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Philippa
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:48 pm    Post subject: Avengers (and actor related) references in tv series Reply with quote

I thought it would be fun to have a topic about Avengers references in tv series.
I hope I've put this in the right section?

Well lately I've found a funny references in 'The Upper Hand'. When Caroline's ex-husband wants to convince her not to marry Charlie, Laura (Honor) gives him a very Cathy Gale-esque judo kick. Then she walks away.
Later on he says: I'll better be going before Cathy Gale comes back from the kitchen Laughing

I thought that was really funny.

Oh and there was a funny reference to Honor being a Bond girl too.
At one point in the series, one of the characters has a goldfish called Goldfinger and a cat called Oddjob Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the film 'To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything: Julie Newmar' - Wesley Snipes playing a drag queen is looking through some clothes in a barn and says 'This is sooo Emma Peel!'
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul O'Grady mentions The Avengers almost every teatime on ITV1!

Last night as Michelle Ryan (new Bionic Woman) came on the show he greeted her wilth "You look fabulous. You could be a new Avenger girl!" and later, when she said she was working with Anthony Head (on the BBC's Merlin) and felt star-struck Paul said he still feels like that whenever Linda Thorson rings him up.

By the way Paul has his autobiography out and I checked the index for Avengers mentions - and there are loads!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh great! I wanted to buy his autobiography anyway, but now I'm definitely buying it.
He definitely has a thing for The Avengers, especially Emma Peel. I think that's just so sweet Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a reference in an episode of Frasier. Frasier and Niles are reminded of their childhood, where they pretended to be the Avengers, complete with chin-strap adorned bowlers. Laughing

In another episode of Frasier, Patrick Macnee himself makes a cameo. (Although, that's not technically a reference. Razz)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, of course I was on The Paul O'Grady Show in an Avengers Quiz and beat him! True! If I can I'll upload it to you tube with my new machine that arrived yesterday!

Also, don't forget in 'Diana' there was a sign that read 'Diana Smythe - You're Needed'

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Philippa wrote:
Oh great! I wanted to buy his autobiography anyway, but now I'm definitely buying it.
He definitely has a thing for The Avengers, especially Emma Peel. I think that's just so sweet Very Happy


He prefers Tara King actually. Have you seen his spoof on 'The Avengers' ? It's the best ever!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When The Avengers Movie was out the UK soap Emmerdale referenced it at a costume/Halloween party.

Tricia Dingle was dressed as Emma Peel and there followed some 'hilarious' dialogue when someone said 'Oh, you look like Diana Rigg' and she replied 'Eh, who's Diana Rigg? Uma Thurman plays Emma Peel - er, duhh!'
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShaggE wrote:
There's a reference in an episode of Frasier. Frasier and Niles are reminded of their childhood, where they pretended to be the Avengers, complete with chin-strap adorned bowlers. Laughing


I have this episode. You can find the entire transcript of the episode 'Radio Wars' here...

http://www.geocities.com/hollywood/derby/3267/73.html

Here is 'The Avengers' bit...

Martin: My point is, you guys could never resist putting on airs.
Even when you were in junior high, you used to love that
TV program, "The Avengers." You used to run all over the
neighborhood pretending you were that guy with the umbrella...
Steve.

Frasier: Steed!

Niles: [rolls his eyes] Dad!

Frasier: There were worse role models. Steed was dapper and witty.
When anyone tried to give him grief, he gave them a sound
thrashing with the umbrella.

Martin: Well, that's great, admire him if you want. But did you have
to run through the neighborhood in bowler hats? I mean,
you were just begging to get beat up.

Frasier: Come to think of it, it was rather a rough summer that year,
wasn't it?

Niles: I remember getting a chin strap so the bowler wouldn't fall
off when I ran.

Martin: And all that did was make you look like Elizabeth Taylor in
"National Velvet." My point is, if you go down to the station
and read that over the air, then you might as well go down
there in a great big bowler hat. I mean, people are never
going to let you forget it.

"[The bowler] should never be worn abroad, never by foreigners, and
Americans who attempt to do so should be fined."
-- Hardy Amies, designer

Daphne has re-entered with coffee.

Daphne: You know, it's funny hearing you talk about "The Avengers."
My first Halloween in America, I went to a party dressed as
Mrs. Peel. Head-to-toe in that skintight black leather
catsuit. [Niles looks up] Come to think of it, I still have
it somewhere, and Halloween's coming up.

Martin: Catsuit, huh? [referring to Eddie who has just come in]
Better not let this guy hear you talking about that, he'll
go nuts.

Niles: I would not! [sees Eddie] ...be surprised if he did!
Ho-ho-ho. [strokes Eddie]
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShaggE wrote:
There's a reference in an episode of Frasier. Frasier and Niles are reminded of their childhood, where they pretended to be the Avengers, complete with chin-strap adorned bowlers. Laughing

In another episode of Frasier, Patrick Macnee himself makes a cameo. (Although, that's not technically a reference. Razz)



You beat me to that one.

And Patrick says in Frasier: I always had a thing for brunette's, maybe a Emma Peel reference.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DiVicenzo wrote:
Philippa wrote:
Oh great! I wanted to buy his autobiography anyway, but now I'm definitely buying it.
He definitely has a thing for The Avengers, especially Emma Peel. I think that's just so sweet Very Happy


He prefers Tara King actually. Have you seen his spoof on 'The Avengers' ? It's the best ever!


Yeah I've got that video! I'll upload it to Youtube when I've got time. It's bloody hilarious Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a short lived show here in the 1990s called V5. There was a virtual reality dream sequence where the leads were dressed as Steed and the Queen of Sin. Also the sets were mimicking MIssion Highly Improbable

Also I always enjoyed the STeed and Peel parodies on Get Smart. Sneed and Mrs Neal, a pair of wry, sophisticated agents of Kaos. They didn't look anything remotely like Macnee and Rigg but the they got the feel of the pair down perfectly.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Life on Mars, when Gene rattles off a suspect's criminal record, and finishes with "fencing, and not the sort Steed does in The Avengers!"

And of course there's The Joker spoof on A Bit of Fry and Laurie. The also have some of Tara's ceramic heads for holding her wigs.

Class Act is a TNA fan's dream. Joanna ponders "getting the old Purdey out," her father accuses someone of "stealing his Purdey," Joanna fires the housekeeper, one "Mrs. Peel," and at the end of season one likens her little group to "The New Avengers."

But one of the best must be the AbFab flashback, with Eddy in labour and a pan over to Patsy, complete with Purdey bob and an exact replica of Purdey's motorcycle jacket and togs, draped over a chair and smoking! The audience just roars!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^Oh yeah totally forgot to mention Class Act and AbFab. Those bits are just fabulous Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Philippa wrote:
Those bits are just fabulous Very Happy


Absolutely.



*hee* I made a funny.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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*hee* I made a funny.


Go to your room Rob.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShaggE wrote:
Philippa wrote:
Those bits are just fabulous Very Happy


Absolutely.



*hee* I made a funny.


To quote Jennifer Saunders:
"don't get funny" Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please don't encourage ShaggE. He'll just go around the house smirking and snickering the rest of the day. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Avengers had a mention in an early episode of Steptoe & Son. It was reported in The Avengers Dossier, but I forget what episode or exactly what was said.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Stagecoach', episode 22 of season 1 of "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (1994), featured a British born spy called Emma Steed.
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