Just started this, listened to 5.1 Nightmare on the commute. Really impressed with this one and Dan Starkey's adaptation has plenty of grit with enough else going on to make the story work well (obviously the original has a lot to do with it). The villains were suitable nasty without quite dropping into panto mode. Roll on the journey home!
Also nice to have a story where Dr Keel's medical knowledge was centre stage in a natural fashion, and Steed was far more of a secondary part
I have loved this latest set. But then, I've loved them all. When BF first announced they had acquired the licence, I wasn't too sure what to expect. To be honest, I got the first set as a curiosity. But it's wonderful, gritty, witty stuff - a series of great standalone capers, finely produced. Although you can hear Steed slowly becoming more like the caddish fellow I remember from the Emma Peel days, he is so much more real in these earlier stories.
My favourite story might be 'Diamond Cut Diamond'. Quite apart from being a cracking story, it features a momentarily more vulnerable Steed - it is interesting and very different to hear him not 'on top of things'.
I've now listened to Girl on the Trapeze, an intriguing Steed-free story showing how the programme could have evolved, then Crescent Moon with Steed firmly back in centre stage. Two very contrasting tales, both very well done. One more to go!
Post by Sir Wearer of Hats on Jan 30, 2016 6:10:08 GMT
It does make a sort of sense, it's an Upper-Class Englishman pretending to be a lower-class Australian and making an educate, recieved pronoun cuatro mess of it. But then, some folks here in Australia think Tegan's accent is OTT, while to me (who basically lives and works in the area Tegan is supposed to have grown up in, and where Janet did go to school) sounds perfectly ordinary (in fact, if she was supposed to have lived in Caloundra, like she said she did in King of Terror, she'd have been born in Nambour Hospital, just like me and my brother!)
what a quality set. Loved all 4 stories equally. The standard was so top notch that I found it hard to pick a favourite. It honestly reminded me why I fell in love with the avengers range in the first place. Looking forward to getting round to buy volume 3and 4 when my money situation is a bit easier (or better still a sale). Shame that the missing range is winding down after this with only 6 episodes left.
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