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

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AvengersSeason1Title.PNG

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

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

All information correct at time of writing.

Gallery

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

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