Thursday 9th June 2011
The Avengers Dead Man's Treasure Hunt 2011 25th Anniversary
Are you a fan of The Avengers and other cult TV series of the
1960s and 70s?
Then why not join The Avengers Dead Man's Treasure Hunt for a
weekend of fun and games around those fantastic series? 2011 will
mark the 50th Anniversary of The Avengers and the 25th
Anniversary of the Dead Man's Treasure Hunt, which is why the
DMTH is planning to celebrate in style!
The event will take place at The Edgwarebury Hotel, a 4 Star Hotel
in the heart of Avengerland (which you may remember seeing in the
episode Wish You Were Here), on the weekend of Friday 8th
Sunday 10th of July 2011. It includes a tour of locations featured
in The Avengers and similar shows and a jolly evening of fun
and frolics. As always, Sunday morning will be devoted to the
Treasure Hunt itself, followed by a well-earned lunch, before the
weekend concludes around 4pm.
If you're interested and want to know a little more, please e-mail
Registration has already begun, but there are still a few spaces
Please note that this is a small-scale not-for-profit event,
organised by fans for other afficionados, which has been running for
25 years now. Oh, and in case you're wondering: You're NOT expected
to turn up in fancy dress!
Sunday 19th December 2010
Bowler Hat and Country Seats 2011 Calendar
My wife Alys has photographed and compiled a 2011 Calendar of
Avengers filming locations so we had something to stick on the wall
in the absence of an official calendar. After completing it, we
thought that perhaps other Avengers fans might be interested also,
so we've made it available via Lulu.com. The photographs are all
Alys' own work and the calendar is completely unofficial. It's full
colour and printed by Lulu and despatched by them. Alys has made two
variants one with UK holiday dates and another with US dates.
Otherwise they are identical. Please take a look and if you
purchase, you'll be helping to keep us in food and drink over the
Bowler Hat and Country Seat Calendar 2011 (UK Version)
Bowler Hat and Country Seat Calendar 2011 (USA Version)
Tuesday 7th December 2010
The Avengers DVD Set 4+5 Series 5+6 OPTIMUM ANNOUNCEMENT
"AVENGERS SERIES 5 AUDIO ISSUE
It has come to our attention that the audio of all the Avengers
Series 5 episodes and one episode (THE FORGET-ME-KNOT on Disc One)
of Series 6 carries a pitch level that some people may feel is too
high. We recognise that some viewers are dissatisfied with the
current audio as it stands and so we have returned to each of the
effected episodes and pitch shifted the sound throughout to a lower
level that has now addressed the concerns raised.
The revised versions of the episodes will be ready from the
beginning of January 2011 and if you wish to replace your current
Series 5 discs and Disc One of Series 6 please send the your current
discs (separate from the original packaging) with your return
address and we will endeavour to return the new versions to you
within two weeks from the beginning of January.
Please return your discs to:
The Avengers Series 5/6
50 Marshall Street
Wednesday 17th November 2010
The Avengers DVD Set 4 Series 5 OPTIMUM ANNOUNCEMENT SERIES
"Since the release of The Avengers Series 5 box-set,
StudioCanal have received a small number of complaints about
the audio pitch levels on some of the episodes. This series was
extensively restored from the original materials by some of the
leading French technical labs. We are currently investigating the
extent of this issue with them and should have more news soon. While
these checks are carried out, The Avengers 50th Anniversary
box-set has been put on temporary hold."
Monday 15th November 2010 Further Guests announced for June's
The organisers of The Avengers 50th Anniversary Celebration to be
held at the University of Chichester on 25th and 26th June 2011 have
announced that the following additional guests have confirmed their
attendance at the event:
Peter J Elliott
Additional guest and ticket
pricing should be announced soon.
Monday 11th October 2010 The Avengers A Celebration...
Coming soon from Titan Books
Many thanks to Tom Green at Titan Books for sending us the
following press release about their hotly-anticipated The
Avengers A Celebration: 50 Years of a Television Classic,
written by Marcus Hearn with a foreword by Patrick Macnee. In
addition to Marcus' text (which can be relied upon to be of a high
standard), the book is lavishly illustrated with many rare
photographs and stylishly designed. It's been a good few years since
the last book on the subject and with the 50th Anniversary just
around the corner, this will undoubtedly prove to be a most welcome
addition to any Avengers fan's collection. This book comes highly
recommended by The Avengers Declassified.
Read the Press Release
Buy from Amazon.co.uk
and support TheAvengers.TV
Friday 8th October 2010 Roy Ward Baker 1916-2010
very sad to report the death of Avengers director, Roy Ward
Baker. Roy leaves behind an incredible legacy of British film and
television work of the very highest standard. He will be
well-remembered by Avengers fans for the seven episodes of
Series 4 which he directed, including classics such as The Town
of No Return and Too Many Christmas Trees. Roy was a
driving force in creating the look of the filmed era Avengers
and would return once more in 1968 for Split! We are
fortunate that Roy's reminiscences were recorded as commentaries for
The Town of No Return and Split! (both with Brian
Clemens). It's just sad that the latter will be released
posthumously in the UK. Of course, Roy's career was so much more
than just The Avengers his film work for Hammer Films is
fondly remembered, as are his work on ITC series such as The
Saint, Department S, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
and The Persuaders! among many others. Again, it is
heartening that Roy was able to record commentaries and interviews
regarding several of these series and films. Roy was 93 a fine
age, but it's still sad to lose another link with the golden era of
British film and television. He passed away on Tuesday 5th October
2010. Rest in peace.
Thursday 7th October 2010 Major 50th Anniversary Avengers event
Thanks to Jaz Wiseman for passing along the following
publicity for what promises to be an unmissable Avengers
event for the anniversary year. More details very soon.
Friday 17th September 2010 Series 6 Screen Captures (StudioCanal
Please take a look at
StudioCanal DVD News for details.
Monday 13th September 2010 No Avengers Calendar for Anniversary
Disappointing news to report... There has been much
speculation recently regarding the late arrival of the 2011
Avengers Calendar. Unfortunately, it transpires that Slow
Dazzle, the company who have produced the calendars for more than
ten years have lost their licence to produce further editions.
Designer Jaz Wiseman, who has produced all but one of the Slow
Dazzle calendars, has revealed that there will not be a calendar for
The Avengers' 50th Anniversary year, at least not from Slow
Dazzle. The absence of a calendar in the shops from a replacement
company would seem to point to Studio Canal having not neogtiated a
new licensee to produce one. Very sad and, it must be said, highly
disappointing for Avengers fans. Jaz's work on these
calendars has been nothing short of superb and for the calendars to
stop is bad enough, but in anniversary year? Now that's just not
3rd September 2010 Avengers Producer's Memoirs... Part One!
delighted to be able to announce the publication of The Avengers
original producer, Leonard White's autobiography, Many Moons and
a few stars, which covers roughly the first thirty years of
Len's long and very full life. Published by our good friends at
Kaleidoscope Publishing, this book comes highly recommended by The
Avengers Declassified it may not quite reach Len's time on The
Avengers (that will be covered in a hoped-for second volume),
but this first part gives a fascinating insight into the early years
of one of the men responsible for the creation of a British and
ultimately global institution. The book costs a very reasonable
£12.99 including postage (UK orders) and international orders are
welcome and straightforward to process. For further details, please
Kaleidoscope Publishing's ordering page and tell 'em I sent ya!
StudioCanal Avengers News has
23rd August 2010 Series 1 Live Episodes Were DEFINITELY
There has long been a theory which I've been suspicious of, that
the seven Series 1 episodes to be transmitted live Square Root
of Evil, Nightmare, Crescent Moon, Girl on the Trapeze, Diamond Cut
Diamond, The Radioactive Man and Ashes of Roses were
never recorded to videotape by ABC. Well, that can be firmly
disproved now as a production memo has been discovered which
concerns a proposed repeat run of Series 1 episodes. See
Avengers 1961 Repeats for further
17th August 2010 StudioCanal Avengers + Reavenging
Thanks to Jaz Wiseman and StudioCanal, who have provided
The Avengers Declassified with details of the special features for
the forthcoming Series 5 Avengers set, to be released later
this year. Read the announcement here.
Also today, an update about the
London Avengers event Reavenging that was reported in
AvengerNews back in June. Guests have now been confirmed and it's
looking to be an event not to be missed. It's taking place on Sunday
10th October 2010 at the George IV Public House and Comedy Club, 185
Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR. Confirmed guests thus far are:
Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale, Series 2+3), Murray Melvin (Hot Snow),
Tom Adams (Take Over), Philip Anthony (Man With Two
Shadows + The Outside-In Man) and Peter J. Elliot
(stuntman, Series 5). Further guests are expected to be announced.
For registration details,
please follow this link.
Finally, there has been an update
from StudioCanal regarding the Series 4 disc errors please see
StudioCanal Avengers: Series 4.
7th August 2010 A Conversation with Burt Kwouk at The London
Thanks to Barry Clarke for letting me know about this
forthcoming event featuring Burt Kwouk, best known for his role as
Cato in the fondly remembered Pink Panther films but also a
veteran of three Avengers episodes (Kill the King,
The Cybernauts and Lobster Quadrille). The interview,
hosted by film historian Barry Littlechild, will take place on
Thursday 18th November 2010 between 7.30 and 9.30pm at The London
Film Museum, The Master's House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road),
London SE11 4TH. Tickets are available at £6.50 (£5.00 concessions)
24th July 2010 Alan Hume (1924-2010)
My recent upheaval with recovering from a computer failure has
left me playing catch-up, I'm afraid. One of the news items that I'm
late in running concerns Avengers cinematographer, Alan Hume
who sadly passed away on Tuesday 13th July. Alan had a long and
distinguished career in film making, working with many of the greats
Alexander Korda, David Lean and Val Guest. Any career that takes
in The Avengers, James Bond, Star Wars and the Carry
On films is pretty exceptional, and Alan was much respected in the
industry. Alan was cinematographer on twenty-six episodes of The
Avengers between 1965 and 1968 the equivalent of a full
series. Alan had planned to contribute a commentary for the new DVDs
on one of his episodes, The Joker, but sadly, this was not to
19th July 2010 Series 4 Replacement Discs Procedure
Please check out the StudioCanal Avengers page for details.
15th July 2010
Replacement discs on the way UK Series 4 DVD Set
StudioCanal have made an official announcement today
regarding a replacement programme for the two discs in their Series
4 Avengers set that feature encoding errors. Please check out
StudioCanal DVD News for details.
19th June 2010
The Strange Case of the Long and the Short of It...
Many thanks to Trevor Dorman, who has contact The Avengers
Declassified with news concerning the print of The Strange Case
of the Missing Corpse held at UCLA in Los Angeles. This was
tracked down to their archive at the same time as Girl on the
Trapeze and the first act of Hot Snow were discovered. At the time,
there was some discussion as to it being an extended 20-minute
version of this promotional film (which runs to about 3 minutes in
known prints). Trevor has been in contact with UCLA and after much
discussion has managed to get the UCLA staff to screen the print to
check it. It transpires that it is the same length as the generally
available print and this checks out with Brian Clemens' statement
that they they only ever made the version that everyone is familiar
with. It is, however, important to prove or disprove myths and
Trevor's efforts in ascertaining exactly what the UCLA hold are to
12th June 2010
Brian Clemens, OBE! Avengers Legend Honoured in Queen's
Avengers writer and producer, Brian Clemens has been awarded
an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday
Honours, announced today. With a career in writing and production
stretching back to the 1950s and a string of television successes to
his name The Avengers, The New Avengers, Thriller,
The Professionals and Bugs along with works for film
and stage, there can be no denying that this award is very much
deserved, perhaps even somewhat overdue. The award is undoubtedly
timely however, with Brian's retrospective season at the BFI
Southbank imminent. My thanks to Ella Knight at the BFI for the
great image of Brian that runs alongside this announcement.
Pardon the editorialising, and I'm not normally one to get that het
up about Honours lists, but considering her recent high profile
successes in championing the plight of the Gurkhas, surely Joanna
Lumley (who already has an OBE) is now well overdue a Damehood. In
addition to her work for the Gurkhas, Joanna has long been a
national treasure and just about anything she has been involved in
has been a popular success. The Avengers already has one Dame
amongst its central cast Diana Rigg and it seems mean and
churlish to overlook Joanna for the same honour.
10th June 2010
BFI Brian Clemens Season Official Announcement
"From 2 31 July, the BFI is celebrating the work of British TV and
cinema writer Brian Clemens. He has worked for some of the greatest
action / adventure series ever made and the BFI will be showcasing a
selection of his work including The Avengers, Danger Man
and Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. Clemens will also be
joining us for two on-stage interviews." Full details:
BFI Brian Clemens Season. Thanks to Ella Knight.
9th June 2010
London Avengers Event October 2010
Not much to report at this stage, but there's a small
Avengers convention called Reavenging Celebrating The Avengers
scheduled for this coming October in Chiswick, London. Further
details here at the
Fantom Films website. Guests to be announced. Tickets will be
limited to 60 attendees. Thanks to Kim at
The Avengers Forum for flagging this up.
3rd June 2010
BFI Southbank's Brian Clemens Season
promised, The Avengers Declassified is bringing you updated news on the Brian Clemens season, courtesy of the
BFI. The season will be running throughout July. Included will be
two interview sessions with Brian Clemens, one on The Avengers, the
other on his wider career, plus showings of Clemens Avengers
episodes, Don't Look Behind You, A Touch of Brimstone
and The Eagle's Nest (from The New Avengers). The
season will also feature screenings of several of Brian's
contributions to other television series and films. Full details at
24th May 2010
The Avengers DVD Set 3 Series 4 EXCLUSIVE SCREEN CAPTURES
Thanks to Jaz Wiseman and StudioCanal for providing
exclusive screen captures which demonstrate the improvements between
the old Contender DVD release and the forthcoming StudioCanal release.
look at the screen caps here...
Pre-order this DVD set at Amazon.co.uk
via this affiliated link
and help support TheAvengers.TV!
30th April 2010 News Round-Up
A round-up of heads-ups to bring the month to a close:
appears that the series' fast approaching 50th Anniversary year will
not be going uncelebrated officially Titan Books are publishing a
book this September entitled The Avengers: A Celebration 50
Years of TV's Most Stylish Show. The author is Marcus Hearn, who
has an excellent track record and can be relied upon to come up with
something befitting the series' reputation. The book will be a 160
page hardcover and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk
use this link and benefit TheAvengers.TV by ordering via this
Meanwhile, StudioCanal's UK DVD
release of The Avengers Series 4 appears to have been
postponed once more, to Monday 5th July 2010. Certainly, Amazon and other
online retailers have altered their expected ETA for the title to
Finally, thanks to Dick Fiddy for
passing on early details about the BFI Southbank's forthcoming
season celebrating the career of Brian Clemens. The season will
cover much of Brian's TV work including of course The Avengers.
There will be a screening of A Touch of Brimstone on Thursday
22nd July 2010 followed by an on-stage chat with Brian about his
work on the series. A second interview covering the rest of Brian's
career will take place on the 28th. The episodes Don't Look
Behind You and The Eagle's Nest will also be screened as
part of the celebration. Full details of the season will be on the
BFI website from early June. More news as we have it.
14th April 2010 Dead Man's Treasure Hunt 2010
Event organiser Chris Gabb has contacted The Avengers
Declassified and would like to make the following announcement:
Treasure Hunt 2nd-4th July 2010
The Dead Man's Treasure Hunt is a weekend devoted to The
Avengers and similar TV series of the 1960s and 70s.
Taking place in deepest Avengerland (Borehamwood and Elstree) over
the weekend of Friday 2nd Sunday 4th July 2010, the weekend
includes a tour of locations used in The Avengers and similar
shows of the time, and an evening of games and quizzes with the
emphasis very much on fun. Sunday morning is devoted to the Treasure
Hunt itself, followed by a well earned lunch.
approaching its 24th year, registration for the whole weekend is
is available at £55 per room per night (including a continental
breakfast) and those choosing to stay on the Sunday night will get
that night free as part of the hotel's "stay 3 nights and pay for 2
interested, and want to know a little more, please drop us an e-mail
are very popular and well worth attending. A printable registration
form can be downloaded
13th April 2010 News Round-Up
Declassified has had to take a bit of a back seat in recent
weeks, so here's a brief round-up of what's been going on in
Firstly, StudioCanal's The
Avengers Series 4 DVD set has had to be delayed by a short while
and is now scheduled for 7th June 2010...
company is also releasing The Avengers on DVD in the UK, as a
magazine and DVD partwork entitled The Avengers: The Ultimate DVD
Collection. Eaglemoss Publications Ltd. have been testing the
waters in some UK regions with issues containing the very earliest
episodes. It appears from
their website that when the partwork goes national, it will
instead commence with the black-and-white Emma Peel episodes. Each
disc will contain two episodes and the accompanying magazines will
contain features about the episodes on the discs. It should be
pointed out that while the initial issues will be available in high
street shops, purchasers will need to order the bulk of the issues
via mail order. From past experience, the customer service
departments of these partwork companies are notoriously poor, and
for this reason, The Avengers Declassified recommends taking out a
rolling order with your local newsagent if you wish to buy. It
should also be noted that this is a very expensive way to buy
the series c. £650 for the series without extras compared to about
£275 for the feature-packed StudioCanal sets!
Declassified would also like to mark the recent passing of the actor
Corin Redgrave, who appeared as Quentin Slim in Lobster Quadrille
(1964). Redgrave had a remarkable career, on television, film, the
stage and in politics. He died on April 6th 2010, aged 70.
11th February 2010
The Avengers DVD Set 2 Series 3 EXCLUSIVE SCREEN CAPTURES
Thanks to Jaz Wiseman and StudioCanal for providing
exclusive screen captures which demonstrate the improvements between
the old Contender DVD release and the new StudioCanal release, available
from Monday. Take a
look at the screen caps here...
6th February 2010
Sir John Dankworth 1927-2010
I'm very sad to announce that Sir John Dankworth, perhaps
better known to Avengers fans as Johnny Dankworth, the composer of
the original Avengers theme and incidental music library, has died
today aged 82. Dankworth was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New
Year's Honours List for his services to music. He was a well-known
and much loved jazz performer and his distinctive theme for The
Avengers played a part in the series' early success. He is survived
by his wife and long-term musical collaborator, Dame Cleo Laine.
Rest in peace, Johnny.
31st January 2010
StudioCanal Avengers Series 4
Special Features for the Series 4 release
have been announced...
31st January 2010
StudioCanal Avengers Series 3
Information for the Series 3 release
has been updated...
16th December 2009
Replacement Discs for The Avengers DVD Set 1
Jaz Wiseman has made the following announcement regarding
the replacement programme for the faulty discs in the Series 1+2
set: "I am expecting check discs of the replacement discs next week.
Once these are confirmed as being OK, the replacement discs will be
manufactured. Obviously this process is going to be held up with the
Christmas and New Year break so in early January StudioCanal will make
the final announcement. Apologies to all customers but the
replacement disc process has taken longer than anticipated."
6th November 2009
Official Announcement from StudioCanal re. Series 1+2 DVD Set
StudioCanal do the decent thing... see
18th October 2009
Bad news about the first StudioCanal set
May contain traces of cock-up... see
22nd September 2009
Exclusive Preview of Series 3 UK DVD Set!
Hot on the heels of StudioCanal's highly anticipated Series 1+2
DVD set (due October 5th if you haven't ordered it yet,
don't miss out!) comes the announcement that Series 3 will
follow in February 2010. As with the first release, it will feature
26 digitally restored episodes and extensive special features. Take
a look at our StudioCanal Avengers page
for an exclusive preview of the box art and special features,
courtesy of Jaz Wiseman and StudioCanal.
7th September 2009
StudioCanal DVD Interview, Screen Captures and Tele-Snaps!
Check out StudioCanal Avengers
for an exclusive interview with Jaz Wiseman, special features
producer. We also have a first peek (anywhere!) at the recently
discovered Series One Tele-Snaps courtesy of Leonard White and screen
capture comparisons of the new restorations and the old DVD
versions, courtesy of Jaz and StudioCanal.
Take a look!
8th July 2009
Finally! The Avengers DVD set that fans have been waiting for!
Yes, it's true. You can believe your eyes. The Avengers
is coming to UK DVD from StudioCanal this October and it's
news so big, it has been given its own section here
StudioCanal Avengers. Take a look
there for a full rundown on the extra features in the first volume
(covering Series 1+2) and the first clear image of the box artwork
published anywhere. Thanks to StudioCanal for giving The Avengers
Declassified this exclusive.
The DVD sets
will contain audio commentaries and interviews, archive features and
many other exciting items, including extensive stills galleries
and there's still more to be confirmed. Watch the StudioCanal
Avengers pages for updated information.
23rd June 2009
The Star Who Fell From Grace new single from Honor Blackman!
She may still be trying to forget the wonderfully slipshod
single she made with Patrick Macnee, Kinky Boots, but the
delightful Honor Blackman is on the verge of releasing a new single!
The Star Who Fell From Grace, this is to be released in the UK
on Monday 13th July 2009. It might not bother the charts, but good
luck to Honor in her latest endeavour.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk and support this site.
16th June 2009
German Avengers fans get 1967 DVD release this August
Newly listed on
the second DVD volume from Kinowelt, featuring the full Emma Peel
colour series across eight discs.
stylish and unique packaging for Edition 1 (Series 4, B/W Emma
Peel), Kinowelt have continued to go for a retro look with this
packaging. These designs are undoubtedly among the most attractive
ever to adorn an Avengers home video release. It's great that there are still new DVD releases of the
series being issued, all over Europe and the world. Click on the
image for a direct link to Amazon.de's pre-order page for the
The DVD set is
due for release on Friday 21st August 2009.
13th June 2009 Sir Frank N. Stone! After the
downbeat opening to AvengerNews, it's pleasing to be able to pass
along some good news. Veteran character actor, Christopher Lee is to
be Knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours this summer. Lee made
two unforgettable appearances in The Avengers, as Dr. Stone
in Never, Never Say Die and as Colonel Mannering in The
Interrogators. He made his name in Hammer Films between the
Fifties and Seventies, and has gone on to feature in major film
franchises including James Bond, The Lord of the Rings
and Star Wars. This award is much deserved and perhaps more
than a little overdue. A legend of the British screen.
2nd June 2009 Terence Alexander (1923-2009): Another
sad passing to report this time, Terence Alexander, veteran of
four Avengers episodes The Town of No Return, The
Correct Way to Kill, Love All and Angels of Death (The
New Avengers). Best known for his role as Charlie Hungerford in
Bergerac, Terence Alexander was an immensely popular actor
and will be much missed.
May 2009 Simon Oates (1932-2009): I'm very sorry to
report that the actor Simon Oates, known to fans of The Avengers
principally for his turn as John Steed on the Birmingham and
London stage in 1971, died on Wednesday 20th May 2009 after a long
illness. Aside from his starring role in The Avengers stage
play, Simon also made three memorable guest appearances in The
Avengers in You Have Just Been Murdered, Super Secret
Cypher Snatch and Hostage (The New Avengers). He
was best known to mainstream audiences for his role as Dr John Ridge
in Doomwatch and had a long and successful career in
television and on the stage. Alys and I were privileged to interview
Simon last November at his home in East Sussex and were taken aback
at the incredibly warm welcome that he and his wife, Jaki, afforded
us two complete strangers. Simon was quite clearly not a well man
even then, but he was wonderful company, full of funny, surprising
and fascinating stories, delivered with passion and wit. Alys and I
are devastated that Simon has passed away and send our heartfelt
condolences to Jaki, the family and Simon's many friends. As a
measure of our affection for Simon, we have dedicated this new
website to his memory. Visitors are welcome to read the
interview and our
tribute to this kind
gentleman. Rest in peace, Simon. And thank you.
May 2009 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell (1923-2009): The
much-loved Australian actor, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, who appeared in
The Avengers episodes
The Nutshell and Return of the Cybernauts, has died aged 86. Tingwell worked in Britain for
many years, featuring in fondly recalled series like Catweazle,
Adamant Lives! and Gerry Anderson's UFO, before returning to his
homeland where he remained working right to the end. A talented
actor who will be sadly missed on both sides of the globe.
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