New Avengers Logo 'Cat Amongst the Pigeons'
by Dennis Spooner
New Avengers

Steed, Gambit and Purdey investigate the mysterious deaths of several agents, killed with split-second timing by an assassin that disappears into thin air. They discover that the culprit is Zarcardi, a bird conservationist; ostracized by his fellow ecologists, Zarcardi is taking his revenge by killing them one at a time using a special flute which drives birds into a killer frenzy. Steed seeks help from eminent ornithologist Professor Waterlow, and only just saves him from an attack by a vicious flock of birds by jumping into a swimming pool. Zarcadi attempts to dispose of Steed by trapping him in his range-rover with a large bird of prey, but Steed survives by trapping the creature under his bowler hat. Purdey tracks Zarcardi to his bird sanctuary, but is cornered by a flock of angry birds. In the nick of time, Steed and Gambit both arrive with baskets of cats to put paid to the feathered fiends, and Zarcardi falls fowl when he is killed in the confrontation.

Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Gareth Hunt (Mike Gambit), Joanna Lumley (Purdey), Vladek Sheybal (Zarcardi), Matthew Long (Turner), Basil Dignam (Ridercroft), Peter Copley (Waterflow), Hugh Walters (Lewington), Gordon Rollings (Bridlington), Joe Black (Hudson), Patrick Connor (Foster), Kevin Stoney (Tomkins), Andrew Bradford (Merton), Brian Jackson (Controller)

Directed by John Hough
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens

LWT - 19th November 1976

*Featuring John Steed, Mike Gambit and Purdey