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The New Avengers



A subsite dedicated to the much-loved (by me, anyway) 1970s television action/drama series from Mark One Productions, featuring Steed, Gambit and Purdey

This subsite features an episode guide, video clips, photos, sounds and other media. Please note that this is not meant to be an authoritative, objective compendium of The New Avengers. For more encyclopaedic background information, I recommend you check out either Dave Matthews Official TNA site or the TNA page on Wikipedia.

Instead, this subsite is meant to be a personal celebration of all that is great about The New Avengers, so may be rather subjective, tongue-in-cheek and fanboyish.

Site contents include: !!! Under Construction !!!

  • Episode guide - My personal review and comments of each episode

  • Video clips - Some short video clips from various episodes

  • Pictures - Various photos of the cast and other pictures

  • Other media - Sounds and other bits and pieces

  • Mike Gambit - Page dedicated to Mike, including his legendary martial-arts!

For those who have never seen The New Avengers (and apologies to those expecting a site centred around the Marvel Comics franchise), it was a action/drama television series shown on British TV from 1976-1977.

Essentially a re-make of the earlier celebrated 1960s fantasy/spy drama, it featured the return of Patrick Macnee as John Steed, together with two new regular characters in the form of Mike Gambit (played by the late Gareth Hunt) and Purdey (played by the sumptuous Joanna Lumley). Mike played the new "action man" role, and Purdey filled the traditional "beautiful but deadly" role of Steed's female partner.

The series ran for two seasons, but sadly was blighted by production issues through its two-year run. It featured a more urban, less fantastical style than its predecessor, and was very much a product of the 1970s. Focussing more on action and crime-drama, the show was nonetheless a hit with the audience of the day, and even found modest success in the US.

It was eventually axed in 1977, after a rather sad demise. Audiences were high, but funding was scarce. The producers eventually had to source capital from the French affiliate and latterly a Canadian investor, resulting in the (infamous) final episodes being set and produced in France and Canada rather than the UK.

Still, the series remains popular with fans, especially young boys who grew up in the late-1970s, idolising Mike Gambit as the ultimate British action-hero (more accessible than James Bond).

Despised by some for its blatantly cheap 1970s look and feel, and loathed by some "traditionalist" Avengers fans for spoiling the mystique and cachet of the 1960s series, it will always remain popular with me.

For more background information check out Dave's site or The Wikipedia.



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