• title card: white all caps text reading ‘K IS FOR KILL BY BRIAN CLEMENS’ superimposed on a Russian soldier jumping over a brick wall, submachinegun in his right hand
  • Flashback to 1967: Mrs. Peel answers the telephone wearing a pink dress and red and pick checked coat - it looks like she’s just started redocrating her flat as the furninture is covered with cloth
  • The Russian infantry take position in a clearing and prepare to fire mortars at the target their officer is spotting with his binoculars
  • The lone Russian sniper takes aim from his tree-top perch
  • After death, one of the russians quickly ages and becomes an old man
  • Gambit takes cover under a truck as more Russians emerge from the woods

The New Avengers, Series 2 — Episode 8
K is for Kill - Part 1: The Tiger Awakes

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Yvon Marie Coulais

Production details

Produced:June, 1977

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television27/10/19778:00pm
ATV Midlands28/10/19778:00pm
Granada Television27/10/19778:00pm
Anglia Television27/10/19778:00pm
Border Television28/10/19778:00pm
Channel Television27/10/19778:00pm
Grampian Television28/10/19778:00pm
Southern Television27/10/19778:00pm
Scottish Television27/10/19778:00pm
Tyne Tees Television28/10/19778:00pm
Ulster Television27/10/19778:00pm
Westward Television27/10/19778:00pm
Harlech Television28/10/19778:00pm
Yorkshire Television28/10/19778:00pm

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 March 13 1978, 8.30pm
The Age listing for March 13 1978, 8.30pm

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia13/03/19788:30pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia13/03/19788:30pm
ABC New York, USA23/03/197911:30pm
TF1 France4/08/19798:40pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland
French titleLe long sommeil (1re partie : Le réveil de l’ours)
ZDF Germany
German titleDer Drache erwacht
KRO Netherlands14/11/19778:25pm
Dutch titleDe M van Moord
Italian titleK come killers
Spanish title

K is for Kill parts 1 and 2 were shown in one night by CBS stations as a long-form special finale for the American market. It appears from the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times that the two episodes were shown back to back as those newspapers have two entries for the night (11.30pm and 12.45am in New York, 11.30pm and 12.30am in LA, and Baltimore listed part 2 as starting at 12:40am), these areas all finished at 2am, whereas the Chicago Tribune simply listed The New Avengers at 10.30pm and a rock concert starting at 1am. Technically, the USA debut for part 2 is on March 23 1979 as Chicago ran an hour earlier and would have started the second part between 11:40 and 11:45pm, so as to be synchronised with East Coast broadcasts.

Dutch newspapers simply advertised each part of K is for Kill by the same title, “De M van Moord”.

Spain chose not to broadcast this episode.

Netherlands: Dagblad de Stem episode summary for November 14 1977, 8.25pm
France: L’Impartial listing for August 4 1979, 8.40pm
USA: Los Angeles Times listing for March 23 1979, 11.30pm & 12.30am

Continuity and trivia

The jeep the hippies are driving, and is presumably destroyed by grenade blasts, is later driven by les Paras, by Colonel Martin, and by Steed!

Tony Then (the Tibetan monk) may well be the only Avengers guest cast member to have appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show - he was one of the transylvanians; come to that, why did Charles Grey never star in an Avengers episode? He appeared in nearly everything else!

Krishna Clough, who plays the solo Russian who attacked the garage, is now an eminent breast surgeon, based at the Institut Marie Curie in Paris.

The on-screen caption for the attack on the French village is August 14 1977 but the copy of The Guardian which reports the event is dated May 3.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Bentley 3 1/2 litre British racing green YT 3942
Jeep olive drab 785 CA14
Rover 3500 SD1 taupe 4253 RU 95
French Army truck olive drab -
French Army truck olive drab 4938.14
French Gendarmerie 500cc motorcycle navy -
French Gendarmerie 500cc motorcycle navy -
French Gendarmerie 500cc motorcycle navy -

Who’s Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Salvation Army Major (and his 9-member band) Russian soldier (1965) submachine gun
Hippy Russian soldier (1977) submachine gun & grenades
Hippy Russian soldier (1977) submachine gun & grenades
Hippy Russian soldier (1977) submachine gun & grenades
Russian soldier (1977) Gambit knocked out of tree by karate kick
Vassili Gambit pistol
(several russians) (French paratroops) (small arms fire)
Russian Gambit pistol
Russian Gambit pistol
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit’s fashions
  1. beige jacket with epaulettes, white shirt
  2. mustard leather jacket epaul, pleated patch pockets, white shirt, brown trousers
Purdey’s fashions
  1. red dress
  2. brown cord vest & flared trousers, checked brown & white blouse
Steed’s fashions
  1. grey suit, grey bowler
  2. brown jacket, beige trousers, br tie with white spot, white shirt
  3. grey 3-piece suit, white shirt, blue tie with white spot

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