• title card: white all caps text with black dropshadow to the left reading ‘THE WINGED AVENGER’ superimposed on a thin white curtain blowing in the wind coming through the large broken window behind it
  • subtitle card: white all caps text with black dropshadow to the left reading ‘STEED GOES BIRD WATCHING
			EMMA DOES A COMIC STRIP..’ superimposed on a thin white curtain blowing in the wind coming through the large broken window behind it
  • Youtube video — Mrs. peel is painting a modernist picture, she turns to refresh he brush and when she returns, she finds that Steed has signed the corner ‘Mrs. PEEL’; he smiles at her and says, ‘We’re needed’
  • Mrs. Peel and Sir Lexius chat while resting on his replica third ledge of the Eiger — that is in his study!
  • Julian, in the Winged Avenger costume, looms over Gerda in an attacking stance as they pose for Packer
  • Professor Poole comes down from the ceiling wearing his magnetic boots
  • Emma and Packer fight while suspended from the ceiling
  • Shades of ‘Batman’ — Steed hits the Winged Avengers with a huge card reading ‘POW!’
  • Youtube video — Steed and Emma return to her flat where Steed first draws a picture of dinner, then serves the real thing with a superimposed starbust ‘PING!’

Series 5 — Episode 6
The Winged Avenger

by Richard Harris
Directed by Gordon Flemyng and Peter Duffell

Steed goes bird watching
Emma does a comic strip..

Production No E.66.6.6
Production completed: December 12 1966. First transmission: February 15 1967.

TV Times summary

In which Steed goes bird watching — and Emma does a comic strip …

Plot summary

Mrs. Peel is busy painting when she’s distracted by discovering Steed has just signed her masterpiece.
Ruthless businessmen are being killed by a comic-strip character come to life. Good on him, I say.
The illustrator, Arnie, has turned fiction into fact using special climbing boots invented by Professor Poole — with them, you can walk up the side of a house. A battle ensues on the ceiling before Steed uses Batman tactics to bring the Winged Avenger down to earth. POW! WHACK! BLAM!
Back at Mrs. Peel’s apartment Steed draws dinner, then serves it with a ping! of tureen lids.

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show plot summary

A cloaked figure scales the outside of the tower block after scratching out ‘Simon Roberts’ from the office sign. Inside, the ruthless publisher Simon Roberts (William Fox) is instructing his son, Peter Roberts (Donald Pickering), how to dismiss a senior staff member instead of making him a board member. Dawson (A.J. Brown) is summarily dismissed and Peter leaves his father to his work. The figure swoops down on him from the ceiling — a bird face and massive talons — and slashes Roberts senior to pieces.

Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) is busy painting when she’s distracted by discovering John Steed (Patrick Macnee) has just signed her masterpiece. She’s taken to the publishers’ office where they find no way up or down from the window, and Peter tells them the doors was locked. Examining a guide to British birds at his flat, Steed tells Emma this is the fourth identical killing of ruthless penthouse-living businessmen in the past month.
That night, Peter Roberts is composing letters — one to take immediate legal action against a debtor rather than offer three weeks’ grace, another to withhold publishing rights from Sir Lexius Cray, the author of one of their recent best sellers. He too falls victim to the mysterious figure, a comic-strip character come to life, who now scratches ‘Son’ out of the 'Simon Roberts & Son’ sign.
Next day, Steed and Emma visit the office and find the window smashed and the dictaphone still running. They play back the dictaphone tape. Emma visits Sir Lexius Cray (Nigel Green), posing as a journalist from a magazine run by the Roberts. She quizzes him about their deaths while his sherpa butler, Tay Ling (John Garrie), smiles as he reads about the recent deaths in the paper. She leaves, more suspicious than before due to Cray’s hatred of Roberts and Son, and Cray tells Tay Ling she’s inquisitive, but nothing they can’t handle — Emma sees him summon his hawk with a whistle. Later, Tay Ling rings someone, telling them he knows they’re behind the ‘recent exploits’ in the papers and how they did them, his employer having received a letter from Professor Poole, and arranges a meeting...

Steed plans to use the scientific approach — a shoe box model of the Roberts building — while Emma revisits Cray under cover of darkness, dressed for action in a catsuit. She hears the assassin in the garden but is too late to prevent Tay Ling’s death, and she and Cray initially accuse each other of the murder. Cray finds nothing missing but hid letters from Poole — a man who claims to have invented boots with which you can walk up the side of a house. Back at Steed’s flat, he’s come up with two solutions: the murderer inflates a small balloon and rises up the side of the building, he fires a rocket line across to the window, drop a small trampoline and bounces off it into the window — OR he bribes the doorman! Emma tells him about Poole’s boots and they visit the professor, who is try out a flying cape on his country house’s lawn. Professor Poole (Jack MacGowran) is a mad ornithologist who wishes to free man of his earthly shackles — by wing or by boot, but denies the boots’ existence.

The Avengers decide to examine the victims — all ruthless businessmen who care nothing for humanity — and spot the ideal next victim, Edward J. Dumayn, an industrialist whose automation drive has put thousands out of work. Dumayn (Hillary Wontner) is out hunting and berates his gamekeeper, Fothers (John Crocker) for flushing pigeons instead of game; he demands “something big this time” and seconds later is mauled by the birdman.
Emma sifts through items found at the scene and finds a comic book “The Winged Avenger”, the illustrations for which eerily echo recent events, including Dumayn’s death. Steed visits Winged Avenger Enterprises, entering to behold the birdman attacking a beautiful woman — it is the studio models, Julian (Roy Patrick) and Gerda (Ann Sydney). The artist, Arnie Packer (Neil Hallett), feels the model isn’t getting into the part - he demands a rewrite from the author, Stanton (Colin Jeavons) and they bicker about respective talents and Packer derides Stanton’s mental state. They stop when they spot Steed who asks for back issues for a nephew.

Emma visits Poole and finds the books in the study upside down, and the professor sitting at his desk - on the ceiling! He reveals the boots use magnetic fields, and has sold them exclusively to an unknown party representing Winged Avenger Enterprises. She visits the studio and finds Packer and Stanton fighting again, and Julian absentmindedly leaving while still in costume ("sometimes it feels part of me"). She mentions her magazine has been offered wall-walking boots and Packer laughs his head off while Stanton looks worried...

That night, Julian is killed at the studio by the Winged Avenger while trying on his costume again. Steed finds the body when he returns to the studio, and disarms Stanton, who has arrived after him. Stanton examines the storyboards and realises Arnie is writing his own material — including a character called Elma Peem. They hurry to Poole’s house, looking through the roughs which reflect the events at the manor. Emma takes the Professor’s boots after being chased into the study by the Winged Avenger and confronts Packer, clearly deranged and thinking himself an omnipotent righter of wrongs: judge, jury and executioner. They fight, upside-down, on the ceiling.
Steed and Stanton arrive and burst into the study, gaping up in amazement. Steed uses the storyboards — ‘POW!’ ‘SPLAT!’ ‘BAM!’ to knock Packer out the window to his death.

At Emma’s flat, Steed draws a picture of a three course meal while Emma opens some champagne, then produces the real thing to a ‘PING!’ of tureen lids — the benevolent avenger strikes again!


Production dates: 12/1966 Drinks
Transmission dates: Foreign title tea (with milk)
champagne (Moët et Chandon)
UK 18/02/1967
Sydney ---
Melbourne ---
USA 17/02/1967
Germany 10/06/93? (Der geflügelte Rächer)
France 28/09/1973 (Le vengeur volant)
Italy 10/05/1974 (il vendicatore alato)
Spain --- (el vengador alado)
The Netherlands ? (De gevleugelde wreker)

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