Girl on the Trapeze

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"Girl on the Trapeze"
The Avengers episode
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Episode no.Season 1
Episode 6
Directed byDon Leaver
Written byDennis Spooner
Produced byLeonard White
Featured musicLaurie Johnson, John Dankworth (theme)
Production code1-6
Original air date11 February 1961 (1961-02-11)
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Girl on the Trapeze is the sixth episode of the first series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry and Ingrid Hafner, and guest starring Mia Karam, Howard Goorney, and Kenneth Warren. It was performed and aired live on ABC on 11 February 1961, and is one of only three Season 1 episodes which are currently known to exist, complete. The episode was directed by Don Leaver, and written by Dennis Spooner.[1][2]

It is notable as being one of only a handful of Avengers episodes in which the character of John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee (and who, at this point in the series' history, was a supporting character to Hendry's David Keel, not the lead), does not appear.


Dr. Keel rescues a young girl who tries to commit suicide by jumping into the Thames River. The girl is a trapeze artist with a visiting Eastern European circus. Foreign agents are trying to use her to force her father, a defecting scientist, to return to his country home.



The episode was broadcast live on ABC on 11 February 1961.[3]


  1. ^ "The Avengers : Series 1 : Girl On The Trapeze".
  2. ^ "Girl on the Trapeze". BFI.
  3. ^ "Girl on the Trapeze". The Avengers Forever!. Retrieved 4 March 2013.

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