• title card: white all caps text reading ‘DIRTIER BY THE DOZEN BY BRIAN CLEMENS’ superimposed on Captain Noble falling in a puddle on the tarmac as he is shot at
  • Steed sheilds his face from the heat and smoke as he walks through a burning assault course
  • A man stands near us on the right, facing awat and tied to a stake in the woods, on the other side of the clearing, a six man firing squad are taking aim at him
  • Purdey, in a fetching red dress and matching tights, sits in the middle of the pub surrounded by uniformed soldiers, one of whom has put a hand on her knee
  • Gambit, in the uniform of a Scottish regiment, stands at attention beside his new CO, Col Mad Jack Miller, who is similarly attired in camouflage fatigues and wears a black eyepatch on his left eye
  • Purdey is rescued from the minefield - she hangs from a ladder under a helicopter, holding a bottle of champagne and a glass

The New Avengers, Series 1 — Episode 12
Dirtier by the Dozen

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Sidney Hayers

Production details

Produced:October, 1976

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television5/01/19778:00pm
ATV Midlands21/01/19777:30pm
Granada Television21/01/19777:30pm
Anglia Television5/01/19778:00pm
Border Television9/03/19778:00pm
Channel Television21/01/19777:30pm
Grampian Television9/03/19778:00pm
Southern Television21/01/19778:00pm
Scottish Television9/03/19778:00pm
Tyne Tees Television9/03/19778:00pm
Ulster Television21/01/19777:30pm
Westward Television21/01/19777:30pm
Harlech Television19/12/19767:50pm
Yorkshire Television9/03/19778:00pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for January 5 1977, 8pm (London edition)
Sydney Morning Herald weekly listing for April 13 1977, 8.30pm
Sydney Morning Herald daily listing for April 13 1977, 8.35pm, updated to show Dirtier by the Dozen

8.0 The New Avengers
Patrick Macnee
Joanna Lumley
Gareth Hunt
Dirtier by the Dozen

By Brian Clemens

Old soldiers never die … or do they? Steed’s looking for a lost General. Gambit joins the Army, and Purdey faces one alone.

Steed Patrick Macnee
Purdey Joanna Lumley
Gambit Gareth Hunt
Col. Miller John Castle
Sgt. Bowden Shaun Curry
Travis Colin Skeaping
General Stevens Michael Barrington
Capt. Tony Noble Michael Howarth
Terry Brian Croucher
Keller John Labonowski
Major Prentice Stephen Moore
Harris Alun Armstong
Freddy Francis Maughan
Doctor John Forbes-Robertson
Col. Elroyd Foster Ballard Berkley
Orderly David Purcell
Turner Richard Derrington
Soldier John Challis

Director Sidney Hayers; Producers Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia13/04/19778:35pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia4/05/19778:35pm
ABC New York, USA22/12/197811:30pm
TF1 France5/03/19779:47pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland3/05/19778:20pm
French titleCommando très spécial
ZDF Germany
German titleDas dreckige Dutzend
KRO Netherlands6/01/19778:25pm
Dutch titleDe verdwenen generaal
Italian titleJack li pazzo
Spanish titleComando especial

Sleeper is listed in nearly every single Australian broadcast schedule against both April 13 and May 4, 1977. It appears to have been pre-empted in its original broadcast by Dirtier by the Dozen as there are daily listings (as opposed to weekly guides) that show the switch - the daily listings normally did not indicate the episode title so having these do so seems to confirm the late schedule change. To confuse the issue, however, The Bananacoast Opinion printed a lengthy exposé of the plot for Dirtier by the Dozen in their May 4 edition. Did the Far North Coast have a different schedule? It seems unlikely, as Victoria and other states seem to have had the same change. Perhaps the editor noticed the repetition of Sleeper and thought it a mistake by the ABC, and ran the other plot line as being from the only apparently unaccounted for episode.

Netherlands: Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant summary & photo for January 6 1977, 8.25pm
France: Feuille d’Avis de Neuchâtel L’Express listing for March 5 1977, 9.45pm
Switzerland: Feuille d’Avis de Neuchâtel L’Express listing & photo for May 3 1977, 8.20pm
Italy: Radiocorriere listing for August 24 1978, 10.05pm
Italy: Stampa Sera listing & summary for August 24 1978, 10.05pm
USA: Chicago Tribune listing for December 22 1978, 10.30pm
Spain: ABC Madrid listing & photo for September 13 1981, 7.40pm
Switzerland: L’Impartial listing, summary & photo for May 3 1977, 8.20pm
Italy: Radiocorriere summary and photo for August 24 1978, 10.05pm

Continuity and trivia

Purdey’s favourite drink is gin, measure of orange, dash of bitters and ginger ale.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Wolseley Six black ?
Société Stampe et Renard SV4B biplane red and white G-AZUL
biplane grey -
high-wing light aeroplane red and white -
Piper Aerostar 601 P aeroplane white, with yellow and blue stripes N80363
Piper Aztec PA-23–250 1960 aeroplane white with gold stripes G-AREE
Piper Cherokee PA-28–140 1967 aeroplane white with blue stripes G-AVLI
Piper Cherokee PA-28–140 1967 aeroplane white with blue stripes G-AXSH
high-wing light aircraft red and white G-BA..
Beagle Basset B.206 1967 blue and yellow G-ATZO
Piper Aztec PA-23–250 1969 blue and yellow G-BAUA
Triumph Herald red 180 MPH
Lockheed C-130K Hercules C.1 transport plane RAF camouflage -
Hawker Siddeley HS.780 Andover C1 transport plane RAF camouflage -
Land Rover fire tender red 685 FAA
Land Rover SWB green ?
AEC lorry green ?
Purdey’s MGB Mk III 1976 drophead roadster sandglow MOC 232P
Aveling-Barford Universal Carrier No.2 Mk.II 1940 green CT 179405
Austin Healey 100/4 1955 red 383 FMV
Land Rover SWB Series IIa armoured bonnet green 29 ES 11
Land Rover SWB Series IIa green 45 BE 72
Bell Jet Ranger II 206B helicopter 1973 yellow, black & white with Alan Mann Helicopters logo G-BCWN

Who’s Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Guerilla Colonel Miller sten gun
Guerilla Sergeant Bowdon sten gun
Travis Corporal Keller bowie knife
Freddy (disease) tropical disease caught while in Africa
Harris Colonel Miller sentenced to death by firing squad
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit’s fashions
  1. light brown cord jacket with elasticated waist, epaulettes on shoulders, matching cord jeans, cream rollneck
  2. light brown checked single-breasted 3-piece suit, light yellow shirt with white collar and placket, metallic mustard tie
  3. Scottish regiment dress uniform with khaki coat,and kilt
  4. camouflage British Army uniform, black beret
  5. camouflage British Army uniform, black beret, khaki jumper instead of camo jacket
Purdey’s fashions
  1. pale mustard blouse, cream safari suit jacket, orange/brown trousers and matching boots, later with hat with leopard print band
  2. red ankle-length dress with cowl collar, long sleeves
Steed’s fashions
  1. blue single-breasted 3-piece suit. White shirt. Purple tie with white spot, black bowler and umb
  2. brown tweed sports coat, blue shirt, green tie

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