Thursday 24th December 2015 - A Merry Christmas to All... A handful of small updates today, as I slowly catch up with things that have been awaiting my attention while I've been recovering from an eye injury (caused by an umbrella, of all things - oh, the irony!). Firstly, there's an update to the Spanish Unlicensed DVD page of Little Wonders. Also, there have been some small adjustments made to the filming dates of The New Avengers, with notes added, and I've also been able to add three more episodes to the Belgian transmissions of TNA and the Maltese transmissions of Series 4 & 5 and The New Avengers. None of these updates would have been possible without the help of Denis Kirsanov. All that remains to say is to wish a Merry Christmas to all who read this message - and a Happy New Year!

Also worth mentioning: Two Against the Underworld, our definitive account of Series 1 of The Avengers, is now on special offer. Enter discount code LULURC at Lulu checkout to receive 25% off the price of the book and free priority shipping! This knocks a hefty chunk off the price. A Kindle version is also available, though this is not part of Lulu's promotion.

Monday 21st December 2015 - A Magnum Ice Lolly for Schneider... Richard and I are listening in on Big Finish once again today, with A Change of Bait and Dead of Winter catching our attention... Hunt the Man Down has also received a minor update.

Monday 14th December 2015 - Kill the King on Audio... Richard McGinlay has cast an ear or two towards the Big Finish audio adaptation of Kill the King, and this has resulted in plenty of additional detail added to the episode guide page. Also, Hunt the Man Down has been updated to a small degree.

Friday 11th December 2015 - Stage Show Gallery Update... It's not often that we uncover a previously unseen photograph from the Avengers stage show, so it's a particular pleasure to unveil today a press call photo of Kate O'Mara from 24th May 1971.

Sunday 29th November 2015 - Avengerweb... Today, Denis Kirsanov and I have been making some changes and corrections to the Avengerweb section.

Wednesday 18th November 2015 - Two Against the Underworld Published Today! The latest Avengers book by Declassified writers Richard McGinlay, Alan Hayes and Alys Hayes is now available. Check out our Bookstore or Hidden Tiger for further details. Please note that as this book supercedes both The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes and With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, these titles have now been discontinued. If you would still like to buy these books to complete your collection, just drop me a line.

Friday 6th November 2015 - Introducing the New Mrs Peel... Head over to our Big Finish News page to find out the identity of the actress cast to play Emma Peel on audio!

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Disc Breakdowns for UK Blu-rays... Having realised that the UK Blu-ray special features are not accurately described on the packaging of the sets, I have revised the UK Blu-ray Little Wonders page so that the episodes and special features are listed here by disc. There are several extras that are not even mentioned on the packaging and some of these are rather good!

Saturday 24th October 2015 - More detail on those French Blu-rays... Many thanks to Joris Royer who has submitted information concerning the new Blu-ray sets just released in France.

Monday 19th October 2015 - New Blu-ray and DVD releases in France... Several tweaks to Little Wonders today, including the addition of three new DVD releases released last week in France (exclusive to fnac stores for a few days). Also, I've been able to add additional detail concerning the Blu-ray releases in the same country.

Sunday 18th October 2015 - ITV 60... A surprise addition to Little Wonders today, to add a forthcoming DVD compilation from Network - ITV 60 - that includes an Avengers episode. See the final entry on the Little Wonders - UK DVD 2006- page.

Sunday 11th October 2015 - New Email Address... A quick update to inform visitors that this site's email address has changed to declassified.web@gmail.com

Saturday 8th August 2015 - The Keel Deal... The remainder of the missing episode guide pages (what a Strange Case!) for volume 4 of Big Finish's The Avengers - The Lost Episodes have been added today: A Change of Bait and Dead of Winter. These are essentially placeholders at the moment, with further information to be added at a later date.

Monday 3rd August 2015 - Finally Hunted Down... After some considerable delay, my copy of Volume 4 of Big Finish's The Avengers - The Lost Episodes has arrived. Apologies for the delay in adding episode guides for these audio plays. To begin with, we have Hunt the Man Down, surely the most interesting as it is the first episode that Big Finish have produced that is based on meagre information. My thanks to Richard McGinlay for his work on this guide. The guide page for Kill the King has also been added, though there is more to come on this one.

Sunday 26th July 2015 - Blu-rays due in October in France... A welcome update to Little Wonders to add the newly-confirmed Blu-ray release of The Avengers in France. Currently Series 5 and 6 are confirmed for 20th October, with Series 4 also on the way.

Thursday 16th July 2015 - New DVD release in Spain is unlicensed... Another addition to Little Wonders today, and it's another company trying their luck, this time in Spain. Further unlicensed goings (though of a historical nature) on are documented on USA VHS Unlicensed, which now includes a couple of new covers thanks to Denis Kirsanov of Steedumbrella. The Little Wonders section as a whole has been subject to a small once over today, with certain information being corrected and revised.

Wednesday 15th July 2015 - International Premieres - Germany... Staying on the subject of International Premieres today, we have Cedric Mueller to thank for his diligent research into German transmissions. In addition to the Series 1, Series 2 & 3 and New Avengers information that had already been uploaded, I have now been able to add information for Series 4 & 5 and Series 6. By the looks of it, it must have been frustrating to be a fan of the series in Germany back in the 1960s and 1970s, as the first transmissions of some episodes reach into the 1990s and even the 2000s!

Monday 13th July 2015 - International Premieres - New Zealand (Emma Peel to The New Avengers)... Huge thanks to Jon Preddle today of the fascinating BroaDWcast website, who has sent me an Excel file which contains the considerable fruits of his researches into the transmission of The Avengers in New Zealand. As the videotaped shows have never been aired in New Zealand, our pages for New Zealand broadcast International Premieres - Series 4 & 5, International Premieres - Series 6 and International Premieres - The New Avengers.

Sunday 28th June 2015 - Double Update... Picking up the pieces after the sad news of last week regarding Patrick Macnee, we turn our attention back to the Big Finish audio productions, bringing our episode guide up to date with detailed pages for Double Danger and Toy Trap. Of course, the guide will be out of date in a few days, but we already have an update in hand regarding the next volume (due in early July).

Thursday 25th June 2015 - Patrick Macnee (1922-2015)... The news that I never wanted to announce has broken: Patrick Macnee, the greatest star of The Avengers, has died peacefully at his home in Rancho Mirage, Southern California. We couldn't let this sad day pass without comment, and as a result, the Stay Tuned section has a new feature - one we hoped we wouldn't need to write for years to come - The Wonderful Mr Macnee. Rest in peace, dear Patrick. You were the best of the best.

In addition, Big Finish News also has a tribute to Leonard, written by John Dorney.

Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Remembering John Wright... Visitors to this site and particularly my old one Avengers on the Radio may well remember John Wright as the kind soul who donated his Avengers radio series recordings to me. I have just learned that John passed away, some time ago now, and as a tribute to a true gentleman I have ported a feature over from Avengers on the Radio and have embellished it somewhat - Radio Series - John Wright Profile.

Monday 15th June 2015 - Sprung Dancers Get the Needle... Richard McGinlay has taken a long listen to three more Big Finish audio adaptations this weekend - Dance with Death, The Springers and The Yellow Needle - and as a result he has added considerable detail to the episode guide pages.

Thursday 11th June 2015 - It's as Easy as Jumping from a Truck... A nice update to The Eagle's Nest today to include some previously overlooked information about stunt performers. Check out the cast list for a 'Stand-ins & Stunts' sub-section and two new stunt-related notes under 'The Eagle's Nest - Declassified'. Thanks to the fabulous Denis Kirsanov for bringing this to my attention. Thanks also to Ian Beard for sending me a fascinating press feature from a 1962 edition of Today magazine, a reference to which has been added to the 'Stop Press' section of The Removal Men.

Sunday 7th June 2015 - The Lost Episodes Declassified... Thanks to the diligent work of Richard McGinlay, the episode guide pages for three of Big Finish's The Avengers - The Lost Episodes audio plays - Ashes of Roses, Please Don't Feed the Animals and The Radioactive Man - now boast plenty of added detail. More to follow over the coming weeks.

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Pottering Around at Declassified... A handful of small updates today, firstly to share the official press release for the Series 5 Blu-ray set that is due to be released on 22nd June 2015. Of particular note here is that an interview with Diana Rigg, sourced from British Legends Of Stage & Screen, makes its home video debut here, exclusive to this Blu-ray edition. Also today, we have learned of the existence of Linda Thorson's official website and this has been added to Avengerweb 2015.

Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Big Finish Announcement... The fifth release in Big Finish's excellent series of Series 1 audiobooks has been announced today for January 2016. See Big Finish News for further detail - and as an aside, it's great to see them getting to the scriptless episodes and taking advantage of the researches that Richard McGinlay and I have undertaken about these episodes, completely with our blessing of course. The newly announced stories have also been added to the episode guide page.

Thursday 30th April 2015 - Series 5 Blu-ray Packaging... The cover art for the forthcoming British and German editions of Series 5 on Blu-ray have been added to Little Wonders - UK Blu-ray and German Blu-ray.

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Avengers Comic Strips come to Audio... Following on from their critically acclaimed audio adaptations of The Avengers - The Lost Episodes, Big Finish Productions have today announced their second set of Avengers audiobooks, based on the Diana comic strips from 1966 to 1967. You can read the news reports at Big Finish News and order these titles from the Steed and Mrs Peel episode guide page. These titles are due for release in April and November 2016 alongside a lavish printed reproduction of the original comic strips as a graphic novel.

Friday 6th February 2015 - Happy Birthday, Patrick Macnee! Today Patrick Macnee, everyone's favourite English gentleman, turns 93. To celebrate, I've teamed up with two fellow Avengers webmasters to create The World of Patrick Macnee, launched today. I can't take the bulk of the credit, as my role has been to check and rewrite the English text (though I have added a factoid or ten along the way), and most of the plaudits should go to Denis of Steedumbrella and Christine of John Steed's Flat. The site has been added to Avengerweb, and is the first entry of 2015 - another Avengers website has arrived, though obviously it covers far more than just The Avengers!

Tuesday 20th January 2015 - StudioCanal News... Today we have the official confirmation of the UK Blu-ray release of The Avengers Series 4, complete with a press release. Packshots and details also appear on the Little Wonders page for UK Blu-ray.

Tuesday 13th January 2015 - A Couple of Small Fixes... Thanks to Ken Griffin for dropping us a line regarding a couple of minor inaccuracies in our local Irish information for the episode Dead on Course. This has led us to revise the Trivia section of its episode guide page.

Monday 12th January 2015 - New from Big Finish... In the wake of yesterday sad news about Brian Clemens, today sees the first major update to The Avengers Declassified of 2015 which concerns the new release from Big Finish Productions. Last Friday, the company released The Avengers - The Lost Stories, Volume 3. You can find out about this release in Big Finish News and order this new set from Big Finish direct. Finally, our episode guide to this new release is also added today: The Springers, The Yellow Needle, Double Danger and Toy Trap.

Sunday 11th January 2015 - Brian Clemens (30.7.1931-10.1.2015)... I am very sad to have to announce here that the legendary Avengers writer-producer Brian Clemens has died. The news has come to me via Jaz Wiseman who was informed by Brian's son Sam and Rupert Macnee. Brian's contribution to The Avengers and its international success is rivalled only by that of Rupert's father Patrick, and of course Brian's legacy includes many successes such as his own creations Thriller, The Professionals and BUGS, as well as the television scripts he wrote for many classic series. A great loss to lovers of The Avengers and television in general. Rest in peace, Mr Clemens, you enthralled and entertained at every turn. Update: This sad news has now been confirmed by BBC News.

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