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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll post an update on my site advertising the book.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Piers. That's really kind of you! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone wanting to read a bit about the background to this book and its predecessor The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes might be interested in taking a look at this interview that Gary Radice of The Nice Rooms website has done with me this month.

http://www.thenicerooms.com/room-13
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan, I was excited reading a preview of a new book on Lulu (where mystery opened for Dr. David Dent). Razz

When I studied the episodes of the first season on your site, I thought it was the most comprehensive in-depth look around it, but you could find so much new, it's clearly was above my expectations.
The main caveat of this, I am not afraid to say, masterpiece, is that most of the information is not provided on your site The Avengers Declassified. I will certainly buy it, because from my point of view, this is your best book about the series, definitely.
Also, I noticed that you added there first-class drawings, that was an interesting decoration of pages. Overall, a very different approach to the new book, than the previous, Alan.

I know that Richard McGinley and you're a long time worked on the first book, after which seemed to have a lot of things were said. Was initially prepared material for the second book, or there have been some changes? The fact that the content of the book looks as if you have discovered or stored extensive unposted anywhere source of information. Striking. Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Alan, I was excited reading a preview of a new book on Lulu (where mystery opened for Dr. David Dent). Razz


Thank you, Denis. Pleased that the book has got you fired up!

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When I studied the episodes of the first season on your site, I thought it was the most comprehensive in-depth look around it, but you could find so much new, it's clearly was above my expectations.


The Series 1 pages at Declassified were a start, and maybe, as you kindly say, set the bar for research into the lost era of The Avengers. But we all learn, find out more things, better sources of information, and, I must be honest, I feel that Richard and I are better writers now, too.

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The main caveat of this, I am not afraid to say, masterpiece, is that most of the information is not provided on your site The Avengers Declassified. I will certainly buy it, because from my point of view, this is your best book about the series, definitely.


I'm not saying that the book's a masterpiece, but both Richard and I are very proud of what we've done with it. We had the research done for The Avengers Declassified as our base, and then we have spent six months taking it many, many steps further.

We were both pleased with The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes, but I think we'd both agree that we learned lessons writing that book, and we have applied those to the new one.

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Also, I noticed that you added there first-class drawings, that was an interesting decoration of pages. Overall, a very different approach to the new book, than the previous, Alan.


The approach is similar - to present as much hard facts and to bust as many myths as possible along the way. The illustrations are gorgeous, and I must thank Shaqui Le Vesconte, the artist, for those. They take the place of photographs, which we cannot include as we are unlicensed, but, you know what, they are better than photos and add much to the collectibility of the book in my opinion.

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I know that Richard McGinley and you're a long time worked on the first book, after which seemed to have a lot of things were said. Was initially prepared material for the second book, or there have been some changes? The fact that the content of the book looks as if you have discovered or stored extensive unposted anywhere source of information. Striking. Shocked


This book was started (in theory rather than practice) at the same time as Strange Case, in that we always planned to do one about the narratives and one about the production side, but we chose the narratives first as they were, we felt, nearer to a publishable state.

We have indeed discovered new sources of information, and have spoken to several people involved in the series, specifically for the book. We wanted the book to have plenty of exclusive material, and I hope that people have fun finding out all sorts of facts and anecdotes that we haven't been able to share via the website.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the answers, Alan!

One of the most interesting topic in the content of your book is chapter "Series I Merchandise Guide", which is, if I is right, 8 pages.
Really? Razz
Were there any findings that impressed you?




Cover book reminds me "screensaver" of colored seasons of the series.
Pretty clever. Concept of how you open the book and dipped into TV adventure. Was it your idea, Alan? Very Happy



And I wonder, a little bit away from the topic, Alan, you must be explored a lot of photos when working with a book... Do you ever color pictures of episodes of the first season?
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One of the most interesting topic in the content of your book is chapter "Series I Merchandise Guide", which is, if I is right, 8 pages.
Really? Razz


We actually discounted some things which we felt only had a small coverage or link to Series 1 from that merchandise list. Smile

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Were there any findings that impressed you?


There are lots of examples, but I'm particularly proud that we have solved the mystery of the recording of Kill the King (how could it be recorded in Studio 4 when there were only 3 studios in existence at Teddington?) and that also by a very cunning approach we worked out when the Soho photo shoot took place, and where each set of photos was shot.

Many more things like that, but I'd rather keep them as surprises for people who purchase the book. Smile

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Cover book reminds me "screensaver" of colored seasons of the series.
Pretty clever. Concept of how you open the book and dipped into TV adventure. Was it your idea, Alan? Very Happy


The cover is based on some famous artwork used to publicise Series 6:





The idea was actually Richard's and the artwork by Shaqui. I did the colouring of the artwork and the layout of the cover.

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And I wonder, a little bit away from the topic, Alan, you must be explored a lot of photos when working with a book... Do you ever color pictures of episodes of the first season?


The earliest colour photos I'm aware of from The Avengers are from Series 2. None survive from Series 1... and some photos thought to be from Series 1 aren't even from The Avengers! Answers in the book!
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That's very clever. I like how the Champagne cork is replaced by spent cartridges (which also went "bang") and the gun-and-rose by the cigarettes (tobacco also being a leaf)...
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Frankymole wrote:
That's very clever. I like how the Champagne cork is replaced by spent cartridges (which also went "bang") and the gun-and-rose by the cigarettes (tobacco also being a leaf)...


The rose is not entirely absent, as you will see when you receive your copy of the book! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alan! I'll look out for it then Smile

Alan wrote:
Anyone wanting to read a bit about the background to this book and its predecessor The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes might be interested in taking a look at this interview that Gary Radice of The Nice Rooms website has done with me this month.

http://www.thenicerooms.com/room-13


A really enjoyable article. And I wasn't aware of this nice site!

When you point out that they never really exploited Ian Hendry's circus skills, it brought to mind one sequence, the trapeze act at the start of "To Catch a Rat", the New Avengers episode. I don't know how much Ian did in that - would they have restricted it due to insurance, etc? - but I guess some of the trapezing at least is him genuinely doing it. I hope so. But if not it's very well done.
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Frankymole wrote:
Thanks Alan! I'll look out for it then Smile


I doubt you'll miss it. Wink

Alan wrote:
Anyone wanting to read a bit about the background to this book and its predecessor The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes might be interested in taking a look at this interview that Gary Radice of The Nice Rooms website has done with me this month.

http://www.thenicerooms.com/room-13


A really enjoyable article. And I wasn't aware of this nice site![/quote]

Nor was I until Gary dropped me a line asking for an interview. He's a good guy and the site is fascinating.

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When you point out that they never really exploited Ian Hendry's circus skills, it brought to mind one sequence, the trapeze act at the start of "To Catch a Rat", the New Avengers episode. I don't know how much Ian did in that - would they have restricted it due to insurance, etc? - but I guess some of the trapezing at least is him genuinely doing it. I hope so. But if not it's very well done.


Obviously, I was referring to Hendry's circus skills never being exploited "in Series 1", though I grant you I'd overlooked that aspect of To Catch a Rat, an episode I've always enjoyed.

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Alan wrote:
The earliest colour photos I'm aware of from The Avengers are from Series 2. None survive from Series 1... and some photos thought to be from Series 1 aren't even from The Avengers! Answers in the book!


Amazingly for information about the state this things, Alan!
I remember your first site Second Sight, where could be considered for a long time early photographs, as it was nowhere to be published. And some of them made ​​me think, is this really early The Avengers? I will to explore it in your book, as it is an additional surprise to me that there even such discoveries. Razz Razz Razz

Alan, I have often read that some of the scripts of the first season were used later in the series, mainly for the second season. Is whether at least one of the unused scripts published in your new book by part of it?
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denisrigg wrote:
Alan, I have often read that some of the scripts of the first season were used later in the series, mainly for the second season. Is whether at least one of the unused scripts published in your new book by part of it?


There were no unused Series 1 scripts (or at least none which have either survived or any reference exists to).

However, there are two surviving unused story outlines (submissions made by writers which were not accepted for development into scripts). One of these later became Box of Tricks in Series 2, though it was developed by different writers.

The book contains detailed notes about both these submissions, as part of the appendices.

The main thrust of the book is production information - behind-the-scenes stuff. In general, the narratives were dealt with in the first book we wrote - The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes. This book takes a different angle on the series.
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Just wanted to say that my copy arrived this morning. Took only a few days to arrive. It looks lovely and just flicking through I'm expecting a great read. However I'm finishing the new Poirot book by Sophie Hannah this afternoon, so I'll have to start it later on Smile
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PaulGreaves wrote:
Just wanted to say that my copy arrived this morning. Took only a few days to arrive. It looks lovely and just flicking through I'm expecting a great read. However I'm finishing the new Poirot book by Sophie Hannah this afternoon, so I'll have to start it later on Smile


Delighted it arrived so quickly. Lulu seemed to really have upped their game in that department lately.

Hardcovers take a bit longer, but they are always worth that extra wait.

Please post your opinions about the book, Paul.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CHART NEWS! Smile

With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes entered Lulu's Top 100 at #73 yesterday, and is now up to #56.

The book is also at #7 in Lulu's Entertainment chart for the week.

A tip of the bowler to everyone who has ordered the book. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book has risen up Lulu's charts! It now stands at #2 in Entertainment and #26 in the Top 100 of all books.

See what the fuss is about if you haven't ordered yet!

Save 15% on this and other Hidden Tiger titles by using the code FWD15 at checkout.

http://www.hiddentigerbooks.co.uk/
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Only just had chance to glance through this so far, but there's clearly a lot for me to look forward to in this book. Lovely clean design and excellent illustrations, and a real pleasure to know that all this hard work and information now exists in the tangible and lasting form of a physical volume rather than in the more ephemeral manner of a website which is oh-so-dependent on hardware, software, broadband connections, power supplies, etc. Looks like there’s a very nice lead into the creation of the show explaining about the Iris/ABC set up and the history of the station. And a real delight to see proper citing by footnote of where quotations from those involved have originated (this is something which I’m finding of more and more importance in serious books of this nature) … plus they’re rather nice quotes! Lots of nice contextual material around the development and production of the series, taking into account the scale and breadth of people’s careers – not slavishly polarised towards the usual telefantasy market. Effective tie-ins with the trade press, listings magazine promotion and the media in general too to capture a feeling of how the series was perceived and marketed at the time. Plenty of fresh detailed information on the individual episodes which I’m very much hoping that I’ll shortly have time to dive into and study properly, learning new things and revising the chronology which I’ve previously had in my mind (the volume itself provides what looks like a rather nice chronology of key dates as a timeline in its concluding sections). The chapter on the transition from the aborted David Keel era into what followed during the next year for Steed and his new chums looks particularly fascinating. Marvellous to have some detailed synopses to the Eric Paice storylines which were proposed for this run, and the addition of the appendix about related books and comic strips is a rather nice bonus (complete with what look like some nice quotes from John Peel).

With books like this and Mike Richardson’s recent tome from Telos, devotees of “The Avengers” are clearly very, very spoiled in the richness of new research into the production of this very, very special series.

All the best

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Thanks for the kind words, Andrew. Much appreciated. Smile

I hope the book holds a good few surprises and treats when you come to read it in full.

And, on the latter point, yes, John Peel was very helpful indeed and was overflowing with good quotes! Smile

First review:
http://loureviews.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/book-review-with-umbrella-scotch-and-cigarettes-an-unauthorised-guide-to-the-avengers-series-1/
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Lulu are going a bit crazy with promo codes at the moment! A really good one this time, saving 25% until 22nd Sept at midnight.

Code is MATEY25

It'll work on all print editions of Hidden Tiger Books - including our smash hit Avengers title, With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, which is currently flying high in Lulu's charts.

http://www.hiddentigerbooks.co.uk/
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