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thinlizzy 12-16-2008 10:25 AM

The Avengers
 
I guess that there are quite a few fans on the forum of this classic tv series but which is your favourite incarnation of it? As I was born in the mid 1960's,I was too young to remember the Emma Peel years first hand.My first encounter of watching The Avengers was in the early 1970's with the Tara King character.We didn't have colour tv broadcast in our tv region then so all tv series where shown in black and white which is strange now seeing them in colour.I watched The New Avengers with the beautiful Joanna Lumley when it was 1st broadcast but at the time I wasn't really a fan.As it's being currently re shown on BBC4 I've actually grown/matured into liking it quite a lot.During the last 30 years or so I caught the odd episode of the Diana Rigg era of the Avengers but at the time I couldn't get worked up about her and often wondered why she seemed to be regarded as the ultimate Avenger girl.It's only recently that I've had the opportunity to see the entire episodes that she starred in that I realise how great that she was in the series, making me place her as the number 1 Avenger babe.I still haven't seen the Honor Blackman episodes so I can't comment on them.Who is your favourite and what is your favourite episode?Currently my favourite episode is "The hour that never was" . http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XWeGANmsIFk Tara King era opening to the Avengers which I believe is the best intro. http://img45.imagevenue.com/loc1125/...122_1125lo.jpgbtw the bridge that Tara can be seen running on in the opening clip is
Tyke's Water Lake, Elstree and makes an appearance in quite a few episodes:cool:

knobby109 12-16-2008 02:59 PM

You are young! What about Honor Blackman playing Mrs.Gale?

thinlizzy 12-17-2008 10:06 AM

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Originally Posted by knobby109 (Post 480357)
You are young! What about Honor Blackman playing Mrs.Gale?

sorry I never had the chance to see her era and have only caught 1 or 2 episodes on repeats

damp-patch 12-19-2008 09:49 AM

Always Mrs Peel for me, though I must admit to a definate stirring of the loins when Linda Thorsen appeared as Steed's colleague.
As a matter of interest, there are obviously a number of useful web-sites for fans of the show, including:

http://avengerland.theavengers.tv/
This lists many of the locations, mostly in a wide arc from Slough to Hertford, used in the show. Many still recognisable, even nearly 40 years later.

http://theavengers.tv/forever/
Episode details.

Staffsyeoman 12-21-2008 03:15 PM

Agree. Mrs.Peel for me, even tho' only just old enough to remember the later ones, but loving the very weird (very Avengers?) b&w Rigg era re-runs on BBC4. I take it the opening flourish which said "The Avengers- In Colour!" was meant for the US market (English spelling notwithstanding).

damp-patch 12-24-2008 12:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Staffsyeoman (Post 485465)
Agree. Mrs.Peel for me, even tho' only just old enough to remember the later ones, but loving the very weird (very Avengers?) b&w Rigg era re-runs on BBC4. I take it the opening flourish which said "The Avengers- In Colour!" was meant for the US market (English spelling notwithstanding).

I dont think it was particularly for the US market. In those days you could make a TV show in UK without looking over your shoulder at US sales too much. The 'In Colour' appelation was to say to a British audience 'aren't we modern' as colour TV was relatively new.

Quintessential Avengers for me were Diana Rigg, B&W, and had lots of very wierd plots and camera angles.

haldane4 12-25-2008 11:26 PM

Yeah, Diana Rigg was great and hot in the Avengers. Granada attempted to make a rival series called The Corridor People which only lasted a few episodes, mainly because their leading lady, Elizabeth Shepherd, was a cold austere and frankly unattractive Austrian type and shared none of Rigg's ahem talents.

andysmz 01-01-2009 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by damp-patch (Post 488103)
I dont think it was particularly for the US market. In those days you could make a TV show in UK without looking over your shoulder at US sales too much. The 'In Colour' appelation was to say to a British audience 'aren't we modern' as colour TV was relatively new.

Quintessential Avengers for me were Diana Rigg, B&W, and had lots of very wierd plots and camera angles.

The switch to colour was primarily because the Avengers had been sold in the US. At the time the first colour series' were made colour TV didn't even exist in the UK for the general public. Lew Grade was keenly aware of how much money could be made on overseas sales, hence many mid 60s ITV (mainly ATV) series were made in colour (e.g. Avengers, Thunderbirds, Champions, Prisoner) while their BBC contemporaries (Adam Adamant, Forsyte Saga) were still being made in B&W.

carolaholic 09-18-2009 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by haldane4 (Post 489608)
Yeah, Diana Rigg was great and hot in the Avengers. Granada attempted to make a rival series called The Corridor People which only lasted a few episodes, mainly because their leading lady, Elizabeth Shepherd, was a cold austere and frankly unattractive Austrian type and shared none of Rigg's ahem talents.

Wow, that's a shocker, because Elizabeth Shepherd (unless there's more than one actress with that name) was originally picked to play Mrs. Peel, and at least one episode was shot with her in the role, but they decided she wasn't working out, and called in Diana Rigg (who had previously done a screen test for the part), and reshot the scenes with her as Mrs. Peel.

redders74 09-20-2009 06:01 PM

Definitely Diana Rigg. THe House That Jack Built is a classic episode.


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