The Avengers Season Three (1963 to 1964)
Episode Twenty Five: Esprit De Corps
TX: March 14 1964
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Manchester Evening News, 14 March, page 3, Max North's Telereview, ?, England.
FANTASTIC. With one more week to go of the present "Avengers" season, writers and production staff have let themselves go in even wilder flights of fantasy than usual. Steed faces a firing squad and Cathy is discovered to be the Stuart pretender to the throne, with the strong support from a major-general who is a fanatical Scottish-Nationalist. He uses his position as honorary colonel of the Highland Guards to attempt a coup d'etat when the troops take part in an army exercise whose object is to capture London. Patrick Macnee, as Steed, set out to stop the plan, and is captured by a rotund private looking very much like Roy Kinnear of "TW3". INTRIGUING. Not long ago, ABC was making rash remarks about "The Avengers" having shot down "TW3". Says Mr. Kinnear: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em". Fenella Fielding made an intriguing and exotic sidekick for Steed in the episode that was screened on Leap Year Day and - if she was willing and ABC could afford her fee - should fill the role admirably again. Clearly the part calls for someone with a distinct personality, a taste for the offbeat and a style very different from Honor Blackman's. Who could deny that Miss Fielding fits all these conditions. She is also a lot of fun.
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