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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The banner is still showing "The Frighteners" for me. Has it actually been changed yet on the forum?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
The banner is still showing "The Frighteners" for me. Has it actually been changed yet on the forum?


Yes, I always have to force a refresh to get it (hold down shift and reload any forum page).
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Thanks, that works!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
Neil Wilson plays a lot of policemen! I think he's even one in the first Quatermass Experiment back in 1953!

Interesting he was in multiple episodes of series 1. He was also in 2 episodes of Police Surgeon the year before:

- The Bigger They Are (1960) ... PC Grayson
- Smash But No Grab (1960) ... PC. Gregson


lot of actors did just that..play familiar character...policeman, judge, mayor. etc..you may not have known -or-remembered their name, but you always recognize the face...etc
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New banner today to mark the 60th anniversary of Death on the Slipway, the first of Peter Arne's guest star appearances.

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I remember the newspaper covering Peter Arne's murder, it was quite shocking as, at the tender age of 15, I really only read it if there was something about Dr Who and its actors. A sad loss, he was extremely good. Strange to think this was only 3 years or so after John Lennon was killed, it seemed a lifetime apart at my age then. Where do the years go?
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Frankymole wrote:
I remember the newspaper covering Peter Arne's murder, it was quite shocking as, at the tender age of 15, I really only read it if there was something about Dr Who and its actors. A sad loss, he was extremely good. Strange to think this was only 3 years or so after John Lennon was killed, it seemed a lifetime apart at my age then. Where do the years go?


yes, the years do seem to barrow by..picking up speed..as the days go...Damn, hard to believe Lennon was killed in 1980....I was pushing 30...and I remember where i was...home watching Monday night football..on (U.S.) ABC..when Howard Costell...broke in with the News that Lennon was gunned down outside his apt in NYC....talk about being stunned...my jaw literally dropped to the floor..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Sixty years today since the first broadcast of Double Danger, an entertaining but clichéed tale of gangsters and diamonds which was so... unwieldy... it was written twice!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice episode for Steed's umbrella, getting a big chunk of the action for the first time - at least until the rewrite!

Nice also to see a young Ron Pember, one of my favourite actors. The English Lee Van Cleef Smile

I always wondered why Bartholomew was so happy about his heavy cupboard being moved, enabling him to clean behind it for the first time in years... who did he think was going to move it back?

On such imponderables are action-adventure series founded.
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Toy Trap, a sordid un-Avengery tale of forced prostitution and human trafficking was first broadcast sixty years ago today.
Steed works alongside the teenage Bunty Seaton, and sometimes against Dr Keel! A riveting story that we are worse off for not being able to see today.
All new cast photos and production & TV Times details, and a heap of new trivia.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hooray!

The main Avengery bit of it was the odd masked villain, quite striking-looking and weird in the Tele-Snaps.

I suppose the incongruous toy department covering deadly goings-on is a foreshadowing of "Death at Bargain Prices" too.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the 60th birthday of Tunnel of Fear - an espionage story centring around a Southend fun fair. As Alan Hayes noted in his book, the series has clearly swung in Macnee's direction and Hendry must have realised he'd picked the wrong part.



The usual updated synopsis, new cast photos and screen grabs plus a smattering of trivia to boot.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
Today is the 60th birthday of Tunnel of Fear - an espionage story centring around a Southend fun fair that is our only chance now to see Steed in action in series 1. As Alan Hayes noted in his book, the series has cladon't think it matteearly swung in Macnee's direction and Hendry must have realised he'd picked the wrong part.



The usual updated synopsis, new cast photos and screen grabs plus a smattering of trivia to boot.


in regards to Macnee and Hendry, I don't think it matter to Ian, all that much, as he had designs on a movie career..and was planning to leave as soon as he was able...then again, it would have been interesting to see how each role would have continued to evolve...as such, Mrs. Gale, would have never happened, per say ..
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
an espionage story centring around a Southend fun fair that is our only chance now to see Steed in action in series 1.
Apart from in "The Frighteners", you mean Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hah, you're right Franky. What was I thinking?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Far Distant Dead are certainly that, sixty years later, but Dr Keel's romp across Mexico and France gets an update and banner for the forum today nonetheless!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Sixty years since they tried to Kill the King!
A story of political intrigue and duplicity, starring a stellar, diverse cast.
Who was the greatest villain of the piece?

This is the last episode for a while, The Avengers... returns on December 9th - so I might have to do something different with the banner in the meantime!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An excellent, intriguing episode with a novel twist. If only "Trap", some 16 years later had been as caring for its far-eastern characters! Or half as well-written.
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It's amazing, isn't it, that 1961 had a heavily Asian cast for this episode but in 1977 you have Terry Wood as Soo Choy - and Ronald Lacey as Hong Kong Harry in 1976! (Although neither are as bad as the yellowface guards in Room Without a View).
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The 70s were bloody terrible. I hope that the Asian actors in Britain were already booked up in more gainful employment (though I think Andy Ho from Kill The King got sacked from Dr Who in 1971, because allegedly he was "too wooden" or "couldn't perform his lines" and was replaced by Kristopher Kum who was fairly good... at least Burt Kwouk became a national treasure early on, for Kato in the Pink Panther films but also in Harry Hill's shows, and Last of the Summer Wine - also brilliant in The Sentimental Agent soon after his first Avengers appearance, he really added to the joie de vivre of that series).

There's also an "oriental" manservant to Nigel Green in a colour Rigg episode - the comic book one? The Winged Avenger? Who is played by Tutte Lemkow. Very unconvincing. They can't all be "eccentric" Caucasians pretending to be Asian, even if Lemkow played a one-eyed Chinese bandit in Dr Who in 1964.
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