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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1961! The Avengers opening screenshot
In 1960, The Avengers made its debut on television but began life as Police Surgeon. The British crime drama program began life with a totally different cast but, after several seasons of change, ended up with its perfect cast structure--Patrick MacNee as John Steed and Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel. The daring duo struck gold, captured hearts, and changed the character of crime dramas forever.
The Avengers - Patrick McNee and Diana Rigg
Main Characters:
  • Ian Hendry as Dr. David Keel (the original focus character)
  • Patrick MacNee as John Steed (the ultimate focus character)
  • Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale, anthropologist
  • Elizabeth Sheperd as Blackman's replacement (only for 1.5 episodes)
  • Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel
  • Linda Thorson as Tara King, trainee agent (after Rigg left the show)

Show Concept:

  • Although the show began life as the story of a doctor whose wife is killed by a drug gang leading him to seek vengeance with the help of the British Intelligence community, the show morphed over the first few seasons to become The Avengers we all remember--a quirky spy show featuring the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners

Hosts or Guests:

  • unknown

Writers or Producers:

  • Produced by John Bryce, Brian Clemens, Albert Fennell, and others
  • Written by Patrick Brawn, Brian Clemens, and others


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • BBC
  • A&E

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered in 1961
  • Final episode in 1969
  • Minor reintroduction as The New Avengers in 1971
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