The coolest 1960s heroes are back in four brand new, full-cast audio adventures adapted from the picture strips originally published in TV Comic

Due for release in July 2021, suave John Steed and sparkly Tara King front four new, hilarious stories which feature time travel, raucous Royals and exceedingly evil plots. The series stars Julian Wadham (The English Patient) as John Steed and Emily Woodward (Heroes and Villains) as Tara King. And this time the splendid cast includes a guest appearance from Emmerdale actor, Louisa Clein. Based on the Avengers tie-in comics from TV Comic, which was also home to the iconic Doctor Who strips, these are adventures even bigger and wilder than those on TV.

Adapting the TV Comic strips for audio presents a unique challenge, as writer Roland Moore (Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks) explains. “The process of adapting the comic strip was interesting because with the comic strip you’re presented with a series of one-page stories where each one ends on a cliffhanger to form the whole piece. So you’ve got to take that and turn it into a 60-minute play. Part of the job is to expand the characters, the motivation and the moments.

“I think The Avengers is so well remembered and regarded because it’s like nothing else – it was such a stylish, confident show. The tone of it was unique. It’s quite a difficult tone to get right but very fun!”

Actor Louisa Clein, who has joined the fun for this set, also discussed The Avengers’ unique style. “The scripts were extraordinary to read. I think they’re so brilliantly written, you can visualise everything and even though they are purely for audio they are so detailed and they are so evocative of the original series and they’re performed so brilliantly from everyone. It’s a fantastic thing to be a part of it.”

 

The Avengers live again with Big Finish audios (c) Big Finish Productions John Steed Emma Peel Tara King
The Avengers live again with Big Finish audios (c) Big Finish Productions

The Avengers: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 05: Steed & Tara King

Whatever Next? By John Dorney

After an eccentric scientist correctly predicts an imminent asteroid collision, John Steed and Tara King are dispatched to uncover the basis of his precognitive powers. The answer is stranger than they could possibly have expected…

How Does your Garden Grow? By Dan Starkey

When the plants around an Air Force base grow to prodigious proportions over-night, an explanation is required. The trail leads to an out of the way farm and a potential scientific break-through – but there might just be a snake in the grass…

A Very Civil War by Roland Moore

Steed and King are summoned to investigate a most unusual robbery – where the robbers don’t seem to have been interested in taking the money. How does the mystery tie in to a local Civil War reenactment society?

Mother’s Day by Sarah Grochala

Mother has been called back to his Alma mater to present the school prizes – but someone doesn’t want him to survive the ceremony. It’s down to Steed and King to go undercover and stop the assassins from spoiling the day…

 

The Avengers: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 05: Steed & Tara King

Now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (£29.99) or digital download (£24.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website. Big Finish listeners can save money by purchasing volumes 3-5 together as a single bundle from as little as £70.

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