The ongoing audiofication of the 1961 debut season of the Avengers (a fair portion of which remain “lost” and wiped by BBC archivists decades since) continues with another volume of surprisingly serious-toned, small scale spying.
Adrian Lukis, Anthony Howell, Big Finish, Brian Clemens, Cathy Gale, Colin Baker, Emma Peel, Julian Wadham, Patrick Macnee, Samuel Clemens, Sophie Aldred, The Avengers, The Lost Episodes vol. 1, The Lost Episodes volume 1, third eye cinema podcast
From his days working alongside the dry, somewhat bland Ian Hendry Doctor Keel through daffy, brassy-voiced Venus Smith (Julie Stevens, who will always remain associated with that ridiculous song about kippers from the perhaps appropriately monikered A Chorus of Frogs) to Honor Blackman’s sexy, intimidating Cathy Gale and the slyly sensuous innuendo of the Diana Rigg Emma Peel period, Patrick MacNee’s John Steed has always been the centerpiece of what for the sake of distinction we’ll refer to as Brian Clemens’ Avengers.*
*so noted not only to tip the hat to the eventual producer and script editor as well as screenwriter of several episodes throughout the entire series run, but to distinguish from the goofy comic book heroes of the American iteration since.