And here we are at the final box set of these wonderful Big Finish audio recreations of the mostly lost first season of that all time classic show, The Avengers. We are actually really sad that this is the end of the line with these superb sets.

The show has been honoured and kept alive in full force with these superb quality adaptations. Julian Wadham and Anthony Howell have had a whale of a time making these audio reconstructions, that much is obvious by the quality of them! Through every set, the episodes just seem to get better and better. The peril has been increased, the emotional drama has been raised, and the edge of your seat moments have gone through the roof. But they do say all good things have to come to an end, don’t they?

But one is still overjoyed at how well paced all these sets have been. A credit to the original writers who knew how to write fine drama and suspense! No wonder the show has become so huge and is still so fondly remembered to this day!

Grand Finale

And now we reach the grand finale. And we still cant find any fault in these nostalgic stories. It is hard to credit that these stories are now over 50 years old. They contain so much great humour and action and set pieces that a lot of programmes could do with learning from today. The tension in all these great episodes is unrelenting.

We start with trouble at an experimental facility in DRAGONSFIELD, where Steed must use all his charm and ingenuity to unravel just where the enemy is lurking. Julian Wadham leads a brilliant cast in a nail-biting episode here that doesn’t disappoint. And the villain is not that easy to spot, as the writing is so good that one doesn’t really know who the perpetrator will turn out to be. And then we proceed to THE FAR DISTANT DEAD, an episode which shows Dr Keel at his caring best in a tale of poisonings amidst the horror of a cyclone. It’s a very decent touch to have Keel moved to set up a temporary hospital for those in the midst of the disaster. This episode is particularly well written and presented.

Acts of Murder

Then we come to the acts of a murderer in a space research lab of sorts in THE DEADLY AIR, and Keel and Steed must use all their ingenuity just to get out alive and not be destroyed by a contaminated vaccine. Honestly, the subject matters in these episodes are always so engaging and widespread, that the Avengers never become boring. The adaptors, the ever reliable John Dorney, together with Ian Potter and Tom Mellaburn, again deliver top notch brilliant episodes.

Lost Gems

But we are very sad that it seems these are to be the last episodes of the original line-up of Avengers that we get. But at least we can be thankful that after the original TV series was largely destroyed, that Big Finish has had the good sense, together with Studio Canal, to bring these lost gems to our ears.

One raises one’s hat and doffs one’s umbrella to the three main leads, Julian, Anthony and Lucy, who wonderfully and easily recreated a superb era of a superb show. The Avengers always was essential TV drama. Well done Big Finish and Studio Canal, 10 out of 10 once more.

THE AVENGERS – THE LOST EPISODES VOLUME 07 now available from the Big Finish website.

Synopsis

Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these final three recreations of classic lost episodes.

Dragonsfield, written by Ian Potter, from a script by Terence Feely

A man has been murdered in an experimental laboratory, and Steed is sent to investigate. Someone is working for the other side – and Steed will need to untangle a messy web of inter-personal relationships if he’s to stand any chance of identifying who.

The Far Distant Dead, written by Tom Mallaburn from a script by John Lucarotti

En route from Chile back to England, Dr Keel stops off to help the victims of a cyclone. Except not every fatality he encounters was caused by the disaster. It appears he’s stumbled onto an international conspiracy of the most sinister kind… and the perpetrators will be found many miles away…

The Deadly Air, written by John Dorney from a script by Lester Powell

When an experimental vaccine is destroyed Steed calls in Keel to join him on the scene as a medical expert. But it isn’t long before the saboteur becomes a murderer. As the situation escalates, can the Avengers identify their foe before they become his victims?

Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: John Dorney
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Written By: Adapted by Ian Potter, Tom Mallaburn, John Dorney
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast

Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson), Cate Debenham-Taylor (Lisa Strauss), Harriet Kershaw (Susan Summers / Secretary), Ramon Tikaram (Saunders), Richard Dixon (Redington / One-Fifteen), Christopher Taylor (Boris / Landlord), James Joyce (Jack Alford / Peters), Robert Fitch (Technician / Dr Philip Karswood), Karina Fernandez (Dr Ampara Alvarez Sandoval / Maria Alvarez), David Shaw-Parker (Hercule Zeebrugge / Luis Garcia), Andy Secombe (Inspector Gauvreau / Godoy / Jose Alvarez), Alex Blake (Rayner / Caron / Sergeant Delon), Tom Alexander (Mateos / Mario), Dan Starkey (One-Ten), Bettrys Jones (Barbara Anthony / Receptionist), Richard Atlee (Heneager / Herbert Truscott), Ewan Bailey (Dr Hugh Chalk / Armstrong), Glen McReady (Dr Owen Craxton / Professor Kilbride)

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