Episode 14: The New Avengers
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  Stats

Steed's filly of the week: Suzy

Purdey's date who turns out to be an enemy agent of the week: Spelman

All the rest

  A.K.A.

 Otage

 Poker um Purdey

 L'ostaggio

 De Gijzeling

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger

HOSTAGE

Produced: February 1977
UK Premiere: 17 November 1977
US Premiere: 8 December 1978

Purdey is given the title role by a mastermind in order to get Steed to supply secret documents to the enemy—or is it something else? Armed with proof that Steed murdered a colleague, Gambit is sent in to arrest Steed. Will Gambit be able to stop Steed from selling the top-secret papers?

 IMHO

It's a wonder that the Ministry functions at all, what with all of the traitors that keep cropping up. And if Purdey gets kidnapped to get at Steed one more time, I'll... I'll... Well, at any rate, this ploy is wearing quite, quite thin. While it has some worthwhile moments—Steed stealing the secret papers is effectively tense—it is otherwise fairly lackluster and riddled with implausible situations, such as an antique sofa capable of protecting Steed and Purdey from heavy, close-range gunfire, not to mention some iffy dialog (Steed to Gambit: "This is an unexpected surprise." Well, is a surprise ever expected?). The repeated use of echoed sound bites of people's memories is also laborious. And Steed's girlfriend of the week, Suzy, is such an uninteresting character—whatever does he see in her?

 Trivia

Simon Oates (Spelman) played Steed in the short-lived stage play of The Avengers.

 Best Line

Gambit admires Steed's medal. "How'd you get that? Ruthlessness in the field?" Steed: "Dedication to duty." Gambit: "Same thing."

 Essential Reading

 

HOSTAGE

Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Sidney Hayers

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
McKay
Spelman
Walters
Suzy
Packer
Vernon
Marvin

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
William Franklyn #
Simon Oates #
Michael Culver #
Anna Palk
Barry Stanton
Richard Ireson
George Lane-Cooper

# DOPPELGANGERS

Michael Culver

Get-A-Way!

William Franklyn

Silent Dust
Killer

Simon Oates

You Have Just Been Murdered
Super Secret Cypher Snatch
 

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