Month: August 2019

  Like a classic album that warms us up with an opening track before hitting us with a doozy, episode two of series four of The Avengers, The Gravediggers, is vintage entertainment that gets just about everything right.   The plot is a mix of proper spy stuff and the eccentric, the macabre and the …

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  Episodes of The Avengers were often not shown in production order. But Lobster Quadrille was both the last one broadcast and the last one made in series three, going out on 21 March 1964, a day after it had been finished.   It’s also Honor Blackman’s farewell episode, before she headed off to be …

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  Esprit De Corps is a mad and twisty Avengers episode, one of many dealing with the subject of indoctrination, the focus here being an army unit that’s going to launch a coup d’etat and put the “rightful” heir back on the throne.     Mad enough, but there’s a fruitloop turn to come which …

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  The Lives of Others director atones for The Tourist with an era-straddling epic about about art and love   I was talking to a journalist friend of mine a couple of weeks ago, about Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s new film. He recalled interviewing the director around the time of his triumphant debut, The Lives …

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