The Avengers Series 1

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 1 – Hot Snow

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 1 – Hot Snow

In many ways the British TV series The Avengers was the Beatles of TV. The series was created in 1961 by Sydney Newman (who also created Doctor Who) as a gritty black and white TV programme very much in thrall to existing 1950s styles and finished in 1969, a spy series with kaleidoscope eyes. Over … Read more

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 6 – Girl on the Trapeze

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 6 – Girl on the Trapeze

  The sixth episode of the series (numbers two to five having vanished) and we’re edging into what would later be familiar Avengers territory. There are devious foreigners, a complex plot and a surprising amount of agency for the female sidekick. Dennis Spooner’s screenplay concerns a woman throwing herself off a London bridge into the … Read more

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 15 – The Frighteners

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 15 – The Frighteners

  The 15th of 26 episodes in the first series is a story that Humphrey Bogart might recognise. A tale of a greasy heel sending his thugs around to put “the frighteners” on a society lothario who is wooing the impressionable daughter of a local business big noise, it looks and feels every inch like … Read more