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Dandy Forsdyke
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nic page on the stage show, with a stunning pic.

Joanna Lumley auditioned for it, but Sue Lloyd was thought to be a wiser choice as she was a far better known actress at the time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are loads of stunning pics in the gallery of the stage show section, many provided by Ian Beazley and Jaz Wiseman. They're beautiful.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there is! I'm still finding my way around. I didn't know Gail Grainger was in it (Miss Plunket in Carry On Abroad).
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Itīs a very good job.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
So there is! I'm still finding my way around. I didn't know Gail Grainger was in it (Miss Plunket in Carry On Abroad).


So that's where I recognised her from. Very attractive young lady.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been reading away and really enjoying myself. Lovely write-up for the Keel era, and I've spotted a few new "Quote Unquotes." I noticed Brian Clemens discussed their push to have Tara evolve and be a little more "real", to push to make her "thicker cardboard," which is the first reference I've seen to that pre-TNA. It seems they had a shift going on long before the seventies. Fascinating! Loving the site, Alan.
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I noticed the 'thicker cardboard' comment too. This adds the Tara era to The New Avengers era and strengthens my theory that had The Avengers continued through to the early-mid 70's we would have still have ended up with Gambit and Purdey.

Really, there was nothing 'New' about The New Avengers, it would have evolved that way anyway...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
I noticed the 'thicker cardboard' comment too. This adds the Tara era to The New Avengers era and strengthens my theory that had The Avengers continued through to the early-mid 70's we would have still have ended up with Gambit and Purdey.

Really, there was nothing 'New' about The New Avengers, it would have evolved that way anyway...


I have to agree. You can feel the shift already--partnering Tara with a younger man on more than one occasion, more plots revolving around the interior workings of the Ministry and fellow agents (the corruption plotline starts surfacing here), even the victimization of Steed's friends (the Bassetts, and the three fellows in Get-A-Way) and some of Tara's suitors turning out to be bad news. We may not have ended up with characters called "Purdey" and "Gambit" played by Gareth and Joanna, but we would have had more or less the same series.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Avengers Declassified - the Avengers website with thicker cardboard! Very Happy

I'm with you that The New Avengers is a natural progression of the original series, and the only reason it's called 'The New' IMHO is to distinguish it from the repeats that had been running for a few years in the various ITV regions.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The design is very good, yes.
Anyhow: I always like it when there's a new site about The Avangers

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From David's website...

As promised... (16 June 2009) ...I said I'd update the site if something truly remarkable happened, and something truly remarkable has happened. Alan (Avengers on the Radio) Hayes has unleashed an extraordinary new website: The Avengers Declassified. This is surely a masterwork, not to mention an astounding surprise, considering Alan had more or less joined me in "Avengers semi-retirement." Who says new things can't come from 40-year-old TV shows?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

* grin * lovely to hear from David.

His site's no slouch, of course - it's surely a masterpiece in anyone's book!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAF is the ultimate Avengers masterwork in my book. It's certainly an inspiration and a standard to aim for and hope to one day get near with a new site.

Naturally, I'm greatly flattered by David's generous words, but it's a bit early to call Declassified a masterwork. I have a heck of long way to go before it's a 100th as useful a site as his.

TAF does skate over some aspects of the series - such as the stage play and radio series - and that's why I've launched into them in depth right from the start, to make it clear that Declassified's not going to be a clone of TAF.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great site, Alan, I was just starting to research original broadcast times but it's near to impossible from the Antipodes - I might just focus on original Australian broadcast dates.

I note fron TV Room's ITV listings that ITA Channel, Borders, TWW & Grampian showed an episode of The Avengers at 7:25pm on 19 May 1968 while the other stations were showing The Saint or Wild Wild West. I'm guessing it was a rerun of an Emma Peel because it doesn't seem to fit in with the Tara King broadcasts - maddening that the listing don't specify which episode!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Piers,

Glad you like the site. It'll be a long time before it's as great as your site, too, let alone David's! Very Happy

As for the regional information, it's something I've worked on for several years, with a sudden flurry of activity recently when Simon Coward kindly came on board with it and made my initial work look miniscule by comparison. Andrew Pixley has also kindly added to the information recently, too.

Please feel free to use any of the information that might be useful to you at Mrs. Peel, We're Needed, not least because I've been using your excellent site and David's (along with a dozen other sources, online and in print) to check that what I'm publishing is accurate!

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The site has been updated this evening:

http://declassified.theavengers.tv/whats_new.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alan,

I've only taken a quick look at your new site so far but am really impressed already. Fantastic job!
I look forward to exploring your site further!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
The site has been updated this evening:

http://declassified.theavengers.tv/whats_new.htm
Marvellous episode pages, and you're totally right about TNA being underrated - but "The Midas Touch" better than "Target!"? Never, I say!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wiebke wrote:
Hi Alan,

I've only taken a quick look at your new site so far but am really impressed already. Fantastic job!
I look forward to exploring your site further!


Very pleased you like it so far, Wiebke. Nice to meet you and Bea at the Kaleidoscope event in the Midlands back in March!
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