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Episode 11: The New Avengers
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Purdey: "No jokes about keeping my pants on."
 
"I like it. The broken glass, that is."
 
Gambit has that effect on women...
 

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Steed's old friend who dies of the week: Frank Hardy

All the rest

 

 A.K.A.

French: "Le S 95"

German: "Schlaf über der Stadt"

Italian: "Operazione silenzio"

Italian: "Slaap"

 

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SLEEPER

Animated titlesProduced: September 1976
UK Premiere: 12 January 1977
US Premiere: 6 October 1978

Wakey, wakey. The Avengers observe a demonstration of a new sleeping gas, which is subsequently stolen—along with its antidote. And whilst the whole of London is forced to sleep in the following Sunday morning, the city is being looted. But the looters aren't the only ones left awake...
 

 IMHO

It's a plot seemingly created just to offer up some occasionally cute vignettes—unfortunately, it's not enough to sustain one's interest for a full hour. (I spent most of the time trying to figure out where I'd seen Sara Kestelman before—it was in Zardoz with Charlotte Rampling, a.k.a. Hana Wilde from "The Superlative Seven.") The whole bit with Steed staying over at Gambit's flat is awkwardly staged, and once again Steed loses an old friend, a device as over-used as Purdey being abducted to get at Steed. Zzzzz.
 

 Best Scene

Purdey posing as a mannequin who can't keep her pajama bottoms up ("Today's biggest offer!") is worth the price of admission. The fight that follows is clever and ends perfectly, as she swipes the belt from one of the thugs she'd knocked out.
 

 Best Line

While our trio is being inoculated against the sleeping gas, the scientist makes a reference to tests done on rabbits. Purdey quips, "People aren't like rabbits." And Steed chimes in, "Oh, I don't know, an uncle of mine sired nineteen children. He was a keen bicyclist... Of course, he got about a bit."

 

SLEEPER

Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Graeme Clifford

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Brady
Dr. Graham
Chuck
Bart
Tina
Fred
Ben
Phil
Pilot
Bill
Policemen

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley The 007 Connection
Keith Buckley*
Arthur Dignam
Mark Jones
Prentis Hancock
Sara Kestelman
Gavin Campbell
Dave Schofield
George Sweeney
Peter Godfrey
Leo Dolan
Jason White
Tony McHale

UNBILLED

Man in car
Woman in car

Peter Richardson
Denise Reynolds

STUNTS

Hardy

Joe Dunne

*DOPPELGANGERS

Keith Buckley

Take-Over
 

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