The Avengers was very rarely
networked across the whole of the United Kingdom when it was
originally broadcast. Regional ITV companies would show
the series on different nights, at different times. Only a couple of
regions – ABC Midlands and ABC North – actually showed every episode of
The Avengers, and some others showed episodes in wildly
different orders. Consequently, it can be difficult
to present a coherent broadcast guide. While these variances may be
frustrating when trying to produce a concrete transmission guide, it is
these very differences that makes looking at the broadcast variations interesting.
In the Regional Variations sections across the site, The Avengers Declassified presents all regional transmission details
for The Avengers and The New Avengers.
The first nine and the final four episodes of
Series 1 were transmitted weekly, with the third episode to the ninth
being transmitted live. The remainder of the series (episodes ten to
twenty-two) was shown fortnightly, alternating with a drama
series set in the world of publishing, Deadline Midnight.
To put the information in context,
The Avengers Declassified presents a brief map and guide to the
ITV Regions as they were when The Avengers: Series 1 was
aired – ITV Regions 1961.
Researched and compiled by Simon
Coward, Alan Hayes and John Tomlinson
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