Article Text: HARK AT
STEED. South Africa won't be getting TV for another three years,
but The Avengers are already going great guns there – on radio!
The adventures of Emma Peel and John Steed provide a nightly
cliff-hanging situation on Springbok Radio.
Playing Emma is English actress
Dianne (sic) Appleby, 29, who went to Johannesburg three years ago
with a twenty-week touring stage play and stayed. Dianne, from
Brighton, was in British TV productions like Emergency – Ward 10
and the BBC's First Lady series. But never The Avengers.
Donald Monat plays Steed.
Johannesburg freelance radio producer David Gooden dreamed up the idea
of the radio Avengers. He saw the series in Britain and bought
The TV scripts provide the basis
for the serials, "but we use a narrator to provide that
tongue-in-cheek approach of The Avengers."
Also of interest in this
article: One forward-looking hotel chain has found a way to "jump
the gun" in South Africa. They've provided close-circuit TV in their
hotels and are showing a number of British programmes.
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