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The Avengers - The Lost Episodes: Volume 1 [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

John Dorney
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Jan 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1781782644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781782644
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars With my trusty Steed by my side 2 Feb 2014
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Although The Avengers is fondly regarded today as one of the classic television series of the 1960's, its reputation rests mostly on the later, filmed, years which starred Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson. The first three series, shot on VT, tend to be less regarded by many, and the first series is the most neglected of all.

This is hardly surprising though, as it's the only series of The Avengers not to exist in its entirety in the archives - virtually all of it was wiped decades ago. Out of twenty six episodes, only two remain - along with the first act of a third (the debut episode Hot Snow).

With nothing much surviving in the way of original audio and with even the scripts never made available in book form, this has meant that it's long languished in almost complete obscurity. So the news that Big Finish have been issued with a licence from copyright holders Studio Canal to adapt the original missing stories in audio form came as very good news. An initial twelve stories will be released across three box sets.

Hopefully sales will be strong enough to ensure that all the available remaining stories (sadly, there's not a complete set of scripts for the missing stories, so the precise details of some will remain a mystery) will also be recorded.

Box set 1 contains four stories, each running for approximately 50 minutes, details are as follows -

Hot Snow - original teleplay by Ray Rigby
Brought To Book - original teleplay by Brian Clemens
Square Root Of Evil - original teleplay by Robert Harris
One For The Mortuary - original teleplay by Brian Clemens

All four stories have been skillfully adapted for audio by John Dorney.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Avengers are back, at the beginning… 9 Jun 2014
For the small handful of those who don’t know The Avengers, here’s a brief overview:
A legendary British TV Series from the 1960s (and one of the only to get a main US Network prime time slot), The Avengers centred around the increasingly bizarre and outlandish adventures of mysterious Government Agent John Steed (played by Patrick MacNee), most famously accompanied by Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman, who quit the series to do Goldfinger). They would solve the baffling, the impossible and the downright weird in consummate style, drifting from crime drama to fantasy to dark comedy. The wit was always sublime, the innuendo never naughty and the mix of drama and humour blended to perfection. The series continues to be a hit with viewers worldwide, but few know the actual origins of the series or the reason the for title, mainly because the first series was never really sold overseas and the tapes have long been wiped.

Enter Big Finish Productions…

Already known as skilled professionals at producing authentic original dramas based on popular TV shows, they were the obvious ones to bring these stories back. Unusually for them, these are not new stories, but adaptations of the original scripts from those lost episodes. Each has been carefully tweaked by John Dorney, who has refrained from updating and altering the scripts beyond the minimal amount of changes required to make a comprehensible audio version of the story. Outstanding casting and an excellent soundscape that uses original music cues and period styling complete the package.

But are they any good?

In short, outstandingly so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good adaptations 1 April 2014
OK I have to be totally honest here- I was absolutely thrilled on hearing the news that the almost completely "lost" 1st series of the iconic Avengers TV series was to be adapted for audio. The anticipation was so huge that I feared that nothing could ever live up to my hopes. Having seen the surviving 2 episodes and the 1st act of the very first episode I really enjoyed the relationship between the characters Dr. David Keel and John Steed. And therefore it is a real shame that nothing else exists, although apparently another episode (in audio form) is in the hands of a private collector, who, presumably won't share it!. That is our loss, as the actors Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee managed to bring real charm and witty repartee to their performances. We deserve to see more of that. But, barring any unearthing of more lost episodes ala Doctor who, the next best thing is an adaptation of the original surviving scripts. As a TV series was never going to happen (how I wish!) audio was the only way to go.

Having now listened to this first set of 4 stories I feel my fear of it not living up to expectations has mostly vanished. I feel this gets as close to the original as can be hoped. It has the "feel" of the early series as those involved have captured the era and spirit of it and thus the early 1960s lives again here. As it is audio this is achieved through the voices of the actors who give enough inflections and nuances that was so typical of that era on TV. The "posh" characters sound very BBC posh and the "nasty criminals" have an almost "cor blimey guv" cockney tone. This would, of course, sound ridiculous if set today but as it is recreating the original time it is perfect. The Jazzy musical score, which includes the original Johnny Dankworth theme, completes the effect.
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