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Emma Peel episodes: Official English Language Study Kit

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Emma Peel episodes: Official English Language Study Kit Reply with quote

Recently I was looking at Spanish auctions and found one product related to the Avengers, about which I have not read or hear anywhere before - set for learning the English language by the series The Avengers. Shocked
This was so intriguing and same time unusual that my first thought was that this is old homemade. Confused



The set includes 12 audiobooks (12 episodes of the series) on audio tapes and 12 brochures (teaching English).



I started looking for information about this set and found only one newspaper mentioning (ABC Madrid, 16 May 1972):



DELEGATES for Madrid and distributors provinces introduced schools. Wonderful English children method (sound library). Also adults (British TV series "Avengers"). Candidates write professional history: Practiphone...



It turns out that set was released in Spain in 1972. Surprised Most likely these 12 audiobooks to belong only to episodes with Emma Peel and Tara King.

I already bought this set and hope it will come to the final address next month. Wink

As only a part of the set was presented on the scans of photos on auction, at the moment the following is known:

List of episodes

b/w episodes with Emma Peel

1. Dial a Deadly Number
2. Room without a View


color episodes with Emma Peel

1. The Fear Merchants
2. From Venus with Love
3. Return of the Cybernauts
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great item to have - look forward to hearing all about it when it arrives Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received a message that it came to the warehouse in Germany. Smile As usual, a few days it will be on the package (with my other item - TNA VHS from Sony) and after I will pay for shipping from Germany to Russia. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The long-awaited report about Spanish set "Learning the English by series The Avengers". Smile

Despite I received this kit the day before yesterday, I decided not to rush to posting of the news and wrote an email to the seller for clarification of some points + I did some additional research on the Internet for this subject. Wink
I received a response from the seller of this set the same day - he told me that Practiphone released other films for training in Spain and this is all he knew (here I realized that turns Practiphone was the name of the company than the name of the method of training invented by Сinelab in Spain, as I thought originally Very Happy ).

Before I talk about my additional research and those questions about this item that tormented me, let to delve into the contents of the kit. Smile

Well, I'll start by saying that when I took out a box of contents from the package that the courier delivered to my door, it seemed more tattered than on the photographs that were posted at the auction. Fortunately this only concerned box, the contents were in excellent condition, especially the audio cassettes that were sealed.

The first thing I did was check the number of brochures and audio cassettes - everything was in order - then I began to study the titles of the episodes that were included in this kit.

Here were pleasant surprises!!! Full list, in production order of episodes:

b/w episodes with Emma Peel

1. Dial a Deadly Number
2. The Gravediggers
3. Room Without a View

color episodes with Emma Peel

1. The Fear Merchants
2. From Venus with Love
3. The See-Through Man
4. The Hidden Tiger
5. Epic
6. The Joker
7. Return of the Cybernauts (title on brochure is The Cybernauts)
8. The f50,000 Breakfast (title on brochure is The Fifty Thousand Breakfast Pound)
9. Mission... Highly Improbable

My first surprise was that all the episodes belonged to the era of Emma Peel, while the box pointed to the image of Steed with Tara King. Surprised



It made me think that maybe there were other sets with the Avengers series that came out in the box with the same design. Confused Hmm, in this case, it was possible that they would released half or almost the whole series from the Avengers film age. Definitely it would be great ... but...
as my further research showed, it was the single Avengers set (only 12 episodes) - more on that later.

Another surprise was that I did not absolute expect that there would be the episodes Epic and The Joker, in which there are many "silent" scenes. Well it is quite possible that the choice of episodes could go not only with the interest of the laboratory Cinelab for item "teaching English", but also as a pleasure for the Spanish Avengers fans.

After began the most interesting, ladies and gentlemen... when I opened one of the brochures and began to study the introduction, there was one interesting nuance that revealed a new fact about this set. Shocked Oh my Steed!

To be continue (right now I will be doing some scans for my following post titled Part 2: New puzzles). Wink

Stay Tuned...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part 2: New puzzles

Scans of several first pages of the brochure "The Cybernauts" (actually, episode "Return of the Cybernauts").

1. Cover

(comment: If firstly you look at the top of this cover, you can really easily be to get into "the trap". In addition to the title, the images of Steed and Emma Peel are taken from season 4 too. More, these images are present on all the other 11 brochures).



One of nice feature of all covers is that the episodes are numbered in the correct production order.

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2. General Introduction



This introduction is identical in all brochures except two

1. The Fear Merchants
2. The Hidden Tiger

The difference in these is the larger font size that leds to reduction in information. While in general introduction presented above are 4 points in the section "Observaciones", in these two are only two.

General Introduction is as page 3 in brochure "Mission... Highly Improbable", while in the others it is the first page.

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3. Individual Introduction



This interesting nuance I mentioned is indicated on this page - 1 edition: January 1973.

details below
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Further content of all brochures divides the pages into Spanish and English parts. Some sort of dialog sheets. Then one blank sheet (at best) at the end of each brochure. Very Happy This is all!





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Individual Introduction

Each brochure contains a mention of its first release, which should say that before the release of this set with 12 episodes, there was opportunity to buy them separately. However, it is unclear whether it was possible to buy them in the store, or to buy only to order. Anyone could buy or only certain persons, etc.

Full list, in the release order of episodes by Practiphone:

1. The Fear Merchants (February 1972)
2. The Hidden Tiger (March 1972)
3. The See-Through Man (June 1972)
4. Epic (August 1972)

5. The Joker (October 1972)
6. Mission... Highly Improbable (October 1972)

7. Return of the Cybernauts (January 1973)

8. Dial a Deadly Number (September 1973)
9. The Gravediggers (September 1973)
10. Room Without a View (September 1973)
11. From Venus with Love (September 1973)
12. The f50,000 Breakfast (September 1973)

Based on this, another mystery when this set of 12 episodes was released? Confused

I found the last mention of Practiphone in the beginning of 1980 that says it should have been released somewhere in the 1970s, I think. On this time, having extremely thoroughly studied the Spanish newspapers, I found the following:



Hmm, maybe this is answer? Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be continued... Wink

What audio recordings are?
Why did I come to the conclusion that only 12 episodes were released by Practiphone?
Will there be scans of all content posted on Steedumbrella website?

These and other points in Part 3... tomorrow. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating stuff, Denis Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My pernickety senses are outraged by Tara being on the box cover and yet none of her episodes are featured inside.Very Happy

I love these curios.

Great discovery, Denis. I admire your digging skills! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mariocki wrote:
Fascinating stuff, Denis Smile


Many Thanks, Mariocki! Smile
It was such an unexpected find, like Chinese TNA comics and the episode Tunnel of Fear. Smile
The first thing I thought at the time I saw it at the auction "I'd want to believe that this will fall into the hands of a true collector, or Avengers fan, someone (s) who will tell others about it".
I saw the last point very important, because this item was never mentioned in any directory dedicated to the Avengers, as far as I know. This led me to the idea that I should try to buy this item putting as much money on it as I could (well, it may seem not quite sane action, but it was obvious that the find was a unique discovery). As a result, I'm still surprised that I won the auction. Surprised
Who knows what will find next time? Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
My pernickety senses are outraged by Tara being on the box cover and yet none of her episodes are featured inside.Very Happy

I love these curios.

Great discovery, Denis. I admire your digging skills! Cool


Indeed, Darren, it still surprises the error with the image on the box with the real contents in it. When I learned this, I came to the conclusion that as a whole, Cinelab and Practiphone went quite well to the work on this project, since it does not contain as many mistakes as it might seem. Well, considering that it started its release in 1972 (time when even the Avengers fans did not know much about the favorite series), they apparently were guided by the limited knowledge of the series, which they drew probably from the Spanish Broadcasters. So while the confusion with the seasons with Emma Peel can be understood in this regard, it's not entirely clear to such an error as Tara King's image on the box.
If we assume that Linda Thorson was popular in Spain, it does not explain why in this case there are no episodes with Tara King in set.
Looks it was just a mistake from editorial Practiphone, who were busy releasing a set created by Cinelab.

It's interesting to think that part of Spain had the opportunity to study the Avengers by audiobooks and "dialog sheets" at home already in 1972.

Other thing, wonder why the project did not go beyond Madrid. I studied all the newspapers and found that Practiphone is mentioned only in some newspapers published in the capital of Spain.

Thanks for the kind words, Darren, in fact I often can not find the things that others can find. Very Happy In this sense, the team of researchers is well complementary. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part 3

Finally here come the answers that remained behind the scenes in the last part. Smile

1. What audio recordings are?

I decided to check it after studying some of the brochures. I thought that the contents of the brochures could give some clue what would be an audio record, but I did not get any clues. Confused I unpacked one of the audio cassettes and put it in my music center. The tape went from the very beginning of side A. For a while there was silence and I was excited that I would hear - whether it will the voice of the announcer, or some kind of musical introduction, or it will start as a dialogue of heroes or Spanish actors, etc. ? Well, soon the recording started and it was something very famous for the Avengers fan. Wink Yes, it was a popular musical theme of the series. Smile Great, good start! And... it was still unclear what would happen next after the music theme ended. Wink Oh my Steed at this point I was intrigued even more.
Suddenly, the musical theme broke off at some point and I heard the dialogue between Steed and Mrs. Peel.
After the action came to the end of the title of the episode (which was not voiced on the audio record), I heard the voice of the announcer in English. As I understand it, he said something like "Today you are watching another episode of the series Avengers." Hmm, this created the feeling that as if the Avengers episode was taken from the broadcasts in one of the English-speaking countries. Surprised Surprised Surprised Perhaps, Spain transmitted on TV exactly these versions. Confused
I listened to the whole audio cassette (with some rewinds), as a result, the recording was just as the cuts of the episode. Moreover, some scenes contained many dumb passes prepared for the pleasure to the Avengers fans, I think. A vivid example, the episode The Joker. While the first side of the cassette contained many cuts, the second side created the feeling that the remainder was recorded almost entirely. Surprised
This mechanically reminded me of how in 1996 I recorded The Joker on audio tape as an audiobook for the Steedumbrella society. At that time, I often listened to it - funny, so when I was listening to some music passages on the cassette from Cinelab, I nostalgically came to full confidence that I was listening to my own recording. Laughing Laughing Laughing


2. Why did I come to the conclusion that only 12 episodes were released by Practiphone?

During the research of this item I studied the website Worldcat, where I found the info about 9 brochures with audio cassettes by Cinelab.

https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=practiphone+1972
https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=practiphone+1973&qt=results_page
https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=practicephone+&qt=results_page

Before I often turned to this website and noticed that this covers a huge part of merchandising. It's sad that earlier I did not guess to check this catalog on Avengers episodes to go out on this item, I just checked content by keywords Avengers in different languages and as it is known in other parts of the world. Since world catalog does not include at least one Avengers episode that is not in the Practiphone kit, it says there were released only these 12 episodes.


3. Will there be scans of all content posted on Steedumbrella website?

In coming days I will definitely create a separate section for this find on Steedumbrella and do many scans. Wink
When I will start work, I will report.

P.S./ I still do not know whether there is any sense in digitizing these audio cassettes. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Current news

I'm still scanning the material (I assumed that I would do this in one day, but due to my job I did not have enough time - as a result today will be the third and I hope last day for scanning). Wink

Also, I came to the conclusion that the section for this set will not be placed in Merchandising, but in the Menu on Steedumbrella.
Scans of 12 brochures will be presented in PDF format. Smile


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Denis - very interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As planned, yesterday I finished scanning the material. Wink Today I will start the editing of the scans, after converting most of it into PDF and finally, creating a section on Steedumbrella. For the moment I see the section as three webpages.

The first page will be an introduction to this set, including scans and photos of box and general content.

The second page will present the scans of the Spanish-language booklet and translating it into Russian. I will do a translation into English too, for posting here. Smile

The third page will presents the contents of the box - information for each brochure (including PDF material), a summary of the episodes and scans of audio cassettes. Smile

Small preview: Wink


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This is so charming to see, thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first look at new section Smile

On current moment I posted the brochure and audio cassette for episode The Fear Merchants on the website. Smile

http://steedumbrella.ru/english_language_study_kit_brochures_and_audiocassettes.html

To see the content of the brochure, click on link "Читать" (Read) or on the scan of brochure cover. Wink I wish everyone a pleasant reading.

Work continues, and if wish you can periodically check the page by the link above for updates. Wink


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a three-day pause, I continued posting the material for the section "Brochures and audio cassettes." Today was presented the brochure with the episode The Gravediggers. Wink

http://steedumbrella.ru/english_language_study_kit_brochures_and_audiocassettes.html

I hope this week I will finish this section and next we will see the scans of the booklet (including the English translation of it here) and the main page with the general characteristics of the kit. Smile

Next, I will study the episode Never, Never Say Die for posting on Steedumbrella. And then, as promised, to do the scans of french VHS covers of TNA from Sony Music (+ the checking every episode and writting about the results here and on website).


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