Tuesday 5th December 2017 - Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - New ITC Book... I'm delighted to announce that pre-ordering is open for a brand new book about the ITC action series.

Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC comprises 35 chapters in which fans of The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Prisoner and many other ITC shows reflect on what the individual series mean to them.

I've co-edited it with Rick Davy and the book is filled with beautiful artwork by Shaqui Le Vesconte. Even better, it has a foreword written by Annette Andre and an afterword by Elaine Spooner, daughter of Dennis Spooner, who of course created Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Proceeds are being donated at Annette's suggestion to the Born Free Foundation.

The book will be available at a discounted price during the pre-order period, but publication is due for mid-December, so please do get your orders in quickly.

Order here: Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC (Quoit Media)

Tuesday 17th October 2017 - The Avengers on VCD... Just grabbed a copy of the rare Avengers VCD that was a promotional extra with a DVD magazine in 2001 and have added a much better scan to Little Wonders.

Also worth mentioning is that the highly regarded Series 1 reference work Two Against the Underworld is now available to buy as a bargain priced Kindle ebook. Just 1.99 or local equivalent at Amazon.

Monday 16th October 2017 - New French DVD Release... StudioCanal have this month released a budget priced 49 DVD set comprising Series 2-6 of The Avengers and both series of The New Avengers. With the help of Joris Royer, I'm pleased to be able to add this release to Little Wonders.

Friday 6th October 2017 - SPLIT! An Avengers Book with a Difference... Congratulations to my good friend Roy Bettridge who has just had his third novel published. Like his first, Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Was This TV Show (paperback / EPUB / Kindle), his new novella - which is entitled Split! ((Pot Luck Books) - touches upon The Avengers as part of a wider story. The book has debuted in paperback and EPUB formats and a Kindle version will follow very shortly. There's certainly never been an Avengers book like it - highly recommended but not suitable for children!

Description: Mark and Jennifer are married. He is a builder. She is an accountant. Life is happy until an accident at the job site causes Mark to behave strangely. The marriage becomes troubled. But does The Avengers hold the key to the salvation of their love and their marriage?

LOOK (STOP ME)... and SPLIT! by Roy Bettridge...
Paperback 9.99 / Ebook 3.99



Wednesday 14th June 2017 - Bootleggers and Stageshowers... Thanks to Denis Kirsanov for tracking down another VHS cover (for My Wildest Dream - Hollywood Select Video) which can be found at Little Wonders - USA Unlicensed. I've also added six new photographs from the 1971 Avengers stage show, which is cause for celebration as they are rather few and far between! So here's the Photo Gallery and here are the new photos: Sue Lloyd Simon Oates and Sue Lloyd Kate O'Mara Sue Lloyd Sue Lloyd and Simon Oates Sue Lloyd and Simon Oates Sue Lloyd and Simon Oates Sue Lloyd. The first three are photos by Travis. The remainder are uncredited and digitally cleaned up by the brilliant Mike Gorman, except for the last one which I've cleaned up myself.

Sunday 14th May 2017 - Little Wonders Update... Thanks to Denis Kirsanov for tracking down additional VHS covers recently which can be found at Little Wonders - USA Unlicensed. I've also added a little interesting detail about the Series 4 and 5 UK Blu-rays.

Tuesday 4th April 2017 - Brian Clemens interview DVD... Thanks to Jeff Smart for letting me know that he has a Brian Clemens DVD interview for sale. Here's the PR:

"Brian Clemens was the power behind such TV series as The Avengers, Thriller and The Professionals, and his contributions to Film and TV across six decades, mark him out as one of the greatest and most respected TV and Film creators the UK has ever produced! His life story is told in this revealing and often witty interview, conducted in 2003 in his writing room at his house in rural Bedfordshire, surrounded by his trusty typewriter and many items from the various productions he has contributed to over the years. This interview was originally intended to feature as part of the DVD extras for a release of one of his TV series, but as the interview is an hour and three quarters long, space considerations meant the interview was never given a commercial release. With the permission of his family estate we present for you the definitive interview with the master of television writing and producing.

See a sample clip at YouTube.

Order from eBay!

Brian passed away in 2015, and part of the sale price will be donated to Brian's favourite charity the Salvation Army."

Sunday 2nd April 2017 - Genesis of The Avengers revealed (and published!)... Apologies for the lack of updates to Declassified of late. I've been somewhat sidetracked with other projects, notably in the writing of Dr Brent's Casebook - An Unauthorised Guide to Police Surgeon with Richard McGinlay. The book, which has been in preparation for three years, is finally published today in hardcover and paperback editions, both of which carry 14 beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Shaqui Le Vesconte. Running to an impressive 328 pages, this represents the most exhaustive and authoritative account ever written about the series. While it deals with Police Surgeon on its own merits, it also considers its links to The Avengers and other British television series of the 1960s. There is also one revelation in there that will likely have Avengers fans realising that the creation of The Avengers relied in no small part on the strangest of catalysts!

DISCOUNT CODE - save 15% with by entering FWD15 at Lulu.com checkout.

EPUB version (not illustrated) is also available, but the code won't work on this edition.

Order Links: Hardcover / Paperback / EPUB

Important Note: Paperback and Kindle versions of this book will be available from Amazon stores at a later date.

Tuesday 24th January 2017 - New 'Tunnel of Fear' Edition of TWO AGAINST THE UNDERWORLD... The recent recovery of a film print of the Series 1 episode Tunnel of Fear has led to a brand new edition of the book I wrote with Richard McGinlay and Alys Hayes, Two Against the Underworld. It now carries a greatly expanded and revised chapter about this thrilling episode along with many other updates, which include some added detail about the life and death of Juno, the Great Dane who featured as Steed's dog Puppy, and significant updates to the chapter that deals with the hunt for the missing episodes. The book is available in hardcover, paperback and as EPUB and Kindle ebooks. We apologise to previous purchasers - we only issue new editions when there are solid reasons for doing so - and therefore we encourage people to wait for price promotions before buying... If you can't wait, the discount code FWD15 will save 15% on print versions.

Order Links: Hardcover / Paperback / EPUB / Kindle

Important Note: The updated paperback version for Amazon is held up, so please do not order the Amazon version until you see the cover illustration above (blue rather than purple).

Further details at Hidden Tiger.

In other news... 2016 updates have now been archived.

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