunglasses
  • The gang of misfits aim a bazooka at the bank doors as Brady gives the order to fire
  • Purdey hides from the gang by posing in the shop window in her blue silk pyjamas, holding a white sign on which is printed, in red, ‘TODAY’S BIGGEST OFFER’
  • A young woman lies asleep outside her door, the newspaper and milk dropped, and her red and white striped dressinggown coming undone
  • Steed, pretending to be asleep carefully puts his umbrella handle around the neck of the gang member Bart, who has carelessly sat down on the same bench
  • Steed, Purdey and Gambit are all fast asleeep inside the helicopter after returning to base - but only because they’re exhausted

The New Avengers, Series 1 — Episode 10

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Graeme Clifford

Production details

Produced:September, 1976

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television12/01/778:00pm
ATV Midlands7/01/777:30pm
Granda Television7/01/777:30pm
Anglia Television12/01/778:00pm
Border Television16/03/778:00pm
Channel Television7/01/777:30pm
Grampian Television16/03/778:00pm
Southern Television7/01/778:00pm
Scottish Television16/03/778:00pm
Tyne Tees Television16/03/778:00pm
Ulster Television7/01/777:30pm
Westward Television7/01/777:30pm
Harlech Television12/12/767:50pm
Yorkshire Television16/03/778:00pm

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia13/04/778:30pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia13/04/778:30pm
ABC New York, USA6/10/7811:30pm
TF1 France19/02/779:47pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland19/04/778:20pm
French titleLe «Z» 95
ZDF Germany
German titleSchlaf über der Stadt
KRO Netherlands16/12/768:25pm
Dutch titleSlaap
Italian titleOperazione silenzio
Spanish titleGas letárgico

French contemporary television schdules list this episode incorrectly as “Le «Z» 95” but the sleeping gas is S-95. Later schedules and French release corrected it to “Le «S» 95”.

Continuity and trivia

Hardy’s phone number is 246-8000, and Gambit’s is 245-6090

We see Mike’s apartment properly for the first time, and it’s even more hideous than Purdey’s!

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


  • It’s daylight when Brady is handing the S-95 over at the bus, but it’s supposed to be the middle of the night!
  • Why doesn’t Purdey just kick her door in?
  • Why does Steed drive through Hammersmith if both Mike & Purdey living in the affected area of the S-95, which is centred around the City of London?
  • Brady send Chuck and Bart to sector 5 to check out the report of Purdey’s car, but wasn’t Bart already on one of the road blocks? Well, it’s obvious that some scenes were changed around in the editing room, probably when they realised Brady saying “roadblocks have been set up” seemed stupid without any visual evidence. The consequence of this is we first see Bill, Chuck, Bart and Benny head off in stolen cars and set up their guard posts - Chuck and Bart in the Volvo, and Ben at the pub at Yacht Haven - altohugh Phil turns up there to help him, rather than Bill. The next minute, we see all of them assisting in the first couple of robberies and then Brady sends them off to sectors 3 (Bill and Benny) and 5 (Chuck and Bart), which ought to have led to the footage of them running to the carpark and stealing the cars. Just why Phil and Bill swapped positions might just be an extra bit of Continuity - or to avoid an ugly lawsuit from the makers of “Bill and Ben”.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter blue & white ?
Steed’s “big cat” Jaguar XJ12 C Broadspeed 5.3 Litre Coupe Automatic 1976 british racing green NWK 60P
Purdey’s MGB Mk III 1976 drophead roadster sandglow MOC 232P
AEC Reliant - Plaxton Panorama Elite coach ( ‘Jack Crump’, Denham Coaches, Bucks) beige VHV 111G
Morris Mini Minor Deluxe MkI [ADO15] 1966 red FHO 650D
Ford Cortina MkIII 1971 yellow ?
Volvo 144 GL with sunroof 1973 two tone - sky blue & royal blue WJH 291M
bicycle black ?
Triumph 2000 Mk 2 1970 yellow and black KLK 466K
Rover 2000 TC 1969 Policecar white HNK 312G
Volkswagen Golf N 1 (Typ 17) silver MYK 663P
Austin Mini Minor 1000 1973 pale yellow and black TGH 128M
Austin Mini Van 1969 green DTW 888G
Jaguar Mk X 1962 red ?
Austin FX4 1968 taxi black ?
Rover 75 (P4) 1959 grey ?
Volkswagen Combi van blue ?
Ford Cortina 1300 MkIII 1976 purple velvet metallic MCF 115P
Mini 1000 Radford MkIII [ADO20] 1972 mustard CVF 372K
unknown car white NPN 246F
Morris Marina Mk I [ADO28] 1973 white RBH 761L
Triumph Spitfire Mk 3 1967 navy OLR 784E
Austin Mini Minor 1000 1973 gold YBW 191M
MGB red --- --1N
Bell Jet Ranger II 206B helicopter 1973 yellow, black & white with Alan Mann Helicopters logo G-BBEU

Who’s Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Frank Hardy Tina silenced pistol
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit’s fashions
  1. brown double-breasted suit, cream shirt, brown tie
  2. 10gambit
  3. cream shirt, brown tie, brown trousers, later with trademark brown suede jacket
  4. 10gambit
  5. green balaclava, camouflage jacket
  6. 10gambit
Purdey’s fashions
  1. red, white, green floral print dress, handbag
  2. 10purdey
  3. blue silk pyjamas with white designs
  4. 10purdey
  5. pilots uniform, scarf, helmet
  6. 10purdey
Steed’s fashions
  1. navy single-breasted 3-piece suit, white shirt, blue tie with white spot
  2. 10steed
  3. green balaclava, camouflage jacket
  4. 10steed

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