I'll be posting reviews here for The Avengers radio series which transmitted between 6 December 1971 and 28 December 1973 on Springbok Radio, the English-language service radio of South Africa.
The Avengers were played by two British actors, Donald Monat as Steed and Diane Appleby as Mrs Peel, with Hugh Rouse as the witty narrator between scenes.
Only 20 stories have been 'found' from the series, one of which (Escape in Time) is only partially recovered. The recordings are of varying quality, but all have been lovingly treated and restored and are available free as mp3 files.
Somebody is leaking secrets from the Carmadoc research institute and suspicion falls upon Steed, who has been spending time there to help them with their security set-up. He is accordingly put under rather luxurious house arrest with Mother, spending his hours drinking champers whilst floating on an inflatable in the pool.
Mrs Peel teams up with the straight-laced Watney Watney to investigate not only the leaked secrets, but a couple of strange deaths where the only clues are broken mirrors at the scene.
The trail soon leads to a mysterious lighthouse where the (of course) eccentric 'Colonel' resides with his posh, well-educated man servant and a rugged fisherman.
Sound quality = 5 out of 10, but it gets better by episode 4 and despite the poor early sound you soon tune-out anyway because this is great fun. And all is forgiven anyway because it was probably restored from old reel tape....and it's 50 years old!
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