June 28, 2013


Dr. Keel, we're needed! Long before Avenger John Steed was partnered with Emma Peel and Cathy Gale (played by Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman- both left to do James Bond films), he was the shadowy partner of Dr. David Keel (played by Ian Hendry). Although some of those early programs have been released, many remain missing. Fans of Doctor Who may be familiar with the syndrome, as it was once common practice to wipe studio tapes. Much of early television in the UK was shot on video and remains lost forever. If only they knew about the future of syndication, home video release, and streaming content back then. Big Finish Productions has been filling the gaps by producing outstanding audio adaptations of early Doctor Who shows. Now the company has set their sights on lost episodes of The Avengers

Big Finish is working with Studio Canal to resurrect twelve lost episodes of The Avengers from the Keel/Steed era. The audio productions will be based on the original scripts and they plan to release three 4-disc sets. Big Finish's David Richardson has said that they are looking forward to recreating the lost stories and are hoping to officially announce the cast soon, which may include some high-profile actors in lead roles. The first set is due January of 2014 and will be available in CD and download editions. Great news for fans of The Avengers!

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