Episode 9: The New Avengers
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  A.K.A.

English: "Tale of the Big Y" (incorrect title)

 La grande interrogation

 Das geheimnisvolle Ypsilon

 Storia di ipsilon

 Het grote waarom

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger

TALE OF THE BIG WHY

BEST OF TNA

Produced: August 1976
UK Premiere: 7 December 1976
US Premiere: 2 February 1979

A convict with a secret is killed for it practically the moment he is released from jail. Purdey and Gambit race 'round the countryside searching for clues to the secret—about which no one has any idea—followed closely by two rather shady characters. For everyone's combined efforts, all that's retrieved is an old western paperback, which Steed reads twice, remarking, "Apart from a rather explicit description of Bessie's mating habits, Bessie is the owner of the Golden Wheel Saloon... a woman of startling proportions." Whilst Purdey ("I'm not a frog!") and Gambit ("Could be a stuck carburetor!") engage in multiple cross-country chases, Steed plays cards with a traitor.

 IMHO

Well crafted fun, with a maximum of interesting chases, clever plot twists and cute dialog, and a minimum of gratuitous violence and 70s wah-wah guitar music. Indeed, this departure from typical bang-em-up fare has a veritable surfeit of clever action sequences, set pieces and delicious jazzy music cues. "Park your official posterior" and have a grand old time.

 Best Scene

Purdey is hungry and pesters Gambit into taking her to an Italian restaurant. They wind up instead at a hot dog stand. Purdey to vendor: "Did he book ahead?" Vendor: "Nope, just lucky."

 Best Line

Purdey and Gambit examine Steed's bloated, lumpy bowler after it had saved his life from a point-blank shotgun blast. Gambit suggests Steed might need a phrenologist, and Purdey quips, "He needs a phrenologist like he needs a hole in the head."

 Essential Reading

TALE OF THE BIG WHY

Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Robert Fuest

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Harmer
Irene
Brandon
Turner
Roach
Poole
Minister
Mrs. Turner

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
Derek Waring
Jenny Runacre
George Cooper #
Roy Marsden
Gary Waldhorne
Rowland Davis
Geoffrey Toone
Maeve Alexander

# DOPPELGANGERS

George Cooper

The Curious Case...
The White Dwarf
 

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