The Avengers

The Most English Thing In England

Every week in ‘The Avengers’, the old TV series, not the Marvel Comics lycra-fest, John Steed and Cathy Gale/Emma Peel/ Tara King (not sure I count Purdy though I’m willing to hear a persuasive argument) solved a bizarre plot. The situations involved losing an hour, losing the population of a village, losing a graveyard, losing […]

Steed Drives Off Into History

What a crap year it’s been for losing my heroes. Now Old Etonian actor Patrick Mcnee has died, albeit at the ripe old age of 93. He played the young Marley in the definitive ‘A Christmas Carol’, and was terrific in ‘The Howling’, but of course he’ll be remembered as Steed in The Avengers, for […]

Best Of…No.1: British TV – The Avengers

The arrival of The Avengers comic ‘Steed and Mrs Peel’, set firmly in the 1960s, shows once again the groundswell of interest that remains in this now very old TV series. What keeps it going? Few of those involved can possibly remember it first time around, but here they are reviving the Hellfire Club and […]

Better TV VS Failing Eyesight

I recently bought a new TV. It has a screen suitable for drive-in movies. It’s as thin as a credit card. It’s HD and 3D. You can see the hairs on a mosquito’s legs. You can see inside Susan Boyle’s nostrils. But of course if you watch reruns of ‘Dad’s Army’, it looks like you’re […]