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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:

John Dorney (adaptor) tweeted:

Just seen Steed and Keel suited up ready to Avenge. They look and sound perfect.
It's an audio series. With all due respect to Mr Dorney, who cares how they look? We already have plenty of photos of the real Steed and Keel.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But an audio series has associated publicity, covers, etc, so it does help...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, fair enough. I shall do my best to ignore such pictures though Smile

Knowing how he used to get typecast as doctors (whether vets, or GPs, or time travellers) I bet Peter Davison is playing Dr Keel Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The photo shoot is up! Anthony Howell is Keel, Julian Wadham is Steed:

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers-meet-steed-and-keel

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=668178736544645&set=a.215895871772936.75031.215891121773411&type=1&theater

I've pondered the picture for awhile, and I think they've done pretty well. Keel in particular works well, I think. But what they look like is secondary to how they'll sound. Quite excited to have a Dirk Gently alumnus in there to balance out the Who--Howell played the ill-fated Gordon Way. I shall have to give it a relisten to recall what he sounds like. Wadham is a complete unknown entity to me, but that's probably just as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks interesting and encouraging, of course it's all about the sound and the writing but John Dorney's a good writer so it should be okay. And I don't imagine that two such useful-looking actors would have been cast if they had weird voices!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good news!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not familiar with either of these actors. However, as those that are seem quite pleased, it looks like a good choice.

Big finish have announced the third episode is Square Root of Evil, so the first three episodes will be the same as the TV series. Sadly (as far as I know) scripts don't survive for the TV episodes 4,5 and 7), so I wonder whether the fourth episode will be TV episode 8 - The Radioactive Man?

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-lost-episodes---volume-1-934
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still no Carol Wilson news, though, oddly enough. Is she still to come?

For anyone who wants a preview of what Anthony Howell sounds like, I really recommend the Dirk Maggs adaptation of Dirk Gently. Though I suspect Keel won't spend the majority of his time as a ghost. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The actress playing Carol is being announced next week.

Worth mentioning that The Avengers Declassified now has a section about the Big Finish audiobooks which will document and present up to date news about the releases, with the co-operation of the likes of producer David Richardson and writer John Dorney.

http://declassified.theavengers.tv/big_finish_main.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
The actress playing Carol is being announced next week.


Oh, good. I was worried that she somehow got lost in the shuffle after the Steed/Keel announcement.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Finish has just posted a short audio teaser trailer for Hot Snow! It's very good. I got goosebumps. Very Happy Steed in particular sounds very good, a sort of hybrid between Patrick and Donald Monat, which can be nothing but a good thing.

They've also announced the casting for Carol as Lucy Briggs-Owen. The casting announcement is here:

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers-the-lost-episodes-teaser-trailer

You can listen to the trailer here:

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-lost-episodes---volume-1-934
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starburst has an interview with John Dorney of Big Finish which touches on the new Avengers audios.

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Big Finish has just announced that it will be making full cast audios of the classic TV series The Avengers and you’ve been adapting the scripts for audio. Could you give a brief background into the lost Avengers scripts and share the experience of adapting them?

Doctor Who fans are used to the idea of lost episodes, but we almost come out of it well. The first series of The Avengers barely exists - out of twenty six, there are just two complete episodes, and the frustratingly Steed-less first act of the first episode. And even then, not every script exists; there are no soundtracks, not much in the way of telesnaps. And the most that's in the public domain are some synopses of the episodes, so it's deeply intriguing for us fans - we've far less access to what these stories were actually like. So the idea of actually giving the audience chance to experience the original sixties scripts was a hugely exciting one to me.

I think I was in the right place at the right time to adapt them. David mentioned the idea as we headed to record Light at the End... and I just blurted out that I'd been watching an episode of the second series the previous night (it's a great reference for Counter-Measures, a great Fitton tip!). So it suddenly became me doing them. I think I was really sold by the choice of actors for Steed and Keel. The choice was so spot on I immediately went from 'but surely they're irreplaceable' to 'yeah, that'll work'. Macnee is and always will be iconic... but I think our new Steed will work as both a tribute and a great interpretation in its own right. I can't wait to get into studio.

In terms of the adaptation - I've barely touched them. Fortunately these scripts were written by people with theatre and radio backgrounds a lot of the time, and they're heavily dialogue led, long, talky scenes rather than action and film sequences, so there's not a massive amount of descriptive dialogue to be added.

I'm working from the existing camera scripts and sometimes they don't give quite enough information - film and action sequences are sometimes under-described if at all - so from time to time you need to throw in a bit of educated guesswork or artistic licence - but by and large these are as close as practically possible to what would have been shown on TV in the sixties. I've resisted the urge to tidy up plot holes or fix issues, they're warts and all. If anything, they're story restorations rather than adaptation.

It's been thrilling discovering the evolution of the series - the character development, the producers discovering what the show actually is... all these things I've not been able to experience until now. It's a window into a lost world and I think Avengers’ fans will find them fascinating and delightful and fun in equal measures, I know I certainly did.


The full interview is here, but the above excerpt is the only Avengers bit.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

most excellent Timeless! Steed sounded very close yo Donald Monat to me. But it does sound very good and i am quite impressed how quickly they are moving along. thank you for informing us!
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most excellent Timeless! Steed sounded very close yo Donald Monat to me. But it does sound very good and i am quite impressed how quickly they are moving along. thank you for informing us!


You're very welcome. Very Happy Sounding like Donald Monat can only be a good thing as far as I'm concerned. The radio series proved to me that you can absolutely recast the characters, so long as it's done with a great deal of care. And from that snippet, I think they have. I'm very, very excited about this release. I think it's going to be brilliant. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting the interview with John Dorney and the link to the short trailer. I agree, Steed does sound quite like Donald Monat. Really looking forward to hearing these in January. Smile
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paulpdjh wrote:
Thanks for posting the interview with John Dorney and the link to the short trailer. I agree, Steed does sound quite like Donald Monat. Really looking forward to hearing these in January. Smile


You're very welcome. Very Happy It's a really exciting project, and the more I hear about it, the better it sounds.
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Yes, it's interesting how this project - with a professional team behind it - came to fruition with a lot less fanfare and a lot less teasing than the Gin and Tonic "renewed" Avengers which foundered before it ever really got going.

The actor playing Steed certainly has the "look" as well, so it would've been interesting if the likes of G&T had been able to afford him (and a TV production. If the Saint can come back, even for a pilot, it'd be nice to see what could be done with The Avengers. Ah well, at least we can hear some Avengers we've never heard before!).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Artwork for the first volume has been released, quite like it myself.

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-lost-episodes---volume-1-934
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norw27 wrote:
Artwork for the first volume has been released, quite like it myself.

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-lost-episodes---volume-1-934
Nice drum roll. hey that was really good. 30 seconds of pure listening pleasure.
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norw27 wrote:
Artwork for the first volume has been released, quite like it myself.

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-lost-episodes---volume-1-934


Ooh, I like it, too! Very Happy It's in keeping with some of the DVD releases, so it will look very nice on the shelf with them. I'm really very excited about these. Cool
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