From Venus with Love

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"From Venus with Love"
The Avengers episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 1
Directed by Robert Day
Written by Philip Levene (teleplay)
Produced by Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens, Julian Wintle
Featured music Laurie Johnson, John Dankworth (theme)
Production code 5-1
Original air date 14 January 1967 (1967-01-14)
Guest appearance(s)
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"From Venus with Love" is the first episode of the fifth series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, and guest starring Barbara Shelley, Derek Newark, Jon Pertwee, and Philip Locke.[1] It was first aired on ABC on 14 January 1967. The episode was directed by Robert Day, and written by Philip Levene.


Several astronomers—and members of the British Venusian Society—have been found dead, their hair bleached white. The Society had planned on sending a satellite to the planet Venus. As Steed and Peel investigate, they discover all the astronomers had been looking directly at the planet before they were found dead, which members say heralds an invasion by the Venusians. Steed and Peel soon uncover a scheme featuring lasers, a treacherous eye surgeon Dr. Primble, and a quest to launch a satellite to monitor Venus.



Abstract painting from the vault also appeared in episodes "Epic" (1967) and "Wish You Were Here" (1969). It can also be noticed in the series The Saint and The Power Artist.

Jeremy Lloyd (Bertram Smith) would later play an MI5 agent Carruthers in the stage play of The Avengers.[2]

Radio adaptation[edit]

From Venus with Love
Running time 6x15-minute episodes
Home station Springbok Radio
Starring Donald Monat, Diane Appleby
Writer(s) Philip Levene, Dennis Folbigge
Director(s) Dennis Folbigge
Producer(s) David Gooden
Narrated by Hugh Rouse
No. of episodes 6

"From Venus with Love" was adapted as a radio play and directed by Dennis Folbigge. Starring Donald Monat as John Steed and Diane Appleby as Emma Peel, it was broadcast as part of The Avengers radio series on Springbok Radio, which transmitted between 6 December 1971 and 28 December 1973.

The adaptation contains a few changes, which include mention of the Mother (and a phone call to Steed, ordering him to investigate Cosgrove's death, but the voice on the phone is not heard). Dr. Henry Primble is much older in this adaptation. The new scene with Steed and Emma in a rooftop garden was added to the script.

There are also some production errors. For example, in episode 4, Hugh refers to Dr. Primble as "Primple". And in episode 2, Brigadier Whitehead is referred to as Major Whitehead.[3]


  1. ^ "From Venus with Love". BBC. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "From Venus with Love". The Avengers Forever!. 
  3. ^ "From Venus with Love". Avengers on the Radio. 

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