Episode 12: The New Avengers
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 Le monstre des égouts

 Das Ungeheuer

 Paura sotto la cittŕ


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Produced: October 1976
UK Premiere: 21 December 1976
US Premiere: 29 December 1978

Run! The radioactive rats are coming! When someone carelessly spills a radioactive "growth" isotope down a drain, reports of maintenance men disappearing in the sewers stir the Avengers to action. While Purdey encounters an attack of the killer tomatoes, Steed concocts bait for a giant rat, which Gambit dispatches with an armor-piercing rocket launcher. Salad days are on their way...


Dennis Spooner should be ashamed—well, for that matter, everyone else should be, too, for even being involved with this dreadful episode. If it wasn't such an embarrassment, it would make a good—if lengthy—Monty Python skit. And if you are trying to convert someone over to The New Avengers, do not show them this one under any circumstances. They'll never watch another episode, and they may not even speak to you again. Competes with "Trap" and "The Gladiators" as the worst of the series, probably landing somewhere between the two.


Director Ray Austin was the stunt arranger for the Emma Peel era, and made a credited appearance in "The Gravediggers."

"Gnaws" is a re-working by Dennis Spooner of the Thunderbirds episode, "Attack of the Alligators," which is often considered one of the most memorable Thunderbirds episodes as it used real alligators alongside the puppets! It is also a lot better than "Gnaws." (Stephen La Riviere)

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Dennis Spooner
Ray Austin

Full production credits


John Steed
Mike Gambit
Tramp Joe
Tramp Arthur

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
Julian Holloway
Peter Cellier
Jeremy Young #
Patrick Malahide
Keith Marsh
Ken Wynne
Morgan Shepherd
John Watts
Keith Alexander
Ronnie Laughlin


Jeremy Young

A Touch of Brimstone
Never, Never Say Die
The Forget-Me-Knot

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