16th December 2013
Jamaica? No, She Wanted to Go
John Steed and Cathy Gale fight crime in an exotic locale
without ever leaving the confines of Teddington Studios in
Death Dispatch, ably
documented today by Richard McGinlay.
20th October 2013
We take a second look today at the fourth episode of Series
1 - Nightmare - adding a new Production Brief note to the
Episode Guide page and giving
the Story in Depth a
minor brush-up. Thanks to Richard McGinlay for these updates.
17th October 2013
Bringing the Far Distant Dead into Focus
Thanks to Richard for tweaking the last few paragraphs of
the Story in Depth
for The Far Distant Dead, to take account of some new
3rd October 2013
A Slight Case of Reincarnation
More from our Dead on
Arrival section today which deals with the Avengers
projects that almost were but which didn't quite make it to the
screen. J. Ferguson takes a look at the mid-1980s project
Avengers International and has submitted an
episode guide page,
in-depth look at the story and a
today, the latest news about the Big
16th September 2013
Dr King and Desperate Men
Richard McGinlay has provided an absolutely superb episode
guide page for The Sell-Out,
positively bursting with stuff you didn't know and other things you
didn't even think to ask about!
23rd August 2013
Latest from Big Finish
A first look today at the box art for the first of the
Avengers Lost Episodes sets in production by Big Finish - hop over
to Big Finish News for a peek!
14th August 2013
Visit the Costa del Steed
Belatedly, the Animations News
has been updated with news of the premiere of the first episode of
Too Many Steeds. You can watch the episode on
Channel Steed and
read about it in the
11th August 2013
Carry On at the Convent...
Once again, Richard McGinlay has come up with a remarkable
episode guide page, this time for
Dead on Course from Series
2. We guarantee that there will be things there you hadn't even
thought of! Thanks Richard!
Tuesday 6th August 2013
What People Say About The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes...
+ Another New Section!
Here's what some people have been saying about
The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes: The Lost Stories of The
Avengers Series 1...
"Got this book
a few days ago. Hardback. It's really glorious - far, far better
than I ever expected it to be; yes, I knew the content was going to
be great (look at the authors), but it's a very nicely produced work
too. Easily the best Avengers book to date."
"This book is
a fantastic addition to The Avengers series of books that are out
there. It truly lifts a lid on what everyone has missed from the
very first season that starred Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee."
Also today, my thanks to
J. Ferguson of the excellent New Avengers website
for submitting an excellent episode guide feature on
The First Avengers
Movie, which forms the first entry in our new
Dead on Arrival section. The
area will document Avengers projects that didn't quite make
it to the finished article.
Satuday 3rd August 2013
The International Scene...
Many thanks to Denis for researching some additional Emma
Peel era transmission details for
Monday 29th July 2013
Say Hello to Carol and listen to Steed and Keel...
The Big Finish section is
updated tonight with the latest news concerning the casting of the
Series 1 audio adaptations and the release of the first teaser
Saturday 27th July 2013
New Section - Big Finish Audiobooks...
I'm delighted today to usher in another brand new section
devoted to the forthcoming audiobooks from
Big Finish Productions. The
company have recorded their first four Avengers plays this
week, adapting lost episode scripts beginning with Hot Snow
and Brought to Book. This section will include news and all
the usual in-depth details you have come to expect from The
Avengers Declassified, but for now, there's an introductory
piece, order links (so DO order!) and a news page.
18th July 2013
The Old Avengers in Canada...
...or at least they were heading towards it! Richard
McGinlay takes a gloriously in-depth look at
Mission to Montreal
today. As a result, the episode guide page is now simply bursting at
the seams with exclusive production information, trivia and the
like. Many thanks Richard for an exhaustive essay!
14th July 2013
More Vance, More Julie, More Schooling...
An additional note has been added this morning to the
Dance with Death
Production Brief concerning the 1961 incident at Teddington
Studios involving director Dennis Vance, giving Patrick Macnee's
perspective. I've also added an additional Stop Press note to
The Decapod, concerning Julie
Stevens' television acting debut. Finally, another Venus Smith
episode has been tackled today,
School for Traitors. Our
Series 2 Episode Guide is filling up nicely!
13th July 2013
Open the Box...
We're full steam ahead now with our Series 2 coverage, and
today we drop in once more on Venus Smith to take a look at her
episode Box of Tricks. The
page for The Removal Men has
also been added to, thanks to Piers Johnson pointing out something
I'd missed, which has now been added to the final note. I have also
added new Stop Press notes for the following Series 1
Brought to Book,
Square Root of Evil,
The Radioactive Man,
Tunnel of Fear,
The Far Distant Dead,
Kill the King and
Dead of Winter. This
latter episode also features a new Production Brief note
concerning music requirements. Finally, I have
also been able to ascertain once and for all that the working title
often ascribed to Dragonsfield
- The Case of the Happy Camper - was never originally associated with that episode, rather it was the
working title of a Series 2 episode.
12th July 2013
Take a Trip to the French Riviera, but Beware of Bugs
Our odyssey through Series 2 takes us today to the Cτte
d'Azur and lands us in Bug Siegel's nightclub, Les Centaurs, for
The Removal Men. Our new
episode guide page includes all you'd expect from us, and possibly
10th July 2013
The Avengers That Never Was
My thanks to J. Ferguson for an absolutely superb review of
the ill-fated attempt to return The Avengers to the screen in
1981 - Stay Tuned: The
First Avengers Movie. Everyone with an interest in the series
and what might have been are encouraged to read this great article.
9th July 2013
Who Was That Masked Man?
The Series 2 episode guide pages get off to a rip-roaring
start with The Decapod, as we
unmask its production process!
8th July 2013
The Chronicles of Radeck
Thanks to Richard for running a final check on the episode
guide for Girl on the Trapeze,
which consequently now features additional location, trivia and
4th July 2013
May the Fourth Series DVD Cover!
Quite possibly the most forced update header of all time,
but I'd like to wish all Stateside Avengers a very happy 4th
of July celebration... and I am also pleased to add, thanks to
Denis, another unlicensed VHS cover, for Series 4 episode
The House That Jack Built
(Hollywood Select Video).
26th June 2013
The Avengers Audiobook Debut
Some great, astounding news from
who have licensed The Avengers for a series of audiobooks.
Twelve lost Series 1 episodes are being adapted for audio with
releases commencing from January 2014. This is a wonderful
development and we at The Avengers Declassified hope that our
readers will support this venture as wholeheartedly as we will.
More details here and
ordering details here.
25th June 2013
The Dennis Vance Scandal
Many thanks to Mike Hill for sending me some newspaper
cuttings that have led to me writing a lengthy new piece for the
Production Brief of Dance
with Death. I was previously unaware of the incident concerning
Avengers director Dennis Vance which is mentioned in the
reports, and have now uncovered further information to produce and
update that makes for sobering reading.
18th June 2013
There Be Pirates!
My good friend Denis Kirsanov has surprised me yet again
with some further information about the
unlicensed USA VHS releases
documented in our Little Wonders
section. This includes catalogue numbers, some new confirmed titles,
and a cover or two. Thanks Denis! Thanks also to the Renata, Claudio
and Giuseppe of Serie TV, who have let me know about their
website - references to this Italian fansite devoted to classic TV
(and covering The Avengers) have been added to
Avengerweb 2002 and
17th June 2013
Little Wonders Updated
Thanks to Sιbastien Lamy for sending a few missing covers
for Little Wonders, one for
French VHS Releases and another, the internal covers for the
Kult TV 'Movie Commemoration' collection, for UK VHS
13th June 2013
Clowning Around with Ian Hendry
Thanks to Gabriel Hershman's superb biography of Ian Hendry,
I have been able to add a little more flesh to the bone with
reference to Ian's association with the circus and Coco the Clown.
As such, the episode guide pages for
Girl on the Trapeze,
Dead of Winter and
To Catch A Rat have received
some attention. Gabriel's biography,
Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry, is essential
reading for Avengers fans and I recommend it very highly to
readers of The Avengers Declassified. Don't miss out on a
12th June 2013
New Animation on the Way + Series 1 Book + Series 2 Episode Guide
Some great news for fans of The Avengers radio series
and the series in general. Another animation is on the way from Paul
Farrer (Fazz68 Productions)! This time it's
Too Many Olιs that's
being tackled (which itself was an adaptation of They Keep
Killing Steed, but set - as originally planned - in Spain). The
animated version will be called Too Many Steeds - one of my
small contributions to this new animation - and the first episode is
due in the next month or two. The news has been added to
John Steed's Newsround and you can
see a special teaser video over at
where you can also catch the first serial,
The Cybernauts. These
animations are superb, and the new one looks to be even better and
more assured than the first - please support them and 'Like' the
videos on You Tube. Making your voice heard will help ensure that
Sales of the book I announced
last Thursday have been encouraging. Thanks to everyone who has
ordered so far. Details about the book can be found in the 6th June
update and it's possible to make a small saving on it and any other
title listed above by using the discount code FAST5 (case
Finally, eagle-eyed visitors to
Declassified will have noticed that Episode Guide pages
for Series 2 are beginning to be added. These are essentially
placeholders for the moment, although cast and crew lists and
transmission information is already in situ. These pages will be populated with
over time, and such updates will be highlighted here in What's New.
6th June 2013
The Big Announcement - Our First Avengers Book!
It's a couple of days later than expected, but I'm delighted
to say that I'm now in the position to unveil The Avengers
Declassified's first book! The Strange Case of the Missing
Episodes - The Lost Stories of The Avengers Series 1 is
available from today in hardcover and paperback. It's written by
Richard McGinlay, Alan Hayes and Alys Hayes and covers Series 1 from
the point of view of its narrative and its archive status. The book
can be ordered via the links above, but further information can be
Hidden Tiger's website. The book is to be the first in a series, and the process
will lead to major updates to the website also. The content of the
books will be familiar to readers of this website, but they will
have a permanency that a website can never have. Obviously, if
visitors purchase these books, it will make a significant difference
to funds for this site - and everyone wins. :)
Webscape in Time is
updated to include mention of this publication of The Avengers
Declassified and also of Neil Hendry's website devoted to his uncle
2nd June 2013
Avengers Radio Downloads
The radio downloads service is now ended. If anyone missed
out and would like to order a later than last minute set of the
drop me a line. Be watching for a big announcement in the next
day or two!
30th May 2013
Avengers Radio Downloads - A Last Minute Reminder
A quick heads up to folks in these parts that the radio
downloads service ends tomorrow. If you want the radio series in
spick and span condition, it's last knockings. Get in there now,
before it's gone. Details above. Please note that anyone who orders
will still have the normal two week window in which to download. The
radio series is highly unlikely to be made available in this quality
23rd May 2013
The Change of Bait Controversy
A fascinating find tonight, which has been written up as a
trivia item on the A Change of
Bait Episode Guide page. It appears that an episode about
arsonists proved even more incendiary than intended!
21st May 2013
You're On Your Own Steed!
Our work on the Series 1 Stories in Depth concludes tonight,
Dragonsfield, the last episode of 1961 to be broadcast, and the
first Avengers story to feature John Steed without David
Keel. I have significantly revised the in-depth synopsis, and have
added a series of explanatory footnotes. I am grateful to Alys Hayes
for writing the initial version of this synopsis, and to Richard
McGinlay for his insights and suggestions, all of which have greatly
improved the finished article. Richard has also written a superb
trivia note for the accompanying
Episode Guide page, concerning the spacesuits on show in the
The radio series downloads
service is now in its last ten days. If you're prevaricating
about buying a set, now would be a good time to get your order in.
When it's gone, it's gone. Details above.
7th May 2013
The Horsemeat Scandal's Got Nothing on This...
Thanks to Richard McGinlay for casting an eye over the Story
in Depth for Dead of
Winter, the episode which gives you chills and a fear of looking
in the freezer...
4th May 2013
Many thanks to Julian Knott for sending in a trade flier for
the Contender M.Appeal VHS releases, which can be viewed on the
UK Home Video Publicity page
of Little Wonders.
2nd May 2013
Last Month of Radio Series Downloads...
A brief return to give notice that the radio series
downloads service will be ending on May 31st 2013. This is the final
extension to the service and it will be withdrawn from midnight on
that day. Ordering details above... Regular updates will return
18th April 2013
The Avengers Declassified is taking a holiday until the end
of the month. During that time, the radio series downloads service
is being rested, to return on 29th April or thereabouts. The site
will remain available as usual, but will not be updated. See you on
the other side!
16th April 2013
The First Avenger...
Recommended reading -
Gabriel Hershman's biography of Ian Hendry is now available to
buy and is highly recommended by The Avengers Declassified.
10th April 2013
Yes, We Have Some Bananas...
Many thanks to Richard McGinlay for running his eye over the Story in Depth for A Change of Bait,
now suitably updated and augmented with his help.
8th April 2013
Ian Hendry on This Is Your Life + Ian Hendry website...
A small but pleasing update today, which represents a little
mystery solved. I have known for some time that Ian Hendry appeared
on This Is Your Life at around the time of his stint on The
Avengers, and initially thought the programme was devoted to him. It
now transpires that he was actually a guest, called in to relate a
story concerning his good friend Nicolai Poliakoff (aka Coco the
Clown), the subject of that week's edition. The information I've
tracked down has been added as a trivia note to
Dead of Winter - and I
must thank Neil Hendry, Ian's nephew, for putting me on the right
track with this one... Neil has recently launched
the official website
for Ian Hendry and I heartily recommend Avengers fans
take a look and join in discussions concerning Ian on their
Facebook and other pages.
2nd April 2013
The Avengers Animated!
A very exciting day for The Avengers Declassified
today... We are pleased to bring you a brand new section, which we
are sure will prove very popular and provide visitors with hours of
entertainment. The new section concerns the non-commercial
animations produced by Fazz68 Productions, which came to public
attention towards the end of 2012 with The Cybernauts being
serialised. Now, you can watch and read about these animations at
Declassified, and find out the latest news on future
productions. My thanks to Paul Farrer/Fazz68 Productions for all the
help given in making this great new section a reality. Check it out
- The Animations. Please hover
over the left hand menu with your mouse, and refresh the pane,
otherwise the quick link to The Animations may not show up straight
28th March 2013
Kings and Desperate Men + Radio Series Downloads...
The Series 1 polish reaches Kill the King today,
which benefits from Richard's attention. Both the
Episode Guide and Story in Depth
pages, as well as The Yellow
Needle's trivia section have been updated.
26th March 2013
Soho-A-Go-Go + Little Wonders...
Take a stroll into the murky nightlife of Soho, with our
revised Story in Depth
for the Series 1 episode, Toy Trap
(with thanks to Richard for going through this one and suggesting
improvements)... considerably more in depth! A turn-off onto the
high street will then lead you to Little Wonders... which has
been spruced up in places with help from Denis, including a new
USA unlicensed VHS
cover for Game (previously only in B/W) and new and improved covers,
plus catalogue numbers, for USA VHS.
18th March 2013
Yellow Fever and How to Cure It...
Our endeavours to polish the Series 1 episode guides and in
depth synopses before moving on to Series 2 continues today with
Richard McGinlay giving The Yellow Needle a comprehensive
brush-up. As a result, the
Episode Guide for the story has been revised in a small way, and
the Story in Depth
is now... considerably more in depth! In fact, it has been rewritten
from the ground up and goes well beyond the reconstruction script
which we previously presented.
17th March 2013
Even More Little Wonders...
Further dogged research from Denis has unearthed a few more
VHS covers for our Little Wonders section. The page to benefit from
his endeavours today is that for the
French VHS releases.
16th March 2013
More Little Wonders...
Denis has again worked wonders and has tracked down covers
for the Little Wonders section, meaning that both the USA DVD and
Netherlands DVD sections are now in much better shape. Thanks Denis!
14th March 2013
Thanks to Denis Kirsanov for sending three images of
Italian VHS covers which now means
we have scans of all covers in that section (not that some couldn't
do with improving!). There is also a new DVD edition of The New
Avengers coming to Australia, and this has been added to the
page for Australian DVDs.
28th February 2013
The Series 1 Phials + Episode Screening + Radio Series
I hope you'll excuse the awful pun in the title of today's
update, but I've heavily revised the expanded synopsis and
episode guide pages for The Deadly Air. I hope readers
will forgive me a little self-indulgence for inventing small
snatches of dialogue to make the synopsis more engaging. As with the
other expanded synopses, it necessarily includes much supposition and joining of
dots based on surviving resources. Episode Screening... You may be
interested to know that Elstree Screen Heritage is hosting a
series of screenings of films and television series filmed in
Elstree and Borehamwood. The
Avengers episode being shown on the big screen on Thursday 18th
April 2013 is Something Nasty in the Nursery, and the superb
Checkmate episode of The Prisoner is on the same bill.
Click the pictures above for further details. Radio Series
Downloads... Thanks to an order for the radio series being
received, the downloads service is now extended until 12th March 2013. Please see blue text above for
ordering details... Finally... Can I please remind visitors
of the importance of picking up a book or two from
Tiger, as by purchasing there, you are supporting The
Avengers Declassified directly. Thank you.
24th February 2013
Something's Cooking... Go Easy on the Oil...
expanded synopsis and
episode guide pages for The Far Distant Dead have been
revisited today and heavily revised. The synopsis has been given
some intense scrutiny by myself and Richard McGinlay over the last
few days and I am pleased to say that we have been able to answer a
lot of questions about the episode and tie up a few loose ends that
were previously flailing. It may not be exactly what went out on
screen, for it necessarily includes much supposition and joining of
dots based on surviving resources. Maybe one day, the episode will
turn up and you can tell us how wrong we were. That'd be nice!
23rd February 2013
The Nearly Woman of The Avengers...
A new and rather sad note has been added today about Moira
Redmond, who played two roles in The Avengers, Stella in Hot Snow
and Zoe Carter in Kill the King. See the Trivia section of
the Kill the King Episode Guide
for more details. There has also been a new note added about the
police chief from The Far
20th February 2013
A Little Extra...
Unlike most other days recently, only a small update today,
but a nice one, to add a little extra detail to writer Lewis
Davidson's biography in the Production Brief section of the episode
guide page for A Change of
Bait, with thanks to the splendid Andrew Pixley. Likewise, there
is an additional trivia note concerning
The Radioactive Man, on
the subject of character names of Frane and Inica, which may have confused people until
19th February 2013
Another One for the Mortuary...
A major update today to One for the Mortuary's Story in Depth
which, thanks to the generosity of Tim Trounce (who unearthed the
rehearsal script) and to the fine work of Richard McGinlay who has
completely rewritten the feature. It's a pleasure to be able to
reveal for the first time anywhere since the original transmission
the nitty gritty of this early Brian Clemens script.
18th February 2013
I'm A Lumberjack and I'm OK...
Today has been full of
research for the Emma Peel era, poring over Denis Kirsanov's fine
work on the Avengers transmissions there and take it a step
or two further in some instances. I feel like I should be an
honorary lumberjack or a Mountie for a day, my head is so full of
Canada! You'll note that the presentation style has been changed
also, with each region having its own page this has been rolled
out across the whole section. Just Australia and Canada requiring
sub-pages for now, but there will be more that need this sort of
treatment. I hope it makes sense! Finally, my thanks to Joris Royer
for putting Denis and myself right on a few points about the French
Emma Peel broadcasts, which are now far more accurate as a result!
17th February 2013
A Matter of Life and Death...
My thanks to Richard McGinlay for casting a fresh eye over
the Series 1 episode One
for the Mortuary, which now has a much revised Episode Guide
page. A similarly updated Story in Depth will follow in the next few
16th February 2013
Blogs, Books and Broadcasts...
First today, an update from Denis to
Webscape in Time 2012. The
Mrs Peel You're Needed blog that we'd previously thought was
closed actually moved to a new address last year and therefore the
2011 and 2012 pages have been revised. Next up, a bit of news about
Rodney Marshall's excellent book,
Subversive Champagne, which
in response to
feedback from purchasers has now been revised to cover the both Emma
Peel series. This book comes highly recommended by The Avengers
Declassified. It's not expensive and is well worth picking up
(as are the other two books above, I might say!). Finally, after a
day off, it's back to the Emma Peel era International Premieres
grindstone, with today's visits being to
Israel, Jamaica and
14th February 2013
Unpeeling the International Broadcasts + Radio Series Downloads
These titles get more and more desperate, don't they? This
one means that the first of the
international premiere updates
for the Emma Peel era have been added to the site. To begin
with, there are eight countries available:
Ireland. It's merci
beaucoup to Joris Royer, who has dropped me a line to clarify a
couple of things about the
French broadcasts of the Cathy Gale episodes, including
information about the December 1997 premiere of four episodes and
that they were introduced by Honor Blackman. Radio Series
Downloads... The good news is that thanks to a purchase today,
I've been able to eek out the file life on the servers until
February 28th, so the downloads service will continue until then at
least. Hopefully a little longer, but this depends upon sales coming
in to extend the life of the files. Obviously, the longer the
service can be kept open, the less chance there is of people missing
out. Thanks to everyone who has supported the downloads so far.
13th February 2013
Hello Mrs Peel Goodbye!
Believe it or not, that's the title of what we think might
be the only Avengers home video
release in Argentina. Tracked down by ace detective Denis
12th February 2013
The Travels of Steed and Cathy
A whole section added today, detailing the
International Premieres of
Series 2+3 (Cathy Gale). Once again, this would not have been
possible without the diligent researches of Denis Kirsanov. I've
done a little bit of additional research, but the plaudits should
really be his. Please note that USA listings are yet to be fully
researched, hence their absence from the pages for the moment. Denis
has also supplied two images for Little Wonders
Italian VHS covers, one an
improvement, the other entirely new. I am also indebted once again
to Brad Byers, who has sent further photographs to round off the
UK DVD Partwork page in
the same section. Many thanks to Brad and Denis. Also, there's some
good news in that I should be able to extend the radio series
availability to the end of the month. It's all to do with keeping
the downloads from expiring, so every new order extends the
availability. So, if you order, you're actually helping to keep the
service going that little while longer. Just one order extends the
availability by a fortnight. If there aren't any orders in a two
week period, that'll finally be it.
11th February 2013
The New Avengers Grab Some Sun
Further work today on The New Avengers' international
scene, which sees Steed, Purdey and Gambit visit the sunny climes of
returning nearer to home with a stopver in beautiful
Belgium. At 19
countries, this completes the international broadcast history of
The New Avengers. For now! Returning to the original Avengers,
I've just added an international transmissions page for
to their broadcast of The Frighteners.
10th February 2013
International Detectives + Radio Series + Little Wonders
First today, Denis is doing fine work in the Irish press
archives. This means we can now present both the information on
transmission times for the
Irish screenings of The New Avengers, but we can also confirm
that the RTΙ transmission there of
The Eagle's Nest was the world premiere of The New Avengers.
Whether Patrick Macnee, Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt strolled down
any red carpets there, we may never know! Anyway, it means that a
new Trivia note and a Stop the Press entry have been added for the
episode. International transmissions for
also been added for The New Avengers. Little
Wonders Thanks to Brad Byers for sending images and
information that have helped me piece together a brand new Little
Wonders page for the aborted
UK DVD Partwork from Eaglemoss. I have also added a reference to
their website in Webscape in
Time 2010. Finally, a little trawl of the Irish press archives
this evening brought up a fascinating fact about televisions in
Ireland being able to receive ABC North signals from England, which
has been added as a trivia note to
9th February 2013
The New Avengers in Canada
I've just spent all day going through the
transmissions of The New Avengers and my head hurts!
Had Denis not already performed the greater bulk of the research, I
think I would probably still be on this one by Christmas, but I've
been pleased to have tracked down a few extra details while putting
together the page. But now I'm going to have some dinner and watch
the Universal 1931 Dracula in Spanish. Either I'm cosmopolitan or
a masochist! Jamaica and Turkey have
also been added today, again for The New Avengers.
8th February 2013
All Roads Lead to Rome, Except the Ones That Lead to Turin
Denis and I have been researching International transmission
dates of The New Avengers as if our lives depended on it.
Consequently, we present revised
Piers!) and French pages
and new pages for Greece, Malaysia,
and Italy, the latter of which has
proved a bugger to research, I must say. There are still many
questions on the Tele Torino International broadcasts, but I have at
least come up with a theory or two. Denis' research in Swiss
newspapers regarding the French transmissions have revealed
significant inaccuracies in existing guides, with as many as ten
episodes having previously been assigned to the wrong transmission
days, let alone times. The list we present here and at
Steedumbrella is as accurate as we can make it.
7th February 2013
As if yesterday's update was not enough, there's another new
section opening today, or rather sub-sections of the era sections
International Premieres. This is another section that is the result
of the hard work of Denis Kirsanov of the Russian site
Steedumbrella, with a small amount of input from myself, and
which will grow beyond its humble beginning
Keel era International
Premieres. Also added in this section, with nods of gratitude to
Cedric Mueller and Denis Chauvet is The New
Avengers International Premieres only four countries in that
one at the moment, but this will change!
6th February 2013
Avengerweb A Gift to all Avengers fans on Patrick Macnee's 91st
Today is the birthday of a remarkable man, without whom
The Avengers would be no more than a minor footnote in the
history of television and culture. We at The Avengers
Declassified pay tribute to Patrick Macnee, who turns 91 today
and in honour of that birthday and the man celebrating it, I am pleased to
present the new section that I
cryptically referred to about a week ago the
Avengerweb. This new section is
the product of an on-going collaboration between myself and my friend Denis Kirsanov of
the Russian site
Steedumbrella. It is yet another demonstration of the
internationality of TheAvengers.TV and also of the power of
The Avengers to bring people together regardless of barriers
of language, geography, politics or Iron Curtains! The
Avengerweb is our gift for fans of The Avengers, and also
for those who appreciate the wonderfully creative fandom that has
grown up around the series. It shows how Patrick Macnee and those
around him inspired people the world over, many years after the show
itself was a thing of the past. Avengerweb is about those
fans, all of whom took their love of the programme and shared it via
the Internet. The main thrust of the
section is to document the development of Avengers websites
through time and I hope you'll forgive the title of that particular
Webscape in Time. Sorry couldn't resist! The history is
presented both in timeline fashion, by year, and as an alphabetical
list of sites. Where available, archived snapshots of old sites (and
current sites at earlier stages of their development) are included.
Avengerweb also presents, for the first time, The Avengers
Declassified's recommended Weblinks. So, take a look, have a play
and enjoy a stroll down The Avengers' Internet memory lane!
5th February 2013
Naughty Little Wonders! + New Books to Tempt You + Radio
Thanks to Denis Kirsanov for supplying two further American
unlicensed VHS covers Hollywood Select Video's The Case of
Countless Clues [sic] and Showcase Productions' Hidden Tiger
[also sic well, a little...].
Books... Also, with The New Avengers scriptbooks now
sadly deleted, we have further wares with which to tempt you.
Firstly, there is Rodney Marshall's terrific
Subversive Champagne, which we at The Avengers Declassified
recommend highly. It isn't every day that a book comes along that
says something new about The Avengers and makes you approach
the series from a fresh perspective, but this is one of those books
that is both thought provoking and enjoyable. It's written by Rodney
Marshall, son of Avengers writer Roger Marshall, and you
really should buy it! Secondly, there's
Requiem for Sherlock Holmes, a collection of Holmes short
stories written by my very talented younger brother, Paul Stuart
Hayes. I have published this book myself, having collaborated on the
book with Paul for over a year. Sales of this latter title directly helps
The Avengers Declassified keep itself afloat, so please buy
generously, as they say!
Radio Downloads... A
reminder that the downloads service is coming to an end, with
availability likely to end mid-late February, dependent upon demand.
4th February 2013
Applying the Polish + New Books to Tempt You + Radio Downloads
Richard McGinlay has now cast his eyes over the remainder of
Series 1 and as a result the pages for
The Deadly Air,
A Change of Bait,
Dead of Winter have all
been tweaked to greater or lesser extents.
1st February 2013
The Strange Case of the German DVD Reissues
Thanks to Denis Kirsanov's tireless researches I have been
compelled to check up on the DVD
releases in Germany and have discovered that the Emma Peel
series were reissued in 2011, so these releases have been added
today to Little Wonders.
31st January 2013
Avengers Radio Downloads Extended... a little
Demand for the radio downloads has been such that I have
decided to extend the service by two weeks, just to make sure that
everyone who wants the radio serials has a chance to get them before
the downloads are terminated. It has been possible to extend the
service until February 13th. Details above. In the meantime, I
continue to work on a background project which will be added to the
site in the next week or so and have also updated the
Little Wonders section, with help
from Denis. Please see German DVDs
and USA DVDs for additional images and information.
30th January 2013
Almost Entirely Trivial!
While I am working on a new section for Declassified (keep
'em Peeled!), there's been time to add some new trivia and
production entries by Richard McGinlay and myself for the Series 1
episodes Tunnel of Fear
and The Far Distant Dead.
I have also stumbled across provisional artwork for Kult
TV/Contender's first UK DVD release
and have added it to Little Wonders.
28th January 2013
Little Wondering in the Swuff!
It's funny... when DVD was introduced I couldn't get shot of
those horrible VHS tapes quickly enough and yet now I'm all
nostalgic for them! Further Little Wondering today, with the
USA VHS and
USA Laserdisc releases finished off
(bar the occasional missing image if you can help out here,
please drop me a line) and I've also tracked down a rare
unlicensed USA VHS
cover for Get-A-Way!. New weblinks
You may also have noticed a series of new links to the right of this
notice. The first is to
Tiger books and sales at this site directly supports the running
of The Avengers Declassified, so please do pick up a book or two;
the second is to the excellent Russian site,
Steedumbrella, run by Denis Kirsanov who has contributed much to
Declassified (easily translated in Google Chrome or via Google
Translate) and lastly, there is a link to
The Avengers International Fan Forum, which is simply THE place
to discuss the series.
27th January 2013
More work on Little Wonders
today, which now includes Region Code, Media and Packaging
information for all DVDs plus new pages for the one and only UK
Avengers VCD disc and a series of
unlicensed French VCDs.
I'm also slowly adding individual covers, with bags of help from my
Russian friend, Denis Kirsanov of the excellent
Steedumbrella. As his site is in Russian (but easily translated
with Google), it really doesn't get the credit it is due. Go and
have a look the quality of research is superb.
26th January 2013
I've just added a little-known VHS release to Little Wonders
a French VHS Partwork
release from EMI France. In fact, the whole of
Little Wonders has
received a sprucing up today, particularly
USA DVD, which has many new
images. The 1971 Stage Show also gets a
bit of attention today, with two new
contemporary reviews added here
25th January 2013
Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir L'indispensable!
It's the turn of French VHS
releases today, so have a gander at the 1990s releases from EMI
France and Sony Music Vidιo. Studio Canal French VHS releases coming
soon. Thanks again to Denis for his help with this section.
22nd January 2013
Italian Video Wonders!
Another new page at The Avengers Declassified today,
detailing Italian VHS releases. Apologies for the image quality of
some of the covers it's the best we have access to at the moment.
If anyone can help improve them, please drop me a line. Thanks to
Denis Kirsanov for helping get this page off the ground!
21st January 2013
Don Leaver's Perfect Ten
New today is a biographical note about Don Leaver, who
directed a record ten Avengers episodes in one series. Read
about him on the Girl on the
Trapeze episode guide page (Production Brief) and about his
achievement on the corresponding page for
Dead of Winter (Trivia).
19th January 2013
In Depth Tunnel of Fear
The In Depth synopsis for Tunnel of Fear has been revised today to include
additional details and explanatory footnotes.
18th January 2013
There Be Pirates!
Many thanks to Denis for passing along three covers that
were missing from or in a bad way on our
USA Unlicensed VHS
Little Wonders page: Hollywood Select Video's The
Gravediggers, Silent Dust, A Sense of History, The
Hidden Tiger and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
17th January 2013
In Depth Death on the Slipway
The In Depth synopsis for Death on the
Slipway has been revised today to include a few additional
details and explanatory footnotes. Also, Richard McGinlay has
suggested a few additional items for
Toy Trap, Tunnel of Fear,
The Far Distant Dead,
Kill the King and
16th January 2013
Series 1 Just When You Thought It Was Done!
Yes, our obsession with all things Series 1 continues
unabated today, with new Production Notes added for
Dance with Death
(Production Brief), The Springers
(last Production Brief note and In the Press),
The Frighteners (first and
last Production Brief notes),
The Yellow Needle (fifth Production Brief note),
Death on the Slipway
(most Production Brief notes),
Dragonsfield (fourth Production Brief note) and
Dead of Winter
(yesterday's Equity update revised).
15th January 2013
1961 Equity Strike
I've been doing a spot of research about the 1961 Equity strike
and have added a Production Brief note to
Dead of Winter.
Crescent Moon and
The Radioactive Man have
also received some attention.
14th January 2013
The New Avengers in Finland!
Thanks to Denis Kirsanov for pointing me in the direction of
some additional covers for the Little
Wonders section, including a marvellous
Finnish VHS release of The New
Avengers that I'd never heard of before. Denis has also supplied
a few of the Pyramid HE UK VHS
covers, also of The New Avengers.
13th January 2013
A Cornucopia of Wonders!
Plenty going on today, starting with Richard McGinlay's
additions to the Episode Guide pages for
The Yellow Needle,
A Change of Bait and
Dragonsfield. Also today,
the Little Wonders section gets a bit of attention and thanks to the
diligent researches of Denis Kirsanov, I have been able to make
major in-roads on presenting a complete picture of the
USA Unlicensed VHS releases
which is now enhanced with 30 new images. Back to Series 1, I've
finally laid the 'silenced rifle' blooper in
Hot Snow to rest, and an
interesting point about Dead
of Winter see 'And Finally...' in both instances.
12th January 2013
Of Eagles and Gladiators
My sincere thanks to Neil Alsop and Denis Kirsanov for their
assistance with HTV Regional
Transmissions of The New Avengers. Neil has shed some light on
the transmission of The Gladiators and has kindly added some
welcome detail about the nature of the HTV television service in the
mid-1970s, while Denis has highlighted a transmission breakdown that
meant that West Wales viewers didn't get to see The Eagle's Nest
until 1981! I have also been able to revise filming completed dates
with a little more accuracy than before for
The New Avengers Series 2.
9th January 2013
We Dig the Dirt!
Taking a brief break from our obsession with Series 1 (yes,
I know!), a new episode guide to round of the first series of The
New Avengers Dirtier by
8th January 2013
New today, an episode guide page for
Girl on the Trapeze,
which rounds off our Series 1 coverage (though the tweaks will
continue!). I've also reproduced my review of
this episode's first screening in 2002, previously published at
David K. Smith's
7th January 2013
Credits Where They Are Due...
I've started addressing a long-standing omission at The
Avengers Declassified today, by adding Production Credits to the
Episode Guide pages. These are now available for the Series 1
episodes and have also been incorporated into all other episode guide pages
the site. I have also added a new Production Brief note
for Ashes of Roses.
6th January 2013
And Another Thing...
Significant Production Brief updates to episode guide pages for
Ashes of Roses and
Dance with Death, by
5th January 2013
And Some More...
Production Brief and Trivia updates to episode guide pages for
The Yellow Needle,
The Deadly Air,
A Change of Bait and
Dead of Winter today, by
myself and Richard McGinlay.
4th January 2013
Small tweaks and updates to episode guide pages for
Hot Snow (including an important revision
to Bloopers...), The
Radioactive Man, Ashes of
Please Don't Feed the Animals, Dance with Death,
The Yellow Needle. Several
of these updates include new production, triva and 'And Finally'
2nd January 2013
A Brush-up for the New Year
First of all, I'd like to wish all contributors and visitors
to The Avengers Declassified a very Happy New Year. To help counter
the 'back to work blues', I'm pleased to say that this site will
continue to provide fans of The Avengers with plenty to keep
them occupied and fascinated in 2013. To start with, Richard
McGinlay and I have brushed up the following Episode Guide pages to
include new and revised notes:
Square Root of Evil,
Double Danger (including
the revelation of the actor who played Ted Mace!),
Toy Trap and
Kill the King.