The New Avengers: The Tale of the Big Why (1977)

UK, France, 27 March
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Series: The New Avengers (1976-1977) – series 1, episode 13

A British science fiction television episode directed by Robert Fuest.


The Avengers investigate the murder of a convict who was killed almost as soon as he left prison. The man had a secret and all the clues lead to… a paperback western novel. What could it all mean?


Directed by: Robert Fuest
© I.D.T.V.-TVP MCMLXXVI [1976]
A production of The Avengers (Film & TV) Enterprises Ltd. for TV Productions & I.D.T.V. Paris
Produced by: Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens
[Written] By: Brian Clemens
Director of Photography: Mike Reed
Editor: Eric Boyd-Perkins
Music Composed by: Laurie Johnson
Sound Recordists: Danny Daniel, Ken Barker
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jackie Cummins
Make-up: Alan Boyle, Alan Brownie
Hairdressing Supervisor: Helene Bevan
Production Designed by: Syd Cain
Filmed on location and at Pinewood Studios, England
Casting Director: Maggie Cartier

Patrick Macnee as John Steed
Gareth Hunt as Mike Gambit
Joanna Lumley as Purdey
Derek Waring (Harmer)
Jenny Runacre (Irene)
George Cooper (Brandon)
Roy Marsden (Turner)
Gary Waldhorn (Roach)
Rowland Davis (Poole)
Geoffrey Toone (minister)
Maeve Alexander (Mrs Turner)