Month: October 2020

Angela Douglas as Miranda

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 29 – Requiem

  Requiem sounds like it should be the title for the last-ever episode of The Avengers, now only weeks away. That it’s not is a typical piece of perversity by showrunner Brian Clemens. Another is Clemens’s ongoing attempt to sideline Linda Thorson, which he’s still engaged in even this late

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Philip Madoc and Peter Vaughan

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 28 – My Wildest Dream

  Though broadcast towards the end of the Tara King era, My Wildest Dream was made towards the beginning. It marks the point where Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell had fully taken back control of the series from John Bryce and were able to start banging out episodes that were

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John Steed in a pair of welder's goggles

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 27 – Thingumajig

  Thingumajig, a can’t-be-bothered title for an average episode that starts well – a woman carrying a skull into a small church is horrified when the organ starts playing on its own and the lights start to strobe. Meanwhile, underground, her fellow archaeologist is so wrapped up in excavating something

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Gerald Harper with the Crown Jewels

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 26 – Homicide and Old Lace

  An episode written by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, and then rewritten by Brian Clemens when he returned to the series. It was Clemens who inserted the framework narrative device – Mother visiting a pair of aged aunts and spinning them yarns about legendary feats of Avengers derring-do. The

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Nigel Green

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 24 – Fog

  London was still notorious for its fog in 1969 when The Avengers episode Fog aired, even though the Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968 had largely consigned all-enveloping, life-shortening meteorological damp blankets to history. No matter, fog is what’s called for and so fog is what we get,

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Steed meets Father

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 22 – Stay Tuned

  Mind control as a plot driver became The Avengers go-to narrative, and it gets another outing in Stay Tuned, a fine example of the show’s ongoing attempts to recapture old glory. It takes flight quickly – Steed with a ridiculous amount of baggage heading off on holiday. And then

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Sir Rodney and Martha

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 21 – Love All

  The phrase “pale, stale and male” was still waiting to be coined when this episode was first broadcast on a dark February night in 1969. And you didn’t hear the term “misogyny” on TV much either, particularly not on a Saturday evening entertainment show. But that’s where we are

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Tara looks through the hole in a T shirt

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 20 – Wish You Were Here

  After a couple of Tara-lite outings, a Steed-lite one for fans of Linda Thorson, who rises to the occasion in a fairly jokey episode, Wish You Were Here, which sees The Avengers doffing its hat to The Prisoner, whose 13 episodes had blazed across 1967 and 1968 (and continue

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