How amazing and what a thrill it is for me to be able to post details of Big Finish's new series
The Avengers: The Lost Episodes. I say that, not only because it's an exciting addition to the BF range of audio drama, but particularly because The Avengers remains one of my absolute favourite television shows - a truly iconic series - and something which, for obvious reasons, I could never imagine having any active involvement with.
This new Big Finish series goes back to the very beginning and tells the stories which have mostly been lost, indeed wiped, from television history. It features Julian Wadham as John Steed and Anthony Howell as Dr. David Keel.
'In 1961 The Avengers burst onto our TV screens, starring Ian Hendry as Dr David Keel and Patrick Macnee as John Steed. It began with a tragedy - and then pitted Keel and Steed against the underworld over the course of 26 episodes (of which only two episodes still exist in their entirety).
The Avengers - The Lost Episodes recreates the existing scripts on audio with a full cast of actors. Discover, for the first time in over 50 years, the beginnings of a TV legend...'
Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these four recreations of classic lost episodes:
Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson)
1: Hot Snow
Written by Ray Rigby, adapted by John Dorney
Colin Baker (Dr Tredding), Camilla Power (Peggy), Tim Bentinck (Superintendent Wilson), Adrian Lukis (Spicer, Johnson), Phil Mulryne (Big Man), Blake Ritson (Charlie), Anjella Mackintosh (Stella, Mrs Simpson), Kieran Bew (Sergeant Rogers)
2: Brought To Book
Written by Brian Clemens, adapted by John Dorney
Colin Baker (Dr Tredding), Adrian Lukis (Spicer/Vance), Tim Bentinck (Superintendent Wilson), George Rainsford (Pretty Boy), Alan Cox (Mason), Blake Ritson (Prentice)
3: Square Root of Evil
Written by Richard Harris, adapted by John Dorney
Tim Bentinck (The Cardinal), Phil Mulryne (5), Beth Chalmers (Secretary), Alan Cox (Hooper), George Rainsford (Warren), Kieran Bew (Steve), Blake Ritson (Tobert), Sophie Aldred (TBA)
Beth Chalmers (TBA), John Banks (TBA)
Produced by: David Richardson
Directed by: Ken Bentley
I am absolutely delighted to have taken part in this fantastic new series; it was indeed a privilege to work on these stories and I must thank the acting company, script editor John Dorney, producer David Richardson and director Ken Bentley for making the whole thing such a joy.