14th December 2012 –
The Frighteners – Steed's Trivial Pursuit
Today, two new 'trivia'
entries for The Frighteners,
concerning extracts from the episode being used in 1970s film and
11th December 2012 –
We Give You The Real Frighteners
Our Series 1 guide is nearly done, now that Richard McGinlay has
turned his attention to The
Frighteners, one of the two complete surviving episodes of the
1961 run. As this story is available to buy on DVD, there will be no Story in Depth feature to
accompany this piece – why read the story when you can watch it, eh?
23rd November 2012 –
New Avengers Scriptbooks available
three scriptbooks above are highly recommended by The Avengers
Declassified. All present fascinating insights into Avengers
(and New Avengers) stories that were never ultimately made
(although The Tale of the Double Cross became The Tale of
the Big Why, albeit heavily revised). Tell Me About It? –
an unmade script written by Philip Broadley is released today after
being unseen for nearly 40 years.
22nd November 2012 –
The Missing Bit of the Missing Episode
Thanks to Richard for pointing out that I'd completely missed a
couple of paragraphs and a dialogue extract for the Story in Depth –
Dance with Death when producing my page from his supplied text.
So now, you can enjoy his superb research and storytelling in full –
as it should have been presented in the first place! You can't get
the staff, you know!
21st November 2012 –
Dancing with Death!
Richard McGinlay today rounds off the Avengers missing episodes
at Declassified with two exhaustive articles for the episode –
Episode Guide – Dance with
Death and Story
in Depth – Dance with Death. A new Stop the Press item is
also added today to Episode
Guide – Ashes of Roses.
19th October 2012 –
Richard McGinlay has supplied a set of Footnotes for the Story
in Depth features for Diamond Cut
Hunt the Man Down, which explain his thinking in constructing
the expanded synopsis.
16th October 2012 –
Series 1's best kept secret – that's one way to describe the
fourth episode, Nightmare, as details on this story have been scarce
since the original broadcast. Today, Richard McGinlay uncovers more
about this episode than I thought possible. Take a good look at his
Episode Guide and a Story in Depth
features as they are well worth your time. Again, due to the
speculative nature of the synopses, Richard has provided footnotes
which reveal the thinking behind The Avengers Declassified's
coverage of this episode. Also today, new information has come to
light concerning the writer credits for
Square Root of Evil
and The Radioactive Man. According to production
correspondence, the former was written by Richard Harris (as we
knew) but was based on a story by script editor John Bryce.
Meanwhile, the latter, credited to Fred Edge (the writer of the
Canadian television play upon which it was based) was in fact
adapted by Patrick Brawn. Our on site credits have been amended to
reflect this information and the production notes also make mention
of this discovery.
14th October 2012 –
Crescent Moon Rising!
The Series 1 guide takes another step today towards completion,
with Richard McGinlay's excellent features on the fifth episode,
Crescent Moon, comprising an
Episode Guide and a Story in Depth
page. Due to the speculative nature of some of the latter, Richard
has provided footnotes which reveal the thinking behind The Avengers
Declassified's presentation of this synopsis.
4th October 2012 –
John Steed in the Sky with Diamonds!
Richard McGinlay has researched and concocted two new features
that have been added to The Avengers Declassified today. Both
concern another missing Series 1 episode, namely Max Marquis'
Diamond Cut Diamond and comprise an
Episode Guide and a Story in Depth
feature. With no scripts and just one, solitary photograph surviving
from this story, it is one of the least well known Avengers
episodes and I'm pleased to say that its content will be that bit
clearer from now on thanks to Richard's diligence. Also today, a
brief note has been added to the Trivia section of the
Hunt the Man Down Episode
Guide to draw a parallel to a certain episode of The New
Avengers – with thanks to Piers Johnson for suggesting the link.
2nd October 2012 –
Hunt the Story Down!
New today, the latest update in our crusade to shine a light on
the mostly-missing first series! This time, it's the turn of Hunt
the Man Down, an episode for which no script is known to survive
but which boasts an abundant photographic record. Therefore, Richard
McGinlay has turned detective and has put together excellent
Episode Guide and Story in Depth
features that add considerably to the existing knowledge of this
missing episode. Thanks to Richard for his continued hard work and
30th September 2012 –
The Secret's in the Timing
Richard McGinlay has provided a revised third bullet point in
the Production Brief section of
Feed the Animals, pertaining to the running time of the episode.
28th September 2012 –
Read All About It!
A new sub-section has been incorporated for the episode guide
pages, concerning press coverage. Entitled 'Stop the Press', there
are new entries on this subject for the following episode guide
pages – Hot Snow,
Brought to Book and
information already on other episode pagess has been re-positioned
to under the new heading. Thanks to Richard McGinlay for the
Brought to Book entry.
26th September 2012 –
Please Do Read the Articles!
Our series of Series 1 updates stops off today at an Avengers
April Fool's episode (I know, our timing is dreadful!), and you can
read about it in
Episode Guide –
Please Don't Feed the Animals, submitted once again by the
invaluable Richard McGinlay. Richard has also provided a superb Story
in Depth feature for the episode. These represent a
fascinating insight into another missing episode and I am most
grateful to Richard for all his hard work.
11th September 2012 –
Dial A Phoney Number
Something that's just come to light is the fact that the
telephone number given for Keel's surgery, SLOane 0181, was in fact
a fictitious number reserved for use in television, film and radio
productions. Further investigation has resulted in new Trivia notes
on the subject on the episode guide pages for
Hot Snow and
Ashes of Roses.
10th September 2012 –
Everything's Coming Up Roses!
Things really feel like they're getting back into the swing here
at The Avengers Declassified and that's thanks in great part
to Richard McGinlay, who has not only put in many hours working on
Series 1 scripts, but has also given me cause to blow the cobwebs
off the site. Thank you in spades, Richard! On Saturday, I brought you
the Episode Guide his latest investigation, into the ninth episode of the series,
Ashes of Roses. Today,
it's the turn of The Story in Depth
for this episode.
9th September 2012 –
A little tweaking today to the Series 1 episode guide pages,
with Hot Snow,
Brought to Book,
Square Root of Evil,
The Radioactive Man,
One for the Mortuary,
The Yellow Needle,
Tunnel of Fear,
The Far Distant Dead,
Kill the King,
A Change of Bait and
Dead of Winter all
receiving a polish. Thanks to Richard for the suggestions,
corrections and inspiration, which has led me to include a few
updates of my own. The updates to the pages for Square Root of
Evil, The Radioactive Man and Tunnel of Fear also
contain updated notes about last minute cast changes, with thanks to
Denis Kirsanov for the tip!
8th September 2012 –
Everything's Coming Up Roses! (Updated: See Monday 10th
5th September 2012 –
It's Hip to be Square!
Many thanks to Richard McGinlay, who has provided superb
episode guide and detailed story breakdown information for the third episode of the first series of The
Avengers, Square Root
of Evil. Direct links:
Episode Guide – Square
Root of Evil, Story in Depth –
Square Root of Evil. Also, don't forget about
the radio series offer below, which includes two serials previously
unreleased and all serials in CD quality for the first time.
28th July 2012 –
Big Day for The Avengers Radio Series!
The radio series restoration project is officially completed as
of today, with work on Get-A-Way! and Stop Me If You've
Heard This being completed this week. These, along with all
other surviving serials are now available for individual download.
There is an admin charge of £1.00 per serial (for versions with
commercials or without commercials) or £1.50 per serial (for both
versions). There are 19 serials available and Escape in Time
Version 2 (of which only Episodes 1-3 survive) is free with any
order (order two or more serials and get a groovy surprise item sent
to you too!). All serials are newly reprocessed from the original WAV files
as CD quality MP3s at 44.1KHz/320KBps. Payment is by Paypal Gift –
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Also today, to celebrate the end
of this ten year project (!), Ron Geddes and I have got together to
bring you additional information (and audio files) concerning
The Music from the Radio Series, now
including LP versions of some incidental tracks. Cheers for your
invaluable help, Ron!
Thanks to Richard McGinlay, the
Series 1 Reconstructions
Checklist has been tweaked lightly.
Finally today, please note that
The Avengers Declassified email address has changed and is now
email@example.com – the old address is no longer
27th July 2012 –
Final Radio Series Restorations Imminent
I'm currently working on the last two Avengers radio serials not
to have been restored to date – Get-A-Way and Stop Me If
You've Heard This. The work on the former is now completed and
my attention is now turning to Stop Me If You've Heard This. Both
serials should be available on Saturday 28th July – please see the
update from 6th June for information on how to get hold of these
24th July 2012 –
Brought to Book – Episode Guide + Story in Depth
Many thanks to Richard McGinlay who has put together Episode
Guide and Story in Depth pages for Brought to Book. He's done
a fine job and hopefully, we can look forward to more of the same.
Cheers, Richard! Brilliant work.
Brought to Book – Episode
Guide • Brought to Book – The Story in Depth
Wednesday 6th June 2012 –
New Procedure for Radio Serial Downloads
As many visitors may have noticed, the availability of the radio
serials from this site has been unreliable of late. In response, I
have decided that after nearly ten years of making these freely
available via download, to remove them all from the site as direct
downloads. Anyone wanting radio serials, including the soon-to-be
restored Get-A-Way, should now follow the procedure as noted
on the Radio Series – Archive
page. There will be a small admin charge per serial, payable by
Please also note that the
Avengers on the Radio website is now no longer updated and any
radio series updates will appear here at The Avengers
Thursday 31st May 2012 –
Little Wonders Updated with a Big Wonder!
One of my infrequent updates to the site today, but worth a
mention. I've just added the excellent German 50th Anniversary DVD
set to Little Wonders – Germany.
It's well worth getting – a genuine treasure, beautifully designed
and put together with care. Secondly, it has been brought to my
attention that unfortunately Studio Canal UK's replacement disc for
Legacy of Death (Disc 5 in the Series 6 set) exhibits the
same audio pitch error that affected all Series 5 episodes, despite
fixing the visual issue that prompted the replacement. The German
version is unaffected, although it must be said that the picture
quality of Legacy of Death on the German set isn't as good as
on the UK replacement disc. Swings and roundabouts – and I would
imagine it is far too late to expect another replacement. Not one of
the series' best episodes, but a disappointment nonethless.