The Avengers misplaced episode has been launched on DVD
Means earlier than spandex and particular results dominated the display, bowler hats and catsuits confirmed the way it was carried out.
It could have been way more genteel occasions, however the authentic TV Avengers have been groundbreaking of their portrayal of feminine heroes. The cult present stylishly and sensationally broke data and set tv, popular culture and style traits for the following 50 years.
TUNNEL OF FEAR is the 20 th episode of the primary collection of the 1960s cult British spy-fi tv present, starring Ian Hendry, Patrick Macnee and Ingrid Hafner.
It was broadcast within the US by ABC Tv on 5 August 1961 however was by no means formally archived and presumed misplaced, regardless of persistent rumours that it existed someplace in a non-public assortment.
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It’s one in all solely three recognized full Season 1 episodes to have survived for the reason that authentic broadcast. Misplaced for 55 years, the episode was lastly rediscovered in a non-public movie assortment in 2016 and was recovered by the British tv preservation group Kaleidoscope.
Alan Hayes, the co-author of Two Towards the Underworld, the information to The Avengers Sequence 1, has been researching the cult present during the last eight years.
He says: “Tunnel of Worry is a little bit of a gem. With so little surviving from Sequence 1, and with the opposite episodes which are obtainable hailing from earlier in 1961, it affords a captivating snapshot of the present as its trajectory was starting to vary.
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Hayes provides: “Beforehand, solely one of many present episodes really featured each John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Dr David Keel (Ian Hendry). Hendry was the present’s authentic lead character, and the earliest surviving materials – the primary act of the premiere episode Scorching Snow and the sixth episode Lady on the Trapeze – options him alone (Macnee featured within the second and third acts of Scorching Snow however these stay misplaced).
“By Tunnel of Worry, Steed is extra flamboyant, and regardless of the present nonetheless being a two-hander, it’s changing into patently apparent which character the writers are discovering extra fascinating to put in writing for. It’s no reflection on the skills of Ian Hendry, however his earnest Pimlico-based PC was slightly restricted as a personality in comparison with that of the person from the Ministry with the very twinkle of devilment in his eyes.
“In Tunnel of Worry, followers will see the lacking hyperlink between the John Steed that delivers a furtive briefing to Keel at the back of a London taxi in The Frighteners to the one which they’re aware of from his 1962 adventures alongside Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman).”
The Avengers episode Tunnel of Worry was found in a non-public archive
Now for the primary time ever Avengers followers will have the ability to personal the episode in its entirety on DVD with a number of additional content material.
The episode begins as Harry Black, an escaped convict, bursts into Dr David Keel’s surgical procedure wounded. He claims to have been framed for against the law that he didn’t commit – and begs the physician to not hand him over to the police.
Steed arrives and ascertains that Black has hyperlinks to Southend-on-Sea which could properly tie in with an investigation at the moment being undertaken by his division.
They’re conscious that prime authorities secrets and techniques are being leaked from a enjoyable truthful in Southend, and Black’s story, if true, might presumably cause them to the supply of the operation.
Can Steed and Keel deliver down the operation, show Harry’s innocence and get out of Southend with their lives?
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Alan Hayes factors out that The Tunnel of Worry discover has been one thing of an eye-opener.
He explains: “It occurs to be one in all 9 Sequence 1 Avengers episodes for which no script has survived. After we noticed the episode, it answered many questions that we had about its content material; for example, how a personality turned up at a GP’s surgical procedure in Pimlico after we thought he’d been injured in Southend (the place the majority of Tunnel of Worry is about).
“We got here up with an answer, as did Huge End Productions, who’ve tailored all of the Sequence 1 episodes as audio performs lately – and we each obtained it unsuitable, even when each our explanations have been completely logical. We did our greatest, however there isn’t a substitute for the true factor, as really seeing the episode proved!“
Of the cult standing of the collection Alan provides: “The Avengers was a trailblazing collection that spanned just about the whole lot of the 1960s, arguably essentially the most culturally vital decade in Britain’s latest previous.
The Avengers misplaced episode Tunnel of Worry
“It was a collection that mirrored this vibrant period and moved with it, usually being on the forefront of cultural change, notably in the best way it introduced sturdy feminine lead characters at a time when rival collection have been casting ladies largely as ornament.”
The episode can be launched on DVD with a number of thrilling content material, together with a brand new interview with John Dorney, the author of the Huge End episode, historic interviews with Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee, surviving scripts from Sequence 1 and reconstruction slideshows.
The DVD will even embody an insert 64-page booklet of uncommon stills from the episode and of the celebs of the present, with a foreword by Neil Hendry, Ian Hendry’s nephew, and an essay from Alan Hayes.
Alan Hayes’ guide Two Towards the Underworld is now obtainable from Hidden Tiger.