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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'COMPLEX 
					SPOONER' superimposed on an out of focus close-up shot of Purdey running across a field at night, about to bend down
  • One of the Canadian secret service men, disguised as a doomsday preecher outside the Pickin' Chicken Bar-Be-Que in Toronto
  • The huge wall of monitors, data banks and tap storage of the Complex
  • Steed maintains his dapper appearance across the Atlantic, complete with bowler hat and umbrella
  • Gambit peers angrily through the bars of his prison cell
  • Purdey enters the central control room of the complex, the sprinkler system spraying water from the ceiling, drenching her clothes and shutting down the computer

The New Avengers, Series 2 - Episode 10

by Dennis Spooner
Directed by Richard Gilbert

Production details

Produced:July, 1977
First broadcast:
  • London: 16-Nov-76
  • Midlands: 1-Nov-76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 27-Mar-78
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 27-Mar-78
  • USA (CBS): 5-Jan-79
  • France (TF1): 17-Aug-79


Gambit calls Koschev "Dimitri Koschev" despite the Toronto Police Record clearly recording his name as "Anatole" - and why are Koschev's details in imperial measurements when all the other records are metric?

Steed is recorded as being 85.729 kilograms and 1.855 metres; Purdey is 58.967 kilograms and 1.732 metres; Gambit's record is not shown. Paul Baker is recorded as being 78.6364 kilos & 1.754 metres.

Continuity: Gambit steals an ugly car with the number plate MAK 477, but later the plates read MAK 344.

More Continuity: Half of the tourists being shown the security building aren't there at the end of the tour - were they also saboteurs?

Harvey Atkin is best remembered for a rôle almost identical to the one he plays here - the desk sergeant for the entire run of Cagney and Lacey.

Suzette Couture is best known for being a screen writer, notably for the Avonlea sagas.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Lincoln limousine chocolate 173 304
Steed's Jaguar XJS yellow MHF 291
Gambit's Triumph TR7 red, white and black MHF 292
Dodge van blue 420 534
Cadillac sedan silver MAK 477 & MAK 344
Police car black and white #6418
Ugly sedan (Ford LTD?) navy CDC 984

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Contact unknown hitman machine gun
Karavitch (Scapina) falls from high window
Berisford Holt Koschev pistol
Koschev Gambit pistol
Baker Scapina thrown into incinerator
Greenwood Scapina lift floor opens, dropping him 46 storeys
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. mustard cord jacket with upright collar, open patch pockets, white shirt, light brown trousers
  2. navy 3-piece diagonally blue & white tie, blue shirt
  3. blue blazer, blue and white shirt, grey tie
  4. brown velour jacket & flares, brown shirt
Purdey's fashions
  1. yellow & white knit hooped dress with pom poms, matching purse; white and red long-sleeved shirt
  2. pink & white weatherjacket, pink jeans, high heels, white blouse, pink purse
  3. red tank top, satin
  4. lipstick print dress, shorts underneath
Steed's fashions
  1. brown sports coat, felt collar, pale khaki chinos, white shirt, brown tie with white spot
  2. navy 3-piece, blue shirt, purple spot tie, black bowler & cane-handled umbrella
  3. black tuxedo
  4. same as navy suit above

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