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Nothing around like this anymore...
on 22 May 2014
Is it just me or has modern television gone down the toilet? Because I can see no modern programme possessing an ounce of the entertainment quality like programs like The New Avengers did. I'll give all the reasons for my believing this notion to the full:
Back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s the shows were made with panache. There was brilliant acting abounding, and the brilliantly diverting New Avengers is no exception. Its so brilliant and charming and humorous but also boasts moments of totally raw seriousness and depth of character.
Like most everyone else with regards to this series I have to say Patrick Macnee and Gareth Hunt are superb in their roles, Patrick effortlessly slides back into his best role as John Steed, and Gareth has to be applauded for his great energy and frequent wit. But Joanna Lumley is absolutely fabulous (no pun intended) as Purdey. I always have loved any kind of film or programme which displays women who can look after themselves. She's the scene stealer from the word go. I remember always thinking she was a lovely, talented girl, and re=watching the programme now after so many years I'm not changed in any respect to her. Just watch her in "The Last of The Cybernauts...?" and "Sleeper" and "Angels of Death" and you'll see what I mean. But she displays her brilliant depth of feeling in "Obsession", and I have to admit I almost cried myself on viewing those tears in that ladies eyes...She was so first class!!!
In terms of Story, the afore mentioned four are excellent examples of the series, and "The Midas Touch" would have to be up there too. There's so much action, so much verve, so much quality that like I said is missing badly from modern television. And some of the car chases displayed in this series made even most Bond Films look tame by comparison. There are even some touches on sci fi along the way, what with brain drains and massive rampaging sewer rats. And unlike the film The Birds the "Cat Among The Pigeons" episode gets going and stays going.
Also love the lack of bad language, which lowers many a programme's tone considerably. I may be in a minority but decent English is so good to hear without a bucket of crudity thrown in.
This series is quality entertainment. I haven't actually seen all that much of the Avengers, but if this is not as good like any people say then The Avengers must be tremendously good, because the New Avengers to me is one of my favourite programmes ever. I lament the decline of TV since the early nineties...I really do. But at least we have brilliant shows like this to watch and put on a DVD player as oft as one would wish...thank the Lord for good things!