London - British screenwriter Brian Clemens, who wrote the 1960s hit spy television series The Avengers, has died aged 83, his son George said on Monday.
He died in a London hospital on Saturday, George Clemens told the BBC, adding: "The world has lost a really great man who has given so much."
Clemens wrote the original pilot episode for The Avengers, a cult show which made stars out of its main actors Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg.
He also worked on many other shows including The Professionals and "Perry Mason", as well as two Hammer horror movies and Highlander II: The quickening.
"His scripts have enlivened almost every action-drama series seen on television over the last 50 years," said the British Film Institute.
Clemens was made an 'Order of the British Empire' in 2010 for services to broadcasting, which he said was "an encouragement to the backroom boys - I count myself as one".
His two sons, Samuel and George Clemens, followed their father into the movie business.
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