Patrick MacNee as John Steed, centre,  with Joanna Lumley, who played Purdey,  and Gareth Hunt, who played Mike Gambit, during filming of ‘The Avengers’ at Pinewood Studios. Photograph: PA Wire

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Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, with Patrick Macnee as John Steed, in the 1960s television series The Avengers. Photograph: PA

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