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The New Avengers

60 min (26 episodes)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
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Country: France
Release Date: 1978-09-05
Filming Locations: Beckton Gasworks, Beckton, London, England, UK
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macnee
The New Avengers
Gareth Hunt
Mike Gambit
Joanna Lumley
Did you know?
The opening credits for the first 7 episodes of series one were edited out the first five episodes of the series, mainly "The Eagle's Nest" and "The Midas Touch". However, one shot featuring Joanna Lumley with long hair and Gareth Hunt in jeans was actually from their combined screen-test instead of an episode. From episode 8 onward, animated opening titles were used.
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Ian Hendry, Patrick MacNee's original co-star during the first year of The Avengers, makes a guest appearance in a different role.
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Purdey was never given a second name.
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What are the differences between The Avengers and The New Avengers?
The New Avengers breaks many of the traditional rules of the original Avengers such as including uniformed policemen, blood visibly on display and Steed using firearms in episodes such as 'Dead Men are Dangerous', 'The Gladiators', 'Hostage' and 'Trap'. Steed also keeps an antique Colt 45 from his cowboy days in his house. The lower classes are now portrayed including tramps and the central conflict is explicitly the Cold War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact rather than some unnamed 'foreign power'. In many ways the series is seen as bridging the gap between the pure fantasy of 'The Avengers' and the gritty realism of creator Brian Clemens' next project 'The Professionals'.
Does Steed ever use a gun in the series?
Steed didn't normally use a firearm as Patrick McNee had an aversion to them after his wartime combat experiences as motor torpedo boat commander. However in The New Avengers he does use firearms in episodes such as 'Dead Men are Dangerous', 'The Gladiators', 'Hostage' and 'Trap', killing at least 2 men. He keeps an antique Colt .45 revolver from his cowboy days as a momento in his house.
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Photos from cast
Patrick Macnee Trevor Adams Lewis Collins Anulka Dziubinska Sue Holderness Keith Marsh Gary Waldhorn