• title card: white all caps text reading ‘OBSESSION BY BRIAN CLEMENS’ superimposed on a dusty shot of Doomer tie to a stake at the end of a whitewahsed courtyard, having just been shot by a firing squad
  • Gambit and Steed worry about Purdey when she’s saddened by memories brought back by their assignment
  • A view through the trees of a Harrier Jumpjet preparing for take-off
  • The unexploded missile lies buried in the sand dune
  • Wolach’s dead body lies dumped in the corner of the makeshift missile silo
  • Gambit and Steed stand near us, looking at Steed’s destroyed Range Rover, Larry lies near them, dead on the grass and Purdey walks sadly away from all of them

The New Avengers, Series 2 — Episode 5

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Day

Production details

Produced:May, 1977

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television6/10/19778:00pm
ATV Midlands7/10/19778:00pm
Granada Television6/10/19778:00pm
Anglia Television6/10/19778:00pm
Border Television7/10/19778:00pm
Channel Television6/10/19778:00pm
Grampian Television7/10/19778:00pm
Southern Television6/10/19778:00pm
Scottish Television6/10/19778:00pm
Tyne Tees Television7/10/19778:00pm
Ulster Television6/10/19778:00pm
Westward Television6/10/19778:00pm
Harlech Television7/10/19778:00pm
Yorkshire Television7/10/19778:00pm

TV Times listing

I do not have a TV Times / TV Weekly or other contemporary British listing for this episode, if you have one, please get in touch.

Sydney Morning Herald listing for February 6 1978, 8.30pm
The Age listing for February 6 1978, 8.30pm

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia6/02/19788:30pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia6/02/19788:30pm
ABC New York, USA10/11/197811:30pm
TF1 France14/07/19798:38pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland
French titleObsession
ZDF Germany
German titleDer Rachefeldzug
KRO Netherlands24/10/19778:25pm
Dutch titleObsessie
Italian titleSabotaggio?
Spanish titleLa obsesión
Netherlands: Limburgsch Dagblad listing for October 24 1977, 8.25pm
USA: Chicago Tribune listing for November 10 1978, 10.30pm
USA: Toledo Blade listing for November 10 1978, 11.30pm
France: Feuille d’Avis de Neuchâtel L’Express listing for July 14 1979, 8.35pm
Spain: ABC Madrid listing for April 21 1981, 11.05pm
Netherlands: Limburgsch Dagblad photo and summary for October 24 1977

Continuity and trivia


15:47 — One of the snippets of RAF training film used to add footage of flying Harriers is so inexpertly edited that you actually see the title The Engineer in the RAF on screen for a split second.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
SAAB estate paprika 4903 T (Arabic)
Steed’s Range Rover dark green TXC 922J
Bedford tanker green and yellow ?
Bedford Hawson flat bed van orange JKX 795N
Jagaur X Type pale blue HHP 826N
Mercedes Benz golden beige ?
Purdey’s Honda 125cc trail bike red & grey OLR 471P
Triumph 500cc army issue green ADS 7 / WD 22
Gambit’s Range Rover white LOK 537P

Who’s Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Doomer Arabic Soldier 1, 2 and 3 firing squad (M16s)
Wolach Morgan silenced pistol
Larry Gambit pistol
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit’s fashions
  1. cream ribbed cardigan & shirt, brown cravat with white pinstripes, brown flares
  2. navy pinstriped suit, white shirt, navy tie
Purdey’s fashions
  1. ballerina’s tutu, leotard & costume for Swan Lake
  2. blue ankle-length dress, red boots
  3. nightie
  4. brown checked overcoat, fur hat
  5. fuschia dress, draw string on the high collar
  6. cream suit, pale brown & cream neckscarf
  7. waiters costume - black trousers and waistcoat, frilled white blouse, later with black leather gloves, jacket & motorcycle helmet, white
Steed’s fashions
  1. cheap grey suit, blue tie with white spot, white shirt
  2. grey/brown suit with brown velvet collar, brown tie, white shirt
  3. slate grey 3-piece single-breasted suit, pale grey shirt, purple tie with white spots, red carnation

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