May 14, 2011
Mrs. Peel and John Steed of The Avengers couldn't have saved the world- in style- without the brilliant score by Laurie Johnson to punctuate the show's blend of mystery/adventure, humor, and British culture. The 50th anniversary weekend coming in June will include a concert of Laurie Johnson music! From the official announcement: "Laurie Johnson has written some of the most iconic television themes, particularly for The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals. We are therefore delighted to announce that with the full support of Laurie and using his own arrangements, there will be a concert performed of his music on Friday night at the University of Chichester. We are honored and delighted to bring the music of this hugely influential composer to Chichester as part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations of The Avengers." Event website here. Here are Johnson's opening and closing themes to the 1965 season of The Avengers. The season marked the introduction of Diana Rigg as Emma Peel and the transition to film from video. Note the chessboard intro sequence filmed for the US market.