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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:46 am    Post subject: PR: With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes - a new book Reply with quote

Out now from Hidden Tiger.

WITH UMBRELLA, SCOTCH AND CIGARETTES
AN UNAUTHORISED GUIDE TO THE AVENGERS SERIES 1


Declassifying Series 1, Part 2: Behind-the-Scenes



Before the Champagne, before the kinky boots, there was a star without a series...

When ABC Television’s Police Surgeon was abruptly cancelled, the show’s producers were suddenly left with a star actor – Ian Hendry – and no TV programme for him to appear in.

With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes tells the behind-the-scenes story of the series that was devised for him – The Avengers – from its earliest stages as an untitled project all the way through to the end of its first year, when outside influences brought it to an unexpected close.

Authors Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes' previous book - The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes - looked in detail at the narratives of the first year, and now conclude their mission to shine a light on the neglected first series, looking at it from a completely different perspective.

In With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, Richard and Alan relate the story through comprehensive essays and chapters that detail the production, transmission and reception of each episode, while also discussing the talented personnel involved.

The book also boasts a foreword by Neil Hendry, who runs his uncle Ian Hendry’s official website; lavish black-and-white illustrations by artist Shaqui Le Vesconte; and 60 pages of appendices that deal in depth with the unproduced episodes of Series 1, Keel and Steed’s further adventures in the comic-strip The Drug Pedlar and the novel Too Many Targets, and much more.

Who really created The Avengers? Who on earth was Dr Dent? How did a stuntman almost come a cropper in a sewer? What was that Soho photo shoot all about? Unfurl your imaginary umbrella, pour yourself a theoretical neat double Scotch, light up an illusory cigarette (so much better for you than the real thing) and prepare to find out…

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've been waiting for this for some time. The detailed story of how The Avengers came to into being and how 26 black white videotaped episodes were recorded. Back to the golden age of British television for the adventures of Dr David Keel, John Steed and Carol, a true behind scenes account of how the first season was produced. There's never been a better time to be an enthusiast of The Avengers, that's three books on the series, all in a matter of weeks as With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes joins Mrs Peel, We're Needed and Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots. Plus, I think that the forum has inspired such positive reactions from both writers and attendees and played a major part in reviving major interest in The Avengers. I have a feeling that With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes will be essential reading for a great many people.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words, Mike. If the reviews and reaction equal those of your own book, I will be very happy indeed. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps, at last, the true story of how The Avengers came to exist and the huge debt the entire series owes to Leonard White will be told.

I'm very hopeful that this book will eradicate some long-standing myths about the first series of The Avengers, especially the one about "We tossed a coin and I wrote part 2 of the pilot!"
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terrific! Looking forward to reading it!

All the best

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeR wrote:
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I've been waiting for this for some time. The detailed story of how The Avengers came to into being and how 26 black white videotaped episodes were recorded. Back to the golden age of British television for the adventures of Dr David Keel, John Steed and Carol, a true behind scenes account of how the first season was produced. There's never been a better time to be an enthusiast of The Avengers, that's three books on the series, all in a matter of weeks as With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes joins Mrs Peel, We're Needed and Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots. Plus, I think that the forum has inspired such positive reactions from both writers and attendees and played a major part in reviving major interest in The Avengers. I have a feeling that With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes will be essential reading for a great many people.


wow, very well stated..I concur 100 % and the program, is in the midst of a great revival of sorts....
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jaz wrote:
Perhaps, at last, the true story of how The Avengers came to exist and the huge debt the entire series owes to Leonard White will be told.

I'm very hopeful that this book will eradicate some long-standing myths about the first series of The Avengers, especially the one about "We tossed a coin and I wrote part 2 of the pilot!"


We've certainly done our best to fathom the very beginnings of the series and have included what any number of people have said over the years, that quote from Brian Clemens included. And yes, Leonard's contribution is definitely not overlooked. Indeed, looking at the index, he has more references in the book than anyone else. He wasn't sitting on his hands back in 1961, was he? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew Pixley wrote:
Terrific! Looking forward to reading it!

All the best

Andrew


Thank you, Andrew. Cool
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mousemeat wrote:
wow, very well stated..I concur 100 % and the program, is in the midst of a great revival of sorts....


Cheers mousemeat!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very intriguing content of the book, Alan. Razz
Starting of The Avengers had always been briefly sketched, and it seemed that there simply are no documents or other evidence that will reveal new details. These studies are just great diamond.

I'd like to believe that such affiche will soon be plastered on the streets of Moscow. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another The Avengers book ! That's wonderful new, I'm looking forward to reading the book.
Is there yet a realease date or relaese month?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Release is about one week from now.

Delighted at the interest, and thanks for saying such nice things, everyone. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
Release is about one week from now.


Surprisingly pleasant turn of events, Alan!
I look forward in the coming days of the news on The Avengers Declassified.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
jaz wrote:
Perhaps, at last, the true story of how The Avengers came to exist and the huge debt the entire series owes to Leonard White will be told.

I'm very hopeful that this book will eradicate some long-standing myths about the first series of The Avengers, especially the one about "We tossed a coin and I wrote part 2 of the pilot!"


We've certainly done our best to fathom the very beginnings of the series and have included what any number of people have said over the years, that quote from Brian Clemens included. And yes, Leonard's contribution is definitely not overlooked. Indeed, looking at the index, he has more references in the book than anyone else. He wasn't sitting on his hands back in 1961, was he? Smile


I hope you countered it by giving Leonard's version of events -basically that he as producer would not have allowed two writers to decide you wrote which episode. That he made the decisions back then on such things
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without doubt With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes will outline the most accurate account of events yet published on how The Avengers came into being and how the first season was planned and executed at ABC Television's Teddington Studios.
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The new book is published! Many thanks to Richard McGinlay (my co-author) and Shaqui Le Vesconte (our superb illustrator) for all their considerable hard work and support over the last six months.

"With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes - An Unauthorised Guide to The Avengers Series 1" is now available to buy in hardcover and paperback formats. When we've got our breath back, ebooks will follow after a while.

Details: http://www.hiddentigerbooks.co.uk/avengers_umbrella_scotch_cigarettes.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic! Ordered!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and thank you. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered it Very Happy
Can't wait to find out new terrific information about series one! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, too, Ischtar! Smile
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