16th November 2016 - NEW BOOK FROM AVENGERWORLD WRITER... I'm
delighted to announce that my friend Roy Bettridge, one of the
people who wrote for my Avengerworld book, has just had his
first full-length work published by Pot Luck Books.
Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One...) But There Was This TV
Show is a fictional, semi-autobiographical novella that explores
the early life of an Avengers as he becomes engaged with the
series, through the pages of long-lost, uncovered diaries.
It's a lovely little book, which I am pleased to recommend - and a
pinch at just £9.99 + shipping (and you can save 15% with the code
Roy's book is a fun, engaging addition to any Avengers
bookshelf. As one of the people who has helped with the editing and
proofing of this book, I know only too well the amount of hard work
and dedication that Roy has put into writing his first published
novel and I wish him and the book every success! The book deserves
to do well, and I'm sure it will.
12th October 2016 - BONZER NEW DVD EDITION FOR AUSTRALIA... News
has trickled in over the last few weeks of a new edition of The
Avengers to be released by Madman Entertainment in Australia on 7th
December 2016. Containing many exclusive features including new
commentaries with Honor Blackman and Linda Thorson plus interview
footage from the Avengers at 50 event from 2011, this looks
like being the definitive DVD edition. The question is, can I afford
to import it??? While I wrestle with this dilemma, I've
updated Little Wonders to include
these fabulous new releases.
3rd October 2016 - TUNNEL OF FEAR - LOST EPISODE FOUND!!!...
It's not every day that I get to announce something absolutely,
mind-blowingly incredible, but today's one of those days! Yes, as
you'll have realised from the subject line of this update, Tunnel
of Fear, the 20th episode of Series 1 of The Avengers...
has been found on 16mm film. Here's the update from Chris Perry of
"Kaleidoscope's love affair with The Avengers goes back to
watching the Channel 4 repeats; and then visiting the Pinewood
studios to root around the old ABC archive to see what could be
found. The Frighteners was found after seeing a clip on Ian
Hendry's This Is Your Life. Hot Snow Act 1 and Girl
on the Trapeze turned up at UCLA. I remember Dave Rogers and I
opening cans to find The Golden Fleece, which was the last
Honor Blackman episode to be found. I also remember our surprise
when we persuaded Lumiere to re-master the negs of Rigg and Thorson
onto D3 and discovered the prints were longer than the C4 prints.
Yes indeed, I have always had a love affair with The Avengers.
Now today I am delighted to announce that Kaleidoscope has acquired
the long-lost print of Tunnel of Fear. We will be screening
this rediscovered edition at our November event Missing Believed
Wiped Central. We hope to have a guest connected with the
show to introduce it as well.
We have also acquired a large film collection simultaneously which
contains more lost archive gems and I will be announcing each of
those new finds all week at 9.30pm.
None of this could have happened without Steve Birt who has proven
once again to be a very worthy friend and financial backer to
We look forward to you joining us to enter the Tunnel of Fear
on November 12th 2016 at Birmingham City University. To accommodate
the expected rush for tickets we have extended tickets to 250. That
is our maximum maximum though. The event time has been extended by
an hour and will now finish at 6pm."
Tunnel of Fear page here
at Declassified has received an update as a result - and I can say
that I got a real thrill changing "Archive Holding: DOES NOT EXIST"
to "Archive Holding: 16mm B/W Film Recording"!!!
28th September 2016 - The Lost Episodes, Volume 6... Our
Big Finish section has today
received an update courtesy of Richard McGinlay, who has taken an
in-depth look at their most recent Lost Episodes release, volume
Death on the
Tunnel of Fear.
8th June 2016 - Fanfic and Fanart at the Forum...
The Avengers International Fan Forum has been rebranded today
(if you're a member, go to the forum, go into your Profile from the
link in the header and change the Board Style choice to 'Avengers'
or 'Avengers smartBlue' to see the changes). The administrators (of
whom I am one!) have also listened to member comments about the
decline in the forum and are beginning to act on them after
discussion among ourselves. The first of the new innovations is a
creative zone, where members can post, highlight and discuss
Avengers fan fiction, artwork and more besides:
Mission... Highly Creative!
6th June 2016 - Old Time Radio / New Time Audio... Today, I've been able
to add a little detail to the biography of Lynda Stuart, with thanks to
Donald Monat. There's not yet enough information to expand her entry
to a full page, so you'll find it at the foot of the
radio biographies page. I've also
started to port over Information about Avengers on the Radio's
restoration project as The
Restoration Game - this will receive further updates. Meanwhile,
Richard McGinlay has revisited and finalised the
Big Finish Lost Episodes
entries for Volume 5, namely the pages for
Girl on the Trapeze,
Diamond Cut Diamond.
2nd June 2016 - Radio Recoveries... Today, I've revisited and
expanded the feature about radio series
Episode Recoveries (sadly
no new leads, 14 years on from our good fortune of being offered
1st June 2016 - Back in Time to 2001... I've added a very
special page to the radio series area today which has a smack of
Avengerweb about it. Fifteen years
ago, Donald Monat was invited along to The Avengers Forum to
discuss the radio series with Avengers fans. While a fair
proportion of what transpired has been added to our
Donald Monat Interview, it
struck me that it would be nice and quite nostalgic to try to
preserve the original exchanges as best as possible. This task
didn't prove particularly easy, as I had saved only highlights of
the exchanges and the version of the forum in operation in 2001 is
now long defunct. However, the
has preserved parts of the discussions that took place, and now I've
compiled what I had saved as text with what I could find on Wayback
- you can see the result at Steed
Visits the Forum, now preserved at The Avengers Declassified.
30th May 2016 - Behind the Radio Scene... The work on
biographies relating to the Avengers radio series concludes today, with Production
Team biographies added for the small group of behind-the-scenes
people working on the series:
Tony Jay and
Paul Wright. Likewise for
Denis Smith and
Malcolm Gooding. Each entry
has received a spruce up compared to its AOR forebear.
29th May 2016 - More Radio Series Biographies... The task of
transferring information from the Avengers on the Radio
website continues today, with another set of biographies for radio
series actors added. Each one has been checked and updated and some
have even been written from scratch. Today's line-up:
David Sherwood and
28th May 2016 -
Radio Series Biographies... Expanded biographies are now being
added to the radio series section - just click "Further Detail" in
each potted biography. Pages so far
completed: Donald Monat,
Michael McCabe and
Don McCorkindale. Many of
these entries have been significantly updated and expanded compared
to their equivalents on the old Avengers on the Radio site -
sadly, some of the updates are sad, as several of these Avengers
luminaries have passed away in the last few years. The good news
though is that Donald Monat and his wife June Dixon are still going
strong in their eighties!
27th May 2016 -
Radio Series Migration Continuation Continues... The radio
series guide pages for
Return of the
Ripper (newly identified as a Tony Jay era serial),
Secret Cypher Snatch,
Dial a Deadly
Number, Not to
Be Sneezed At, Pandora,
Who Shot Poor
George / XR40?, A Grave
Charge, All Done
by Mirrors, The
Morning After, The Joker,
Stop Me If
You've Heard This,
From Venus with
Love, Take Me
to Your Leader,
A Case of
Many Olés, Train of
Curious Case of the Countless Clues,
Can You Ever
Trust a Woman, Force
of Evil and Escape
in Time (Remake) have been revisited today. The colour scheme of
these pages has been altered to pay homage to my previous site
Avengers on the Radio, which will shortly be closing its doors
(but only once all worthwhile material has been preserved here).
Also, there's a very nice new
Avengers mini-site just launched by the good people at
Transdiffusion.org - Timevault: The New Avengers. See
Avengerweb for details.
Avengers International Fan Forum has been slow and quiet of
late. The administrators there are attempting to bring it back to
life, so please do take a look and take part.
26th May 2016 -
Radio Series Migration Continues... Further tweaks to our
Radio Series area today, including a
revision to the notes on the Serials Guide introduction, plus subtle
changes made to the guide pages for
Escape in Time,
The Fantasy Game,
Love All, Get-A-Way and
A Deadly Gift.
6th May 2016 -
Radio Series Migration... As part of the process of 'moving
house', I've decided finally to close my old
Avengers on the Radio site, migrating the content there that was
not previously included at Declassified. To begin with, I've added a
page of Background Notes
and have moved a page commenting on the radio series from the radio
section to Stay Tuned. The
Introduction page for the radio series
has also been heavily rewritten and expanded, and pages about
and Episode Recoveries
have been added.
2nd May 2016 -
And We're Back - at a New Home... It's been a long time since my
last update to The Avengers Declassified and there's been a very
good reason - I have been locked out of the site following a
catastrophic computer failure in which I lost my access details.
Unfortunately, I had no direct recourse to the host and have finally
regained access due to help from David K Smith, Tony McKay and a
sudden bolt of inspiration on my part.
In the two months during which I couldn't update Declassified, I
decided the time had come to move the site to a new URL, though
until I had regained access I knew this would be futile as visitors
would go to the usual address and not be aware that the site had
moved since I could not get in to leave a redirect or even a notice.
Finally, I've got in, and have
now left a redirect page and today The Avengers Declassified starts
its new life as part of the Hidden Tiger family.
To begin with I'm doing some
housework, and part of this is to remove content which is out of
date and has been superseded by our
books. As a result, the Series 1 'Stories in Depth' section has
been dropped, as our researches have taken those pages well beyond
what appeared on the site and it seems unfair to update them
considering that people have paid to buy the revised information in
book form - if visitors are interested in detailed coverage of
Series 1, we humbly recommend a purchase of
Two Against the Underworld - The Complete Unauthorised Guide to The
Avengers Series 1 from Hidden Tiger. Save 25% and get free
priority shipping (select this during checkout) with the code LULURC
- great value!
I have also commenced removing
the 'Ministry Verdict' sections of episode guide pages, as I feel
that this site would benefit from being more impartial. Our
strengths are in presenting historical information about the
production of the series, not in critiquing episodes, and this is a
factor in their removal.
Finally, Avengerweb has had an
update regarding this move (nothing you haven't read here) and
previous updates have been reorganised by year, accessible from the
side menu to the right.
Coming soon - some new material!
19th February 2016 -
Avengerworld a big success...
I apologise for the lack of
updates these past couple of weeks; I have been exceptionally busy
publicising Avengerworld among other things. The good news is
that the book is already a big success. Just two weeks after
publication, it has raised £500 for the Champion Chanzige charity
and I hope the final total will be even more impressive than the
first month figure. If you've purchased, then thank you very much
indeed. I hope you find it an absorbing and entertaining read. If
you haven't bought, please consider doing so as it has some
wonderful personal stories contained in its 294 pages, and every
copy sold benefits the charity and therefore helps underprivileged
children in South Tanzania.
Hardcover (delivery time 2-3 weeks) •
Paperback (1-2 weeks)
6th February 2016 -
Avengerworld Charity Anthology out today... I'm delighted to
announce that today, to coincide with what would have been the late,
great Patrick Macnee's 94th birthday, a charity anthology that I
have co-ordinated and edited is published in his memory. The book's
been in the works for more than a year and obviously it didn't start
out as a tribute to Patrick, but the news of his sad death last year
and the focus of many essays on what an inspiration he was... it
just seemed to be the perfect thing to dedicate to our hero.
The essays (and there are 43 of
them!) take the theme "The Avengers in my life" and each
author approaches the subject from his or her unique perspective.
Fans from many nations are represented in the book and they reveal
what it was like to grow up with The Avengers in different
parts of the world - Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany,
Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, the UK and the USA.
Among the writers are the
pioneering television historian Dave Rogers, who has written the
foreword - returning to write about The Avengers after more
than ten years - and Jason Whiton of
who delivers the afterword. It wouldn't be fair to highlight
specific writers beyond these two, but suffice it to say that the
quality of writing is very high throughout the book. There are names
that you will recognise and others that will be new to you. I've
worked with all these people over the last year, and I must say it
has been a huge pleasure to co-ordinate the Avengerworld book
- one of the highlights of my time in fandom.
The book is, I believe, valuable
in the way that it documents fan experiences in different cultures
and environments, but it is doubly important in that it is a charity
title which will help improve the lives of underprivileged children
at a primary school in Chanzige, South Tanzania. Each book sold
benefits our charity partner
Chanzige, a small but very worthy organisation which makes a
real difference to the children and staff at the school.
Pre-launch sales to contributors
have meant that £183.86 has been raised for the cause already as a
result of Avengerworld purchases. I hope that this is a good
sign for the success of the book and our aim to send a lot of money
the way of Champion Chanzige.
Full details are available at
Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives.
21st January 2016 -
Volume 5 of The Lost Episodes out today... Happier news than
imparted in my last update, and one that sees further exploration of
Leonard White's legacy - today the fifth volume of The Avengers -
The Lost Episodes has been released by Big Finish Productions.
Details in Big Finish News - and, to celebrate, we have added
Episode Guide pages for all four of the new productions included:
Girl on the Trapeze,
Diamond Cut Diamond.
7th January 2016 -
Leonard White (1916-2016)... I am very sad to report the death
last Saturday of Leonard White, the original producer of The
Avengers. Leonard was very kind and accommodating in helping
Richard McGinlay and myself with our various Avengers and
Police Surgeon projects, and for that I will forever be grateful
to him. He was mere months off his 100th birthday, and yet in recent
years his mind was still sharp and his recollection likewise. His
legacy would be remarkable if he had only been responsible for
The Avengers, but he was the man behind so many more great
shows. I have today added Leonard's name to the
site dedication, such was his
contribution to our researches here. RIP, Leonard. You were a gent
and will most certainly be missed.
Big Finish News also has a tribute
to Leonard, written by John Dorney.