• title card: white all caps text reading ‘GAME’ on a slight angle, superimposed on a close-up of the dead racing driver’s head, his goggles filled with jigaw pieces
  • Dexter stands in front of the stock market game, getting stock prices from a telephone
  • The Brigadier pushes his troops forward in the military game
  • Prfoessor Witney sits inside a huge die which is slowly closring to crush him unless he can come up with the word EXPIRE
  • op art or television? A top-down view of Steed standing in a tiny hexagonal room with a purple floor. It has six doors each labelled with the numbers 1–6, clockwise from the right, on the floor is an arrow labelled GUN pointing at a pistol inside a circle in the middle of the room
  • Six fighters representing the number on a die, lined up in their opposing sides - 5, 2, 6, 1, 4, 3
  • Steed casually cheats at his made-up game ‘Steedopoly’

Series 6 — Episode 1

Teleplay by Richard Harris
Directed by Robert Fuest

Production No E.67.9.11
Production completed: July 18 1968. First UK transmission: October 2 1968. First transmission (USA): September 23 1968.

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television2/10/19688:00pm
ATV Midlands3/10/19687:00pm
Granada Television19/01/19698:25pm
Anglia Television3/10/19687:00pm
Border Television13/10/19688:10pm
Channel Television17/05/19698:25pm
Grampian Television2/10/19688:00pm
Southern Television11/12/19688:00pm
Scottish Television9/01/19698:00pm
Tyne Tees Television2/10/19688:00pm
Ulster Television3/10/19687:00pm
Westward Television17/05/19698:25pm
Harlech Television3/10/19687:00pm
Yorkshire Television2/10/19688:00pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for October 2 1968, 8pm (London edition)
TV Times listing for October 2 1968, 8pm (September 27 1968 Tyne Tees edition)
Sydney Morning Herald listing for January 10 1969, 8pm
The Age listing for December 31 1968, 8.30pm

The Avengers

The Game of this week’s episode is revenge. But the man who sees himself as the instrument of a wild justice is not content with taking life…
This is one of the new and super-sophisticated Avengers plays. Patrick Macnee is still the same debonair John Steed but he has a new girl friend.
She is Linda Thorson, a curvaceous Canadian brunette. As Tara King — otherwise 69 — she is less scientific but even more violent that her predecessors, Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg

John Steed Patrick Macnee
Tara King Linda Thorson
Bristow Peter Jeffrey
Manservant Garfield Morgan
Professor Whitney Aubrey Richards
Brig. Wishforth-
Anthony Newlands
Averman Alex Scott
Dexter Geoffrey Russell
Student Achilles Georgiou
Manager Desmond Walter-Ellis

Designer Robert Jones; Director Robert Fuest;
Producers Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia10/01/19698:00pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia31/12/19688:30pm
ABC New York, USA23/09/19687:30pm
ORTF2 France18/10/19699:55pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland10/06/19698:35pm
French titleJeux
ZDF Germany17/11/19709:00pm
German titlePuzzlespiel
KRO Netherlands17/02/19709:50pm
Dutch titleSpelletjes
TTI Italy7/12/1980 C51
Italian titlePuzzle
Spanish titleJuego

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 SteedMais 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 reptition 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.

This episode was not broadcast in Italy until 1980.

USA: Chicago Tribune listing for September 23 1968, 6.30pm
USA: New York Times listing for September 23 1968, 7.30pm
Switzerland: Journal de Genève listing for June 10 1969, The Avengers with an incorrect title at 8.35pm, but was pre-empted
Switzerland: Journal de Jura listing for June 17 1969, The Avengers with the correct title at 8.35pm
France: Le Confédéré listing for October 18 1969, 9.55pm
Germany: Hamburg Abendblatt listing for November 17 1970, 9pm
Netherlands: Nieuwe Leidsche Courant listing for February 17 1970, 9.50pm
Netherlands: Zierkzeesche Nieuwsbode highlights for February 17 1970
Spain: ABC Madrid listing for February 16 1970, 11.10pm
Switzerland: Journal de Jura episode summary with correct title
Switzerland: L’Impartial changes the listing but not the episode summary…

Continuity & Trivia

  1. 3:00 — Dexter is suddenly lower down the ladder again.
  2. 3:26 — The angle of the ladder as Dexter approaches the “REWARD” doors is completely different to that when he was climbing (unless the wall is supposed to be heavily slanted).
  3. 4:14 — Dexter’s body has been left at the children’s playground in Merton Park.
  4. 5:44 — Steed’s words, “Check them for me at Jig Creations” have been dubbed in.
  5. 6:45–7:00 — The Master doing the jigsaw is one of those cringe-making sped up sequences, this time reversed to throw salt into the wound.
  6. 9:51 — The manservant uses chloroform to kidnap Averman.
  7. 10:40 — An obvious stuntman for Macnee, it’s probably Paul Weston, judging by his height.
  8. 11:54 — An early masking technique to put Averman’s face on the television screen. It’s used again at 39:50 to show Steed in the ‘Game’.
  9. 19:18 — The trench looks especially fake in this shot.
  10. 19:37 — Anthony Newlands nearly falls into the trench when he tries to leap out and his foot misses the ledge.
  11. 21:00 — Linda Thorson looks straight down the camera - is she that embarrassed by her terrible lines, or that she just about fluffed them?
  12. 21:18–21:30 — vertical scratch on tape
  13. 25:00 — the Brigadier’s medals are:
    CBE, DSO, Military Cross 1939–45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star Defence Medal, War Medal 1939–45, Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
  14. 25:30 — It looks like they’re in the same field as they met Mother in Super Secret Cypher Snatch and had their picnic at the end of All Done with Mirrors.
  15. 26:00–26:30 — That’s Joe Dunne standing in for Anthony Newlands and doing the fall over the windscreen.
  16. 28:55 — Steed refers to Witney’s “academical” colleagues. Is that even a word?
  17. 34:55 — Is that Romo Gorara doing Garfield Morgan’s stunts?
  18. 35:03 — The manservant uses chloroform to kidnap Tara, this time leaving behind the pad of gauze and finishing the jigsaw, so Steed would know to come after them.
  19. 36:30 — The Master has the book “Missing Pieces” on his table.
  20. 39:50 — When the “Super Secret Agent” contest begins, the background music becomes a harpsichord-tinged piece reminiscent of “High Wire”, Edwin Astley’s “Danger Man” theme.
  21. 41:00–47:30 — Steed’s tasks in the ‘Super Secret Agent’ Game:
    • 41:08 — You encounter fiendish Japanese wrestler - but he’s not very Japanese! - reward of a key, attached to the wrestler’s earring
    • 41:58 — You must disconnect time bomb - reward of the gun
    • 43:18 — You room is sealed with booby traps - the chamber in which Steed collects the gun seals and he has to choose which of the six doors is safe to go through - reward of magazine for gun.
    • 44:16 — You must penetrate dark tunnel - at 44:40 Steed’s hat is cut in two by a descending sheet of metal - reward of ammunition for the gun, only one bullet of which is live.
    • 45:00 — You are confronted with six thugs - Bristow adds “six assailants at six second intervals”.
  22. 45:00–47:30 — Paul Weston and Cyd Child stand-in for the fight as Steed and Tara.
  23. 45:20 — there’s a hair stuck to the screen near bottom centre as Steed dispatches the thug with six dots on his jersey.
  24. Running time: 49′24″

The Transport

Lotus Racing Car Simulatorbritish racing green(7)
Austin Cambridgepale grey?
Austin Cambridgepale grey?
Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. ‘Silver Ghost’ 1923 H.J.Mulliner tourer (chassis number 46LK)pale lemonKK 4976
Military 6cwt command vehicleforest green33 PC 31

Who’s Killing Whom?

Cooty Gibson Bristow Simluated car crash
Dexter Bristow Poisonous snakes & ladders
Professor Witney Bristow Crushed in machine
Averman Bristow Forced heart attack
Brigadier Wishforth-Browne Bristow Toy cannon
Bristow John Steed Deflected lethal weapon
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The Fashions

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