Episode 6: The New Avengers
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  A.K.A.

 Un chat parmi les pigeons

 Wie aus heiterem Himmel

 Rapaci

 Een kat tussen de duiven

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• Rodney's Reviews
• The Young Avenger

CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS

Produced: June 1976
UK Premiere: 16 November 1976
US Premiere: 17 November 1978

The birds! The birds! A bird conservationist ostracized by fellow ecologists takes his revenge by killing them one at a time using trained birds. Even when someone is aloft in a plane, they are not immune to attack, as a flock of kamikaze birds will bring the plane crashing down. As our trio chases after feathery clues, Purdey arrives at the bird conservationist's aviary, and is trapped with a flock of twittering killers!

 IMHO

This one runs hot and cold with me. Although it is a fairly well-crafted piece of film, with a decent guest cast, particularly Vladek Sheybal as Zarcardi, I have a major problem with the premise: the "ecologists" being attacked contend that the bird population of the world must be reduced so that they are not in competition with humans for the food supply. Aside from being utter nonsense, it is reprehensible to contemplate, and I'm fully behind the "diabolical mastermind" in his efforts to protect our feathered friends from madmen who want to control or exterminate them. We've done enough of that already through the use of pesticides, loss of habitat, etc.—oh, all right, I'll get down from my soapbox now...

 Trivia

According to Television's Greatest Hits, this was the top-rated New Avengers episode for 1976. It may come as a surprise what the top-rated episode for 1977 was.

A line from "The Hidden Tiger" gets recycled: "Pussy galore!"

 Essential Reading

CAT AMONGST THE PIDGEONS

Written by
Directed by

Dennis Spooner
John Hough

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Zarcardi
Turner
Rydercroft
Waterflow
Lewington
Bridlington
Hudson
Foster
Tomkins
Merton
Controller

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
Vladek Sheybal 007
Matthew Long #
Basil Dignam #
Peter Copley #
Hugh Walters
Gordon Rollings #
Joe Black
Patrick Connor #
Kevin Stoney #
Andrew Bradford
Brian Jackson #

# DOPPELGANGERS

Patrick Connor

Death on the Slipway
Bizarre

Peter Copley

The White Dwarf
All Done with Mirrors

Basil Dignam

Trojan Horse

Brian Jackson

Toy Trap

Matthew Long

Take Me To Your Leader

Gordon Rollings

Death la Carte

Kevin Stoney

Mission... Highly Improbable
 

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