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mrspeel01
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks spaceship dispatcher. I was also thinking that if the unused scripts and greatly changed ones was not possible, then, for me, the novels would have to be the next best thing. I know the John Garforth ones are not highly regarded. He himself disowned them, and admitted that he hadn't even seen the TV series when he wrote them! But the Patrick Macnee & Peter Leslie ones -Deadline & Dead Duck are at least more in the spirit of the series and could make for good audio adaptations. Again, this is more preferable to me than adapting existing TV episodes because it is at least new ground.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I especially like Deadline - the story has the serious spirit and noir style of series 4, plus I enjoyed the international touch with Mrs Peel's appointment in Amsterdam.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently listened to the second set of Steed and Mrs Peel audios and absolutely loved them, just as much as the first set and the Keel episodes. I find both Julian Wadham and Olivia Poulet so relaxing and easy to listen to, their witty and sharp rapport a lot of fun. Playtime is Over featured one of my favourite jokes in an Avengers audio script, as Emma reads through the list of toy shops, and the way the plot moved through a few twists and turns was very neat. The Mad Hatter was sounding good to be my favourite of series two, with its ludicrous Tara era style, until The Secret Six came along and blew me away with its country house duel between heroes and villains that kind of reminded me of a cross between The Prisoner tv series and the film The Beast Must Die. I'm sad that no more are planned at the moment, as I'll miss both the series and the lead actors in these roles.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Avengers – The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 05: Steed & Tara King is now available as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (£29.99) or digital download (£24.99), exclusively HERE

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/tara-ra-boom-de-ay


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

denis rigg wrote:
The Avengers – The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 05: Steed & Tara King is now available as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (£29.99) or digital download (£24.99), exclusively HERE

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/tara-ra-boom-de-ay



interesting graphics....looks pretty good..in my opinion
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrspeel01 wrote:

There is also the option of using original scripts that were greatly changed for the TV version. The South African radio series did do this on some of their versions, particularly those from the Tara King season. (This includes using the script of "Invitation to a Killing", which eventually reached the screen as "Have Guns will Haggle"). So if it is possible to use original scripts for some Emma Peel stories that underwent changes this could be good. For example, "The Disappearance of Admiral Nelson" which became "Mission...Highy Improbable". I don't know how much was changed but if there is a lot, and if it still exists in full, it may be worth doing. Again, rights permitting.
I'd love to hear Roger Marshall's original script that got rewritten by Clemens and became "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station". Apparently it was very different, and Marshall was a superb writer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter Motte wrote:
Steed and Peel don't look like Steed and Peel.
Am I missing something?
Yes.... it's audio! Doesn't matter what anyone looks like.
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Lhbizness wrote:
Sorry, no one can equal Diana Rigg. Or Patrick Macnee. In my opinion, of course, but I don't get how one can beat the original Avengers with these audios. However, I don't think these are canon - a quibble perhaps, but an important one.
Well, obviously no-one can equal Rigg or Macnee. Nobody has claimed that so there's no need to raise an obvious straw man just to attack Julian Wadham yet again (why the constant personal loathing? Did he pee on your chips or something?). These actors aren't trying to exceed or circumvent the original actors, they're trying to provide their interpretations of super-special-agent characters in an original larger-than-life entertainment story. And the stories are new and newly-available stories (at least new to audio, they were comic strips before, and out of print).
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2021 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Finish have announced two further releases in the Comic Strip Adaptations range - one volume with Steed and Mrs Peel, the other with Steed and Tara King:

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers-escape-to-the-1960s
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2021 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paulh wrote:
Big Finish have announced two further releases in the Comic Strip Adaptations range - one volume with Steed and Mrs Peel, the other with Steed and Tara King:

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers-escape-to-the-1960s



great news ! been a grand year for the series..with releases, books, etc
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2021 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paulh wrote:
Big Finish have announced two further releases in the Comic Strip Adaptations range - one volume with Steed and Mrs Peel, the other with Steed and Tara King:

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-avengers-escape-to-the-1960s


Great news, although I didn't take to these originally, over the years they have really grown on me.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2021 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very pleased there is going to be more audio adventures. I really like the casting of these and they are great to listen to.

Sam Clemens, posted this on Twitter yesterday. The wonderful Julian Wadham and Olivia Poulet took a break whilst recording the latest Big Finish Avengers audio adventures to peruse a copy of Stay Tuned and they were most impressed.

<a><img src="https://i.ibb.co/dMxNKwW/15a5a56e-42f9-482b-ba41-e37b4cf4e760.jpg" alt="15a5a56e-42f9-482b-ba41-e37b4cf4e760" border="0"></a>
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2021 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's great to see Julian Wadham and Olivia Poulet sort of promote this new book. Razz Very good photo. Moreover, it is done in such a way that I want to reach out my hand to shake it to Julian - as if they are here with us on a live video.

I suppose if there was a similar sort of advertisement for this Honor Blackman book from Unstoppable Cards, then maybe we could see these planned books about Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson (and most likely about Patrick McNee too) sooner. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Avengers – The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 6: Steed & Mrs Peel is now available to own as a collector’s edition 3-disc CD box set (+ download for just £19.99) or digital download for just £16.99. More details here:

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-name-s-steed-john-steed


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

denis rigg wrote:
The Avengers – The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 6: Steed & Mrs Peel is now available to own as a collector’s edition 3-disc CD box set (+ download for just £19.99) or digital download for just £16.99. More details here:


Finally a pitch perfect cover for this audio series, I love it. Sadly Big Finish's covers for this comic strip range has been a complete mess. They've had the worst run of covers of any other Big Finish range. Not only are the individual volume designs for the covers absolutely dire, but the styles are completely different. The set arranged in volume order on a shelf looks ridiculous. I'll wait until the range is completely finished and then I'll create a single box to house the lot. In fact I think BF should release a set of matching slip covers to compensate for this utter disaster.
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Frankymole wrote:
Lhbizness wrote:
Sorry, no one can equal Diana Rigg. Or Patrick Macnee. In my opinion, of course, but I don't get how one can beat the original Avengers with these audios. However, I don't think these are canon - a quibble perhaps, but an important one.
Well, obviously no-one can equal Rigg or Macnee. Nobody has claimed that so there's no need to raise an obvious straw man just to attack Julian Wadham yet again (why the constant personal loathing? Did he pee on your chips or something?). These actors aren't trying to exceed or circumvent the original actors, they're trying to provide their interpretations of super-special-agent characters in an original larger-than-life entertainment story. And the stories are new and newly-available stories (at least new to audio, they were comic strips before, and out of print).


franky, you have nailed it. my thoughts...exactly.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! At some point I'm going to listen to Too Many Targets based on the John Peel and Dave Rogers novel; I've listened to all the Dr Keel stories, but was putting off TMT in order to listen to some comic strip ones first.
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Frankymole wrote:
Thanks! At some point I'm going to listen to Too Many Targets based on the John Peel and Dave Rogers novel; I've listened to all the Dr Keel stories, but was putting off TMT in order to listen to some comic strip ones first.


I need to track some of this stuff down..sorta a handicap being in the States..but you know what ??...you can never have enough material highlighting the series...it helps keep this series alive and somewhat kicking..think about it....how many other series, have the love and respect
of this beloved show...not too many....so bring it on...
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mousemeat wrote:
Frankymole wrote:
Thanks! At some point I'm going to listen to Too Many Targets based on the John Peel and Dave Rogers novel; I've listened to all the Dr Keel stories, but was putting off TMT in order to listen to some comic strip ones first.


I need to track some of this stuff down..sorta a handicap being in the States..but you know what ??...you can never have enough material highlighting the series...it helps keep this series alive and somewhat kicking..think about it....how many other series, have the love and respect
of this beloved show...not too many....so bring it on...


I couldn't get into these audios at first, but taking them for what they are, they are a fun and fresh take on the Avengers concept. I hope BF continue to release further volumes, I've grown to really enjoy them.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2022 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I've seen these. Must has missed them somehow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_YKYrqr2Wk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n6oSnwvJ6U
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