I spy: TV turns back the clock with the return of The Avengers.
Classic British spy series The Avengers comes to Jones!too this week, picking up the story from season four with the arrival of Diana Rigg as Emma Peel (above, pictured with Patrick Macnee). We take a look at some of the things you might have forgotten ab
1. Patrick Macnee insisted that his character, John Steed, should not use a gun, opting instead for his own idea of the iconic umbrella sword. Macnee felt that guns reminded him too much of his own military service. 2. John Steed was inspired by a combination of elements from Patrick Macnee’s life. The quintessential English spy is a mashup of Macnee’s posh father and the gruff commanding officer comes from his navy days. 3. Unfortunately, much of the first series has been lost and is thought to be gone forever. Only the first 22 minutes of the first episode has been saved along with a few other random episodes which are being preserved by a private collector. 4. The Avengers was the first British television show to be sold to an American network. However, because the creators refused to tone down the violence to fit in with American primetime guidelines, the show initially aired at 11.30pm. 5. to with To In give incorporate 1965, “man Steed writers appeal”. a partner this wanted character’s concept into name, the they came up with Samantha Peel (which could be shortened to the awkward Mantha Peel). The name was reworked into M. Appeal and eventually became Emma Peel.
6. Diana Rigg, who played the catsuit-wearing Emma Peel, is most recognisable to a younger audience as