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
Monday 21st December 2015 - A Magnum Ice Lolly for Schneider...
Richard and I are listening in on Big Finish once again today, with
Change of Bait and
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
guide page. Also,
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
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
Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, these titles have now been
discontinued. If you would still like to buy these books to complete
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
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
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
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:
of Bait and
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
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
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
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
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 2 & 3 and
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
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
Premieres - Series 4 & 5,
Premieres - Series 6 and
- 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
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
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.
Big Finish News also has a tribute
to Leonard, written by John Dorney.
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.
15th June 2015 - Sprung Dancers Get the Needle... Richard
McGinlay has taken a long listen to three more Big Finish audio
adaptations this weekend -
The Yellow Needle - and as a result he has added
considerable detail to the episode guide pages.
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.
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
Radioactive Man - now boast plenty of added detail. More to
follow over the coming weeks.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
and Christine of
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!
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.
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.
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
Big Finish direct. Finally, our episode guide to this new
release is also added today:
The Yellow Needle,
Double Danger and
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