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    A Surfeit of H20:
    Season 4, Episode 8.
    Guest stars the lovely Sue Lloyd who I absolutely adore and love.
    She should not be confused with Suzanne Lloyd who incidentally was in the previous episode The Murder Market.
    Unlike a lot of guest actors who appeared in The Avengers, this was Sue’s only appearance in TV Avengers.
    She did however played Steed’s partner Hannah Wild in the short-lived stage play of The Avengers and here is a picture of her as Hannah:
    http://declassified.theavengers.tv/images/stage/gallery_sue_lloyd.jpg

    In A Surfeit of H20, Steed and Emma investigated a literally killer rain. In contrast to this rain I saw this episode on a completely sunny day.
    A well handled episode including the plot use of the killer rain.

    #216535

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    Dial A Deadly Number:
    Season 4, Episode 10.
    Key businessmen have suddenly dropped dead and Steed and Emma investigate these deaths.
    The method in the killing of these business was pretty neat and one of these perpetrators sure acted with panic when Steed was playing around it when he taunted her on it.
    The end scene was funny when Emma tasted a wine and Steed asked her how she came up with the correct answer of what it is by smell or taste and said that it was her eyes as she read it on the label!

    #216668

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    Two’s A Crowd:
    Season 4, Episode 12.
    Steed poses as an imposter of himself as part of his investigation on a Russian spy called Psev.
    Steed as his own imposter even convinces Emma of this as that was part of the plan.
    Steed doing a double identical act on his own was a little bit confusing along the way but still enjoyable including the villains here being defeated by a toy plane!
    Incidentally a main character pretending to be his own imposter would later be used by Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders episode Greensleeves.
    Greensleeves is written by Terence Feely who himself was a writer of The Avengers but he did not write Two’s A Crowd.

     

    #216780

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    Silent Dust:
    Season 4, Episode 12.
    An intriguing start to the episode with birds dropping dead.
    Afterwards the episode kinds of muddle through.
    I wasn’t quite sure what Steed’s dream of Emma as a moustached man had to do in the context episode but it was a bit amusing.
    Quite fun seeing Steed and Emma horseriding whilst dealing with the villains.
    Amusing the episode ends with Steed and Emma on a balloon with uncertainly whether they can get back down safely.

    Coincidentally shortly after watching Silent Dust saw Degrassi 13.8 Young Forever which also ended with a balloon but of a small kind and not carrying any passengers.

    #217860

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    Olivia Poulet is Emma Peel for Big Finish’s The Avengers series:
    http://scifibulletin.com/2015/11/06/olivia-poulet-is-big-finishs-mrs-peel/

    Olivia Poulet had previously performed for Big Finish for their Doctor Who range in Requiem for the Rocket Men & Planet of the Rani.

    I am currently seeing her in The Thick of It which also featured Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.

    #218360

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    The Girl From Auntie:
    Season 4, Episode 17.
    The episode title is an obvious allusion to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which ran concurrently with The Avengers.
    However unlike UNCLE, Auntie is not the name of an organisation but the name of the (male) villain.
    Other connections between The Avengers & The Man From U.N.C.L.E. can be read here:
    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>theavengers.tv/forever/peel1-17.htm</span>

    Diana Rigg only has a limited appearance here as Emma Peel as she got abducted.
    Instead we have Georgie Price-Jones (Liz Fraser) who got hired by Auntie whom she did not meet to impersonate Emma. However Georgie ultimately helps out Steed to find the real Emma.
    Also guest stars Bernard Cribbins and Sylvia Coleridge.
    The Girl From Auntie has some similarities with the Doctor Who story City of Death as both featured the Mona Lisa and the first folio of Hamlet.
    City of Death is a Fourth Doctor story and the said Bernard Cribbins could have been in that story as the Fourth Doctor if by his own admission had not blown his chances to become the Doctor when he stated how violent he wanted his Doctor to be which was contrary to the vision of the Doctor Who producer at the time Barry Letts.
    Enjoyable episode in which Steed and Georgie made for a good team with Emma indisposed for much of the episode.
    Also surprising and a little bit disturbing what the aunties turned out to be.

    Coincidentally last week saw the Schlocky Horror Picture Show screening of Horror Express on Television Sydney (TVS) in which host Nigel Honeybone mentioned that Horror Express cast member Telly Savalas had played Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in which he killed Emma Peel. Honeybone meant that Diana Rigg,with a picture of her being shown, was in that movie in she indeed met her demise thanks to Blofeld played by Savalas.

    Shortly after finding out that Olivia Poulet is Emma Peel for Big Finish I realised that she also plays another Emma in The Thick of It although I don’t think this very fact was intentional to her casting as Emma Peel.

    #218473

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    The Thirteenth Hole:
    Season 4, Episode 18.
    Guest stars Francis Matthews.
    Coincidentally I also saw Matthews in The Adventures of Robin Hood 2.34 The Infidel in which he played the episode title character.
    Overall not a bad episode that took place at a golf course hence what the episode title was alluding to and involvement of a satellite.
    In retrospect should not be surprised that a golf ball is used as a deadly weapon here.

    #218875

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    Quick-Quick Slow Death:
    Season 4, Episode 19.
    Very enjoyable episode in which Steed and Emma’s investigates a dance school and Steed is targeted as a victim by the villains here.
    Eunice Gayson is pretty good as one of the villains.
    Good way to end the episode with Steed and Emma dancing together.

    Coincidentally I saw the movie The Lady and The Highwayman which is a curio for The Avengers fans in that the music was composed by Laurie Johnson who had composed The Avengers & The New Avengers and it featured Gareth Hunt who had played Mike Gambit in The New Avengers.

    #218956

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    What The Butler Saw:
    Season 4, Episode 22.
    A very fun episode in which Steed poses as a butler after secrets were being leaked by butlers of military officers.
    Steed was an absolute hoot as a butler including saving Emma from the advances of Group Captain Miles.
    Miles is played by Denis Quilley and I coincidentally am also seeing him in Timeslip.
    Playing Brigadier Goddard is Howard Marion-Crawford. Not long before this Avengers episode saw Marion-Crawford as Dr Petrie in Face of Fu Manchu, the first of the Fu Manchu film series that is in.
    Long before What The Butler Saw, Marion-Crawford had played Dr Watson in the 1950s Sherlock Holmes series.
    Just as Marion-Crawford had played a Brigadier in this Avengers episode, Doctor Who’s own Brigadier had been said to be the like Watson to the Doctor’s Sherlock Holmes when the Doctor was exile on Earth although in The Silurians the Brigadier had jokingly called the Doctor, Doctor Watson.
    The plastic baggie that the officers used for their secret conversation certainly brought to mind the cone of silence in Get Smart although there is a difference. The plastic baggie apparently works whilst the cone of silence is reputed for its ineffectiveness of its purpose.
    Funny but perhaps predictable line at the end of the butler doing it!

    #219309

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    The House That Jack Built:
    Season 4, Episode 23.
    Emma gets a will from an uncle she never knew in which he has left her with the said house.
    As it turned out the so-called uncle is that of a disgruntled former employee of Emma’s, whom she fired when she was the head of her late father’s company.
    Quite sinister on what the said house could do thanks to the so-called uncle.
    Surprising on the revelation of the so-called uncle and very good how Emma carried this episode on her own as Steed had very little to do here.
    The experience that Emma has here seems somewhat similar to what she would go through in The Joker.
    In fact The House That Jack Built & The Joker both have the same writer in producer Brian Clemens.

    #219590

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    Leonard White has passed away.

    Born on November 5 1916, White was co-creator of The Avengers with Sydney Newman. For The Avengers, White was also producer for 40 episodes.

    White was also producer of Police Surgeon created by Newman, the series that became the precursor to The Avengers although the two series are not related.

    White’s later career included producing the Sky & King of the Castle TV serials both written by Doctor Who writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin.

    White died on January 2 2016 at the age of 99.

    #220317

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    How To Succeed At…Murder:
    Penultimate episode of season 4.
    This episode would reveal the villain to be a dummy. A little over a decade later Doctor Who closed its 14th season with The Talons of Weng-Chiang and that too had a dummy villain in Mr Sin.
    In addition to dummies what both stories have in common is that both shared the same guest star in Christopher Benjamin.
    The voice of the dummy Henrietta in this Avengers episode is not credited and there was s…peculation it was either former series regular Honor Blackman or Yolande Turner who had appeared in the flesh in The Girl from Auntie & The £50,000 Breakfast.
    IMDb list Turner as Henrietta’s voice albeit uncredited but I can’t say for certain whether that this was based on irrefutable information or someone made a guest chose to make the guess of Turner and posted it as a fact on IMDb.
    An enjoyable episode about women attempting to take over the working world and what a revelation about Henrietta although in retrospect it should not have been that surprising.

     

    #220545

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    Honey For The Prince:
    Season 4 finale.
    Guest stars Ron Moody who would later regret turning down playing the Third Doctor in Doctor Who. The Third Doctor role would eventually be given to Jon Pertwee and curiously enough Pertwee was in the next Avengers episode after Honey For The Prince, in the season 5 opener From Venus With Love. What is curious about Moody and Pertwee being in each consecutive episode of The Avengers to the casting of the Third Doctor is that Pertwee was the second choice for the Third Doctor after Moody. Therefore Pertwee was able to become the Third Doctor after Moody turned it down.
    Also in Honey For The Prince is George Pastell. Just as Honey For The Prince ended The Avengers season 4, Pastell would shortly be in Tomb of the Cybermen which opened Doctor Who season 5. So kind of a revolving door for Pastell as he exited The Avengers season 4 and then entered Doctor Who season 5.
    Very enjoyable way to end the fourth season with a fantasy company being used as a tool for an assassination of a visiting prince.
    Cute ending with Steed and Emma on a magic carpet only for it not to be what it appeared to be.

    #221121

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    Jon Rollason has passed away.

    Born on April 9 1931, Rollason had played Dr Martin King in three episodes of The Avengers.

    Rollason had appeared in Doctor Who in The Web of Fear playing Harold Chorley.

    Other roles included Danger Man, The Baron & Coronation Street.
    He died on February 20 2016 at the age of 84.

    #221226

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    Funny thing I read about The Avengers 5.13 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station:
    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>theavengers.tv/forever/peel2-13.htm</span>

    “At odds with the direction Brian Clemens was taking the series, scriptwriter Roger Marshall left. Clemens rewrote one of his scripts, and used the pseudonym Brian Sheriff (the Sheriff doing the Marshall’s job… get it?).” <b></b><i></i><u></u>

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    A Surfeit of H20:
    Season 4, Episode 8.
    Guest stars the lovely Sue Lloyd who I absolutely adore and love.
    She should not be confused with Suzanne Lloyd who incidentally was in the previous episode The Murder Market.
    Unlike a lot of guest actors who appeared in The Avengers, this was Sue’s only appearance in TV Avengers.
    She did however played Steed’s partner Hannah Wild in the short-lived stage play of The Avengers and here is a picture of her as Hannah:
    http://declassified.theavengers.tv/images/stage/gallery_sue_lloyd.jpg

    In A Surfeit of H20, Steed and Emma investigated a literally killer rain. In contrast to this rain I saw this episode on a completely sunny day.
    A well handled episode including the plot use of the killer rain.

    #216535

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    Dial A Deadly Number:
    Season 4, Episode 10.
    Key businessmen have suddenly dropped dead and Steed and Emma investigate these deaths.
    The method in the killing of these business was pretty neat and one of these perpetrators sure acted with panic when Steed was playing around it when he taunted her on it.
    The end scene was funny when Emma tasted a wine and Steed asked her how she came up with the correct answer of what it is by smell or taste and said that it was her eyes as she read it on the label!

    #216668

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    Two’s A Crowd:
    Season 4, Episode 12.
    Steed poses as an imposter of himself as part of his investigation on a Russian spy called Psev.
    Steed as his own imposter even convinces Emma of this as that was part of the plan.
    Steed doing a double identical act on his own was a little bit confusing along the way but still enjoyable including the villains here being defeated by a toy plane!
    Incidentally a main character pretending to be his own imposter would later be used by Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders episode Greensleeves.
    Greensleeves is written by Terence Feely who himself was a writer of The Avengers but he did not write Two’s A Crowd.

     

    #216780

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    Silent Dust:
    Season 4, Episode 12.
    An intriguing start to the episode with birds dropping dead.
    Afterwards the episode kinds of muddle through.
    I wasn’t quite sure what Steed’s dream of Emma as a moustached man had to do in the context episode but it was a bit amusing.
    Quite fun seeing Steed and Emma horseriding whilst dealing with the villains.
    Amusing the episode ends with Steed and Emma on a balloon with uncertainly whether they can get back down safely.

    Coincidentally shortly after watching Silent Dust saw Degrassi 13.8 Young Forever which also ended with a balloon but of a small kind and not carrying any passengers.

    #217860

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    Olivia Poulet is Emma Peel for Big Finish’s The Avengers series:
    http://scifibulletin.com/2015/11/06/olivia-poulet-is-big-finishs-mrs-peel/

    Olivia Poulet had previously performed for Big Finish for their Doctor Who range in Requiem for the Rocket Men & Planet of the Rani.

    I am currently seeing her in The Thick of It which also featured Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.

    #218360

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    The Girl From Auntie:
    Season 4, Episode 17.
    The episode title is an obvious allusion to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which ran concurrently with The Avengers.
    However unlike UNCLE, Auntie is not the name of an organisation but the name of the (male) villain.
    Other connections between The Avengers & The Man From U.N.C.L.E. can be read here:
    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>theavengers.tv/forever/peel1-17.htm</span>

    Diana Rigg only has a limited appearance here as Emma Peel as she got abducted.
    Instead we have Georgie Price-Jones (Liz Fraser) who got hired by Auntie whom she did not meet to impersonate Emma. However Georgie ultimately helps out Steed to find the real Emma.
    Also guest stars Bernard Cribbins and Sylvia Coleridge.
    The Girl From Auntie has some similarities with the Doctor Who story City of Death as both featured the Mona Lisa and the first folio of Hamlet.
    City of Death is a Fourth Doctor story and the said Bernard Cribbins could have been in that story as the Fourth Doctor if by his own admission had not blown his chances to become the Doctor when he stated how violent he wanted his Doctor to be which was contrary to the vision of the Doctor Who producer at the time Barry Letts.
    Enjoyable episode in which Steed and Georgie made for a good team with Emma indisposed for much of the episode.
    Also surprising and a little bit disturbing what the aunties turned out to be.

    Coincidentally last week saw the Schlocky Horror Picture Show screening of Horror Express on Television Sydney (TVS) in which host Nigel Honeybone mentioned that Horror Express cast member Telly Savalas had played Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in which he killed Emma Peel. Honeybone meant that Diana Rigg,with a picture of her being shown, was in that movie in she indeed met her demise thanks to Blofeld played by Savalas.

    Shortly after finding out that Olivia Poulet is Emma Peel for Big Finish I realised that she also plays another Emma in The Thick of It although I don’t think this very fact was intentional to her casting as Emma Peel.

    #218473

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    The Thirteenth Hole:
    Season 4, Episode 18.
    Guest stars Francis Matthews.
    Coincidentally I also saw Matthews in The Adventures of Robin Hood 2.34 The Infidel in which he played the episode title character.
    Overall not a bad episode that took place at a golf course hence what the episode title was alluding to and involvement of a satellite.
    In retrospect should not be surprised that a golf ball is used as a deadly weapon here.

    #218875

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    Quick-Quick Slow Death:
    Season 4, Episode 19.
    Very enjoyable episode in which Steed and Emma’s investigates a dance school and Steed is targeted as a victim by the villains here.
    Eunice Gayson is pretty good as one of the villains.
    Good way to end the episode with Steed and Emma dancing together.

    Coincidentally I saw the movie The Lady and The Highwayman which is a curio for The Avengers fans in that the music was composed by Laurie Johnson who had composed The Avengers & The New Avengers and it featured Gareth Hunt who had played Mike Gambit in The New Avengers.

    #218956

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    What The Butler Saw:
    Season 4, Episode 22.
    A very fun episode in which Steed poses as a butler after secrets were being leaked by butlers of military officers.
    Steed was an absolute hoot as a butler including saving Emma from the advances of Group Captain Miles.
    Miles is played by Denis Quilley and I coincidentally am also seeing him in Timeslip.
    Playing Brigadier Goddard is Howard Marion-Crawford. Not long before this Avengers episode saw Marion-Crawford as Dr Petrie in Face of Fu Manchu, the first of the Fu Manchu film series that is in.
    Long before What The Butler Saw, Marion-Crawford had played Dr Watson in the 1950s Sherlock Holmes series.
    Just as Marion-Crawford had played a Brigadier in this Avengers episode, Doctor Who’s own Brigadier had been said to be the like Watson to the Doctor’s Sherlock Holmes when the Doctor was exile on Earth although in The Silurians the Brigadier had jokingly called the Doctor, Doctor Watson.
    The plastic baggie that the officers used for their secret conversation certainly brought to mind the cone of silence in Get Smart although there is a difference. The plastic baggie apparently works whilst the cone of silence is reputed for its ineffectiveness of its purpose.
    Funny but perhaps predictable line at the end of the butler doing it!

    #219309

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    The House That Jack Built:
    Season 4, Episode 23.
    Emma gets a will from an uncle she never knew in which he has left her with the said house.
    As it turned out the so-called uncle is that of a disgruntled former employee of Emma’s, whom she fired when she was the head of her late father’s company.
    Quite sinister on what the said house could do thanks to the so-called uncle.
    Surprising on the revelation of the so-called uncle and very good how Emma carried this episode on her own as Steed had very little to do here.
    The experience that Emma has here seems somewhat similar to what she would go through in The Joker.
    In fact The House That Jack Built & The Joker both have the same writer in producer Brian Clemens.

    #219590

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    Leonard White has passed away.

    Born on November 5 1916, White was co-creator of The Avengers with Sydney Newman. For The Avengers, White was also producer for 40 episodes.

    White was also producer of Police Surgeon created by Newman, the series that became the precursor to The Avengers although the two series are not related.

    White’s later career included producing the Sky & King of the Castle TV serials both written by Doctor Who writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin.

    White died on January 2 2016 at the age of 99.

    #220317

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    How To Succeed At…Murder:
    Penultimate episode of season 4.
    This episode would reveal the villain to be a dummy. A little over a decade later Doctor Who closed its 14th season with The Talons of Weng-Chiang and that too had a dummy villain in Mr Sin.
    In addition to dummies what both stories have in common is that both shared the same guest star in Christopher Benjamin.
    The voice of the dummy Henrietta in this Avengers episode is not credited and there was s…peculation it was either former series regular Honor Blackman or Yolande Turner who had appeared in the flesh in The Girl from Auntie & The £50,000 Breakfast.
    IMDb list Turner as Henrietta’s voice albeit uncredited but I can’t say for certain whether that this was based on irrefutable information or someone made a guest chose to make the guess of Turner and posted it as a fact on IMDb.
    An enjoyable episode about women attempting to take over the working world and what a revelation about Henrietta although in retrospect it should not have been that surprising.

     

    #220545

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    Honey For The Prince:
    Season 4 finale.
    Guest stars Ron Moody who would later regret turning down playing the Third Doctor in Doctor Who. The Third Doctor role would eventually be given to Jon Pertwee and curiously enough Pertwee was in the next Avengers episode after Honey For The Prince, in the season 5 opener From Venus With Love. What is curious about Moody and Pertwee being in each consecutive episode of The Avengers to the casting of the Third Doctor is that Pertwee was the second choice for the Third Doctor after Moody. Therefore Pertwee was able to become the Third Doctor after Moody turned it down.
    Also in Honey For The Prince is George Pastell. Just as Honey For The Prince ended The Avengers season 4, Pastell would shortly be in Tomb of the Cybermen which opened Doctor Who season 5. So kind of a revolving door for Pastell as he exited The Avengers season 4 and then entered Doctor Who season 5.
    Very enjoyable way to end the fourth season with a fantasy company being used as a tool for an assassination of a visiting prince.
    Cute ending with Steed and Emma on a magic carpet only for it not to be what it appeared to be.

    #221121

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    Jon Rollason has passed away.

    Born on April 9 1931, Rollason had played Dr Martin King in three episodes of The Avengers.

    Rollason had appeared in Doctor Who in The Web of Fear playing Harold Chorley.

    Other roles included Danger Man, The Baron & Coronation Street.
    He died on February 20 2016 at the age of 84.

    #221226

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    Funny thing I read about The Avengers 5.13 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station:
    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>theavengers.tv/forever/peel2-13.htm</span>

    “At odds with the direction Brian Clemens was taking the series, scriptwriter Roger Marshall left. Clemens rewrote one of his scripts, and used the pseudonym Brian Sheriff (the Sheriff doing the Marshall’s job… get it?).” <b></b><i></i><u></u>

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