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Against the upper-class derring-do and high-brow hi-jinks, THE AVENGERS -- John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) -- always managed a wry comment or three on the world beyond their uniquely elegant universe. THE AVENGERS’ rapier wit was often levelled against current events and contemporary television as it was against monsters and madmen. "The Bird Who Knew Too Much" First aired 11 February, 1967 When a villain uses carrier pigeons and political parrots to feather his nest, THE AVENGERS race to clip his wings. "Bird..." parodies THE AVENGERS’ own pop icon status by having both Emma and Steed do a bit of fashion modelling. Directed by Ray Rossotti, Written by Brian Clemens, based on a story by Alan Pattillo. "The Winged Avenger" First aired 18 February, 1967 A certain cartoon caped crusader seemingly comes to life in "The Winged Avenger," which features one of Mrs. Peel’s most creative and outlandish battles -- upside down and hanging from the ceiling. Directed by Gordon Flemying and Peter Duffel, Written by Richard Harris.
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"The Bird Who Knew Too Much" is a Brian Clemens story in which John Steed and Emma Peel find carrier pigeons equipped with tiny cameras used to photograph top-secret missile bases. The photography theme extends to some comic moments in which Steed and Emma both do a little posing for a fashion cameraman, but there is also some fun with a parrot named Captain Crusoe, who requests political asylum at one point. Also on this tape is "The Winged Avenger," a truly crafty piece of work by writer Richard Harris, with good tongue-in-cheek references to the influence of comic-book culture on '60s television. A number of ruthless men are being ripped apart and killed by an unknown assailant, the only clue being that their murders seem to have been predicted in recent comic strips featuring a Batman-like superhero named the Winged Avenger. The zippy climax finds Mrs. Peel and a killer each wearing magnetic boots that allows them to fight on a ceiling. --Tom Keogh
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