Category: TV

Steed and Tara in a Saturn V rocket

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 33 – Bizarre

  So we come to the end of The Avengers journey with Bizarre, 33rd episode of the final season. The show started in January 1961 and was literally about an Avenger, Ian Hendry playing David Keel, a doctor going on a restorative-justice rampage after his wife was killed by drug

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Steed pours vodka on his bowler

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 32 – Get-A-Way!

  The penultimate Avengers episode actually goes right back to the early days of this series’ production run. There was over a year between the completion of Get-A-Way! in February 1968 and its transmission in May 1969. It’s one of the ones produced (or started, at any rate) by John

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Tara King in front of a portrait of Pandora

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 31 – Pandora

  The benign king deceived by his courtiers – a wicked grand vizier, a scheming cardinal, a treacherous brother – is a comforting story told and retold down the ages. The Avengers episode Pandora is Brian Clemens’s version of it: a man grieving for a lost love being fooled by

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Steed arrives laden with gifts

The Avengers: Series 6, Episode 30 – Take-Over

  Take-Over it was called in 1969 when it first aired. In the intervening decades the word takeover has lost its hyphen but this episode of The Avengers remains fresh and watchable precisely because of its antique quality. But first a bit of a prelim – man being escorted to

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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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