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Steed & Mrs Peel: You’re Needed! – The Avengers Comic Strip Adaptations 4: Out Now!

The Avengers: Steed and Mrs. Peel - The Comic Strip Adaptations Vol.4 (c) Big Finish Productions

Straight from the pages of TV Comic, swinging London’s most dynamic duo return for more adventures

The 1960s’ most iconic investigative team is back to foil evil plots and espionage with a glass of champagne in one hand and a bowler hat in the other. Steed and Mrs Peel are needed… for four new full-cast audio adventures from Big Finish, as The Avengers returns as an adaptation of the comic strips originally published in TV Comic.

The impressive cast includes Julian Wadham as stylish agent John Steed, Olivia Poulet as his trusty sidekick, Mrs Emma Peel, and estimable ensemble support from Paul Putner, Jeany Spark, Jessica Martin and Corrinne Wicks to name but a few.

Julian Wadham and Olivia Poulet, who play Steed and Mrs Peel, during recording (c) Big Finish Productions
Julian Wadham and Olivia Poulet, who play Steed and Mrs Peel, during recording (c) Big Finish Productions

The four exciting missions are as follows:

Listen Hear… 

by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky

An agent has been lost at sea shortly after getting hold of a revolutionary new device that the Ministry are very keen to acquire. The Avengers are sent to retrieve it, but the enemy agents also on the trail are the least of their worries. Someone is listening in on their every move. But who?

The Clown Has Two Faces

by Dan Starkey

Top secret plans have been stolen, and all signs point to a travelling circus. Infiltrating, Steed and Mrs Peel find themselves in the middle of a deadly serious plot. When you take on clowns, can you be certain of having the last laugh?

White Heat

by Gemma Langford

Fireballs are descending upon London and a ransom is being demanded. The Avengers have a single lead – an agent badly injured in a similar attack. If she can lead them to the person responsible, they might just have a chance to stop the destruction… but if not, they will soon witness the second great fire of London! 

Now You See Him…

by John Dorney

Scientists are defecting and no-one is entirely sure how or why. With their quarries disappearing on the street, Steed and Peel are baffled. Surely a night out at the theatre can’t provide the solution? 

The Avengers’ Mrs. Peel – regenerated!

Actor Olivia Poulet said, of taking on the iconic role of Mrs Peel: “My dad used to love Diana Rigg as Emma Peel and I’d seen some of them. But to be honest, I wasn’t massively well acquainted with the show, so I went and watched some.

“Once I’d got an idea of who she was, I stopped watching because I didn’t want to do an imitation of Diana Rigg – I didn’t think it should be a case of simply copying her, as I wanted to get a feel for the relationship between her and Steed and bring a new slant. There’s no point in going out and trying to copy someone else’s delivery, especially when it’s so well known and loved.

“It’s been really fun. I’ve watched quite a lot of it being recorded, which has been a really nice experience. I haven’t actually done that before, and I found it very entertaining. And theatrical, which I love. It feels like such a romp to be a part of.”


The Avengers: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 04: Steed & Mrs Peel

Now available to own as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (at £29.99) or digital download (at £24.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

These prices will be held until general release when they will be available at £34.99 (CD) and £29.99 (download).

Please note that Big Finish has now re-opened its warehouse and commenced the shipping of back-orders. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will still be delayed, but purchases of these CD titles will unlock a digital copy that can be downloaded or played on the Big Finish app immediately from the release date. 



Duration: 240 minutes approx.

Released: July 2020, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Director: Samuel Clemens (eps 1,2,4) and Ken Bentley (ep 3)

Producer: David Richardson

Script Editor: John Dorney and Roland Moore

Written by: Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, Dan Starkey, Gemma Langford, and John Dorney

Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery



Pre-order: £29.99 (collector’s edition CD) £24.99 (download) from www.bigfinish.com

General release: £34.99 (collector’s edition CD) £29.99 (digital download)


Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.



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