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Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 07, 1961
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
UK
Network
ITV TV Network

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The Avengers (UK)

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

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06x33 Bizarre Aired: May. 21, 1969

When a woman is found walking barefoot in a snowy field, complaining of a dead man who wasn't dead, Steed investigates the Happy Meadows funeral …

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The show had 6 seasons and 161 episodes air between 1961 and 1969.

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  • When asked in June 1982 which female lead was his favourite, Patrick Macnee declined to give a specific answer. "Well, I'd rather not say. To do so would invite trouble," he told TV Week…
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    When asked in June 1982 which female lead was his favourite, Patrick Macnee declined to give a specific answer. "Well, I'd rather not say. To do so would invite trouble," he told TV Week magazine. Macnee did provide his evaluation of the female leads. Of Honor Blackman he said, "She was wonderful, presenting the concept of a strong-willed, independent and liberated woman just as that sort of woman was beginning to emerge in society." Diana Rigg was "One of the world's great actresses. A superb comedienne. I'm convinced that one day she'll be Dame Diana." (His prediction came true in 1994.) Linda Thorson was "one of the sexiest women alive".
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  • SPOILER: A radio version began two years after the show ended: broadcast weeknightly on Springbok Radio, the South African Broadcasting Corporation's English-speaking wing, scripts from the…
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    SPOILER: A radio version began two years after the show ended: broadcast weeknightly on Springbok Radio, the South African Broadcasting Corporation's English-speaking wing, scripts from the filmed series (often earlier versions than had appeared on-screen) were reworked into fifteen-minute serials of varying lengths. Sponsored by Cold Water Omo and starring Donald Monat as Steed and Diane Appleby (II) as Mrs Peel (Mother made occasional appearances, usually played by Colin Fish), the series ran from 6th December 1971 to 28th December 1973 (plus a mini reprise in "The Great Gong Robbery", a special drama celebrating Springbok's Silver Jubilee on 30th April 1975). Laurie Johnson's theme tune was used throughout, and to smooth over the more visual aspects Springbok news-broadcaster Hugh Rouse was engaged as the tongue-in-cheek narrator. This was South Africa's sole experience of the show (outside of rented film prints) at the time since their television service only began in the mid-'70s and the parent TV series wasn't purchased until many years later. It is unknown how many serials aired: from a potential 83 stories (some of which appear to have been remade), only 19 are currently known to exist in full, thanks to private South African enthusiasts as the SABC did not retain any copies.
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  • With Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015/I), Ralph Fiennes became the 007th [= seventh] major actor or actress who has appeared in both the 'James Bond' and 'The Avengers' universes, the latter…
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    With Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015/I), Ralph Fiennes became the 007th [= seventh] major actor or actress who has appeared in both the 'James Bond' and 'The Avengers' universes, the latter being the English spy one and not the comic super-heroes one. From the original television series The Avengers (UK), three actors appeared in Bond movies: Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, Patrick Macnee portrayed Sir Godfrey Tibbett in A View to a Kill, and Diana Rigg played Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The latter film also featured as The English Girl actress Joanna Lumley who would later appear in The New Avengers (UK) which also starred MacNee. Whilst Nadim Sawalha appeared in both The Avengers cinema film as well as two Bond movies: The Living Daylights and The Spy Who Loved Me. Fiennes actually appeared in The Avengers cinema movie co-starring with former James Bond Sean Connery who played the villain Sir August de Wynter. Of these seven actors, both Fiennes and Macnee have portrayed The Avengers' character of John Steed, in the theatrical film and television series respectively, with the latter also voicing the Invisible Jones character in The Avengers cinema movie. In this 1998 cinema film, John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) get across the frozen river by 'walking' on the surface inside inflatable plastic bubbles which is similar to how James Bond gets aboard Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray)'s oil rig in Connery's final official series Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever.
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