The Avengers (partially found British spy-fi TV series; 1961)

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Title card for season one of the show.

Status: Partially Found

The Avengers is a British spy-fi series that first aired from 1961 to 1969. The show is known from evolving with its dynamic cast, starting as a crime show that became more sci-fi with time.

The detective duo in season one, Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and John Steed (Patrick Macnee), were the show's initial protagonists. When Ian Hendry left the show, Steed's character became the main character. The show is often divided into eras based on the show's stars and co-stars, a trend that continued until the show's finale in 1969.

Like many British shows of its time, several episodes of The Avengers are now considered lost. The show was shot on a 405-line videotape using a multicamera setup, and the tapes used for shootings were wiped and reused, a practice that led to the loss of episodes from Doctor Who. Only three episodes ("Girl on a Trapeze," "The Frighteners," and "Tunnel of Fear") and part of the pilot ("Hot Snow") of season one have been found as telerecordings. The rest of the series hasn't been found.

List of Episodes

All information correct at time of writing.

# Name Original air date (UK) Status Comment
1 Hot Snow Jan 7th, 1961 Partially Found Only act 1 (15 mins) exists, acts 2 and 3 remain lost.
2 Brought to Book Jan 14th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
3 Square Root of Evil Jan 21st, 1961 Lost Broadcast live, no footage or audio.
4 Nightmare Jan 28th, 1961 Lost Broadcast live, no footage or audio.
5 Crescent Moon Feb 4th, 1961 Lost Broadcast live, no footage or audio.
6 Girl on the Trapeze Feb 11th, 1961 Found Broadcast live, intact as 16mm film telerecording.
7 Diamond cut Diamond Feb 18th, 1961 Lost Broadcast live, no footage or audio.
8 The Radioactive Man Feb 24th, 1961 Lost Broadcast live, no footage or audio.
9 Ashes of Roses Mar 4th, 1961 Lost Broadcast live, no footage or audio
10 Hunt the Man Down Mar 18th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
11 Please Don't Feed the Animals April 1st, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
12 Dance with Death April 15th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
13 One for the Mortuary April 29th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
14 The Springers May 13th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
15 The Frighteners May 27th, 1961 Found Broadcast live, intact.
16 The Yellow Needle June 10th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
17 Death on the Slipway June 24, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
18 Double Danger July 8th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
19 Toy Trap July 22nd, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
20 Tunnel of Fear Aug 5th, 1961 Found Intact (all 3 acts), not yet uploaded to YouTube.
21 The Far Distant Dead Aug 19th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
22 Kill the King Sept 2nd, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
23 Dead of Winter Sept 9th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
24 The Deadly Air Dec 16th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
25 A Change of Bait Dec 23rd, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.
26 Dragonsfield Dec 30th, 1961 Lost No footage or audio.

Gallery

A video from Ian Hendry's official website about searching for lost episodes.

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