YOU DON’T mess with a hit, runs the old showbiz lore. Apart, that is, from when your lead actor is clearly past it, you think kung fu is the latest “with it” thing, and you run out of money half way through and have to move to Canada. There are redeeming elements to The New Avengers, but few of them have much to do with [cref 510 THE AVENGERS] and none of them are New. JOANNA LUMLEY did a decent Diana Rigg turn. PATRICK MACNEE could at least drop the pretence it was him doing all the fight scenes. There are some nice shots of Britain in the midst of its “prices”-obsessed orange-and-brown-hued hinterland. GARETH HUNT, though, was and is beyond parody. Ditto those dastardly athletes who could deflect bullets with a twitch of their pectorals. Nifty lion-meets-Union-Jack logo, though.