...Volume 2! Just sneaking in on the last day of the month is the second collection of stories featuring, for me at least, the classic combination of Steed & Peel, who appeared not only on television, but also as a comic strip in 'Diana' magazine in 1966 and '67. The name 'Diana' had nothing to do with Diana Rigg, who famously and iconically played Emma Peel on tv; just a coincidence as far as I'm aware.
There are lots of actors involved in the telling of these stories, (as you can see by scrolling down!) and I'm in there somewhere too. These stories are usually a lot of fun and I'm very much looking forward to giving them a listen. Although I must confess, I'm already way behind in my listening; so many long audio books to keep up with and the seven Malazan novels are not yet in my possession (do they even exist on CD yet???). A couple of those are up in the twenty hours plus range and one is something like 34 hours long. That's nothing of course to my audio version of The Bible (again, not available yet), which I reckon, comes in at something around the seventy-four hour mark! And the UNIT: Silenced box set has just arrived...
"But enough rambling!" I hear you cry, "Tell me about The Avengers!" Ok, here goes:
'... wonderfully silly, jam packed with knowing,
self-deprecating and reverential humour, these are the kind of stories
that you lose yourself and all track of time in... The writing is spot
on, Olivia Poulet and Julian Wadham are absolutely splendid... the
supporting cast do a first class job.... In fact, it’s all rather
magnificent and jolly good fun.' Tim Cundle Mass Movement
Playtime is Over by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky
Steed gets toyed with, Emma has an admirer.
A series of impossible robberies have plagued London. Called in to
investigate, Steed and Peel find themselves up against some very deadly
children. Or do they?
The Antagoniser by Paul Morris and Simon Barnard
Steed catches a bite, Emma is a little cowed.
Several noted scientists have died in unusual circumstances, and Steed
and Peel find themselves up against a deadly weapon. But who is behind
it? Does an old TV broadcast hold the answer?
The Mad Hatter by Matt Fitton
Steed charms a princess, Emma buys a hat.
When Princess Helga of Varania comes to England, all the nation is
charmed. Well, nearly all. A dastardly assassination plot is being
prepared and only Steed and Peel can stop it. Who wants to be a
The Secret Six by John Dorney
Steed hits a boundary, Emma shall go to the ball.
When an invitation to a fancy dress party leads to murder, Steed and
Peel face the fight of their lives. The world’s six deadliest criminals
want them dead – and will stop at nothing to make sure of it!
Julian Wadham (John Steed), Olivia Poulet (Emma Peel),
Lizzie Roper (Black Heart/Miss Fellowes), Michael Keane (Jorgo), Kiruna Stamell (Girlie), Andrew Wincott (Tiny Tony/Lord Beauville), John Banks (Teddy/Taxi driver),
Richard Earl (Dr Verbatim/Fairground Worker), Michael Lumsden (Gruber/Klein/Window Cleaner/Agent), Paul Kemp (Partridge/Porter),
Eve Webster (Nurse/Elaine Veer/Matron/Parrot),
Maggie Service (Princess Helga/Assistant), Paul Chahidi (Mad Hatter/Driver/Policeman),
John Voce (Tom Bowler), Terry Molloy (Inspector Corduroy), Ozzie Yue (Chang-Tu),
George Asprey (Nick the Knifeman/Karloff),
Jonathan Tafler (Ice-cold Alex/Lord Tweezle), Anita Booth (Ma the Mink/Olga)
Directed by Ken Bentley & Produced by David Richardson
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Phew! And that's the end of November's releases, but it's fair to say that I'm very excited about what might be coming up in December; very excited; very, very excited...
...all for now, more just as soon as it happens!