Series 6, 1968–9
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|00||The Forget-Me-Knot 1||19/01/1968||25/09/1968 8.00pm||26/09/1968 7.00pm||12/01/1969 8.25pm||26/09/1968 7.00pm||6/10/1968 8.10pm||3/10/1968 7.00pm||25/09/1968 8.00pm||4/12/1968 8.00pm||2/01/1969 8.00pm||25/09/1968 8.00pm||26/09/1968 7.00pm||3/10/1968 7.00pm||26/09/1968 7.00pm||25/09/1968 8.00pm|
|01||Game||25/06/1968||2/10/1968 8.00pm||3/10/1968 7.00pm||19/01/1969 8.25pm||3/10/1968 7.00pm||13/10/1968 8.10pm||17/05/1969 8.25pm||2/10/1968 8.00pm||11/12/1968 8.00pm||9/01/1969 8.00pm||2/10/1968 8.00pm||3/10/1968 7.00pm||17/05/1969 8.25pm||3/10/1968 7.00pm||2/10/1968 8.00pm|
|02||Super Secret Cypher Snatch||14/06/1968||9/10/1968 8.00pm||10/10/1968 7.00pm||26/01/1969 8.25pm||10/10/1968 7.00pm||20/10/1968 8.10pm||10/10/1968 7.00pm||9/10/1968 8.00pm||18/12/1968 8.00pm||16/01/1969 8.00pm||9/10/1968 8.00pm||10/10/1968 7.00pm||10/10/1968 7.00pm||10/10/1968 7.00pm||9/10/1968 8.00pm|
|03||You’ll Catch Your Death||24/05/1968||16/10/1968 8.00pm||17/10/1968 7.00pm||2/02/1969 8.25pm||17/10/1968 7.00pm||27/10/1968 8.10pm||17/10/1968 7.00pm||16/10/1968 8.00pm||26/03/1969 8.00pm||23/01/1969 8.00pm||16/10/1968 8.00pm||24/10/1968 7.00pm||17/10/1968 7.00pm||17/10/1968 7.00pm||16/10/1968 8.00pm|
|04||Split!||1/02/1968||23/10/1968 8.00pm||24/10/1968 7.00pm||9/02/1969 8.25pm||24/10/1968 7.00pm||3/11/1968 8.10pm||24/10/1968 7.00pm||23/10/1968 8.00pm||1/01/1969 8.00pm||30/01/1969 8.00pm||23/10/1968 8.00pm||31/10/1968 7.00pm||24/10/1968 7.00pm||24/10/1968 7.00pm||23/10/1968 8.00pm|
|05||Whoever Shot Poor George oblique Stroke XR40?||17/04/1968||30/10/1968 8.00pm||31/10/1968 7.00pm||16/02/1969 8.25pm||31/10/1968 7.00pm||10/11/1968 8.10pm||31/10/1968 7.00pm||30/10/1968 8.00pm||8/01/1969 8.00pm||6/02/1969 8.00pm||30/10/1968 8.00pm||17/10/1968 7.00pm||31/10/1968 7.00pm||31/10/1968 7.00pm||1/11/1968 7.35pm|
|06||False Witness||11/07/1968||6/11/1968 8.00pm||7/11/1968 7.00pm||23/02/1969 8.25pm||7/11/1968 7.00pm||17/11/1968 8.10pm||7/11/1968 7.00pm||6/11/1968 8.00pm||15/01/1969 8.00pm||13/02/1969 8.00pm||6/11/1968 8.00pm||7/11/1968 7.00pm||7/11/1968 7.00pm||7/11/1968 7.00pm||8/11/1968 7.35pm|
|07||All Done with Mirrors||13/06/1968||13/11/1968 8.00pm||14/11/1968 7.00pm||2/03/1969 8.25pm||14/11/1968 7.00pm||11/05/1969 7.25pm||14/11/1968 7.00pm||13/11/1968 8.00pm||22/01/1969 8.00pm||20/02/1969 8.00pm||13/11/1968 8.00pm||14/11/1968 7.00pm||14/11/1968 7.00pm||14/11/1968 7.00pm||15/11/1968 7.35pm|
|08||Legacy of Death||9/08/1968||20/11/1968 8.00pm||21/11/1968 7.00pm||9/03/1969 8.25pm||21/11/1968 7.00pm||1/12/1968 8.10pm||21/11/1968 7.00pm||20/11/1968 8.00pm||29/01/1969 8.00pm||27/02/1969 8.00pm||20/11/1968 8.00pm||21/11/1968 7.00pm||21/11/1968 7.00pm||21/11/1968 7.00pm||22/11/1968 7.35pm|
|09||Noon Doomsday||30/07/1968||27/11/1968 8.00pm||28/11/1968 7.00pm||16/03/1969 8.25pm||28/11/1968 7.00pm||8/12/1968 8.10pm||28/11/1968 7.00pm||27/11/1968 8.00pm||5/02/1969 8.00pm||6/03/1969 8.00pm||27/11/1968 8.00pm||28/11/1968 7.00pm||28/11/1968 7.00pm||28/11/1968 7.00pm||29/11/1968 7.35pm|
|10||Look — (stop me if you’ve heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers...||19/03/1968||4/12/1968 8.00pm||5/12/1968 7.00pm||23/03/1969 8.25pm||5/12/1968 7.00pm||15/12/1968 8.10pm||5/12/1968 7.00pm||4/12/1968 8.00pm||12/02/1969 8.00pm||13/03/1969 8.00pm||4/12/1968 8.00pm||5/12/1968 7.00pm||5/12/1968 7.00pm||5/12/1968 7.00pm||6/12/1968 7.35pm|
|11||Have Guns — Will Haggle||29/02/1968||11/12/1968 8.00pm||12/12/1968 7.00pm||30/03/1969 8.25pm||12/12/1968 7.00pm||22/12/1968 8.10pm||12/12/1968 7.00pm||11/12/1968 8.00pm||19/02/1969 8.00pm||20/03/1969 8.00pm||11/12/1968 8.00pm||12/12/1968 7.00pm||12/12/1968 7.00pm||12/12/1968 7.00pm||13/12/1968 7.35pm|
|12||They Keep Killing Steed||29/08/1968||18/12/1968 8.00pm||19/12/1968 7.00pm||6/04/1969 8.25pm||19/12/1968 7.00pm||29/12/1968 8.10pm||19/12/1968 7.00pm||18/12/1968 8.00pm||26/02/1969 8.00pm||27/03/1969 8.00pm||18/12/1968 8.00pm||19/12/1968 7.00pm||19/12/1968 7.00pm||19/12/1968 7.00pm||20/12/1968 7.35pm|
|13||The Interrogators||22/10/1968||1/01/1969 8.00pm||2/01/1969 7.00pm||13/04/1969 8.25pm||2/01/1969 7.00pm||8/01/1969 8.00pm||2/01/1969 7.00pm||1/01/1969 8.00pm||5/03/1969 8.00pm||3/04/1969 8.00pm||1/01/1969 8.00pm||2/01/1969 7.00pm||2/01/1969 7.00pm||2/01/1969 7.00pm||3/01/1969 7.35pm|
|14||The Rotters||8/10/1968||8/01/1969 8.00pm||25/04/1969 8.00pm||20/04/1969 8.25pm||28/05/1969 8.00pm||15/01/1969 8.00pm||21/06/1969 8.25pm||26/02/1969 8.00pm||12/03/1969 8.00pm||10/04/1969 8.00pm||8/01/1969 8.00pm||16/05/1969 8.00pm||21/06/1969 8.25pm||11/05/1969 10.20pm||1/02/1969 8.30pm|
|15||Invasion of the Earthmen||21/11/1967||15/01/1969 8.00pm||17/01/1969 7.30pm||27/04/1969 8.25pm||4/06/1969 8.00pm||22/01/1969 8.00pm||17/01/1969 7.30pm||17/01/1969 7.30pm||19/03/1969 8.00pm||17/04/1969 8.00pm||15/01/1969 8.00pm||17/01/1969 7.30pm||17/01/1969 7.30pm||17/01/1969 7.30pm||17/01/1969 7.30pm|
|16||Killer||27/09/1968||22/01/1969 8.00pm||2/05/1969 8.00pm||4/05/1969 8.25pm||11/06/1969 8.00pm||29/01/1969 8.00pm||28/06/1969 8.25pm||24/01/1969 7.30pm||2/04/1969 8.00pm||24/04/1969 8.00pm||22/01/1969 8.00pm||2/05/1969 9.00pm||28/06/1969 8.25pm||2/05/1969 12.00am||25/01/1969 8.30pm|
|17||The Morning After||5/11/1968||29/01/1969 8.00pm||10/01/1969 7.30pm||11/05/1969 8.25pm||25/06/1969 8.00pm||5/02/1969 8.00pm||10/01/1969 7.30pm||10/01/1969 7.30pm||23/04/1969 8.00pm||1/05/1969 8.00pm||29/01/1969 8.00pm||10/01/1969 7.30pm||10/01/1969 7.30pm||10/01/1969 7.30pm||10/01/1969 7.30pm|
|18||The Curious Case of the Countless Clues||19/01/1968||5/02/1969 8.00pm||31/01/1969 7.30pm||18/05/1969 8.25pm||2/07/1969 8.00pm||12/02/1969 8.00pm||31/01/1969 7.30pm||31/01/1969 7.30pm||30/04/1969 8.00pm||-||5/02/1969 8.00pm||31/01/1969 7.30pm||31/01/1969 7.30pm||31/01/1969 7.30pm||8/02/1969 8.30pm|
|19||Wish You Were Here||12/09/1968||12/02/1969 8.00pm||7/02/1969 7.30pm||25/05/1969 8.25pm||9/07/1969 8.00pm||19/02/1969 8.00pm||7/02/1969 7.30pm||7/02/1969 7.30pm||2/07/1969 8.00pm||-||12/02/1969 8.00pm||7/02/1969 7.30pm||7/02/1969 7.30pm||7/02/1969 7.30pm||15/02/1969 8.30pm|
|20||Stay Tuned||13/12/1968||26/02/1969 8.00pm||21/02/1969 7.30pm||8/06/1969 8.25pm||23/07/1969 8.00pm||5/03/1969 8.00pm||21/02/1969 7.30pm||21/02/1969 7.30pm||21/05/1969 8.00pm||-||26/02/1969 8.00pm||21/02/1969 7.30pm||21/02/1969 7.30pm||21/02/1969 7.30pm||1/03/1969 8.00pm|
|21||Take Me to Your Leader||29/11/1968||5/03/1969 8.00pm||28/02/1969 7.30pm||15/06/1969 8.25pm||30/07/1969 8.00pm||12/03/1969 8.00pm||28/02/1969 7.30pm||5/03/1969 8.00pm||28/05/1969 8.00pm||-||5/03/1969 8.00pm||28/02/1969 7.30pm||28/02/1969 7.30pm||28/02/1969 7.30pm||8/03/1969 8.00pm|
|22||Fog||31/12/1968||12/03/1969 8.00pm||7/03/1969 8.00pm||23/06/1969 8.25pm||6/08/1969 8.00pm||19/03/1969 8.00pm||24/05/1969 8.25pm||12/03/1969 8.00pm||4/06/1969 8.00pm||-||12/03/1969 8.00pm||7/03/1969 8.00pm||24/05/1969 8.25pm||7/03/1969 8.00pm||15/03/1969 8.00pm|
|23||Homicide and Old Lace||21/01/1969||26/03/1969 8.00pm||21/03/1969 8.00pm||6/07/1969 8.25pm||20/08/1969 8.00pm||2/04/1969 8.00pm||7/06/1969 8.25pm||26/03/1969 8.00pm||18/06/1969 8.00pm||-||26/03/1969 8.00pm||21/03/1969 8.00pm||7/06/1969 8.25pm||21/03/1969 8.00pm||29/03/1969 8.00pm|
|24||Love All||18/11/1968||19/02/1969 8.00pm||14/02/1969 7.30pm||13/07/1969 8.25pm||16/07/1969 8.00pm||26/02/1969 8.00pm||14/02/1969 7.30pm||14/02/1969 7.30pm||14/05/1969 8.00pm||-||19/02/1969 8.00pm||14/02/1969 7.30pm||14/02/1969 7.30pm||14/02/1969 7.30pm||22/02/1969 8.30pm|
|25||Get-A-Way!||15/02/1968||14/05/1969 8.00pm||7/03/1969 12.00am||27/07/1969 8.25pm||18/06/1969 8.00pm||5/01/1969 8.10pm||24/01/1969 7.30pm||14/05/1969 8.00pm||16/04/1969 8.00pm||-||28/12/1968 7.05pm||24/01/1969 7.30pm||24/01/1969 7.30pm||24/01/1969 7.30pm||27/12/1968 12.00am|
|26||Thingumajig||21/01/1969||2/04/1969 8.00pm||28/03/1969 8.00pm||3/08/1969 8.25pm||27/08/1969 8.00pm||13/04/1969 7.25pm||14/06/1969 8.25pm||2/04/1969 8.00pm||25/06/1969 8.00pm||-||2/04/1969 8.00pm||28/03/1969 8.00pm||14/06/1969 8.25pm||28/03/1969 8.00pm||5/04/1969 8.00pm|
|27||Pandora||17/01/1969||30/04/1969 8.00pm||4/04/1969 8.00pm||10/08/1969 8.25pm||3/09/1969 8.00pm||20/04/1969 7.25pm||5/07/1969 8.25pm||30/04/1969 8.00pm||9/07/1969 8.00pm||-||30/04/1969 8.00pm||4/04/1969 8.00pm||5/07/1969 8.25pm||4/04/1969 8.00pm||3/05/1969 8.00pm|
|28||Requiem||13/02/1969||16/04/1969 8.00pm||11/04/1969 8.00pm||17/08/1969 8.25pm||10/09/1969 8.00pm||27/04/1969 7.25pm||6/08/1969 8.00pm||16/04/1969 8.00pm||16/07/1969 8.00pm||-||16/04/1969 8.00pm||11/04/1969 8.00pm||6/08/1969 8.00pm||11/04/1969 8.00pm||19/04/1969 8.00pm|
|29||Take-over||21/02/1969||23/04/1969 8.00pm||18/04/1969 8.00pm||24/08/1969 8.25pm||17/09/1969 8.00pm||4/05/1969 7.25pm||13/08/1969 8.00pm||23/04/1969 12.00am||23/07/1969 8.00pm||-||23/04/1969 8.00pm||18/04/1969 8.00pm||13/08/1969 8.00pm||18/04/1969 8.00pm||26/04/1969 8.00pm|
|30||Who Was That Man I Saw You With?||10/01/1969||19/03/1969 8.00pm||14/03/1969 8.00pm||31/08/1969 8.25pm||13/08/1969 8.00pm||26/03/1969 12.00am||31/05/1969 8.25pm||19/03/1969 8.00pm||11/06/1969 8.00pm||-||19/03/1969 8.00pm||14/03/1969 8.00pm||31/05/1969 8.25pm||14/03/1969 8.00pm||10/05/1969 8.00pm|
|31||My Wildest Dream||1/04/1968||7/04/1969 10.30pm||27/12/1969 11.40pm||7/09/1969 10.00pm||16/11/1969 12.00am||4/04/1969 10.30pm||30/07/1969 9.00pm||10/04/1969 11.00pm||30/07/1969 9.00pm||-||29/06/1969 10.30pm||9/05/1969 11.05pm||30/07/1969 9.00pm||4/05/1969 10.20pm||31/05/1969 11.40pm|
|32||Bizarre||3/03/1969||21/05/1969 8.00pm||18/07/1971 11.30pm||14/09/1969 8.25pm||24/09/1969 8.00pm||18/05/1969 7.25pm||20/08/1969 8.00pm||21/05/1969 8.00pm||6/08/1969 8.00pm||-||-||23/05/1969 8.00pm||20/08/1969 8.00pm||2/06/1969 10.30pm||17/05/1969 8.00pm|
- The Forget-Me-Knot was produced and originally broadcast as part of this series but since the mid Seventies has often been associated with Series 5 in re-run transmissions and home video releases on VHS and DVD. Some countries, such as Malaysia, did a combined series of the last episodes of series with the initial production block of series 6. Only the most recent DVD and Blu-ray releases have offered it as part of Series 6. Additionally, three of Dave Rogers’ reference books and most website lists put the episode in Series 5 — as did I myself when I first made this website back in 1993! As it’s a cross-over episode with mixed associations, I list it in both Series 5 and 6. ⭮
- Legend and cast lists
- The 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. “Esther Jones” instead of “Esther”); 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 above in the order of first transmission by Granada, as used by Dave Rogers in his books. Other ITV regions followed more or less the same order, with a couple of episodes here and there in a different place. The early A&E DVDs were released in this order, whereas the current StudioCanal sets are almost in the the order of first broadcast by the ABC network in the USA.
Many of the scripts and promotional photos for the episodes are available as extras on recent DVD sets.
Production dates are from other sources but recent research by Mike Richardson has caused many of them to be revised. The production dates used here are from The Avengers Declassified. Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots (Mike Richardson, Telos Publishing 2014, First paperback edition) contains numerous variations to those dates.
- All ITV regions that were showing The Avengers at the time took a week’s break if the episode was going to fall between Christmas Eve and December 27 in 1968.
- Three episodes were regularly pre-empted or moved to later timeslots by nervous programme controllers. The worst of these was My Wildest Dream which was deemed especially violent and mostly shown in timeslots after 10pm. The Rotters was widely replaced with The Morning After and shown later in the schedule, and Killer seems to have been replaced with Get-A-Way! in several regions.
- Border Television:
- If Border had followed other regions, they would have screened All Done with Mirrors on November 24 1968, but they replaced it with a screening of Duel in the Sun instead. The showed the episode at the end of the run, squeezed in before the finale.
- Border’s late December episodes were screened on December 22 and December 29 as they didn’t fall within the “Three Days of Christmas” scheduling that ITV had planned.
- Channel Television:
- Granada Television:
- Granada got off to a late start, originally scheduling The Forget-Me-Knot for December 27 1968, but then delayed it for another two weeks, showing Man in a Suitcase instead.
- Grampian Television:
- Grampian scheduled The Rotters for January 10 1969 but it was replaced with The Morning After, it was broadcast on February 26 instead.
- The Grampian schedule also lists Killer for both January 24 1969 and April 16 1969; it’s possible it was replaced with a repeat or different show in the earlier slot, or more likely that the repetition is a mistake and Requiem was shown on April 16. Requiem is the only episode not accounted for in the first run on Grampian but wasn’t completed until February. It is of course also possible that Requiem was left out of the Grampian run altogether, as it’s logical spot in the schedule would have been May 7 1969 on Grampian but all ITV regions screened a comedy special that night at 8pm — Frankie Howerd From the Poco a Poco Club, Stockport: Cancel all previous engagements. If they had been in line with other regions that pre-empted Killer, it would have been replaced by Get-A-Way! but that’s in their schedule for May 14 1969 (and maybe that is the repetition error and where Requiem finally screened.
- Other researchers have suggested that The Interrogators was shown on Grampian on January 2 1969 but newspaper listings clearly show it being broadcast on January 1.
- Harlech Television:
- Harlech scheduled The Rotters for January 10 1969 but it was replaced with The Morning After. It was rescheduled for April 25 but again seems to have been replaced as it was finally broadcast on May 11 instead.
- Killer was scheduled for January 24 1969 but pre-empted by Get-A-Way!. It was rescheduled near the end of the first run, on May 2 1969.
- Bizarre was scheduled, and listed in all newspapers, for 9pm on May 30 1969 but ended up being broadcast on the following Monday, June 2nd, at 10.30pm. There was apparently an on screen announcement on May 30th informing viewers of the late change.
- Ulster Television:
- UTV scheduled The Rotters for January 10 1969 but it was replaced with The Morning After. It was rescheduled for April 25 but again seems to have been replaced as it was finally broadcast on May 16 instead.
- Killer was scheduled for January 24 1969 but pre-empted, most probably by Get-A-Way!. It was rescheduled near the end of the first run, on May 2 1969, same as Harlech.
- Westward Television:
- Westward scheduled The Rotters for January 10 1969 but it was replaced with The Morning After. It was rescheduled for June 21 1969 as Westward took a three month break in broadcasting of The Avengers at the end of February.
- Killer was scheduled for January 24 1969 but pre-empted, most probably by Get-A-Way!. It was rescheduled for June 28 instead.
- Yorkshire Television:
- Yorkshire scheduled The Rotters for January 10 1969 but it was replaced with The Morning After, it was rescheduled for 1st February 1969.
- Who Was That Man I Saw You With? was originally scheduled for March 22 1969 but on Wednesday 19th March 1969 the YTV transmission mast at Emley Moor collapsed due to snow and ice build up. This cut broadcasts to the North and West of Yorkshire and Derbyshire. A temporary mast was fitted and Homicide and Old Lace was shown to a limited area, probably much to their chagrin (reception would have been poor is some areas — but reception of that episode has always been poor!) Who Was That Man I Saw You With? was eventually rescheduled for May 10 1969.
- International broadcasts
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# Episode ABN2 ABV2 USA Canada Malaysia Singapore 00 The Forget-Me-Knot 15/11/1968 8.00pm 5/11/1968 8.40pm 20/03/1968 7.30pm 12/03/1968 10.00pm 1 7/11/2970 8.12pm 1/12/1968 8.05pm 2 01 Game 10/01/1969 8.00pm 31/12/1968 8.30pm 23/09/1968 7.30pm 3/12/1968 10.00pm 26/12/1970 8.11pm 16/03/1969 8.05pm 02 Super Secret Cypher Snatch 28/02/1969 8.00pm 18/02/1969 8.25pm 30/09/1968 7.30pm 24/09/1968 10.00pm 3 23/01/1971 8.10pm 23/02/1969 8.05pm 03 You’ll Catch Your Death 3/01/1969 8.00pm 7/01/1969 8.30pm 7/10/1968 7.30pm 1/10/1968 10.00pm 6/02/1971 8.12pm 22/12/1968 8.05pm 04 Split! 13/12/1968 8.00pm 3/12/1968 8.30pm 10/04/1968 7.30pm 2/04/1968 10.00pm 12/12/1970 8.13pm 5/01/1969 8.05pm 05 Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40? 21/02/1969 8.00pm 14/01/1969 8.30pm 9/12/1968 7.30pm 26/11/1968 10.00pm 9/01/1971 8.10pm 9/02/1969 8.05pm 06 False Witness 17/01/1969 8.00pm 21/01/1969 8.30pm 25/11/1968 7.30pm 8/10/1968 10.00pm 13/02/1971 8.13pm 4/05/1969 8.05pm 07 All Done with Mirrors 27/12/1968 8.00pm 24/12/1968 8.47pm 2/12/1968 7.30pm 19/11/1968 10.00pm 16/01/1971 8.10pm 16/02/1969 8.05pm 08 Legacy of Death 7/03/1969 8.00pm 4/02/1969 8.30pm 4/11/1968 7.30pm 29/10/1968 10.00pm 20/02/1971 8.16pm 11/05/1969 8.05pm 09 Noon Doomsday 24/01/1969 8.00pm 28/01/1969 8.30pm 28/10/1968 7.30pm 22/10/1968 10.00pm 30/01/1971 8.12pm 20/04/1969 8.05pm 10 Look — (stop me if you’ve heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers... 22/11/1968 8.00pm 12/11/1968 8.30pm 8/05/1968 7.30pm 30/04/1968 10.00pm 4 5/12/1970 8.13pm 26/01/1969 8.05pm 11 Have Guns — Will Haggle 29/11/1968 8.00pm 19/11/1968 8.30pm 1/05/1968 7.30pm 23/04/1968 10.00pm 21/11/1970 8.12pm 19/01/1969 8.05pm 12 They Keep Killing Steed 7/02/1969 8.00pm 11/02/1969 8.30pm 11/11/1968 7.30pm 5/11/1968 10.00pm 27/02/1971 8.12pm 15/12/1968 8.05pm 13 The Interrogators 28/03/1969 8.00pm 25/03/1969 8.30pm 20/01/1969 7.30pm 14/01/1969 10.00pm 10/04/1971 10.03pm 30/03/1969 8.05pm 14 The Rotters 21/03/1969 8.00pm 11/03/1969 8.30pm 16/12/1968 7.30pm 10/12/1968 10.00pm 20/03/1971 8.12pm 23/03/1969 8.05pm 15 Invasion of the Earthmen 6/12/1968 8.00pm 26/11/1968 8.30pm 27/03/1968 7.30pm 19/03/1968 10.00pm 2/01/1971 8.11pm 8/12/1968 8.05pm 16 Killer 14/03/1969 8.00pm 25/02/1969 8.30pm 5 30/12/1968 7.30pm 24/12/1968 10.00pm 13/03/1971 8.11pm 2/03/1969 8.05pm 17 The Morning After 25/04/1969 8.00pm 15/04/1969 8.30pm 27/01/1969 7.30pm 21/01/1969 10.00pm 3/04/1971 8.12pm 6/04/1969 8.05pm 18 The Curious Case of the Countless Clues 20/12/1968 8.00pm 10/12/1968 8.30pm 3/04/1968 7.30pm 26/03/1968 10.00pm 14/11/1970 8.13pm 29/12/1968 8.05pm 19 Wish You Were Here 14/02/1969 8.00pm 4/03/1969 8.30pm 18/11/1968 7.30pm 12/11/1968 10.00pm 6/03/1971 8.11pm 9/03/1969 8.05pm 20 Stay Tuned 16/05/1969 8.00pm 9/02/1970 9.00pm 24/02/1969 7.30pm 18/02/1969 10.00pm 24/04/1971 10.01pm 6 1/06/1969 8.05pm 21 Take Me to Your Leader 11/04/1969 8.00pm 1/04/1969 8.30pm 10/02/1969 7.30pm 11/02/1969 10.00pm 17/04/1971 10.01pm 27/04/1969 8.05pm 22 Fog 23/05/1969 8.00pm 29/04/1969 8.30pm 17/02/1969 7.30pm 4/02/1969 10.00pm 8/05/1971 10.00pm 18/05/1969 8.05pm 23 Homicide and Old Lace 13/06/1969 8.00pm 16/02/1970 9.00pm 17/03/1969 7.30pm 11/03/1969 10.00pm 1/05/1971 10.00pm 22/06/1969 8.05pm 24 Love All 4/04/1969 7.40pm 18/03/1969 8.30pm 3/02/1969 7.30pm 1/04/1969 10.00pm 27/03/1971 8.13pm 13/04/1969 8.05pm 25 Get-A-Way! 2/05/1969 8.00pm 22/04/1969 8.30pm 5 24/04/1968 7.30pm 16/04/1968 10.00pm 28/11/1970 8.13pm 12/01/1969 8.05pm 26 Thingumajig 30/05/1969 8.00pm 23/02/1970 9.00pm 24/03/1969 7.30pm 18/03/1969 10.00pm 5/06/1971 9.59pm 15/06/1969 8.05pm 27 Pandora 9/05/1969 8.00pm 6/05/1969 8.30pm 10/03/1969 7.30pm 4/03/1969 10.00pm 15/05/1971 9.59pm 25/05/1969 8.05pm 28 Requiem 6/06/1969 8.00pm 2/03/1970 9.00pm 31/03/1969 7.30pm 25/03/1969 10.00pm 12/06/1971 9.58pm 29/06/1969 8.05pm 29 Take-over 20/06/1969 8.00pm 9/03/1970 9.00pm 14/04/1969 7.30pm 8/04/1969 10.00pm 29/05/1971 9.59pm 6/07/1969 8.05pm 30 Who Was That Man I Saw You With? 18/04/1969 8.00pm 8/04/1969 8.30pm 3/03/1969 7.30pm 25/02/1969 10.00pm 22/05/1971 9.54pm 8/06/1969 8.05pm 31 My Wildest Dream 31/01/1969 8.00pm 17/12/1968 8.30pm 6/01/1969 7.30pm 31/12/1968 10.00pm 7 19/12/1970 8.13pm 2/02/1969 8.05pm 32 Bizarre 27/06/1969 8.00pm 16/03/1970 9.00pm 21/04/1969 7.30pm 15/04/1969 10.00pm 19/06/1971 10.00pm 13/07/1969 8.05pm
- After a four week break, The Avengers returned to screens in Manitoba with The Forget-Me-Knot, followed by six more episodes from series 6. ⭮
- Singapore had The Forget-Me-Knot as the first episode of series 6 with no combined run of series 5 & 6 as done in some other countries. ⭮
- Super Secret Cypher Snatch was the first episode of Canada’s second block of series 6 episodes. ⭮
- Look — (stop me if you’ve heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers... was the last episode shown in Canada’s initial block of series 6 episodes. ⭮
- Get-A-Way! was originally scheduled for February 25 1969 in Melbourne, Australia, but replaced by Killer. The Age at the time printed their full-week television listings on Thursdays and these episodes were shown the following Tuesday, so it had been rescheduled before Monday afternoon for ABC Publicity to inform the press before the type was set for the next day’s newspapers. Get-A-Way! would eventually screen in that city on April 22 1969. ⭮
- Different listings give different times for Stay Tuned in Malaysia - 9.50pm, 9.53pm, 9.59pm and 10.01pm). ⭮
- My Wildest Dream also appears in listings for October 15 1968 but must have been pre-empted as it reappears on December 31st. ⭮
Data for overseas broadcasts above has known omissions as episodes were frequently not identified by title in newspaper listings, please see the series transmission and production dates spreadsheet and the sections below for more information.
- The Avengers Down-under
The government-owned Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) continued to show The Avengers in Australia, not giving up the repeat rights until the 1980s.
The Sydney Morning Herald was prone to spelling errors, regularly listing Linda Thorson as “Thorsen” and getting episode titles wrong, such as All Done with Mirrors rather hilariously misnamed as “All Alone with Mirrors”.
In Melbourne Get-A-Way! was scheduled for February 25 1969 but was replaced with Killer (incorrectly listed in The Age as “Killers”). The Age at the time printed their full-week television listings on Thursdays and these episodes were shown the following Tuesday, so it had been rescheduled before Monday afternoon for ABC Publicity to inform the press before the type was set for the next day’s newspapers. Get-A-Way! would eventually screen in that city on April 22 1969.
Melbourne abruptly stopped showing this series when there were only five episodes left to go, replacing it on May 15 1969 with the American import, The Ed Sullivan Show which had been doing well in Sydney in a 10.15pm timeslot. The last five episodes would eventually screen in February — March 1970, following the “Steed’s Choice” series of repeats. These were in a later timeslot, after The Governor and J.J. and Would You Believe?
On November 9 1969, the Sun Herald announced that the ABC would be re-running seven Diana Rigg episodes under the title of Steed’s Choice “chosen by Patrick Macnee himself”. These would then be followed by nine Linda Thorson episodes, much as Melbourne did (see above). However, after showing five of the Linda Thorson episodes (see below), they abruptly replaced The Avengers with the dire American sitcom, The Governor and J.J., which lasted 18 episodes before being cut itself and rescheduled over a year later in a 6.30pm slot before being shunted into an afternoon and daytime filler slot. The four episodes that had not been shown from the re-run series were shown two months later in a 10.20pm timeslot, from 25 March to April 15 1970.
The episodes repeated in Sydney as “Steed’s Choice” in 1969–1970 were:
- The Correct Way to Kill, November 17 1969, 8pm
- Never, Never Say Die, November 24 1969, 8pm
- Epic, December 1 1969, 8pm
- The Superlative Seven, December 8 1969, 8pm
- Death’s Door, December 15 1969, 8pm
- The £50,000 Breakfast, December 22 1969, 8pm
- You Have Just Been Murdered, December 29 1969, 8pm
- The Forget-Me-Knot, January 5 1970, 7.30pm
- Look — (stop me if you’ve heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers..., January 12 1970, 7.30pm
- Split!, January 19 1970, 7.30pm
- Whoever Shot Poor George oblique Stroke XR40?, January 26 1970, 7.30pm
- Wish You Were Here, February 2 1970, 7.30pm
- Who Was That Man I Saw You With?, March 25 1970, 10.20pm
- Love All, April 1 1970, 10.20pm
- Fog, April 8 1970, 10.20pm
- Bizarre, April 15 1970, 10.20pm
No episodes from series 6, other than The Forget-Me-Knot which became part of series 5, were ever repeated in Australia again.
- The Avengers in North America
I do not currently have any information about Canadian broadcasts of this series.
- United States
ABC-TV continued to show The Avengers in the USA.
The Morning After was scheduled for January 27 1969, the last in the original run, but some sources state that it was pre-empted by the Annual Bing Crosby Golf Tournament. I can find no evidence that the tournament, which suffered from bad weather that year, was broadcast by ABC at all, and all newspapers I’ve checked for New York, Chicago and Los Angeles list the episode in both the weekly and daily television listings.
- The Avengers in Asia
- Hong Kong
Rediffusion Television Hong Kong broadcast series 6 as the conclusion to a long combined run of series 4, 5 and 6 shown from 1968 to 1970. It’s unclear how many episodes were shown as the South China Post doesn’t list episode titles for any of series 6 — for this reason I do not list Hong Kong dates above.
If all of series 5 was shown, I can account for 29 episodes, starting on June 29 1969 (probably The Forget-Me-Knot) and ending on January 28 1970 with a couple of breaks in the schedule.
It was not very well received by the critics, the newspaper complaining about the “boring Avengers” on September 6, 1969. Two weeks later, it was replaced by The Strange Report and moved from the prime time Sunday night 7.30pm timeslot to Wednesdays at 6.30pm.
One episode, probably My Wildest Dream was shown at 9.20pm on Monday, January 26 1970 just before the final episode (probably Bizarre) on Wednesday January 28 1970.
TV Malaysia Programme Two ran episodes from series 2, then probably the whole of series 5 before immediately following on with series 6, starting with The Forget-Me-Knot on November 7 1970. The run went for 33 weeks uninterrupted, although the show lost it's prime time slot on April 10 1971 and was moved back to the 10pm timeslot. The series finished on June 19 1971 with Bizarre at 10pm.
TV Singapura showed the whole of series 6 on Channel 5 in the prime time Sunday night 8.05pm timeslot. It was a long 33 week run with no breaks, starting on December 1 1968 with The Forget-Me-Knot and finishing on July 13 1969 with Bizarre.
- The Avengers in Europe
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# Episode France Switzerland French title Germany German title Netherlands Dutch title Italy Italian title Spain Spanish title 00 The Forget-Me-Knot 20/10/1968 8:00pm 15/04/1969 8:20pm Ne m’oubliez pas 11/08/1970 9:00pm Auf Wiedersehen, Emma 18/11/1969 9:10pm Afscheid van Emma Peel 26/07/1974 9:00pm il non ti scordar di me 1 6/10/1969 11:00pm Amnesia 01 Game 18/10/1969 9:55pm 10/06/1969 8:25pm 2 Jeux 17/11/1970 9:00pm Puzzlespiel 17/02/1970 9:50pm Spelletjes 7/12/80 C51 Puzzle 16/02/1970 11:10pm Juego 02 Super Secret Cypher Snatch 25/10/1969 9:55pm 15/07/1969 8:45pm Le document disparu 8/09/1970 9:00pm Das Glaspflege-Institut 20/01/1970 10:00pm De Glazenwassers 23/12/80 C51 Scacco matto all’Ufficio Cifra 23/03/1970 11:00pm El robo de las claves secretas 03 You’ll Catch Your Death 22/11/1969 10:35pm 29/07/1969 8:25pm À vos souhaites! Tod per Post 31/03/1970 9:10pm Post voor U 23/12/81 C5 Lettere mortali 9/02/1970 11:10pm Muerte por correo 04 Split! 18/4/88 A2 26/08/1969 8:25pm Double personnalité Geist sucht Körper 7/04/1970 9:10pm Gespleten persoonlijkheid 11/12/80 C51 Doppio gioco? 13/10/1969 11:00pm Doble personalidad 05 Whoever Shot Poor George oblique Stroke XR40? 8/11/1969 9:55pm 8/07/1969 8:40pm Georges et Fred 22/09/1970 9:00pm Operation George 3/02/1970 10:00pm Wie vermoordde George? 20/1/82 C5 Chi ha ucciso il povero vecchio George? 3/11/1969 11:00pm El caso de George XR 40 06 False Witness 6/12/1969 10:05pm 22/07/1969 8:20pm Faux témoins Die Milch machts 9/10/1970 9:35pm De verrader 14/1/81 C51 Falsa testimonianza 16/03/1970 11:10pm Falso testigo 07 All Done with Mirrors 4/10/1969 9:55pm 2/09/1969 8:20pm Miroirs 25/08/1970 9:00pm Spieglein, Spieglein in der Hand 27/01/1970 9:50pm Spiegeltje, spiegeltje ann de wand… 21/12/80 C51 Specchi 2/02/1970 11:10pm Efectos de los espeios 08 Legacy of Death 24/5/80 TF1 12/08/1969 8:20pm Le legs Der Dolch der tausend Tode 3/03/1970 9:10pm De zeltzame dolk 28/11/80 C51 Testamento di morte 30/03/1970 11:10pm Herencia de muerte 09 Noon Doomsday 13/12/1969 10:05pm 9/09/1969 8:20pm Je vous tuerai à midi 1/12/1970 9:00pm Wenn es zwölf Uhr schlägt 24/02/1970 9:00pm De wraak van Kafka 6/1/82 C5 Appuntamento a mezzogiorno 8/12/1969 11:00pm Mediodía mortal 10 Look — (stop me if you’ve heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers... 27/12/1969 10:20pm Clowneries Vor Clowns wird gewarnt 28/04/1970 9:10pm Clowns en moordenaars 1982 C5 La sai quella dei due amici che... 1/06/1970 11:00pm Pero había una vez dos tipos… 11 Have Guns — Will Haggle 29/11/1969 10:05pm Un dangereux marché Biete Putsch — suche Waffen 24/03/1970 9:10pm Wappenroof 10/12/80 C51 Traffico d’armi 10/11/1969 11:00pm Revólver a la orden... ¿Quién da más? 12 They Keep Killing Steed 11/10/1969 9:55pm 17/06/1969 8:35pm 2 Mais qui est Steed? Wer ist John Steed ? 12/02/1971 9:36pm Steed in meervoud/Zevenmaal Steed 9/12/80 C51 Vogliono uccidere Steed! 15/12/1969 11:35pm Continúan matando a Steed 13 The Interrogators 23/1/82 TF1 Interrogatoires Mannerings Fragestunde 12/03/1971 9:36pm De ondervraagden 28/1/81 C51 Gli inquisitori Los Interrogadores 14 The Rotters 21/11/1970 8:35pm 1/07/1974 9:00pm Du bois vermoulu Durch und durch verrottet 23/10/1970 9:30pm De rotjongens 22/12/80 C51 Il mondo marcirà 11/05/1970 11:05pm Los corruptores 15 Invasion of the Earthmen 26/10/1973 8:35pm 29/04/1969 8:20pm L’invasion des Terriens Invasion der Erdenmenschen 21/05/1971 8:21pm De Alpha academie ??? Mimetizzazione 6/04/1970 11:10pm Invasión de los terricolas 16 Killer 12/10/1973 8:35pm 29/07/1974 8:55pm Meutre au programme REMAK 6/11/1970 9:35pm De computermoord 4/1/82 C5 Killer 20/04/1970 11:05pm Asesino 17 The Morning After 9/1/82 TF1 22/07/1974 8:50pm Le Matin d’après Sag mir, wo die Menschen sind 18/12/1970 9:35pm De volgende morgen 30/12/81 C5 Il giorno dopo El Día Después 18 The Curious Case of the Countless Clues 20/12/1969 10:05pm 20/05/1969 8:20pm 3 Trop d’indices 20/10/1970 9:00pm Die Indizienmörder 10/02/1970 8:20pm De zaak met de vele aanwijzingen 17/12/80 C51 Matasse 13/04/1970 11:10pm El curioso caso de las innumerables pistas 19 Wish You Were Here 1/11/1969 9:55pm 5/08/1969 8:20pm Étrange hôtel Willkommen im Shakespear’s Inn 14/04/1970 9:10pm Hotel met alle comfort 6/12/80 C51 Elizabethan Hotel 12/1/1970 10:35pm 4 Quisiera que estuvieras aqui 20 Stay Tuned 14/11/1970 8:35pm Le visage Urlaub auf Raten 7/05/1971 9:36pm Steed op vakantie 16/12/80 C51 Amnesia 2/03/1970 11:10pm No pierdan la onda 21 Take Me to Your Leader 28/11/1970 8:35pm L’homme au sommet Koffer, Koffer, du mußt wandern 25/03/1971 9:36pm Het koffer-mysterie 18/12/80 C51 Portami dal tuo capo 27/04/1970 11:10pm Condúzcame con cuidado 22 Fog 17/10/1970 8:35pm Fog 5 6/10/1970 9:00pm Club des Gaslichtmörders 29/01/1971 9:36pm Mist 7/1/81 C51 Nebbia 23/02/1970 11:10pm Niebla 23 Homicide and Old Lace 12/12/1970 8:30pm Homicide et vieilles dentelles 15/12/1970 9:00pm Mutters Erzählungen 2/07/1971 8:21pm Moord en oude kant 13/1/82 C5 Omicidio e vecchi merletti 29/12/1969 11:05pm Homicidio y encaje 24 Love All 7/6/80 TF1 Amour, quand tu nous tiens… 3/11/1970 9:00pm Herz ist Trumph 18/06/1971 8:21pm Liefde op het eerste gezicht 21/1/81 C51 Amore a prima vista 4/05/1970 11:05pm Amor para todos 25 Get-A-Way! 15/11/1969 10:00pm 20/05/1969 8:20pm 3 Les évadés du monastère Der Chamäleon-Faktor 17/03/1970 9:10pm Een glassje wodka 1982 C5 Evasione impossibile 17/11/1969 11:00pm Desaparición 26 Thingumajig 19/10/1973 8:35pm 8/07/1974 8:45pm Haute tension Vorsicht! Hochspannung! 9/04/1971 9:10pm Het geheimzinnige ding 24/12/80 C51 Roba da maghi 22/12/1969 11:05pm Mágica asesina 27 Pandora 5/12/1970 8:35pm 5/08/1974 9:15pm Pandora 6 Pandora 26/02/1971 9:36pm Pandora 1/2/82 C5 Pandora 5/01/1970 10:35pm Pandora 28 Requiem 24/10/1970 8:35pm Requiem Requiem 20/11/1970 9:05pm Requiem 5/12/80 C51 Requiem 26/01/1970 11:10pm Réquiem 29 Take-over 10/10/1970 8:35pm Noël en Février Stille Tage auf dem Land 4/06/1971 9:36pm De kleine operatie 1982 C5 Il complotto 18/05/1970 11:10pm Los intrusos 30 Who Was That Man I Saw You With? 31/10/1970 8:35pm Affectueusement vôtre Die Dame im Zentrum 23/04/1971 9:36pm Tara onder verdenking 18/1/82 C5 Chi era quell’uomo? 9/03/1970 11:10pm ¿Quién era el hombre que la acompafiaba? 31 My Wildest Dream 21/4/88 A2 19/08/1969 8:35pm Mon rêve le plus fou Therapie des Todes 21/04/1970 9:10pm Dromen zijn geen bedrog 25/12/80 C51 Ho sognato di uccidere 27/10/1969 11:00pm Sueño de muertes 32 Bizarre 19/12/1970 8:35pm 15/07/1974 8:55pm Bizarre Nächster Aufenthalt: Paradies 4/12/1970 12:00am De grote lijkenroof 14/12/80 C51 Prato felice 25/05/1970 11:00pm Fantástico
- The Forget-Me-Knot was broadcast on this date by TV Svizzera Italiana. Italian listings showed The Forget-Me-Knot as being at 10pm rather than the 9pm in Swiss listings, as Italy observed Summer Time but Switzerland did not. ⭮
- There is a great deal of confusion in Swiss newspapers in 1969. Most newspapers have Game (incorrectly called Yeux — “Eyes” instead of Jeux — “Games”) on June 10 1969 and They Keep Killing Steed — Mais qui est Steed? — on June 17 1969. L’Impartial and La Liberté confuse things as they have an extended summary for Game on June 17 1969, despite the listing saying it is Mais qui est Steed?. The Journal de Jura lists Yeux on 10 June, report on 16 June that Mais qui est Steed? will be shown tomorrow, then on 17 June their listing has Jeux, alongside a summary for the same episode — the same episode summary as in L’Impartial, so I assume it was supplied by TV Romande. Even more confusingly, Journal de Sierre does not show The Avengers on 10 June at all — and all the times for other programmes have changed. Mais qui est Steed? does not appear in the rest of the run that ends in September, so it seems most likely that some newspaper go the order wrong OR TV Romande switched the episodes around at the last moment, just as they may have done with the previous two episodes, Get-A-Way! and The Curious Case of the Countless Clues. This would explain why only some papers had a different listing and the repetition of Game. It is just possible that in some areas such as Vallais Game was pre-empted on 10 June and screened on 17 June instead, and those regions never saw They Keep Killing Steed at all. ⭮
- Get-A-Way! and The Curious Case of the Countless Clues are reported in different newspapers for the 6th and 20th May 1969 — although Gazette de Lausanne reports the mysterious Un succès mérité for the 6th. It looked at first to be a regional variation until La Liberté solved the problem and shows that Trop d’indices was pre-empted. They had corrected the listing to announce Les évadés du monastère in place of Trop d’indices but left a photo of Linda on the page labelled as being from Trop d’indices — and two weeks later has a photo from Get-A-Way! with a summary for The Curious Case of the Countless Clues… Given that the vast majority of Swiss newspaper have Get-A-Way! followed by The Curious Case of the Countless Clues, I have gone with that consensus. ⭮
- Wish You Were Here was originally scheduled as a stand-by on 1/12/69 around 11:00pm in Spain but must not have been used as it is in the schedule again at 10.35pm on January 12 1970.
ABC Madrid reported: ⭮
La serie “Los vengadores”, con el episodio “Quisiera que estuvieras aqui”, se emitira despues de “Los hombres saben.. los pueblos marchan” caso de que el boxeo se resolviese antes de lo previsto.
The series “The Avengers”, with the episode “Wish you were here”, will be broadcast after “Men know... the towns march” in case the boxing is resolved earlier than expected.
- French contemporary listings for Fog all used the English title rather than the translation Brouillard now used on French releases. ⭮
- There are several Swiss listings that calls this episode Mademoiselle Pandora ⭮
The Spanish titles here are from contemporary newspaper listings and differ greatly from those used on DVD sets. Spain screen all but two episodes of this series, only bettered by the Netherlands, which showed every one. The Netherlands showed The Forget-Me Knot as the last episode of their last run of series 5 in November 1969 then swiftly returned the series to air in January 1970 for thirteen episodes. Another six episodes were shown in October-December 1970, then the remaining episodes were shown starting in late January 1971.
France showed The Forget-Me Knot as the last episode of their last run of series 5 in October 1968, then returned with a 13 episode run from 4 October to December 27 1969. A year later they showed another ten episodes from 10 October to December 19 1970. Three years later, they tried again, screening three episodes on October 1973. The remaining six episodes finally staggered onto French screens in the 1980s.
Switzerland fared worse, showing sixteen episodes in 1969, alternating with Canal 18–25, then six of those that had been missed in mid 1974. In Germany, ZDF decided it had had enough of the series after 10 episodes.
Swiss viewers in 1969 may have been confused as Suisse Romande showed The Forget-Me-Knot on 15th April 1969, sometimes mistitled as N’oubliez pas in TV listings, but on 10th April 1969 Allemande II (ZDF Germany) showed a music special called Vergißsmeinnicht — translated in French language newspapers as Ne m’oubliez pas.
Italy did not see this series until Tele Torino International broadcast them in the 1980s and Italian Avengers fans had to make do with broadcasts from surrounding countries such as France or Yugoslavia. Sadly, Svizzera Italiana did not broadcast this series either.