21st December 2009 –
ANNOUNCEMENT – Replacement Discs for The Avengers DVD Set 1
Replacements for faulty discs from The
Complete Series 2 and Existing Episodes from Series 1, have been
manufactured and are now ready. We thank you for your patience while
we have investigated and corrected the problems.
Please send your old discs (numbers 3, 6 and 7), together with your
name and full address to:
StudioCanal Home Entertainment
50 Marshall St
Please allow up to 28 days for the new discs to be delivered to you,
particularly with the Christmas and New Year postal rush.
International customers should be sure to include their full address
and expect delivery to take a little longer.
For any further queries please contact
16th December 2009 –
Replacement Discs for The Avengers DVD Set 1
Jaz Wiseman has made the following announcement regarding
the replacement programme for the faulty discs in the Series 1+2 set:
"I am expecting check discs of the replacement discs next week. Once
these are confirmed as being OK, the replacement discs will be
manufactured. Obviously this process is going to be held up with the
Christmas and New Year break so in early January StudioCanal will make the
final announcement. Apologies to all customers but the replacement
disc process has taken longer than anticipated."
3rd December 2009
Following on from the work on Double Danger, I've now
added an Episode Guide page for another 1961 episode,
A Change of Bait. Also
available, a detailed
29th November 2009
Many thanks to Ian Beazley, who has supplied a blooper for
Sleeper that somehow I completely
missed! Cheers, Ian.
23rd November 2009
Some further additions today to the pages for the Ian Hendry
episode, Double Danger. The expanded Story in Depth feature
relating to writer Gerald Verner's
original, unbroadcast version, has now been added and further
detail has been added to the
Episode Guide page.
It's also worth mentioning that
Amazon.co.uk is currently running a promotional price on the excellent
StudioCanal Series 1+2 Avengers set. Just £35.97 – less than half
price! The promotion runs until 4th December.
22nd November 2009
Series 1 gets the attention today, with Double Danger
receiving both an episode guide
page (complete with information about the making of the episode
that was previously not known to Avengers fans) and a Story in Depth page,
based upon the camera script. Another, based on the very different
rehearsal script will follow soon.
21st November 2009
A major update today, two add a previously unpublished
1976 interview with Joanna Lumley
conducted by Patrick and David Bailey. Also two stage show-related
updates today – a new photograph of Sue
Lloyd has been added to the gallery pages in that section, plus
some additional information regarding Joanna Lumley's auditioning for
the stage show have been added to the stage
6th November 2009
StudioCanal Avengers updated
– announcement from StudioCanal regarding the problems on the Series 1+2
18th October 2009
StudioCanal Avengers updated
with some frustrating and disappointing news – but hopefully we'll
have something more positive to post on this subject soon.
7th September 2009
StudioCanal DVD Exclusives at The Avengers Declassified!
Check out StudioCanal Avengers
for an exclusive interview with Jaz Wiseman, special features
producer. We also have a first peek (anywhere!) at the recently
discovered Series One Tele-Snaps courtesy of Leonard White and screen
capture comparisons of the new restorations and the old DVD versions,
courtesy of Jaz and StudioCanal. Take a
6th September 2009
The Light Fantastic: Episode guide page added for
From Venus With Love.
Be sure to drop by tomorrow night for exclusive news on the
forthcoming Avengers DVDs from StudioCanal...
10th August 2009
The Avengers Variations: Further research has been carried out by
John Tomlinson into the regional
broadcasting of the Tara King era. Almost there! Many thanks,
3rd August 2009
The Avengers Variations: Many thanks to John Tomlinson who has
turned his attention to the Tara King
regional variations and has filled in a good number of blanks!
2nd August 2009
Biddly-Bong, Diddly-Da! A newly-restored radio serial has been
added to the Radio Downloads section
today – Train of Events. Just two more to go!
25th July 2009
It's Snowing in July... Just when you thought you'd seen all there
was to see about Hot Snow – take a look at our new Stories in Depth section for
1961, which kicks off today with an exhaustive synopsis including
lengthy script extracts of... you guessed it... Hot Snow.
24th July 2009
Start at the Beginning... Taking a brief break from The New
Avengers, I've added today the first episode guide page for The
Avengers. Somehow it seemed appropriate to start off where it all
began, with Hot Snow. I've been
looking into this episode in some depth this week and I hope the
episode guide page will reveal a few new facts.
18th July 2009
Something to get your teeth into... Episode guide page added today
12th July 2009
Never Have Ideas... because you end up spending your whole Sunday
trying to realise them! I suddenly thought that it would be good to
give a little background to the ITV regions that transmitted The
Avengers and wondered how to do it. In the end, I produced a UK map
which showed each region at the time of each Avengers era. I've
added a bit of background information for each broadcaster and
hopefully this will mean that our Regional Variation sections have a
little more context, at least in terms of geography! I've divided it
up like this: Map of ITV Regions 1961;
1975-1982. The changes in franchise
holders fits in quite well between Avengers and New Avengers
seasons, so hopefully this rather arbitrary way of dividing the
information up doesn't work too badly. These maps can be accessed from
all regional pages. Now, can I have my Sunday back, please? :)
The Avengers Variations... John Tomlinson has added
considerable further detail to the Regional Variation information for
the Emma Peel and
Tara King eras. Superb and invaluable
work as always, John, for which many thanks!
8th July 2009
UK DVDs on their way... and it's such a biggie, they have their
own section! StudioCanal Avengers
reveals a first clear look at the box artwork and confirms the special
features for the first volume, due in October this year.
5th July 2009
Today's Biggest Offer... The New Avengers episode guide
continues with fan favourite, Sleeper.
The Avengers Variations... Further exhaustive efforts from John
Tomlinson have brought the Regional Variations on in leaps and bounds.
With his considerable help, we've now got a locked-down set of
regional information for the two Cathy Gale
series, and he's also made significant in roads on
Series 4, with the promise of more to
come. Thanks a million, John. Your help is hugely appreciated.
3rd July 2009
It Pays to Stay Tuned... We christen our features section –
Stay Tuned – tonight with a great
little article by J. Ferguson, which draws attention to the
similarities between two episodes of The New Avengers and
The Champions –
Faces and The Mission. Thanks for a terrific article! Also,
some more detail on the Silverstone sequence of
Three Handed Game from my
friend and former colleague, Rob Jaina.
2nd July 2009
Gentlemen, Fire Up Your Engines! Many thanks to Allen Brown of
OldRacingcars.com for his generous help in identifying the two
racing cars seen in the scenes of Three Handed Game that were
filmed at the Silverstone Circuit. Check out a detailed Production
Note at the episode guide page.
1st July 2009
Three Handed Game... An
episode guide page has been added tonight for this episode of
The New Avengers...
30th June 2009
AvengerNews... Nice, Honor Blackman-related
news story today...
28th June 2009
The Avengers Variations... Thanks to the sterling, exhaustive
efforts of John Tomlinson, the Regional Variations information for
Series One and
Series Two and Three has been updated
significantly. The Series One information is now complete thanks to
John and Series Two and Three are much nearer completion than
previously. John promises more information is to come. Your hard work
is greatly appreciated, John. Many, many thanks.
Also... The episode guide
layout has been amended a little after a pertinent comment from Simon
Coward. I've devised a way to come up with a more scientific rating,
with weighted grades that feed into the overall percentage. This means
that the final percentage ratings have changed slightly. It also gives
a more obvious breakdown of what I think works and what doesn't about
25th June 2009
A Book at Bedtime... Well, it's my bedtime and the episode has a
book as its central clue! The fact of the matter is I'm trying to find
something bright and breezy to say about
The Tale of the Big Why, but I'm struggling. An episode guide page
has been added for it tonight – just don't expect it to come up
smelling of roses...
24th June 2009
Double Trouble – Not 'Arf!
An episode guide page for The New Avengers:
Faces has been added tonight.
23rd June 2009
Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery...
A new obituary of Simon Oates was published yesterday in The
Independent here in the UK, and much to my surprise, the author
has incorporated some quotes from the interview with Simon that Alys
and I conducted for The Avengers Declassified. While this was
initially a bit of a shock, I'm pleased to say that the newspaper have
been quick to acknowledge the source of these quotes (after a quick
phone call) and the online version now contains a credit and a link
back to the interview. Thanks to Chris Maume at the Obituaries desk
for his sympathetic and prompt attention.
In happier news, the first seven
episodes of The New Avengers now have completed
Episode Guide pages. The layout has
been revised to include
brief 'Ministry Verdicts', where I give my potted opinion of each
episode and a percentage rating. You may note that my ratings for
The New Avengers are unusually high – well, I have a considerable
soft spot for the series and have always championed it. I don't see this changing! This is no doubt partly due to
being my first exposure to The Avengers, back in 1976, when I
was glued to it as an 11 year old! Also, I think it's genuinely underrated
and more than due a re-evaluation. Steed, Purdey and Gambit rock! End of sermon!
Friday 18th June 2009
In With the New –
Episode guide pages have been added this week for the first four
episodes produced of The New Avengers –
The Eagle's Nest,
The Midas Touch,
House of Cards and
The Last of the Cybernauts...??
– more to follow.
Tuesday 16th June 2009
This and That!
A slight rethink on the section front, which has lead to Forward
Base being accessible from anywhere in the site rather than just from
the Introduction page and the addition of a new (currently empty!)
section called Stay Tuned. The realisation suddenly crept up on me
that there was nowhere here for features or comment about The
Avengers in general, with the site being too rigidly era- and
production-based. That's fixed now, and while the
era-/production-based structure remains (there's nothing wrong with
that in itself, after all!), there is also the option for expansion
down a more general route too. Also, thanks to Ron Geddes for pointing
out a blooper with the radio series page for
A Grave Charge. I've just
fixed this. News of a new German DVD release of The Avengers
added to AvengerNews, complete
with pack shot.
Monday 15th June 2009
Readers may be interested to know that The Times newspaper today
published an obituary to the actor, Simon Oates.
It can be read by clicking here.
Saturday 13th June 2009
Frank N. Stone to be Knighted: A cheering story in
Thursday 11th June 2009
The Avengers Variations: Many thanks to Andrew Pixley, who has
kindly passed along some regional variation information, which has
been added to the section. Quite a few mysteries have been solved
thanks to Andrew and the information he's shared. Cheers, mate!
Tuesday 9th June 2009
Launch Night! It's been a long time coming – a lot longer than I
ever thought. I originally started building this site on 24th
September 2008 and if I'd have known then that it'd finally launch
some eight and a half months later... well, I might never have
started! That said, I'm very glad I did. I started off with grand
ideas for the site, and while I've had to discard one or two,
compromise a few more, I think I may even have pulled one or two of
The site as it stands at launch
already comprises 175 pages. If you consider that my other Avengers
site, Avengers on the Radio has been running for nine years
and is 178 pages long, this is quite a monster already!
The biggest project thus far has
been focused upon The Avengers Stage Show
and this section is probably the most exhaustive account published
regarding this production. The section contains information, press
coverage, contemporary reviews, quotes from those involved, an
extensive photo gallery and an exclusive interview with the late Simon
Oates, who played Steed in the production. The interview was conducted
for The Avengers Declassified in November 2008. Sadly,
since that time, Simon has passed away, a source of great upset to us.
Simon's enthusiasm and generosity towards this site was a great
inspiration to us – and it is with the deepest respect and affection
that we have dedicated The Avengers Declassified to his
memory. Rest in peace, Simon.
In addition to Simon's great
contribution to the site, I am greatly indebted to my wife Alys for,
well, everything, to David K. Smith, Simon Coward, Chris Perry, Ian
Beazley, Mike Noon and Jaz Wiseman for unstinting, enthusiastic and
invaluable help and generosity in the long lead-in to tonight's launch.
Thanks also to all those who have kept the secret for me for so long.
A special mention for Kim, Allard and ShaggE at
The Avengers Fan Forum.
Something to be clear about from
the very start – The Avengers Declassified is not designed to
The Avengers Forever, David K. Smith's wonderful, indispensible
site. His site is a wonderful resource that has built up over thirteen
years and I'm pleased to say it isn't going anywhere, even if David is
currently taking a well-deserved rest. Declassified will complement
what is available at TAF and go off in different directions.
Finally, ardent observers will note
that the greater bulk of my Avengers radio series website has
been revamped here at Declassified. I felt the site had to cover the
radio series (it's one of my pet loves, after all), and it gave me a
chance to give the information there the once-over and spruce up the
now rather dated design 'over there'.
Take a good look around. I hope you
enjoy what you find. I'd love to hear from you with your comments.
Drop me an
email to let me know what you think of the newest Avengers