The New Avengers (1976–1977)
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The Midas Touch 

Professor Turner has found the ultimate carrier for a host of deadly diseases, calls him Midas and offers him to the highest bidder in exchange for gold. However, Steed's former colleague ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Fuest

Writer:

Brian Clemens
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Gareth Hunt ... Mike Gambit
Joanna Lumley ... Purdey
John Carson ... Freddy
Ed Devereaux ... Vann
Ronald Lacey ... Hong Kong Harry
David Swift ... Turner
Jeremy Child ... Lieutenant
Robert Mill Robert Mill ... Curator
Ray Edwards Ray Edwards ... Garvin
Gilles Millinaire Gilles Millinaire ... Midas
Pik Sen Lim ... Sing (as Pik-Sen Lim)
Chris Tranchell Chris Tranchell ... Doctor
Lionel Guyett Lionel Guyett ... Tayman
Geoffrey Bateman ... Simpson
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Storyline

Professor Turner has found the ultimate carrier for a host of deadly diseases, calls him Midas and offers him to the highest bidder in exchange for gold. However, Steed's former colleague Freddie, now a vagrant is on to him and manages to pass over a few hints to the New Avengers before he succumbs to everything. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1978 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The pale yellow car chased by Gambit and Purdey in Gambit's red Jaguar XJ-S is an Aston Martin DBS GT Coupe which was manufactured between 1967 and 1972 - but appears here with a 'P' suffix number plate denoting a registration date between 1/8/75 and 31/7/76. See more »

Quotes

Hong Kong Harry: That's all I know, Steed, I promise. I, I swear to you on my mother's grave.
John Steed: Harry, you couldn't even find your mother's grave. You sold it for development years ago.
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Connections

References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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New Avengers meet Goldmember!
3 November 2019 | by canndymanSee all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite New Avengers episodes, and it certainly delivers. It presents the intriguing plot of the gold-obsessed Prof Turner, who it seems has perfected the ultimate biological warfare weapon.

What makes the episode so good is a cracking combination of action (including an excellent 'relaxed' car chase), great locations (including Oakley Court Hotel, forever of course associated with Hammer Films) and the requisite super-villain madman with a crazed scheme, who needs to be stopped.

It's good to see the excellent John Carson in a supporting role too, and Purdey's fashion range from stylish to the highly-impractical!

The costume party at Oakley Court is atmospheric, and it all builds to a heart-stopping finale where you wonder if our heroes will really make it in time - despite some nerve-jangling driving from Gambit.

All in all, a highly-enjoyable bit of escapism, and a great example of when this series got all the ingredients right.


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