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Avengers, The

Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these recreations of classic lost episodes. Steel and Mrs Peel are re-united in recreations of the comic strip adventures which appeared in Diana magazine in 1966 and 1967.

 

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Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots (A Guide to The Avengers)

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‘Always keep your bowler on in times of stress. And watch out for diabolical masterminds.’

The Avengers is one of the most stylish and influential television series of all time, blending action and adventure with outrageous villains and a camp sense of fun. It introduced the public to the central characters of John Steed, Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King, and made international stars of actors Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson.

 

This is the most in-depth reference work about the show. It covers all aspects, going through the production episode by episode, with full behind-the-scenes details. Assembled from ABC Television documentation, including daily progress reports and internal letters and memos, to give a complete day by day picture of how the series progressed from videotape to film and from black and white to colour. In addition, the author has spoken and corresponded with many people who worked on the series, to give the fullest picture yet of how this classic and stylish British production was assembled.

 

This volume also covers The New Avengers, the South African radio series, the stage play and the 1998 feature film.

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Graphic Novel: The Avengers Steed and Mrs Peel

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A reprinting of the comic strip adventures of Steed and Mrs Peel which appeared in Diana magazine in 1966 and 1967. Contents as follows:

 

Introduction by David Richardson

Return to Castle De'ath

The Miser

The Golden Dresses

The Norse Code

Playtime Is Over

The Antagoniser

The Mad Hatter

The Secret Six

From Strip to Script by Kenny Smith

Julian Wadham Interview (John Steed)

Olivia Poulet Interview (Emma Peel)

 

Art by Emilio Frejo, assisted by Juan Gonzalez

 

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The Avengers: Steed and Mrs Peel The Comic Strip Adventures 1

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Recreations of the comic strip adventures of Steed and Mrs Peel which appeared in Diana magazine in 1966 and 1967.

 

1. Return to Castle De'ath by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris

Steed is left hanging, Emma pays the piper.

 

Steed and Peel return to the scene of an earlier adventure to find it much changed. Now a ski-resort, Castle De'ath is playing host to many new visitors - including a wealthy Prince targeted by assassins.

 

Assigned as bodyguards, the Avengers have to keep the Prince alive and discover which of the Castle's guests are behind the murderous plot - before they succumb to it themselves.

 

2. The Miser by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris

Steed has a nasty scare, Emma has a pressing engagement

 

When the phrase 'sleeper train' takes on a very literal meaning, Steed and Peel witness the first action of The Miser, a terrifying extortionist.

 

The race is on to stop his ambitious scheme - but in this case, appearances can be deceptive.

 

3. The Golden Dresses by Paul Magrs

Emma hits the heights of fashion, Steed plumbs the very depths.

 

The ladies of society can't get enough of Madame Zingara's Golden Dresses. Especially now their husbands have gone missing.

 

Steed and Peel look into the world of haute couture to discover the dark secret of this latest craze. Can they pull it off with style?

 

4. The Norse Code by John Dorney

Steed has the horns of a dilemma, Emma milks her moment.

 

An agent has gone missing whilst holidaying in the Norfolk Broads. With an American nuclear bomb being stored in the region, Steed and Peel can't take any risks.

 

But the last thing they expect to find on their boating trip is a Norse longboat. What are Vikings doing in East Anglia?

 

Cast: Julian Wadham (John Steed), Olivia Poulet (Emma Peel), Sam Kordbacheh (Prince Abdul Bey), Shelia Reid (Morag McIntosh/Matron), Allan Corduner (James McTaggart/Murdoch/Crabtree), Ruby Thomas (Countess Beatrice of Burgundy), Simon Greenall (Colonel Augustus-Smyth), Jeremy Clyde (The Miser), Graham Seed (Dick North), David Acton (Montague Pratt/Air Marshall Cuthbert Fortescue), John Banks (Dave/Squire Trevitick/Train Guard), Phillip Pope (Derek/Reg the Trainspotter/Newsreader) Jacqueline Pearce (Madame Zingara), Becky Wright (Bunty/Nurse), Christopher Naylor (Emil/Sailor), Nick Underwood (Anton/Rough Sailor/Announcer), Timothy Speyer (Oswald English/Captain Jolleye/Radio Presenter), Ewan Bailey (Ivan Stevenson/Venka/Newsreader), Francesca Hunt (Ingrid Thornton/Brunhilda), Jot Davies (Wellington). Other parts played by the cast.

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The Avengers: Steed and Mrs Peel The Comic Strip Adventures 2

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Recreations of the comic strip adventures of Steed and Mrs Peel which appeared in Diana magazine in 1966 and 1967:

 

2.1 Playtime is Over by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky

Steed gets toyed with, Emma has an admirer.

 

A series of impossible robberies have plagued London. Called in to investigate, Steed and Peel find themselves up against some very deadly children. Or do they?

 

2.2 The Antagoniser by Paul Morris and Simon Barnard

Steed catches a bite, Emma is a little cowed.

 

Several noted scientists have died in unusual circumstances, and Steed and Peel find themselves up against a deadly weapon. But who is behind it? Does an old TV broadcast hold the answer?

 

2.3: The Mad Hatter by Matt Fitton

Steed charms a princess, Emma buys a hat

 

When Princess Helga of Varania comes to England, all the nation is charmed. Well, nearly all. A dastardly assassination plot is being prepared and only Steed and Peel can stop it. Who wants to be a milliner?

 

2.4: The Secret Six by John Dorney

Steed hits a boundary, Emma shall go to the ball

 

When an invitation to a fancy dress party leads to murder, Steed and Peel face the fight of their lives. The world’s six deadliest criminals want them dead – and will stop at nothing to make sure of it!

 

 

Cast: Julian Wadham (John Steed), Olivia Poulet (Emma Peel), Lizzie Roper (Black Heart/Miss Fellowes), Michael Keane (Jorgo), Kiruna Stamell (Girlie), Andrew Wincott (Tiny Tony/Lord Beauville), John Banks (Teddy/Taxi driver), Richard Earl (Dr Verbatim/Fairground Worker), Michael Lumsden (Gruber/Klein/Window Cleaner/Agent), Paul Kemp (Partridge/Porter), Eve Webster (Nurse/Elaine Veer/Matron/Parrot), Maggie Service (Princess Helga/Assistant), Paul Chahidi (Mad Hatter/Driver/Policeman), John Voce (Tom Bowler), Terry Molloy (Inspector Corduroy), Ozzie Yue (Chang-Tu), George Asprey (Nick the Knifeman/Karloff), Jonathan Tafler (Ice-cold Alex/Lord Tweezle), Anita Booth (Ma the Mink/Olga)

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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 1

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Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these four recreations of classic lost episodes.

 

Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson)

 

1. Hot Snow

When an incomprehensible tragedy strikes on what should have been the happiest day of David Keel's life, he is left traumatised. Confronted with an apparently motiveless crime, he feels compelled to investigate and is drawn into London's seedy underworld of drug smuggling. As he digs deeper and deeper, his only hope may be a mysterious gentleman who appears to know more than he says. Together, will they be able to avenge the crime?

Written by Ray Rigby, adapted by John Dorney

Colin Baker (Dr Tredding), Camilla Power (Peggy), Tim Bentinck (Superintendent Wilson), Adrian Lukis (Spicer, Johnson), Phil Mulryne (Big Man), Blake Ritson (Charlie), Anjella Mackintosh (Stella, Mrs Simpson), Kieran Bew (Sergeant Rogers)

Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these four recreations of classic lost episodes.

 

 

2. Brought to Book

Still on the trail of the men who wrecked his life, Dr Keel gets to know his new associate, John Steed, rather better as they infiltrate warring gangs running amok in the betting community. Lies and double crosses stack up on every side, and it's impossible to know who to trust. As the race nears its fatal finish, has Dr Keel gambled on the wrong side?

Written by Brian Clemens, adapted by John Dorney

Colin Baker (Dr Tredding), Adrian Lukis (Spicer/Vance), Tim Bentinck (Superintendent Wilson), George Rainsford (Pretty Boy), Alan Cox (Mason), Blake Ritson (Prentice)

 

 

3: Square Root of Evil

 

Following the death of a colleague, Steed goes undercover amongst a group of forgers. As the stakes get higher, his risk of discovery increases and Dr Keel may be his only chance to escape alive. But with the formidable thug known as the Cardinal watching their every move, could Steed be dooming them both?

Tim Bentinck (The Cardinal), Phil Mulryne (5), Beth Chalmers (Secretary), Alan Cox (Hooper), George Rainsford (Warren), Kieran Bew (Steve), Blake Ritson (Tobert), Sophie Aldred (TBA)

 

4. One for the Mortuary

It should have been an easy day for David Keel. A short flight and a conference to attend. But John Steed’s arrival disrupts everything, as usual. Without even knowing, he finds himself at the centre of an international conspiracy. The chase is on to preserve and protect a valuable medical formula, and with an assassin on their trail, our heroes find themselves enmeshed in an intricate web of laundry, taxidermy and murder.

Sam Clemens (Wilson), Francesca Hunt (Yvette), Nigel Carrington (Pallaine), Nicholas Briggs (Benson), Terry Molloy (Henry),

 

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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 2

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Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these four recreations of classic lost episodes.

 

1: Ashes of Roses

Written by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward, adapted by John Dorney

Carol goes undercover at a hairdressing salon, which appears to be at the centre of an arson ring.

Guest cast: Terry Molloy, Rachel Atkins

 

2: Please Don’t Feed the Animals

Written by Dennis Spoooner, adapted by John Dorney

Steed takes on blackmailers who are extorting secrets from government officials.

Guest cast: Martin Hutson, Richard Hope, Alisdair Simpson

 

3: The Radioactive Man

Written by Fred Edge, adapted by John Dorney

Someone is at loose in London, unwittingly carrying a radioactive isotope.

Guest cast: Phil Mulryne, Beth Chalmers, Richard Franklin

 

4: Dance With Death

Written by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward, adapted by John Dorney

Dr Keel is framed for murder, and Steed investigates a dance school.

Guest cast: Gemma Whelan, Dan Starkey, Jacqueline King

 

Written By: Adapted by John Dorney

Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast

 

Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson), Terry Molloy, Rachel Atkins, Martin Hutson, Richard Hope, Alisdair Simpson, Phil Mulryne, Beth Chalmers, Richard Franklin, Gemma Whelan, Dan Starkey, Jacqueline King

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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 3

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Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these four recreations of classic lost episodes.

1 The Springers
Written by John Whitney and Geoffrey Bellman, adapted by John Dorney
Guest cast: Miranda Raison, Dan Starkey, Sarah Lark
Steed and Keel go undercover to try and crack a prison escape route.

2: The Yellow Needle
Written by Patrick Campbell, adapted by John Dorney
Guest cast: Geff Francis, Maggie Service, Derek Ezenagu, Jacqueline Boatswain
An attempt is made on the life of Sir Wilberforce Lungi, the Prime Minister of an African country on the verge of independence, and Steed and Keel attempt to expose his enemies.

3: Double Danger
Written by Gerald Verner, adapted by John Dorney
Guest cast: Dan Starkey, Angus Wright, Jessica Martin, Nicholas Briggs
A dangerous attempt to discover a cache of stolen diamonds goes badly wrong, and Keel is captured by a criminal gang.

4: Toy Trap
Written by Bill Strutton, adapted by John Dorney
Guest cast: Philip Pope, Geoffrey Breton, Harriet Hare, Derek Hutchinson
Keel is charged with keeping an eye on the daughter of a friend. But it soon becomes clear that all is not well at her place of employment, a department store in London…

Written By: Adapted by John Dorney
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast

Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson), Dan Starkey (One-Ten), Miranda Raison, Sarah Lark, Geff Francis, Derek EzenaguMaggie Service, Robert Duncan, Jacqueline Boatswain, Peter Barrett, Angus Wright, Jessica Martin, Nicholas Briggs, Philip Pope, Geofffrey Breton, Harriet Hare, Derek Hutchinson, Mark Goldthorp

Producer David Richardson
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 4

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Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these four recreations of classic lost episodes:

 

1. Kill the King

By James Mitchell, adapted by John Dorney

When the King of an unstable Far Eastern country visits the UK to sign an oil treaty, Steed is assigned to his protection and discovers that assassins lurk around every corner.

 

2. A Change of Bait

By Lewis Davidson, adapted by John Dorney

Carol's landlord has got into a lot of trouble with a shipment of bananas and a crooked businessman. Fortunately Steed and Keel are hot on the heels of insurance fraudsters and might just be able to save him...

 

3. Hunt the Man Down

By Richard Harris, adapted by Justin Richards

 

When Frank Preston is released from prison the race is on to find his hidden loot. Can Steed and Keel survive warring gangsters to return the stolen property and rescue a kidnapped Carol?

 

4. Dead of Winter

By Eric Paice, adapted by John Dorney

When the frozen body of a Neo-Nazi is discovered at the docks, Steed and Keel get involved with a fascist organisation developing an apocalyptic plan.

 

Written By: Adapted by John Dorney and Justin Richards

Directed By: Ken Bentley

 

Cast: Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson)

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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 5

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5.1 Nightmare by Dan Starkey, from a storyline by Terence Feely

When one of his patients, an experimental scientist, goes missing, Dr Keel ends up impersonating him. But not all doctors are on the side of the angels.

 

5.2 Crescent Moon by Phil Mulryne, from a storyline by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney

On a Carribean Island, Steed finds himself caught up in a curious case of kidnapping, where if he wants to save a missing girl, he's got to find out what's really going on... and quickly.

 

5.3 Girl on the Trapeze by Dennis Spooner, adapted by Rae Leaver

The circus has come to town - but after Keel witnesses an apparent suicide, it becomes clear that the clowns are concealing something sinister behind the scenes.

 

5.4 Diamond Cut Diamond by John Dorney, from a storyline by Max Marquis

A smuggling ring is leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Steed goes undercover as an air steward to investigate, but can he confront the culprit before it's his head on the block?

 

Written By: Adapted by John Dorney, Rae Leaver, Phil Mulryne, Dan Starkey

Directed By: Ken Bentley

 

Cast: Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson)

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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 6

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Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these three recreations of classic lost episodes.

 

6.1 The Frighteners by Berkeley Mather, adapted by Rae Leaver

If you need someone scared off, you speak to the Deacon.

 

Steed and Keel are on the trail of an intimidation expert whose services have recently been acquired by a wealthy businessman. But as they head deeper and deeper into this seedy world, who do they really have to stop. And who do they have to save?

 

6.2 Death on the Slipway by Ian Potter, from a storyline by James Mitchell

When a fellow agent is killed, Steed is sent undercover at a government dockyard to find the killer. Can he sort the truth from the lies and track down the enemy infiltrator hunting for top secret plans before it’s all too late?

 

6.3 Tunnel of Fear by John Dorney, from a storyline by Terrence Feeley

Southend. A perfect spot for a family holiday - or for a traitor to hide.

 

Somewhere in the town lurks a spy ring that is smuggling out classified information. When his old mole is attacked, and with innocent lives at risk, Steed takes Keel to the seaside for a far from sunny time.

 

Cast

 

Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson), Hugh Ross (Sir Thomas Weller), Eve Webster (Marilyn Weller), Michael Lumsden (The Deason), Laurence Spellman (Moxon), Chris Pavlo (Nature Boy), Ferdy Roberts (Kolchek), Jon Culshaw (Sir William Bonner), Niky Wardley (Liz Wells), Barnaby Edwards (Sam Pearson), Dan Starkey (One-Ten), Pete Collis (Harry Black), Charlotte Strevens (Mrs Black), Amy Embank (Claire), Tony Turner (Wickram), Charles Davies (Maxie Lardner)

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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 7

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Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these final three recreations of classic lost episodes.

 

The Deadly Air (written by John Dorney from a script by Lester Powell), The Far Distant Dead (written by Tom Mallaburn from a script by John Lucarotti), and Dragonsfield (written by Ian Potter, from a script by Terence Feely).

 

More details to follow.

 

Cast: Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson)

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