Honor Blackman

Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman publicity shot

The Avengers: Series 3, Episode 26 – Lobster Quadrille

  Episodes of The Avengers were often not shown in production order. But Lobster Quadrille was both the last one broadcast and the last one made in series three, going out on 21 March 1964, a day after it had been finished.   It’s also Honor Blackman’s farewell episode, before she headed off to be …

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Steed and Gale

The Avengers: Series 3, Episode 22 – The Outside-In Man

Whether The Avengers is or isn’t a spy series depends very much on the episode you watch. In The Outside-In Man we’re very much in spy mode, right from the opening scene, in which Steed is seen walking into a butcher’s shop. Then, Man from Uncle style (which was in development when this episode aired …

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Steed charms his way into the gang

The Avengers: Series 3, Episode 21 – Build a Better Mousetrap

Build a Better Mousetrap is a great episode of The Avengers – it’s Brian Clemens at his best, from its very Clemens-y joshing title, to his use of British eccentrics, and his mix of the venerable with the modern, the tech with the antique and the old with the young, not forgetting Clemens’s usual dabble …

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Honor Blackman and John Le Mesurier

The Avengers: Series 3, Episode 18 – Mandrake

  The United States launched the Echo 2 satellite on 25 January 1964, the day that the Mandrake episode of The Avengers aired. And though the week before’s outing, The Wringer, had been a very up-to-date affair, set in the world of international espionage and modern brainwashing techniques, Mandrake harks back to earlier episodes of …

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