Tunnel of Fear

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"Tunnel of Fear"
The Avengers episode
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Episode no. Season 1
Episode 20
Directed by Don Leaver
Written by John Kruse
Produced by Leonard White
Featured music John Dankworth (theme)
Production code 1-20
Original air date 5 August 1961 (1961-08-05)
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Tunnel of Fear is the twentieth episode of the first series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry, Patrick Macnee and Ingrid Hafner, and guest starring John Salew, Anthony Bate and Miranda Connell. It was recorded on 405-line monochrome videotape on 3 August 1961 and broadcast by the ABC on 5 August 1961. It is one of the three known complete series 1 episodes to have survived being purged from the ABC archives. The episode was directed by Don Leaver and written by John Kruse.[1]


Top secret information is leaking into Europe from a funfair somewhere in Southend, and Harry Black, a recent escapee from prison, is rumoured to have worked there. Closer examination reveals that the ghost train is more scary than it looks and the owner of the funfair, Jack Wickram, is arranging the kidnappings. Trick cigarettes allow Steed to bluff the enemy into submission and Harry Black is proved innocent as he was hypnotised and framed.



On October 3, 2016, it was announced that a pristine condition 16mm film telerecording of the episode had been recovered from a private collector and was later screened in London on November 12.[2]


  1. ^ "The Avengers : Series 1 : The Tunnel of Fear". dissolute.com.au.
  2. ^ "The Avengers (1961) – Lost Episode 'Tunnel Of Fear' From The Very First Series Rediscovered After 55 Years!". ianhendry.com.