For those interested in our much-acclaimed recreations of lost episodes of The Avengers - this weekend's for you!
Fans of cult TV will be only too aware of missing episodes - lost moments of classic television which may never be seen again. The 1961 series of TV classic The Avengers is just such a case: the beginning of a huge TV legend now virtually absent from the archives.
In early 2014, Big Finish embarked on a quest to recreate the entire first series of The Avengers episodes based on surviving materials - which ranged from stills and scripts, to TV listings and detective work! Writer John Dorney even recently guested at a Missing Presumed Wiped event to talk about the epic work involved in bringing these lost stories to audio life.
This weekend you can share the adventure, as the first four volumes are available at special offer prices of £15 on Download and £20 on CD each, or all four bundled at £56 or £75 respectively.
These volumes include the episodes Hot Snow, Brought to Book, Square Root of Evil, One for the Mortuary, Ashes of Roses, Please Don't Feed the Animals, The Radioactive Man, Dance With Death, The Springers, The Yellow Needle, Double Danger, Toy Trap, Kill The King, A Change of Bait, Hunt the Man Down, and Dead of Winter, starring Julian Wadham as John Steed, Anthony Howell as Dr Keel, and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Carol Wilson.
These offers last until mid-day (UK time) on Monday 6th February. Check out all of our Avengers titles here, including our recent Steed & Peel Comic Adaptations, and some free excerpts to download
Think it's worth mentioning that if you are in the UK and a Download only customer, it's cheaper to buy Vol1-4 separately this weekend instead of the bundle as you get the 10% off (over £50 purchase). Works out at £54 instead of £56 - not much, but still a further saving. CD orders work out £1 more expensive because of the postage contribution so stick to the bundle if you want CDs (£76 instead of £75).
"I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star."
To those who have been sitting on the fence when it comes to this series, do yourselves a favour and take advantage of this sale. These are by far some of the strongest items BF has produced over the past few years.
You won't regret getting these wonderful box sets.
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Definitely recommend to anyone curious. The first volume alone is worth it for those who wanted to know this classic series' origins. I especially love the interviews with John Dorney about trying to piece together a series that isn't entirely well-archived. It gives a nice perspective on the huge gap between restoring 'lost' Doctor Who stories (which have been well preserved through scripts, audio, novelizations, and more) and the effort involved in restoring The Avengers' first series (to which at times there weren't even scripts available).
Bonus for the fact that the cast wisely chose not to recreate the original cast, but instead made the characters their own. I wouldn't dare imagine anyone trying to outdo Patrick Macnee, but Julian Wadham instead does a great job capturing the charm of John Steed in his own unique way. (Plus, the first series has Colin Baker, and who doesn't love Baker?)
That said, I haven't gotten volume 4 yet, so this sale is a nice little surprise for me!