Not much to report on Series 1
repeats, I hear you say... And at first look, you'd be right. The only
first series episode to have garnered a repeat showing on UK
terrestrial television is The Frighteners...
Channel 4, UK
Thursday 7th January 1993
Monday 7th February 1994
OK, so I've stuck the Bravo
satellite repeat in there to make it look more impressive. Didn't
work, did it? Well maybe this will...
New information has come to light
that will firmly disprove the old wives' tale that the handful of Series 1 episodes that went out live were never
recorded – namely the seven episodes broadcast between Saturdays
21st January and 4th March 1961 (Square Root of Evil to
Ashes of Roses). There is no doubt that these seven episodes
were transmitted live – this has been long established and is
confirmed by several reliable sources including camera scripts.
Several Avengers researchers have suggested that their being live
points to them never having been recorded, vanishing off into the
ether forever in an instant. This can now be categorically disproved.
A memo from Michael Chapman of Iris
Productions Ltd (the production company responsible for The Avengers
at ABC) has come to light, dated 30th March 1962. It correctly
notes that due to London's late pick-up of The Avengers, nine
episodes remained unscreened in the region and suggests that these
would make a good 'repeat' season for London and the other regions who
came late to the party.
Each of these nine episodes has a
Video Tape Recording (VTR) code alongside them, meaning that these programmes were definitely recorded and
existed in March 1962 on videotape. Surviving camera scripts for
Square Root of Evil, Girl on the Trapeze, The
Radioactive Man and Ashes of Roses confirm that the live
episodes were recorded on videotape from transmission (and the tape
numbers tally with those below). Of course, the discovery of a
telerecording of Girl on the Trapeze in 2001 had already put
the 'never recorded' theory in some considerable doubt.
So now we know. They were out
there, recorded on VT and almost definitely on film as telerecordings,
too. It's just a case of finding them if they still survive somewhere...
This idea of a repeat run of Series
1 episodes was ultimately abandoned, but the list below is very
Here's Michael Chapman's memo in
by Alan Hayes
with thanks to Dave Matthews and
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