This, the final series of the Avengers, was also the most eccentric. Compared to the episodes featuring Honor Blackman, this could almost be a totally different series. Even Patrick Macnee's John Steed is played more as a gentleman than a dangerous man, whose true nature is concealed by his elegant exterior. Now the team is swelled by the addition of 'Mother', the head of the secret service, a somewhat grupy man in a wheelchair, while Steed is partnered by Tara King, a young agent played by Linda Thorson. The surreal is to the fore, as our heroes face killers who use concentrated dry rot, artificial cold viruses, killer clowns and diabolical master-plans a-plenty.
This series is fun, provided one does not take things too seriously. Watch out for the digs against James Bond in 'Super-Secret Cypher Snatch', in which gadgets are inveighed against, or Christopher Lee as an urbane interrogator. Of course, if you prefer your humour more subtle, this probably isn't the series for you, but if you wish for a wacky celebration of Britain, then this is the series for you.