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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scifibulletin has a given Hot Snow positive review:

http://scifibulletin.com/uk-tv/the-avengers-big-finish-audio-the-lost-stories-1-1-hot-snow/

Can't say that I agree with their view that "anyone who’s experienced the unbelievably awful South African radio versions of the Steed and Peel adventures will know how easy it would be to screw this up" as I loved the radio series.

So far I've only managed to listen to the interviews at the end of each episode, which are very interesting. The one at the end of One for the Mortuary is with Brian Clemens' son Samuel.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The latest edition of Big Finish's Vortex magazine has an interesting interview with Julian Wadham about playing Steed in the forthcoming audio series.

http://www.bigfinish.com/vortex/v/59
Amusing to hear from Gareth Thomas that he was up for Mike Gambit, and they cast the apparently very different other Gareth with curly hair, aka his "televisual twin" Smile

I ordered the CD set (£25) rather than the download (£20) as I like a permanent physical product where available.

I paid the £25 by Paypal (plus Paypal fee) and was surprised to see the download available to me on my account!

Is the download thrown in along with the CDs, when you buy the latter? I hope they send me the CDs as well.


That's a brilliant anecdote! I had no idea Gareth Thomas was up for Gambit. I think they went with the right Gareth in the end, though.

I ordered the CD copy for the same reasons as you (I like a hard copy), but I had no idea there was already a digital copy available with the order! I shall have to check when I get home
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Don't worry, all CD orders qualify for free downloads of the product purchased.
That's excellent (it wasn't very clear from the ordering page) - saves me doing lots of fiddly importing on my mp3 player.

The bitrate of the download mp3's is quite good (256kbps), and the CDs - if they're standard audio CDs and not mp3 CDs - will probably be much higher, presumably the 1,411.2kbps of a normal CD.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listened to Hot Snow and Brought to Book this morning. Really enjoyed both of them. The acting, music, production, everything about them seems just right. Anthony Howell and Julian Wadham are perfect as Keel and Steed. Colin Baker and Lucy Briggs-Owen are great too as Dr Tredding and Carol Wilson - it's a shame Dr Tredding doesn't appear in any of the later stories.

It was so good to finally hear how the series began after all these years. Very Happy
I'll be listening to the other two episodes tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally finished listening to it all today including the extras. The casting of Steed and Keel is perfect. A real treat for the ears!
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I just got my set this week, so I've only listened to Hot Snow. I think I'll wait until I've heard the lot to post an opinion. Smile
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I listened to the first two stories and they're really well done. Excellent in every way.

The BF magazine that came in the box with the physical CDs says that box set vol 2 is not out until July, so I don't know whether to gobble up the next two episodes or eke them out a bit!
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The BF magazine that came in the box with the physical CDs says that box set vol 2 is not out until July, so I don't know whether to gobble up the next two episodes or eke them out a bit!


It's going to be a long wait to July, so I'm trying to space out listening to the last two episodes. Not sure how long I'll last though!
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paulpdjh wrote:
Frankymole wrote:
The BF magazine that came in the box with the physical CDs says that box set vol 2 is not out until July, so I don't know whether to gobble up the next two episodes or eke them out a bit!


It's going to be a long wait to July, so I'm trying to space out listening to the last two episodes. Not sure how long I'll last though!
I know what you mean. I am listening to Hot Snow. I think they did a wonderful job so far. I have been so busy writing the episode chapter I am now finally listening. being a fan is a full time job! Laughing
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Just listened to Brought to Book (I'm so behind on listening to these it's not even funny), and it was really, really good. I had a few reservations about the casting after hearing Hot Snow, but they've been completely brushed aside now. Howell and Wadham do an excellent job of bringing Steed and Keel to life, and do Patrick and Ian (and Donald Monat) proud. I really hope these sell well enough that we get even more releases beyond the first three, because they're beautifully done, and the little making ofs at the end show how hard everyone involved is trying, and how much work and love has been invested in making them good. Well done to Big Finish. Very Happy
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Yeah, the documentary / behind-the-scenes bits are very enjoyable, I hope we keep getting extras like these on the new set out in the summer.

The conviction of the actors is wonderful - you really get a sense of the danger, the odds they're up against, and the stakes they're playing for; and also, of course, the amusement of Steed at the situations he finds himself in. He's clearly been active in his profession - and we're still not entirely sure what that is, though it involves discomfiting some very nasty people - for years, and can turn on a sixpence - switching between grimness of purpose and teasing Dr Keel (and others) at the drop of a quirkily semi-fashionable hat.

The casting is great, they've really got a feel for their characters. I greatly enjoy the music, and after over a decade of experience Big Finish of course are masters of the foley/sound FX environmental stuff. I didn't doubt this was 1960s London for a second.

If there was any chance of further scripts coming to light, or storylines/synopses being able to be developed into full scripts (perhaps drawing on the sterling work evident on Alan Hayes's site and book, by Richard McGinlay and the Hayeses themselves)) so that we had something approximating all of Season 1, I'd be over the moon. I'm building the rocket in my back garden right now...

Check out Alan's site for Richard's detailed entries on the first two audio adventures:

Hot Snow
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The making ofs took me by surprise, actually, as I've never listened to a Big Finish production before and I didn't glance at the track listing before I started. The end music played, and then all of the sudden there was someone saying, "Hello, I'm..." and I didn't know quite what I was listening to. Laughing They're great, though. The one I listened to had Wadham talking about how you have to play Steed with a twinkle in the eye, which nails the character exactly (even when playing him on radio! Wink ).

I have to catch up with Alan's updates and read his reviews for the serials, too. I look forward to it! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike wrote:
I finally finished listening to it all today including the extras. The casting of Steed and Keel is perfect. A real treat for the ears!


yes they are... when done right, radio is a powerful medium...
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Big Finish has announced that they are going to record all 26 episodes from Season One as full cast audio dramas! A total of seven box sets will be issued at six monthly intervals between January 2014 and January 2017. Very Happy

I loved volume one, so I'm really happy with this news. More information is available on their website at:

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers---lost-episodes-to-complete-season-one
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I still have serious mixed feelings on these, but it's nice that the whole season will be available in a non-written form.
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Big Finish has announced that they are going to record all 26 episodes from Season One as full cast audio dramas! A total of seven box sets will be issued at six monthly intervals between January 2014 and January 2017. Very Happy

I loved volume one, so I'm really happy with this news. More information is available on their website at:

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers---lost-episodes-to-complete-season-one
Brilliant news. Dramatised for the first time since 1961. Even if some of the scripts have to be derived from other information, there's a lot of great research been done on the content of the stories, characters, etc very recently as revealed in Alan's website and book.

The complete Avengers in drama form is within reach!
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Frankymole wrote:
paulpdjh wrote:
Big Finish has announced that they are going to record all 26 episodes from Season One as full cast audio dramas! A total of seven box sets will be issued at six monthly intervals between January 2014 and January 2017. Very Happy

I loved volume one, so I'm really happy with this news. More information is available on their website at:

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers---lost-episodes-to-complete-season-one
Brilliant news. Dramatised for the first time since 1961. Even if some of the scripts have to be derived from other information, there's a lot of great research been done on the content of the stories, characters, etc very recently as revealed in Alan's website and book.

The complete Avengers in drama form is within reach!


This is unbelievably wonderful news! Very Happy I was hoping this might happen, but with the uncertainties of the Avengers market, I was worried that the first three sets wouldn't be enough of a success to justify it. Clearly they were, which is good news in and of itself! Very Happy

So many other shows from the same era have gotten the spin-off radio treatment in the past decade or so, Doctor Who most notably. It's nice to see the Avengers get a look-in finally. We get to look forward to new Avengers releases for the next three years! Who would have ever thought we'd get to say that?

I'm hopeful that, once they wrap up the missing episodes, that they might be brave enough to strike out into fresh territory, expanding the universe, so to speak. Especially if they work to fill in some of the gaps, like the one between Tara and TNA, show what Steed got up to in the interim.
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I'm hopeful that, once they wrap up the missing episodes, that they might be brave enough to strike out into fresh territory, expanding the universe, so to speak. Especially if they work to fill in some of the gaps, like the one between Tara and TNA, show what Steed got up to in the interim.


That could be interesting. I'm still a little iffy on non-Macnee Steeds, though. I mean, the man created that character. The Doctor Who episodes, as I understand them, often feature the original actors.
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Timeless A-Peel wrote:

This is unbelievably wonderful news! Very Happy I was hoping this might happen, but with the uncertainties of the Avengers market, I was worried that the first three sets wouldn't be enough of a success to justify it. Clearly they were, which is good news in and of itself! Very Happy
Yes, I'm really glad I supported the release and pre-ordered the CDs. I'll be doing that for all the further sets. I have rarely bought audio plays before - only Hitchhiker's Guide (each new series as it was made, from the third onwards) and a few of the Dr Who ones but only two or three. I have bought a few audio books in the past, but usually not plays. The Avengers is the first show with the drawing power to make me want to, and Alan Hayes's excellent restorations of the South African radio series convinced me it was worthwhile. So thanks, Alan!
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I'm hopeful that, once they wrap up the missing episodes, that they might be brave enough to strike out into fresh territory, expanding the universe, so to speak. Especially if they work to fill in some of the gaps, like the one between Tara and TNA, show what Steed got up to in the interim.
And there are a few unmade scripts out there, too. Personally I'd love to hear more about how Dr Keel got on wherever he went next, how he and Steed parted company, how Steed met Mrs Gale, etc. I'm sure there's lots of scope for new "1960s" adventures. Audio can do it so much better than film. Hollywood really was a big misstep for The Avengers.
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My dreams are quite literally coming true.

This is incredible.

And anyone in doubt of non-Macnee Steeds really needs to hear this. Julian Wadham is superb - just as perfect in the role as Patrick Macnee was.
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