The Avengers (1961–1969)
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A Sense of History 

Economist James Broom is shot with an arrow by one of a group dressed as Robin Hood whilst on his way to meet a man opposed to his Utopian vision of a new Europe. The trail leads the ... See full summary »


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Martin Woodhouse (teleplay by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Nigel Stock ... Richard Carlyon
John Barron ... Henge
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Grindley
John Ringham ... Professor Acheson
Patrick Mower ... Duboys
Robin Phillips ... John Pettit
Peter Blythe ... Millerson
Bette Bourne ... Allen (as Peter Bourne)
Jacqueline Pearce ... Marianne


Economist James Broom is shot with an arrow by one of a group dressed as Robin Hood whilst on his way to meet a man opposed to his Utopian vision of a new Europe. The trail leads the Avengers to St. Bode's College, where anarchic students oppose traditional schools of thought. Could one of these have killed Broom? All is revealed at a fancy dress party where everyone is a character from the Robin Hood legend. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 June 1966 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Emma sees Steed's costume and asks if he is the Sheriff of Bashful Bend. The 1949 movie 'The Beautiful Blonde of Bashful Bend' was a romantic comedy western starring Betty Grable. Although written and directed by the great Preston Sturgess, it was not a success. See more »


Richard Carlyon: It's not that I'm frightened, you know, it's not that at all.
John Steed: No, no.
Richard Carlyon: To tell you the truth, I'm absolutely petrified. I mean, I'm not cut out for this sort of stuff, murder, mayhem, lurkings after dark, attacks by young savages, not to mention the damp!
John Steed: The damp?
Richard Carlyon: Yes... yes, the... always gets me here.
[gestures to a place on his back but hits Steed's instead]
John Steed: Ooh!
Richard Carlyon: Oh, I, I do beg your pardon, I thought that was me. Old wound you know.
John Steed: Really? German bullet, World War Two?
Richard Carlyon: Umbrella. January ...
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Slings and arrows of merry men
10 March 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"A Sense of History" is another classic episode, featuring a youthful cast of familiar faces. Recalling the earlier "School for Traitors" (with Emma Peel replacing Venus Smith), we find ourselves at university, where all the students are part of a violent cult who mock the theories of their professors while following the dictates of a secret mastermind who has authored a devastating thesis designed to alter history. Dressed in Robin Hood apparel, wearing masks, and sporting accurate bows and sharp arrows, they murder eminent economist James Broom (an unbilled Kenneth Benda, later seen in "From Venus with Love"), now setting their sights on his associate Richard Carlyon (Nigel Stock, previously seen in "Concerto"), who hopes to continue his late colleague's dream of ending world poverty. Patrick Mower ("The Devil Rides Out," "Bloodsuckers," "Cry of the Banshee") heads the cast of bad boys, who make up in numbers what they lack in experience, with Peter Blythe ("Frankenstein Created Woman") second in command (he would return for "The Positive Negative Man"). It doesn't take them long to realize that the ever smiling, unflappable Steed is dangerous when crossed, and the frantic finale, with Emma's delectable derrière in plain sight in decorative Rag Week costume, gives new meaning to the term "merry men." Robin Phillips, so despicable as the villain who drives kindly Peter Cushing to suicide in "Tales from the Crypt" (1972), and Jacqueline Pearce ("The Plague of the Zombies" and "The Reptile") have less to do as frightened hangers on, along with Peter Bourne, later seen in "You'll Catch Your Death." Among the suspicious academicians are John Ringham (previously seen in "The Secrets Broker"), John Glyn-Jones (later seen in "Noon-Doomsday"), and John Barron.

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