Letter: `Avengers' facts

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The Independent Online
May I put the record straight. The title of The Avengers was not originally Police Surgeon: that was a different series. Ian Hendry played the lead in The Avengers for 26 episodes; the title was not changed because he was not available after the actors' strike. Honor Blackman never "played a man's part", and Dave Rogers's description of her "rather butch, heavy-handed" playing of Cathy Gale is an insult to her excellent talents (" `Avengers' girl ... was meant to be a man", 27 April).

For the sake of history I trust that you will record the facts. I do know, because I produced the first 40 episodes of The Avengers.

Leonard White

Newhaven, East Sussex