The Avengers (1961–1969)
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A Sense of History 

Economist James Broom is shot with an arrow by one of a group dressed as Robin Hood whilst on his way to meet a man opposed to his Utopian vision of a new Europe. The trail leads the ... See full summary »


Peter Graham Scott


Martin Woodhouse (teleplay by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Nigel Stock ... Richard Carlyon
John Barron ... Henge
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Grindley
John Ringham ... Professor Acheson
Patrick Mower ... Duboys
Robin Phillips ... John Pettit
Peter Blythe ... Millerson
Bette Bourne ... Allen (as Peter Bourne)
Jacqueline Pearce ... Marianne


Economist James Broom is shot with an arrow by one of a group dressed as Robin Hood whilst on his way to meet a man opposed to his Utopian vision of a new Europe. The trail leads the Avengers to St. Bode's College, where anarchic students oppose traditional schools of thought. Could one of these have killed Broom? All is revealed at a fancy dress party where everyone is a character from the Robin Hood legend. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

20 June 1966 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Each time one of the characters mentions the name of the university, St. Bodes, their voices are dubbed. In the case of Grindley the archivist (John Glyn-Jones), his entire voice changes. When Pettit drops some of the theses in the archive, the one on top reveals the original name to be 'St. Bedes College'. It was most likely changed to avoid confusion with the actual St. Bedes College in Manchester, England. See more »


Emma Peel: Steed. So you've finally decided on your costume. The Sheriff of, eh... Bashful Ben?
John Steed: Nottingham.
Emma Peel: Well, I hate to mention, in all the books I've read, the Sheriff is a baddy.
John Steed: Beneath this doublet beats a generous heart.
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Slings and arrows of merry men
10 March 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"A Sense of History" is another classic episode, featuring a youthful cast of familiar faces. Recalling the earlier "School for Traitors" (with Emma Peel replacing Venus Smith), we find ourselves at university, where all the students are part of a violent cult who mock the theories of their professors while following the dictates of a secret mastermind who has authored a devastating thesis designed to alter history. Dressed in Robin Hood apparel, wearing masks, and sporting accurate bows and sharp arrows, they murder eminent economist James Broom (an unbilled Kenneth Benda, later seen in "From Venus with Love"), now setting their sights on his associate Richard Carlyon (Nigel Stock, previously seen in "Concerto"), who hopes to continue his late colleague's dream of ending world poverty. Patrick Mower ("The Devil Rides Out," "Bloodsuckers," "Cry of the Banshee") heads the cast of bad boys, who make up in numbers what they lack in experience, with Peter Blythe ("Frankenstein Created Woman") second in command (he would return for "The Positive Negative Man"). It doesn't take them long to realize that the ever smiling, unflappable Steed is dangerous when crossed, and the frantic finale, with Emma's delectable derrière in plain sight in decorative Rag Week costume, gives new meaning to the term "merry men." Robin Phillips, so despicable as the villain who drives kindly Peter Cushing to suicide in "Tales from the Crypt" (1972), and Jacqueline Pearce ("The Plague of the Zombies" and "The Reptile") have less to do as frightened hangers on, along with Peter Bourne, later seen in "You'll Catch Your Death." Among the suspicious academicians are John Ringham (previously seen in "The Secrets Broker"), John Glyn-Jones (later seen in "Noon-Doomsday"), and John Barron.

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