DVD Review: “The Avengers Series 1 &2” (1961-1962)

“The Avengers Series 1 &2” (1961-1962)


TV Show

Running Time: 1400 minutes

Creator: Sydney Newman

Featuring: Ian Hendry, Patrick Macnee, Philip Stone

John Steed: “Who are you?”

John Steed: “I’m very sorry, I can’t tell you that. But I’m on the side of the angels, believe me.”

One of the first and still fine British spy tv shows created, The Avengers ran from 1961 until 1969, screening as one-hour episodes its entire run. The pilot episode, “Hot Snow,” aired on 7 January 1961. The final episode, “Bizarre,” aired on 21 May 1969.

The Avengers was a spy-fi British television and initially focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and his assistant John Steed (Patrick Macnee). Hendry left after the first series and Steed became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. Steed’s most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and Tara King (Linda Thorson). Later episodes increasingly incorporated elements of science fiction and fantasy, parody and British eccentricity.

The TV show has recently been released in either one box set or in individual sets – except for the first two which have been issued in one set together as there are many series one episodes that are no longer in existence.

To be honest the series was at its best from series three to five but these little seen first two series show a television series in its nascent stages and having the anility to change not only characters but the way in which the show was to evolve. Also look out for a variety of great special guests including Christopher Lee.

Special Features:

 – Five audio commentaries featuring actress Honor Blackman (moderated by Paul O’grady), producer Leonard White, writer Martin Woodhouse and Actress Julie Stevens

– Interview with Honor Blackman

– Episode Introductions by Julie Stevens

– Bonus disc with 14 series 1 episode Reconstructions

– Original caption cards

– Full police surgeon episode: Easy money with introduction

– Collector’s lot: collecting the avengers with honor Blackman

– The avengers at 50: never-before-seen interviews from the 50th Anniversary convention featuring Honor Blackman, Leonard White, Brian Tesler and John Carson

– Pdf content including series one episode guide with original telesnaps and Press cuttings, script archive, vintage production papers, magazine covers and articles

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