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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'THREE HANDED GAME BY DENNIS SPOONER & BRIAN CLEMENS' superimposed on Ranson being hit in the jaw by Ivan's outstretched fist
  • Larry crahses through the window on his motorbike
  • Steed looks at a black and white photo handed to him by the General, who sits at the table, wearing his uniform and a black eyepatch over his right eye
  • Rear-facing shot on the outside of a March 75B Formula 2 racing car painted in red and white - Steed's 'Big Cat' Jaguar is catching up to it swiftly and is about to pass it
  • Gambit stands in the middle of the room, holding a red towel about his otherwise naked body, embarassed by Purdey's arrival; she looks at th towel with interest, a smirk on her lips as Helen continues to sculpt Gambit in the background
  • Purdey stops Ranson on the stage of the theatre and strikes a balletic pose before they fight

The New Avengers, Series 1 - Episode 11
Three Handed Game

by Dennis Spooner and Brian Clemens
Directed by Ray Austin

Production details

Produced:August, 1976
First broadcast:
  • London: 19-Jan-77
  • Midlands: 5-Dec-76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 11-May-77 (pre-empted on 16-Mar-77)
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 16-Mar-77
  • USA (CBS): 12-Jan-79
  • France (TF1): 5-Feb-77

Minutiæ

Is it just me, or does Juventor remind you of Waldo Thyssen with his manic manner, neatly clipped moustache and stuttering speech?

Purdey is a clown!

Those clowns! If it weren't enough that every second episode of the Tara King season seemed to have clowns in it, now we have Purdey mucking about in the dressing room, putting clown makeup on. Enough already!

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
submarine grey ?
Gambit's Jaguar XJ-S [XJ27] 1976 red NRW 875P
Bedford CF van 1975 white ?
Triumph Spitfire Mk IV 1973 yellow ?
Daimler Sovereign XJC Saloon 1975 black XYP 14N
Honda TL 125 trail bike 1975 red & grey n/a
Steed's "big cat" Jaguar XJ12 C Broadspeed 5.3 Litre Coupe Automatic 1976 british racing green NWK 60P
Renault 4 Export 1966 white PRJ 687E
Purdey's MGB Mk III 1976 drophead roadster mustard MOC 232P
March 75B F2 1975 racing car red 15
Ford Transit Mk I van 1972 white with yellow/black 'David Palmer Racing' logo LLF 351K
Bedford SB van red ?
March 75B F2 1975 racing car red 157
Ford Escort van 1974 white JYW 297M
Ford Escort van dark green ?
Wolesley 18/85 S Mk II 1971 dark grey ?

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Professor Juventor silenced pistol
Ranson Juventor Juventor's brain is transferred to Ranson's body, effectively eliminating Ranson.
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. black tuxedo, silk cumberbund, frilled dress shirt, black bow tie
  2. suede jacket, cream rollneck, brown trousers
  3. navy pinstripe suit, navy tie, pale blue shirt with navy pinstripes
  4. red towel
Purdey's fashions
  1. silver/purple high collared Catherine Buckley
  2. purple cardigan with scarf, purple open necked blouse, brown culottes
  3. red/purple/orange checked v-neck dress with black piping and details, later with clown makeup
  4. purple patch Catherine Buckley skirt, cream wide lapel blouse, red and white neckscarf, pearl necklace
Steed's fashions
  1. blue single-breasted 3-piece suit, blue shirt, blue tie with white spot
  2. dark green velvet tuxedo, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black cumberbund
  3. blue single-breasted 3-piece suit, blue shirt, purple tie
  4. grey single-breasted 3-piece suit, purple tie with white spot, pale grey shirt, grey bowler, umbrella & Chelsea boots

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