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Christopher Fowler
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Right now, deserted London looks like every episode of 'The Avengers'. It's the sixtieth anniversary of the series and by way of celebration TV is currently awash with old episodes. Why would such an early TV show continue to exert an influence, or is it pure nostalgia? This year we lost the marvellous Diana Rigg, an actor I would credit with bringing cynicism to our TV screens. Few of those…
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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 me the single most influential TV show in history. To explain to the Youngs, before The Avengers there was…
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At the peak of his popularity, Sean Connery walked away from James Bond, and failed to make the best film in the series to date, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. Instead, the producers opted for 'Big Fry Man' George Lazenby, whose personality proved so unpleasant that Diana Rigg ate garlic before having to kiss him. Connery clearly regretted his decision and came back, but it was too late. He…
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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 reproducing the tropes of the middle episodes to perfection. The Avengers concerned…
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