Bigfinish Audio The Avengers

The Avengers Big Finish
The Avengers Big Finish
New from Bigfinish Audio The Avengers – Comic Strip Adaptations.

Portrayed on television by Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, John Steed and Mrs Emma Peel are back on Audio thanks to Julian Wadham and Olivia Poulet respectively. Big Finish Audio The Avengers – Steed And Mrs Peel: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 1, is a hark back to the classy thriller bringing us 4 new stories.

This new box-set collects four new stories, adapted from the classic comic strips which appeared in Diana magazine between 1966 and 1967.

The Avengers – Steed And Mrs Peel: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 1 Trailer

The Avengers – Steed And Mrs Peel: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 1 Stories

Olivia Poulet as Mrs. Emma Peel
Olivia Poulet as Mrs. Emma Peel

1. Return to Castle De’ath adapted 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 adapted 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 adapted 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 adapted 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?

Featuring an all-star cast, including Julian Wadham, Olivia Poulet, Jacqueline Pearce, Sheila Reid, Graham Seed and Phillip Pope, The Avengers – Steed and Mrs Peel: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 1 is available to pre-order today from the Big Finish website.

1960s Lost TV Episodes Resurrected.

The Avengers: The Lost Episodes
The Avengers: The Lost Episodes – Audio Series From Big Finish
Sorry if you read the title and thought Doctor Who, but we have exciting news from Doctor Who Audio production company Big Finish and STUDIOCANAL!

Big Finish Productions is delighted to announce that it has signed a licence with STUDIOCANAL to produce full cast audio productions of 12 lost episodes 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.

Working from the surviving scripts, Big Finish will be presenting the adaptations in three four-disc box sets. The scripts will be adapted, with minimal changes, by John Dorney, the director is Ken Bentley and the producer is David Richardson. The executive producers are Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery.

“We are absolutely thrilled to add this wonderful series to our catalogue,” says David Richardson, “and we look forward to faithfully recreating those classic lost episodes. We have two brilliant, high-profile actors for the roles of Dr Keel and John Steed – look out for an announcement of the casting once recording begins in July.”

“This opportunity confirms the enduring appeal of this classic TV series and the resonance of the SC collection in the context of British Film and Pop culture,” says John Rodden, General Manager Home Entertainment at STUDIOCANAL.

Volume 1 of The Avengers: The Lost Episodes will be released in January 2014 (and includes a full recreation of Hot Snow), with Volumes 2 and 3 following in July 2014 and January 2015.

The Avengers Series 4 DVD

The Avengers Series 4 DVD
The Avengers Series 4 DVD

Series 4 of definitive spy-fi The Avengers hit UK audiences in 1965, there were some major changes, the first being the introduction of Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, replacing former sidekick to John Steed (Patrick Macnee), Dr Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman). The name Emma Peel derived from producers wanting to create a character with ?man appeal?, and formed part of a new sexier direction.

More than 80 actresses auditioned for the role before Rigg was discovered. Her screen test with Macnee showed the two immediately worked well together, and a new era in Avengers history began. It was also this series, the last to be filmed in black and white, which was sold to US television for a then un-heard of sum of $2 million. This made it one of the first British series to be aired on prime-time American Television.

A new direction, and a new surge of money meant a new look for the series, moving from studio-bound sets to location shots and a shift to shooting on 35mm film. This series notably became more light-hearted due to Macnee and Peel?s new relationship. A more jovial script also opened doors for more humour and to poke fun at its American counterparts such as ?Mission…Highly Improbable? and ?The Winged Avenger?.

The increased popularity of spy-fi meant many episodes were characterised by a futuristic, science fiction bent than in previous series, including mad scientists and their creations leaving havoc in their wake, giant carnivorous plants, and invisible foes. This enabled a sexy undercurrent, also demonstrated in Emma Peel?s costumes including fashions very avant-garde for the time: bold accents and high-contrast geometric patterns emphasising her youthful contemporary personality, and representing modern sixties England. Fetishism is even hinted at in some episodes including A Touch of Brimstone, where Rigg was dressed as a dominatrix to become the ?Queen of Sin?. This was one of five episodes from Series 4 that were not initially broadcast in the US by ABC due to censors deeming it too racy for American audiences.

With the release of The Complete Series 4 on DVD on 5th July 2010 by Optimum Home Entertainment, and featuring the first full restoration of all episodes, we can relish the expanded wardrobes, lavish sets, top notch scriptwriting and stories that benefit from the combined input of writers, directors and actors all at their peak. The longest running espionage series produced for English-language television, The Avengers eventually reached audiences in 120 countries, a record that still stands to this day. Now you can watch this timeless classic again and again.

Special Features

  • Exclusive audio commentary for The Town of No Return with director Roy Ward Baker and scriptwriter/producer Brian Clemens
  • Exclusive audio commentary for The Master Minds with scriptwriter Robert Banks Stewart
  • Exclusive audio commentary on Dial A Deadly Number with scriptwriter Roger Marshall
  • Exclusive audio commentary on The Hour That Never Was with director Gerry O?Hara
  • Exclusive audio commentary on The House That Jack Built with director Don Leaver
  • The Series of No Return – Exclusive audio interview with Elizabeth Shepherd
  • Armchair Theatre ? The Hothouse (staring Diana Rigg)
  • USA Chessboard opening sequence
  • Strange Case of the Missing Corpse promotional trailer
  • Alternative end tag from Death At Bargain Prices
  • Episode reconstructions for series 1 scripts Kill The King and Dead of Winter
  • Colourised test footage from Death At Bargain Prices and A Touch of Brimstone
  • Reconstructed ?The Avengers are back? John Stamp trailer
  • Alternative UK opening and closing credits
  • Alternative UK animated bumpers
  • UK animated bumper
  • Variant opening title credits for The Gravediggers
  • French opening credits
  • German opening credits
  • ITN Newsreel footage
  • Stills galleries
  • PDF material (scripts, TV Times, ABC Production paperwork)
  • OVER 6 HOURS OF BONUS CONTENT

The Avengers Series 3 DVD

Avengers Series 3 DVD
The Avengers Series 3 DVD

The seminal classic The Avengers was at the height of the Cathy Gale era when Series 3 was broadcast to UK audiences. Starring Patrick Macnee as John Steed and Honor Blackman as Dr Cathy Gale, the show?s popularity was such that the producers bestowed a very healthy budget to ensure the series? success and maintain its position as one of the nation?s favourite shows.

With the release of The Complete Series 3 on 15th February 2010 by Optimum Home Entertainment, and featuring the first full restoration of all episodes, we can relish the expanded wardrobes, lavish sets, top notch scriptwriting and stories that benefit from the combined input of writers, directors and actors.

Telling highly imaginative stories of secret agents in 1960s Britain, The Avengers is also an early example of the spy-fi genre combining as it does secret agent storylines with science fiction and fantasy elements.

Although the writers were not allowed to let characters go beyond first base, Series 3 did establish a level of sexual tension between the characters, which was progressive for 1962-1963. The series revealed that Gale lived in Steed?s flat, and whilst the explanation was that it was a temporary arrangement whilst Gale looked for a new home, and that Steed slept in a hotel, the innuendo was there for all to see.

The Gale era also saw Steed transformed from a trenchcoat-wearing run of the mill agent into a stereotypical English gentleman in Savile Row suit, bowler hat and umbrella ? a traditional English Gent, though his attire concealed all manner of tricks and gadgets. Gale, on the other hand, was clad in black leather with high-heeled ?kinky boots?, an outfit necessary for her high-kicking fighting style.

The longest running espionage series produced for English-language television, The Avengers eventually reached audiences in 120 countries, a record that still stands to this day. Now, with the release of The Complete Series 3 on 15th February 2010

Series 3 (1963-1964) Episodes:

Disc 1 Concerto
Brief for Murder
The Nutshell
The Golden Fleece

Special Features Audio commentary by Brian Clemens on Brief for Murder
Series 3 promotional brochure
Stills gallery for featured episodes
PDF material (4 x scripts, 3 x TV Times features and ?Meet the Avengers?
book)

Disc 2 Death a la Carte
Man with Two Shadows
Don?t Look Behind You
The Grandeur That Was Rome

Special Features Audio commentary by Don Leaver on Man With Two Shadows
Stills gallery for featured episodes
PDF material (4 x scripts)
Filmed introduction to Don?t Look Behind You taken from the Avenging
the Avengers interviews that went with the Channel 4 repeats of episode

Disc 3 The Undertakers
Death of a Batman
Build a Better Mousetrap
November Five

Special Features Stills gallery for featured episodes
Behind the scenes shots from The Undertakers
PDF material (5 x scripts, including 2 x versions of Death of a Batman)
Filmed introductions to The Undertakers, Death of a Batman and
November Five taken from the Avenging the Avengers interviews that
went with the Channel 4 repeats of episode

Disc 4 Second Sight
The Secrets Broker
The Gilded Cage
The Medicine Man

Special Features Stills gallery for featured episodes
PDF material (4 x scripts and Psychology Magazine)
Episode Reconstruction ? Double Danger
Filmed introductions to the Second Sight, The Gilded Cage and Medicine
Man taken from the Avenging the Avengers interviews that went with the
Channel 4 repeats of episode

Disc 5 The White Elephant
Dressed to Kill
The Wringer
The Little Wonders

Special Features Stills gallery for featured episodes
PDF material (4 x scripts)
Episode Reconstruction ? A Change of Bait
Filmed introductions to The Wringer and The Little Wonders taken from
the Avenging the Avengers interviews that went with the Channel 4
repeats of episode

Disc 6 Mandrake
The Trojan Horse
The Outside-In Man

Special Features Audio commentary by Roger Marshall for Mandrake
Audio commentary by Jonathan Alwyn for The Outside-In Man
Armchair Theatre ? The Importance of Being Earnest ? starring Patrick
Macnee ? Act 3 only (only surviving footage) 18 mins
Stills gallery for featured episodes
PDF material (4 x scripts)

Disc 7 The Charmers
Esprit de Corps
Lobster Quadrille

Special Features Avenging the Avengers (main programme ? 25:03)
Avenging the Avengers ? Extended Interviews: (Macnee/ Blackman/
Thorson (09:43) ? on Avenging the Avengers VHS release
Newsreel footage (Honor Blackman?s Judo book)
Gale Force part 2 (Honor Blackman interview)
Filmed introductions to The Charmers and Esprit de Corps taken from
the Avenging the Avengers interviews that went with the Channel 4
repeats of episode
Stills gallery for featured episodes
PDF material (4 x scripts)