The Avengers (1961): UK Series

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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:50 am

ITV4 are gonna start showing season five of The Avengers in HD fom next Monday at 5pm.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby iank » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:57 am

I love The Avengers. I think the first I ever see of it was the racing car one in series 5 which I saw at a Who fan club in the early 90s, but didn't see any more until about 1996, when I found a handful of the Aus video releases (which had 1 from season 4 and one from season 5 on) and rather fell in love with it. Am currently watching season 6 for the second time, which took me over two decades to get hold of (as did about half of series 4 too!), and I think is very underrated. I like Tara too, and while I do prefer Emma, I still like her more than Cathy or Purdey.
I really enjoy this show. :)
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:17 pm

The Avengers was one of those series that I seemingly was always aware of (used to watch The New Avengers as a boy when it was first on, my mum would go on about how she used to watch the previous series back home) but never got round to watching properly until recently. The Emma Peel episodes are my favouites, with a particular soft spot for the Cybernaut ones.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:56 pm

Might be some news on when that recently discovered missing episode Tunnel Of Fear gets released on DVD then.

http://ianhendry.com/the-avengers-tunne ... uary-2018/

15th January 2018 they reckon.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby Rubbernecking » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:28 pm

Well if the Who missing episodes is going to spin into bollocks and nonsense (Not on this forum) then this is a missing episode that's made up for this year!
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby shuzbot » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:11 pm

Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives
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Part way through this volume - dipping in and out of the essays at random rather than following them in the proffered order - and very, very much enjoying what I'm reading.

Some of the pieces are lovely, cozy little bits of nostalgia, evocatively resurrecting memories which make me believe - as I read them - that the 1980s was the most exciting possible decade to be fascinated in archival television because, through scarcity of publications and home video media, there was so much still to discover. Tony McKay and Mike Richardson are two of my oldest and dearest friends, the sort of people who thirty years later you are still delighted to have in your life because of their wonderful desire to learn new things, to piece together new bits of research ... and to make me laugh with their observations on some of the more absurd elements of what they discover. As such, their recollections were very powerful on a personal level, but also very comforting because the value they have taken from their experiences seems to have been very much about the richness of their journeys through the landscape of Avengerland ... not just the sole objective of reaching a destination which may or may not ultimately disappoint with what it has to offer.

Dick Fiddy's piece is similarly fascinating ... but rather different; I never got to the Scala Cinema when it was doing its wonderful work in the early 1980s, so reading about it and the experiences was very lovely.

But it's the experiences which - for me - are "international" are where this book really blossoms with delight, and why I've been chatting and e-mailing people I know quite a lot about it this week. What really, really impresses me with so much of what I've read is about getting the different perspectives on how "The Avengers" has been broadcast, viewed and admired by so many people with very, very different lives to my own. Different ages, different genders and - above all - different parts of this very, very varied world. As I say, I'm still dipping in and out of this tome so I'm aware there's many delights yet to come, but so far I've been vastly taken with pieces such as Tatiana and her encounter with a movie poster on a trip to Paris, Ben and Jan's independent discoveries of the full story and landscape behind "De Wreckers" on KRO, Vincenzo being captivated by the stylish action offered in "Gli infallibili tre" on RAI2, Koen's exposure to so much British televisual product and his ingenuity and thirst to follow Steed's escapades in Belgium, Margaret's connections between seeing the filmed exploits in the US and her dad's experiences in the war, Piers' vivid descriptions of how the incarnations of the Avengers could be followed down under, Irina's shifting perspective on Steed's female colleagues as she savoured the shows on Petersburg's channel, Christine's marvelous account of admiring "Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone" on ARD (as well as reuniting me with "Pan Tau" who haunted the airwaves of S4C ... and all manner of other fascinating trivia), Kimberly's super account of how syndicated reruns captured her imagination ... and (as I think everyone will agree) Denis' amazingly recounted experiences of post-Perestroika schooling and broadcasting, conveying so brilliantly the nature of Russian broadcasting of imported shows and the amazing devotion which this wonderful show has inspired in him.

I'm sure that there are many more parts of the world (including corners of the UK!) that I've still yet to visit in numerous other doubtlessly enjoyable essays just as soon as I find a spare moment to sit down and relish them.

And there's also Dave Rogers' foreword which - as per my comments earlier about the contributions from Tony, Mike and Dick - immediately reminds me of the sheer excitement of the pre-internet days of television study. One of the downsides of the internet is that it's exposed me to a lot of negativity in so many fields where it's been very easy for people to criticize what's gone before rather than celebrating what it achieved and how it opened the portals for Where We Are Now. I know that Dave isn't truly active on the television front any more, and it pains me now when I see his work being taken to task all these years later; one now looks at volumes like "The ITV Encyclopedia of Adventure" and realise that it is the single work that effectively fuelled and drove Network DVD's catalogue. And when his book "The Avengers" appeared in 1983, it was very, very important. Still is. To have a detailed volume cataloguing and contextualising an archive television series of this nature was a dream come true, and it's so easy to forget this now when a few seconds Googling will unveil mountains of sheer data and probably the shows themselves. But I know that no matter how many scripts, call sheets, films, cuttings or archival references I have access to, no matter how much time I have assembling my text on any series, I shall never, ever be able to put together a book which is as staggeringly important and inspiring as Dave did with "The Avengers" over thirty years ago. And seeing his contribution to this kaleidoscope of affection means a lot to me.

Hope others are enjoying this as much as I am.

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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby LizR » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:51 am

I watched it at the time, of course, but not since (ditto "The Prisoner"). Must give them another go some time - after all, "Randall and Hopkirk" was great on rewatching.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:19 am

Blimey, seems Dame Diana Rigg nearly kicked the bucket recently...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ation.html
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:15 pm

So, apparently...

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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:14 pm

Look's like a reboot could be on the way.

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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby iank » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:44 am

Um... no.

The Avengers stars Patrick Macnee as John Steed. Anything else may as well be called something else, because it is.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby LizR » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:03 am

The Ginger Cat wrote:Look's like a reboot could be on the way.

Shane Black Has Written 1960s Avengers TV Show Reboot

If the pilot for The Avengers goes ahead, it will be interesting to see what Black and Dekker do with it.

I thought they made power tools or something?
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby DSJR » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:13 pm

The sixties really does seem to be a time of huge changes and innovation in so many fields of work although growing up during this time I never had any frame of reference. The cult TV shows of this time, many discussed earlier in this thread, were new and seemed to have a charm, respect for the audience and skilled acting I think may have been heavily diluted these days. I seriously don't think a modern reboot could work as a concept unless it was done VERY carefully - and forget recasting original characters, unless their descendants came along perhaps?
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:35 am

I see the recently discovered missing episode Tunnel Of Fear is listed on Amazon for a 9th April 2018 DVD release.

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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby ericthehalfabee » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:23 am

The Ginger Cat wrote:I see the recently discovered missing episode Tunnel Of Fear is listed on Amazon for a 9th April 2018 DVD release.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B079LDBNYZ/


How bloody much???
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby Servorobot » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:50 am

It’s got a few worthwhile extras, but the price is way too high for one episode.

Knock £10 off and you may be getting closer to reality.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Krynoid Man » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:54 am

That's probably just the pre-order price. It will be cheaper by the time it comes out.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:18 am

The Krynoid man wrote:That's probably just the pre-order price. It will be cheaper by the time it comes out.


Well unless it does come out a bit cheaper, think I'll probably wait till it crops up in a sale or something.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Krynoid Man » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:38 am

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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:35 am



Ooh, that's more like it. Thanks for letting us know Krynoid Man. :D
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