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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'HOSTAGE BY BRIAN CLEMENS' superimposed on Purdey kicking her assailant backwards over her sofa
  • Steed cracking the lock of a large red safe
  • Top-down view of the interior of a telephone box in which Steed is on the phone
  • Marvin, disguised as Steed, plants Steed's stolen gun at the scene of the murder
  • Purdey kneels on the floor with her hands tied behind her back, an apple in her mouth
  • Purdey hugs Steed, relieved to have been rescued

The New Avengers, Series 2 - Episode 7
Hostage

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Sidney Hayers

Production details

Produced:February, 1977
First broadcast:
  • London: 16-Nov-76
  • Midlands: 1-Nov-76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 6-Mar-78
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 6-Mar-78
  • USA (CBS): 8-Dec-78
  • France (TF1): 16-Jun-79

Minutiæ

Here's where the transmission order no longer makes sense - back in Medium Rare Purdey redecorated her flat. banishing the "tart's boudoir" to history, but here it is again in all its lurid lavender glory; on the plus side, production values are the earlier, higher, standard and we see none of the shambles that was Trap.

You'd think they'd be sick of the "could Steed actually be a traitor?" storyline by now, wouldn't you? Still, at least this time the audience knows for sure he isn't.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Purdey's Triumph TR7 yellow DOM 721R
Triumph Dolomite pale blue, black vinyl roof DCX 821M
Steed's Rover 3500 SD1 Automatic lemon MOC 229P
Steed's "big cat" Jaguar XJ12 5.3 Litre Coupe Automatic british racing green NWK 60P
BMW 3.0 S steel blue KPH 244K
postman's bicycle black -
Ford Cortina yellow OYA 650P
Ford compact red SLB 816R
Ford Cortina estate blue GTF 239N
Gambit's Jaguar XJS red NRW 875P

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Walters Marvin Steed's revolver
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. white tie & tails
  2. tan cords with light khaki shirt & khaki tie
  3. karate pyjamas with black belt
  4. brown cord jacket, yellow & white shirt, pale grey cravat
  5. navy pinstriped suit, purple tie, blue pinstriped shirt with white collar and cuffs
Purdey's fashions
  1. brown and white patterned outfit
Steed's fashions
  1. white tie & tails, with military decoration
  2. black suit & bowler, umbrella
  3. bottle green tuxedo
  4. grey/brown suit with brown velvet collar, copper tie, blue sh
  5. grey suit velvet collar, purple tie with white spot, pale blue shirt, grey bowler

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