The Avengers

Series 2, 1962-3

Episode Guide

Clicking the randomly-selected images above takes you directly to the episodes pictured.

Episodes are listed in transmission order. You may resort the table by clicking on the headings.
Legend for this table - all dates are in dd/mm/yy format

# Episode Comp. Produced ATV ABC Anglia BTV CTV GTV South STV TT UTV WTV TWW WWN ABN2 ABV2
01 Mr Teddy Bear Cathy 4/08/62 29/09/62
10.30pm
29/09/62
10.05pm
29/09/62
10.30pm
- 29/09/62
10.30pm
29/09/62
10.30pm
29/09/62
10.30pm
18/04/63
10.15pm
29/09/62
10.05pm
29/09/62
10.05pm
29/09/62
10.30pm
29/09/62
10.05pm
29/09/62
10.05pm
21/10/63
7.30pm
14/05/64
7.30pm
02 Propellant 23 Cathy 21/07/62 6/10/62
10.30pm
6/10/62
10.05pm
6/10/62
10.30pm
- 6/10/62
10.30pm
6/10/62
10.30pm
6/10/62
10.30pm
30/05/63
10.45pm
6/10/62
10.05pm
6/10/62
10.05pm
6/10/62
10.30pm
6/10/62
10.05pm
6/10/62
10.05pm
28/10/63
7.30pm
21/05/64
7.30pm
03 The Decapod Venus 13/09/62 13/10/62
10.00pm
13/10/62
10.05pm
13/10/62
10.00pm
- 13/10/62
10.00pm
- 13/10/62
10.00pm
- 13/10/62
10.05pm
13/10/62
10.05pm
13/10/62
10.00pm
13/10/62
10.05pm
13/10/62
10.05pm
4/11/63
7.30pm
28/05/64
7.30pm1
04 Bullseye Cathy 20/09/62 20/10/62
10.05pm
20/10/62
10.05pm
20/10/62
10.05pm
- 20/10/62
10.30pm
20/10/62
10.30pm
20/10/62
10.05pm
- 20/10/62
10.05pm
20/10/62
10.05pm
20/10/62
10.30pm
20/10/62
10.05pm
20/10/62
10.05pm
11/11/63
7.30pm
4/06/64
7.30pm
05 Mission to Montreal Martin 12/05/62 27/10/62
10.05pm
27/10/62
10.05pm
27/10/62
10.05pm
- 27/10/62
10.00pm
- 27/10/62
10.05pm
- 27/10/62
10.05pm
27/10/62
10.05pm
27/10/62
10.05pm
27/10/62
10.05pm
27/10/62
10.05pm
18/11/63
7.40pm
30/07/64
7.30pm1
06 The Removal Men Venus 4/10/62 3/11/62
10.05pm
3/11/62
10.05pm
3/11/62
10.05pm
- 3/11/62
10.05pm
- 3/11/62
10.05pm
- 3/11/62
10.05pm
3/11/62
10.05pm
3/11/62
10.05pm
3/11/62
10.05pm
3/11/62
10.05pm
25/11/63
7.40pm
18/06/64
7.30pm
07 The Mauritius Penny Cathy 18/10/62 10/11/62
10.05pm
10/11/62
10.05pm
10/11/62
10.05pm
- 10/11/62
10.05pm
- 10/11/62
10.05pm
16/05/63
10.45pm
10/11/62
10.05pm
10/11/62
10.05pm
10/11/62
10.05pm
10/11/62
10.05pm
10/11/62
10.05pm
2/12/63
7.30pm
25/06/64
7.30pm
08 Death of a Great Dane Cathy 1/11/62 17/11/62
10.05pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
- 17/11/62
10.05pm
9/05/63
10.45pm
17/11/62
10.20pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
17/11/62
10.05pm
16/12/63
7.30pm
2/07/64
7.30pm
09 The Sell-Out Martin 9/06/62 24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
- 24/11/62
10.05pm
- 24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
24/11/62
10.05pm
9/12/63
7.30pm
9/07/64
7.30pm
10 Death on the Rocks Cathy 15/11/62 1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
- 1/12/62
10.05pm
- 1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
1/12/62
10.05pm
23/12/63
7.30pm
16/07/64
7.30pm
11 Traitor in Zebra Cathy 29/11/62 8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
- 8/12/62
10.05pm
20/06/63
10.45pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
8/12/62
10.05pm
30/12/63
7.30pm
23/07/64
7.30pm
12 The Big Thinker Cathy 13/12/62 15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
10/03/63
10.35pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
13/06/63
10.45pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
15/12/62
10.05pm
13/01/64
7.30pm
6/08/64
7.30pm
13 Death Dispatch Cathy 23/06/62 22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
- 22/12/62
10.05pm
27/06/63
10.45pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
22/12/62
10.05pm
3/02/64
7.30pm
13/08/64
7.30pm
14 Dead on Course Martin 26/05/62 29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
- 29/12/62
10.05pm
- 29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
29/12/62
10.05pm
10/02/64
7.30pm
20/08/64
7.30pm
15 Intercrime Cathy 29/12/62 6/01/63
10.35pm
5/01/63
10.05pm
5/01/63
10.05pm
- 5/01/63
10.35pm
6/01/63
10.35pm
5/01/63
10.05pm
11/04/63
10.15pm
5/01/63
10.05pm
6/01/63
10.35pm
6/01/63
10.35pm
6/01/63
10.35pm
-2 17/02/64
7.30pm
27/08/64
7.30pm
16 Immortal Clay Cathy 10/01/63 13/01/63
10.35pm
12/01/63
10.05pm
12/01/63
10.05pm
- 12/01/63
10.35pm
13/01/63
10.35pm
12/01/63
10.05pm
- 12/01/63
10.05pm
13/01/63
10.35pm
13/01/63
10.35pm
13/01/63
10.35pm
11/01/63
10.45pm
6/01/64
7.30pm
3/09/64
7.30pm
17 Box of Tricks Venus 17/01/63 20/01/63
10.35pm
19/01/63
10.05pm
19/01/63
10.05pm
- 19/01/63
10.35pm
20/01/63
10.35pm
19/01/63
10.05pm
- 19/01/63
10.05pm
20/01/63
10.35pm
20/01/63
10.35pm
20/01/63
10.35pm
18/01/63
10.45pm
20/01/64
7.30pm
10/09/64
7.30pm
18 Warlock Cathy 24/01/633 27/01/63
10.35pm
26/01/63
10.35pm
26/01/63
10.05pm
- 26/01/63
10.05pm
27/01/63
10.35pm
26/01/63
10.05pm
- 26/01/63
10.05pm
27/01/63
10.35pm
27/01/63
10.35pm
27/01/63
10.35pm
25/01/63
10.45pm
- -
19 The Golden Eggs Cathy 31/01/63 3/02/63
10.35pm
2/02/63
10.05pm
2/02/63
10.05pm
- 2/02/63
10.35pm
3/02/63
10.35pm
2/02/63
10.05pm
23/05/63
10.45pm
2/02/63
10.05pm
3/02/63
10.35pm
3/02/63
10.35pm
3/02/63
10.35pm
1/02/63
10.45pm
24/02/64
7.30pm
17/09/64
7.30pm
20 School for Traitors Venus 9/02/63 10/02/63
10.35pm
9/02/63
10.05pm
9/02/63
10.05pm
- 9/02/63
10.35pm
10/02/63
10.35pm
9/02/63
10.05pm
- 9/02/63
10.05pm
10/02/63
10.35pm
10/02/63
10.35pm
10/02/63
10.35pm
8/02/63
10.45pm2
27/01/64
7.30pm
24/09/64
7.30pm
21 The White Dwarf Cathy 16/02/63 17/02/63
10.35pm
16/02/63
10.05pm
16/02/63
10.05pm
- 16/02/63
10.35pm
17/02/63
10.35pm
16/02/63
10.05pm
6/06/63
10.45pm
16/02/63
10.05pm
17/02/63
10.35pm
17/02/63
10.35pm
17/02/63
10.35pm
15/02/63
10.45pm2
2/03/64
7.30pm
1/10/64
7.30pm
22 Man in the Mirror Venus 22/02/63 24/02/63
10.35pm
23/02/63
10.05pm
23/02/63
10.05pm
- 23/02/63
10.35pm
24/02/63
10.35pm
23/02/63
10.05pm
- 23/02/63
10.05pm
24/02/63
10.35pm
24/02/63
10.35pm
24/02/63
10.35pm
22/02/63
10.45pm
- -
23 Conspiracy of Silence Cathy 1/03/63 3/03/63
10.45pm
2/03/63
10.05pm
2/03/63
10.05pm
- 2/03/63
10.45pm
3/03/63
10.45pm
2/03/63
10.05pm
25/04/63
10.15pm
2/03/63
10.05pm
3/03/63
10.45pm
3/03/63
10.45pm
3/03/63
10.45pm
1/03/63
10.45pm
9/03/64
7.30pm
8/10/64
7.30pm
24 A Chorus of Frogs Venus 8/03/63 9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
17/03/63
10.35pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
- 9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
9/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/64
7.30pm
15/10/64
8.00pm
25 Six Hands Across a Table Cathy 15/03/63 16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
24/03/63
10.35pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
- 16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
16/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/64
7.30pm
22/10/64
8.00pm
26 Killer Whale Cathy 22/03/63 23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
31/03/63
10.35pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
2/05/63
10.15pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
23/03/63
10.05pm
31/03/64
8.00pm
29/10/64
7.30pm
  1. Both these dates are reported to be showing The Decapod. See “The Avengers Down-under”, below.
  2. These broadcast dates are dubious as they are before the episode was scheduled to be recorded, see “Broadcast”, below.
  3. Warlock finished initial filming on 7th July 1962 but as it was originally an introduction episode for Cathy, some scenes were reshot when it slipped down the schedule. These were filmed on 24th January 1963.
Legend and cast lists
  • Comp. indicates Steed’s companion for the episode. There’s a memo dated 1st February 1962 which floating the idea of having a three-handed game episode with Venus and Cathy but it never eventuated. The production paperwork suggests they considered doing this when re-filming scenes for Warlock and that may have been the episode in mind in the February memo.
  • Television channels are listed with their acronym or short name, hovering over them will give you the full name. On small screens, these are automatically expanded as the table is redrawn.
  • The cast and crew lists are as complete as possible, and readers should note that they are often more informative than the originally broadcast credits; that is, I have included complete character names, if known, in place of a single name - the addition in italics - (e.g. “Ted East” instead of “East”); and uncredited characters are also listed. Some of these have been identified by a combination of script listings, call sheets, research and good luck; if you see a mistake or can identify someone, let us know.
Media and archive status

All episodes have been recovered from private collections and film libraries and are now available to the public on DVD or digital download.

Episodes are listed in transmission order, as used on all released DVD sets.

All of the scripts and many promotional photos for the episodes are available as extras on recent DVD sets.

Production dates are from Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots (Mike Richardson, Telos Publishing 2014, First paperback edition) and are verified against the scripts available for every episode that provide this information. The Avengers Declassified reports a January 7 1963 re-shooting date for Warlock, otherwise all other dates are the same.

Broadcast
  • Teledu Cymru (WWN) only showed series 2 and series 3, having started broadcasting on 14 September 1962, and going out of business on 26 January 1964.
  • There is some doubt around the Teledu Cymru listings. They failed to schedule Intercrime on either Friday 4th January or Saturday 5th January. Prior to this week they had been showing The Avengers on Saturdays but afterwards it moved to Friday nights. I assume Intercrime was missed as it was originally going to be on the changeover Saturday. It gets worse though, as some episodes were recorded live in studio on Saturday nights, often shortly before transmission. As a consequence, they have School for Traitors and The White Dwarf listed in their broadcast schedule on the Friday before the Saturday nights they were scheduled to be filmed in studio. It would seems that the listings are incorrect. As they had not broadcast Intercrime on the week when they switched to the Friday schedule, it would seem likely that Intercrime was shown on 8th February 1963, and School for Traitors was shown on 15th February 1963. This would mean that it was actually The White Dwarf that was never broadcast to the West and Wales North area.
  • Border Television started series 2 late, on the eighth week, then stopped again after having only show seven episodes. They rejoined the network broadcasts for the last three episodes, so only showed 10 of the 26 episodes.
  • Channel Television started broadcasting on 1 September 1962, making this the first series of The Avengers broadcast in the region. They went on to show every remaining episode.
  • Grampian Television failed to show ten episodes of this series, pre-empting it with other shows.
  • Scottish Television were even worse than Grampian, showing a mere twelve episodes seven months later than other regions.
The Avengers Down-under

Series 2 was bought by the government broadcaster, ABC, by the programme controller in the Sydney office. Accordingly, ABN2, the New South Wales channel, broadcast them earlier, along with ABC-3 in the national capital of Canberra. Melbourne showed them about six months later on the back of the immense popularity of the show in the Sydney and Canberra areas. Both the Australian National Archives and the ABC archives show that this series was the first offered to Australia although rumours of series 1 being sent to Australia as part of the “pitch” to sell the series persist to this day. There is no mention of any episode from series 1 in the Australian archives.

In Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne, 24 episodes of series 2 were screened, immediately followed by 11 out of the first 13 episodes of Series 3, making a first Australian “series” of 35 episodes.

The episodes from series 2 that were not broadcast were Warlock and Man in the Mirror while the episodes from the first half of series 3 that were not broadcast were Man with Two Shadows and Don’t Look Behind You.

Sydney broadcasts moved from Monday nights at 7.30pm to Tuesday nights at 8pm starting with Killer Whale; it might seem strange to change the schedule on the last episode but for the Australian market this was two thirds of the way through the “first series” and was followed by another eleven episodes. Also, Telegoons - a filmed puppet show version of classic Goon Show episodes - was announced with much fanfare to take the Monday 8.15pm slot, along with Sid James’ sitcom Taxi at 7.30pm in the previous slot occupied by The Avengers.

The Australian broadcast dates are all confirmed but there is an element of doubt about Mission to Montreal in Melbourne. It was originally pre-empted by a documentary entitled A Camera at War - about early journalists recording the Crimean War - and appears to have been re-scheduled for 30th July, 1964. Unfortunately, the only listing I have for that date states that the episode shown was to be The Decapod. This was probably an error, as that episode was also listed for 28th May, 1964, in the correct running order. Accordingly, it seems likely that this is when Mission to Montreal was finally screened and the listing in The Age is incorrect. However, it’s just as possible that The Decapod was replaced by Mission to Montreal after the weekly listings were published and was finally shown in July.

Two episodes in Sydney and Canberra were delayed by ten minutes for party political broadcasts for the 1964 federal election while two episodes in Melbourne were broadcast at 8pm instead of 7.30pm, making way for highlights footage of the 1964 Olympic Games.

Warlock and Man in the Mirror appear to have never been broadcast in Australia. The television censorship board in Australia was remarkably harsh and, while it approved Warlock for broadcast, the programme controller was nervous about showing “black magic themes” and it was withdrawn from the schedule. There is nothing in the National Archives to show why Man in the Mirror was not broadcast.

No episodes of series 2 or series 3 were ever repeated in Australia.

European broadcasts

Series 2 & 3 had a limited release internationally - there was of course Australia above, as well as some other British Commonwealth countries. The only translated - or perhaps subtitled - episodes that have been unearthed were a very limited run of ten selected episodes from series 2 and 3 in Italy, broadcast intermittently in 1965 and 1966 under the series title “Agente speciale” on the public broadcaster RAI and variously shown on Rete Uno and Rete Due. Initially scheduled weekly on Primo canale, it was quickly pre-empted by other programmes and moved to the more local, but still nationally organised, Secundo canale. It’s interesting that the episodes selected featured Venus Smith and Dr King as well as Cathy Gale.

EpisodeDateTimeItalian titleChannel
Death Of A Batman12/08/19659:00 PMAlta finanzaRAI 1
The Removal Men26/08/196519:00 PMUna donna in mareRAI 1
Man in the Mirror2/09/19659:00 PMUn uomo nello specchioRAI 1
The Nutshell5/11/19659:15 PMSegretissimoRAI 2
Death on the Rocks10/11/19659:15 PMOperazione diamantiRAI 2
The Undertakers1/12/196529:15 PMI filantropiRAI 2
School for Traitors17/12/196510:20 PMScuola di spieRAI 2
Traitor in Zebra7/01/196610:15 PMLa formula segretaRAI 2
Death of a Great Dane14/01/196610:15 PMIl cane daneseRAI 2
Dead on Course4/02/1966310:15 PMSabotaggioRAI 2
  1. Originally scheduled for 19/8/1965 but pre-empted by a nationally simulcasted repeat of Carlo Goldoni’s “Burbero benefico” which had previously been shown in some regions on RAI 2.
  2. Originally scheduled for 26/8/1965 on RAI 1 but with the pre-emption above, “The Removal Men” took that slot and “The Undertakers” was rescheduled on 1st December, 1965 on RAI 2
  3. Originally scheduled for 21/1/1966 at 22:15 on RAI 2 but pre-empted by live coverage of the Simmenthal - Racing Malines basketball match for the European Cup.

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