This week’s theme tune is a British 1970s classic.
I’m too young to remember John Steed ‘s original 60s outings in The Avengers. But I do remember being transfixed as a nipper by The New Avengers, the somewhat less successful attempt to update the secret agent franchise for darker decade that was altogether less playful, free-spirited and, well, fun.
It still looked great to me, though. The show ran for just two seasons in 1976 and 1977, 26 episodes in total. The strange, unrequited ménage à trois of John Steed (Patrick McNee), Purdey (Joanna Lumley) and Mike Gambit (the late Gareth Hunt) should never have worked as a team and yet, somehow, they played perfectly off one another. At the time, the flirting passed over my young and innocent head but clearly Purdey had a thing for Steed, while Gambit had the hots for Purdey (who could blame him?) and she took great delight in knocking him back
But like I said, the primary-school aged Choob was oblivious to all that at the time – it was the thrilling, action-packed, often borderline sci-fi plots that had me hooked.
And the theme tune, accompanied by the classic red-white-and-blue animated lion rampant opening titles, remains one of my all-time favourites. Enjoy!