Dr Brent's Casebook - An
Unauthorised Guide to Police Surgeon
Dr Brent's Casebook tells
the story of Police
Surgeon, a short-lived 1960 television series that gave Ian Hendry
(The Lotus Eaters, Get
Carter) his first regular starring role. It made its mark in TV
history not for what it was but for what it led to – the world-beating
show The Avengers.
Unlike its illustrious successor, Police
Surgeon has faded from
public memory and has rarely been revisited for the purposes of
research or retrospective celebration.
Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes now redress the
balance, revealing information about the creation of the series, its
production, transmission and narratives – including the mysterious Diplomatic
Immunity, which never appeared in TV listings – and the
circumstances that caused Police
Surgeon to be brought
to a sudden end after just 13 weeks.
Two Against the Underworld
writers Alan Hayes and Richard McGinlay have furthered their
researches for this website to produce the definitive book about The Avengers
This books expands significantly upon
what is presented here at The Avengers Declassified, not
because the website is less important to us, but because print allows
us the freedom to go into great detail in a way which is not ideally
suited to web presentation. Also, once you have a book, it is there on
and is not going to suddenly blip out of existence as websites are
sadly wont to do.
Between 2013 and 2014, Alan and
Richard teamed up with Alys Hayes to explore the mysterious first
series of The Avengers, with the results of their researches being
published as The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes (2013)
and With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes (2014). These
books were very well-received and have even been used as reference
sources by Big Finish Productions in the adapting of Series 1 stories
In November 2015, both these books
were superceded by a single volume entitled Two Against the
Underworld, which merges together the content of the book. In
bringing this definitive title together, the authors have revised the
content, corrected factual errors, and added new material. The book
was further updated in a second edition, published in 2017 in the wake
of the discovery of Tunnel of Fear.
If you only buy one Avengers
book, then this is perhaps the one because it's different to all the
others in that it tells personal stories of how fans have interacted
with the series in many parts of the world. It's for charity - each
sale benefits the Champion Chanzige cause, helping
underprivileged children in South Tanzania - and it's written by not
one, not two, but 45 brilliant writers, including pioneering
Avengers historian Dave Rogers.
Please use the links to the
right to find out more about these and other books published by Hidden
Tiger - and how to order them.