Written by Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes
Illustrated by Shaqui Le Vesconte


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Before the Champagne, before the kinky boots,
there was a star without a series...

Series 1 Declassified, Part 2 - Behind-the-Scenes

When ABC Television's Police Surgeon was abruptly cancelled, the show's producers were suddenly left with a star actor Ian Hendry and no TV programme for him to appear in.

With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes tells the behind-the-scenes story of the series that was devised for him The Avengers from its earliest stages as an untitled project all the way through to the end of its first year, when outside influences brought it to an unexpected close.

Authors Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes' previous book - The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes - looked in detail at the narratives of the first year, and they now conclude their mission to shine a light on the neglected first series, looking at it from a completely different perspective.

In With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, Richard and Alan relate the story through comprehensive essays and chapters that detail the production, transmission and reception of each episode, while also discussing the talented personnel involved.

The book also boasts a foreword by Neil Hendry, who runs his uncle Ian Hendry's official website; lavish black-and-white illustrations by artist Shaqui Le Vesconte; and 60 pages of appendices that deal in depth with the unproduced episodes of Series 1, Keel and Steed's further adventures in the comic-strip The Drug Pedlar and the novel Too Many Targets, and much more.

Who really created The Avengers? Who on earth was Dr Dent? How did a stuntman almost come a cropper in a sewer? What was that Soho photo shoot all about? Unfurl your imaginary umbrella, pour yourself a theoretical neat double Scotch, light up an illusory cigarette (so much better for you than the real thing) and prepare to find out...



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228mm x 152mm - US Trade Size
384 pages - English language

Published 9th September 2014