• An ornate dagger prtrudes from the target on the back of a man's white jacket
  • View of an outsized chessboard, skewed from the white queen's square. The dead man lies across the black diagonal across the king and queen square for the white side while Emma and Steed approach it along the bishop and queen white diagonals; the black king stands on his square, there is a white knight at WK6 and bishop at WQB7
  • Steed kneels to pick up a bottle of champagne, the close-up frams him from th wait down
  • Close-up of Steed's face, reading the label of the champagne
  • Close-up of Emma's legs, she pulls her gold revolver out of her right boot
  • Close-up of Emma's face, she smirks at Steed
  • Emma and Steed toast each other with the champagne
  • Our heroes depart, Emma tracing back up the WKB diagonal, Steed alognside on the black diagonal from hte kngiht's square, our view has shifted to from the WKB square

'Chess board' Intro

When The Avengers was bought by the ABC network in the United States in 1966, network executives were concerned that the audience might not take to the show if it didn't understand the characters, so they commissioned a short introductory sequence to fill in the perceived gap. The sequence was only ever broadcast in the USA, so when Canal+ remastered the episodes, it was omitted from the DVDs produced for the US market. A&E and Canal+ were surprised at the uproar this caused, so when the Emma Peel episodes were repackaged after the Ian Hendry episodes came to light, it was included as a feature on the disc.

I've transcribed the entire script.


GRAMS. Theme music

CU an ornate dagger sunk into the middle of a target [1]

PULL OUT to reveal it's in the middle of a waiter's back,
the target painted on his white blazer in black.

He falls to the ground dead

CUT TO wide shot of a chess board with a black king surrounded by a white knight and white bishop, two figures walk onto the board [2]

They both march diagonally towards the waiter.

"Extraordinary crimes against the people, and the state have to be avenged by agents extraordinary"

STEED bends down to take the champagne bottle from the waiter's hand. [3]

C/U STEED's hand, as he rises again

"Two such people are John Steed"


STEED examines the bottle, then looks intently at EMMA [4]

"Top professional"

CUT TO MID C/U of EMMA's boot

She slips her gold-plated revolver into it [5]

SLOW PAN up her long legs

CUE V/O as the pan reaches the waist

"And his partner, Emma Peel, talented amateur"

HOLD on EMMA's face, she smiles [6]

CUT TO C/U two flutes being filled with champagne

"Otherwise known as The Avengers"

ZOOM OUT from glasses to reveal STEED and EMMA

They toast each other and take a sip form the glasses [7]

They turn away from camera and walk off towards TOP STAGE RIGHT

CUT TO long shot of board, (new angle) FROM BOTTOM STAGE LEFT [8]



John Steed Patrick Macnee regular007
Emma Peel Diana Rigg regular007


Teleplay by Brian Clemens regularDangermanThe ChampionsThe ProfessionalsAdam Adamant
All characters and events in this Teleplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely co-incidental.
Produced by Juilan Wintle regular
In Charge of Production Albert Fennell regularThe Professionals
Music by Laurie Johnson regularThe ProfessionalsJason King
Associate Producer Brian Clemens regularDangermanThe ChampionsThe ProfessionalsAdam Adamant
Photography Lionel Banes regularThe Saint (billed as Lionel Banes B.S.C.)
Production Manager Geoffrey Haine regularThe Champions
© Associated British Productions Limited MCMLXVI
Diana Rigg's wardrobe designed by John Bates regular
and her shoes by Edward Rayne regular

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