Next tyme anybody undermines any authentic credibility – in all their unintended absurdity – by daring to seriously suggest English actors don’t definitively have a specific rang FARRRRRR above and beyond their general American counterpart, contrast Ms. Rigg’s conspiratorily cold, inwardly- volcanic seething Regan
and how splendidly she holds her own against the formidable figure she’s opposite
We’d love to see her take on Miss Eliza, too, in
Heck, she’s even been - no kiddin', Em! -
Maggie the Cat!!!
“Yes (sigh) and yur point is?
I mean, isn’t that what actors are s’posed to do?!?”
Tho we forgot to remember proper salutations this past February, never the less (and affectionate admiration very much) to the one Always in All Ways utterly uniquely INDISPENSABLE Avenger of them all.
Big Finish Productions has signed an extended licence with STUDIOCANAL to produce full cast audio productions of the entire first season of the classic TV series The Avengers.
The Avengers first launched in 1961, and starred Ian Hendry as Dr David Keel and Patrick Macnee as the elusive and suave John Steed. Beginning with the murder of Keel’s fiancée, and his sworn intent to avenge her death, that first year comprised 26 episodes. Sadly, only two of them exist in their entirety as film prints (Girl on the Trapeze and The Frighteners), while just the first act remains of the opening episode, Hot Snow.
Box Set One of The Avengers: The Lost Episodes, starring Anthony Howell as Dr Keel and Julian Wadham as Steed, is available now and has received much acclaim. It comprises the episodes Hot Snow, Brought to Book, Square Root of Evil and One for the Mortuary.
SFX Magazine A minor triumph
Starburst Magazine If you were ever a fan of the TV series, are interested in the early 1960s or just want a few hours of cracking drama to listen to, this is a must buy.
Sci-Fi Bulletin A great success: Howell and Wadham work very well together as Keel and Steed; the scripts have been brought to life as authentically as possible, the music feels like the scores from 1961… It’s reawakened a love for The Avengers - and now I’ve got 139 other episodes on the way…! In total, seven box sets of The Avengers: The Lost Episodes will now be released at six monthly intervals until January 2017. All of the 24 missing episodes will now be recreated from surviving scripts and storylines, while both Girl on the Trapeze and The Frighteners will be remade on audio to complete the series.
The director is Ken Bentley, the script editor is John Dorney and the producer is David Richardson. The executive producers are Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery.
All surviving episodes of The Avengers Series 1-6 are available on DVD from STUDIOCANAL.
‘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.