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 The Avengers – Series 4

No. Title Television Transmissions (West Germany)
1 The Cybernauts (i) Tuesday 18th October 1966, 9.15pm (ZDF)
Break in Transmission
No further episodes shown until Tuesday 8th November 1966
2 Silent Dust Tuesday 8th November 1966, 9.15pm (ZDF)
3 Two's a Crowd Tuesday 22nd November 1966, 9.15pm (ZDF)
4 Dial a Deadly Number Tuesday 6th December 1966, 9.15pm (ZDF)
5 The Town of No Return Tuesday 20th December 1966, 9.15pm (ZDF)
Break in Transmission
No further episodes shown until Tuesday 10th January 1967
due to break for Christmas holidays
6 Castle De'ath Tuesday 10th January 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
7 Quick-Quick Slow Death Tuesday 24th January 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
8 The Gravediggers Tuesday 7th February 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
9 The Master Minds Tuesday 21st February 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
10 The Thirteenth Hole Tuesday 7th March 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
11 Death at Bargain Prices Tuesday 21st March 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
12 Small Game for Big Hunters Tuesday 4th April 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
13 What the Butler Saw Tuesday 18th April 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
Break in Transmission
No further episodes shown until Tuesday 4th July 1967
14 Honey for the Prince Tuesday 4th April 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
15 The Danger Makers Tuesday 18th April 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
16 A Sense of History Tuesday 1st August 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
17 Room Without A View (ii) Tuesday 8th August 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
Break in Transmission
No further episodes until Tuesday 29th August 1967 (schedule jumps to Series 5);
No further Series 4 episodes shown until Thursday 15th October 1998
79 A Surfeit of H2O (iii) (iv) Thursday 15th October 1998, 1.15am (SAT.1)
80 A Touch of Brimstone (iv) Thursday 5th November 1998, 1.00am (SAT.1)
81 The Hour That Never Was (v) Thursday 10th December 1998, time unknown (SAT.1)
82 The House That Jack Built Thursday 31st December 1998, 1.20am (SAT.1)
83 The Girl from Auntie (iv) Thursday 7th January 1999, time unknown (SAT.1)
84 How to Succeed... at Murder (iv) Thursday 14th January 1999, time unknown (SAT.1)
85 Too Many Christmas Trees Thursday 11th March 1999, time unknown (SAT.1)
86 Man-Eater of Surrey Green Thursday 25th March 1999, time unknown (SAT.1)
Break in Transmission
No further Series 4 episodes shown until Sunday 5th January 2003
109 The Murder Market (vi) Sunday 5th January 2003, 9.20am (Kabel 1)

 The Avengers – Series 5

No. Title Television Transmissions (West Germany)
18 The Bird Who Knew Too Much Tuesday 29th August 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
19 The Living Dead Tuesday 12th September 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
20 Escape in Time Tuesday 26th September 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
21 The Correct Way to Kill Tuesday 10th October 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
22 From Venus with Love Tuesday 24th October 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
23 Never, Never Say Die Tuesday 7th November 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
24 The See-Through Man Tuesday 21st November 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
25 The Hidden Tiger Tuesday 5th December 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
26 The Fear Merchants Tuesday 19th December 1967, 9.15pm (ZDF)
Break in Transmission
No further episodes shown until Tuesday 2nd January 1968
due to break for Christmas holidays
27 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station Tuesday 2nd January 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
28 Return of the Cybernauts Tuesday 16th January 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
29 The Joker Tuesday 30th January 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
30 Something Nasty in the Nursery Tuesday 13th February 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
31 Mission... Highly Improbable Tuesday 27th February 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
32 The Superlative Seven Tuesday 12th March 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
33 You Have Just Been Murdered Tuesday 26th March 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
34 Epic Tuesday 9th April 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
35 Dead Man's Treasure Tuesday 23rd April 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
36 Who's Who ??? Tuesday 7th May 1968, 9.15pm (ZDF)
Break in Transmission
No further Series 5 episodes shown until Friday 4th June 1993
73 Death's Door (vii) Friday 4th June 1993, 3.45pm (SAT.1)
74 Murdersville Monday 7th June 1993, 3.45pm (SAT.1)
75 The Positive Negative Man Tuesday 8th June 1993, 3.45pm (SAT.1)
76 The £50,000 Breakfast Wednesday 9th June 1993, 3.45pm (SAT.1)
77 The Winged Avenger

Thursday 10th June 1993, 3.45pm (SAT.1)

Notes -
Episodes were generally transmitted in a bi-weekly schedule.

All episodes were shown with dubbed German soundtracks.

Transmission times in italics are unconfirmed suppositions.

(i) The Cybernauts was broadcast on this date as a test episode.

(ii) First episode to break the bi-weekly pattern, being aired a week after the previous one.
It was also the last German dubbed Series 4 episode of the original batch and the next
'new' episode of this series was aired in Germany until more than thirty years later!

(iii) These episodes were newly dubbed in 1996 and had aired on German Pay-TV
channel DF1 prior to the Free-TV premieres shown here. These episodes were shown
on SAT.1 as part of a long run of The Avengers.

(iv) A Surfeit of H2O, A Touch of Brimstone, The Girl from Auntie and How to Succeed... at Murder had been dubbed already in the early 1970s with different voice actors, alternative episode titles and only to be purchased on 8mm film. Today only a few copies of these 8mm reels are known to still exist. For television, a new dub was made in 1996.

(v) There was not a break in the run of Avengers episodes during the SAT.1 transmissions - it simply appears to have been the case as we are only listing premieres.

(vi) This last episode was dubbed in 2001 and premiered on a local TV station in Berlin. On Kabel 1, it was the opening episode of the first complete run of the entire series (Series 4-6) on German Free-TV, shown every Sunday morning at around 9.00am.

(vii) These five episodes were shown for the first time within a daily re-run of the whole series. They were broadcast on the commercial tv station SAT.1. Approximately five minutes of footage was cut from each of these newly-dubbed episodes.

Researched and compiled by Cedric Mueller

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