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Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Avengers - Season 4 (1965-1966)


What is the show about?

The Avengers was made and broadcast in Great Britain, selling overseas from Season 4 onwards, with ABC in the United States networking The Avengers for four years. The Cathy Gale seasons were not seen in the US until 1991. The New Avengers, made in Great Britain, France and Canada, enjoyed modest worldwide sales, being picked up by CBS in the US two years after it had aired in Britain.

Who created the series?
Sydney Newman, Director of Drama for the Associated British Corporation in 1960 devised the series title, main characters and premise. Brian Clemens co-authored The Avengers pilot, 'Hot Snow,' based on Newman's ideas.

Where was it produced and broadcast?
The Avengers was made and broadcast in Great Britain, selling overseas from Season 4 onwards, with ABC in the United States networking The Avengers for four years. The Cathy Gale seasons were not seen in the US until 1991. The New Avengers, made in Great Britain, France and Canada, enjoyed modest worldwide sales, being picked up by CBS in the US two years after it had aired in Britain.

How long did the series run?
The original series ran for seven seasons lasting roughly half a year each, premiering on 7 January 1961 and ending on 14 September 1969. The sequel series, The New Avengers, ran from 1976 to 1977.

When and why did the series end?
Production was forced to close down in February 1969 when American television declined to order further episodes following the Tara King season's poor performance against its competition, Laugh-In. The series had been reliant upon American money to keep afloat.

Who owns the rights to the series?
Canal+Image International owns the rights to The Avengers and The New Avengers TV shows and control home video distribution, broadcasts and merchandise. Patrick Macnee has approval rights for any merchandise bearing a likeness of himself as John Steed. Jerry Weintraub Productions of Burbank, California (producers of The Avengers movie) owns The Avengers format, so new productions and publications have to be cleared with them.

Who did the music for the show?
Jazz musician Johnny Dankworth composed the music for the David Keel and Cathy Gale eras. Noted film score composer Laurie Johnson composed the music for all of the Emma Peel and Tara King episodes, with the assistance of Howard Blake for the latter. Johnson composed the music for and also co-produced The New Avengers.

Who designed the fashions?
Fashion designer Michael Whittaker created a wardrobe of snug-fitting leather fighting gear for Honor Blackman, which is reputed to have begun the 'leather craze.' John Bates' kinky designs for the Emma Peel era became a line of clothing, unveiled at the Courtaulds Fashion Theatre, London, in August of 1965. Alun Hughes then made his fashion mark by inventing the 'Emmapeeler,' the slinky crepe catsuits first seen when the series went to color. He and Harvey Gould designed the fashions for the Tara King era. Beginning with the first color season, Patrick Macnee's suits were designed by Pierre Cardin.

Read all about The Avengers at ~ theavengers.tv ~

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