Episode 10: The New Avengers
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  Stats

Purdey's date who becomes a vegetable of the week: Larry

Gambit's conquest of the week: Helen McKay

All the rest

  A.K.A.

 Jeu trois mains

 Drei minus eins gleich Null

 Partita a tre mani

 De Geheugenbank

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger

THE THREE-HANDED GAME

Produced: August 1976
UK Premiere: 19 January 1977
US Premiere: 12 January 1979

Mind your own business. A diabolical mastermind has possession of a mind-transfer device which, unlike the one used in "Who's Who???", is one-way, leaving the donor a vegetable. He's after three former operatives, each with a photographic memory and each carrying one-third of a mission-critical document, based on a system devised by Steed. Despite the Avengers' best efforts, individually at least, the documents are all retrieved from the agents' minds, and ready for sale!

 IMHO

It has its moments. Better than most, certainly sillier, but all too often the cute stuff is forced. And the circumstances under which the brain-drain machine is employed stretch the limits of our ability to susp-p-p-pend disbelief. Steed at least has a good time, flexing his automotive muscle out on the race track in typical cool, Steed-like fashion. Terry Wood should have ended his Avengers "career" on a relatively high note with this one episode.

 Trivia

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

 Best Scene

Purdey bursts in on Gambit whilst he is posing in the nude for Helen McKay, a sculptor.

 Best Line

"Mike," Helen moans, "take your clothes off."

 Essential Reading

 

THE THREE-HANDED GAME

Written by
Directed by

Dennis Spooner & Brian Clemens
Ray Austin

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Juventor
Ranson
Ivan
Larry
Professor
Meroff
Masgard
Tony Field
Helen McKay
General
Kendrick
Cary

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
David Wood
Stephen Grief
Tony Vogel
Michael Petrovitch
Hugh Morton #
Terry Wood #
Gary Raymond
Noel Trevarthen
Annie Lambert
Ronald Leigh-Hunt #
John Paul #
Bill Bailey

# DOPPELGANGERS

Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Dragonsfield
The Cybernauts

Hugh Morton

Esprit de Corps

John Paul

Requiem
Target!

Terry Wood

Trap
 

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