Daily Mail, 5 January, page 3, Why Billy Walker Got Mixed Up
With The Avengers, Launch for the Alun Hughes collection, England.
Daily Mirror, 5 January, page 7, Such a PHYSICAL QUALITY,
Alun Hughes fashion collection, England.
TV Times issue 585, 12 January, page 6, Dressed For Danger -
That's The Avengers, Patrick Macnee (Pierre Cardin) and Diana Rigg (Alun Hughes)
fashions, Colin Neil McKay, England.
TV Times issue 585, 12 January, page 7, Designing Male,
Interview with Alun Hughes regarding Emma Peel's fashions, Susan
World, 12 January, pages 1 & ?, title unknown, author unknown, England.
Manchester Evening News, January 14th, page3, Max North's
In the first episode of ABC's new series of "The Avengers"
tonight, the sky is literally the limit. Steed and Mrs Peel, played by Patrick
Macnee and Diana Rigg, join the British Venusian Society which plans to land a satellite
on Venus. But the programme title - "From Venus With Love" - does not mean
that the series has gone over to Science Fiction. True, the BVS fears that
mysterious ray attacks which turn people white as they kill them may herald an invasion
from Venus. But with The Avengers nothing is ever quite what it seems, and a
spokesman said; "The new series will continue to deal with the super-normal rather
than the supernatural". Steed and Emma have some fairly hair-raising
adventures in every kind of setting from a graveyard to an optician's consulting room
before they discover the source of the ray.
Magazine, 15 January, pages 1,2,3, The British Spy Series On ABC That Wouldn't Stay
Dead, Frank Judge, USA. The return of The Avengers in colour. Came with the
Washington D.C. Sunday Star.
TV Roundup, 15 January, page 1, no title, no author, USA.
The return of The
Avengers in color. Came with the Chicago Sunday American.
Daily Mail, 17 January, page 6, Why Honor Won't Use The Back Door Again...,
Honor Blackman interview, Barry Norman, England.
Times, 19 January, page 1, cover, no author, England.
Variety, exact date unknown - but sometime during the week
ending January 20, page unknown, The Avengers, author not given, USA.
TV Showtime, 20 January, page 2, Poster of Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, no
TV Guide issue 721, 21 January, pages 1,19,20,21,22, En Garde!, Robert
Musel, USA. Diana Rigg interview.
Daily Mail, 23 January, page 1, Avengers Threatened,
Strike at Elstree,
Production at Elstree of ITV's The Avengers and The Saint is
threatened today. About 100 members of the National Association of Theatrical and Kine
Employees say they will strike if suspended shop stewards are not reinstated.
TV World, 26 January, pages unknown,
villain will have to go... Escape In Time, no author, England.
Daily Mail, 4 February, page 1, The Avengers Pack Is Here,
clothes go on sale, England, Continued inside.
Daily Mail, 4 February, pages 4 and 5, In Oxford Street yesterday seventeen
Avengers and everyone is dressed to kill, Alun Hughes clothes go on sale,
Tele Radio, 13 February, pages 10 to 15, Los
Vengadores Nueva Serie De Telefilms, author unknown, Spain.
Weekly, 13 February, pages unknown, title unknown, article on Avengers fashion,
author unknown, New Zealand.
Tornado, 25 February, page unknown, Avengers Quiz, no author, England.
Daily Mail, 7 March, page 1, First of the million see the great homes show...,
Daily Mail Ideal Homes Show with Avengers features, Vincent Mulchrone, England
...The Electricity Council shows you Diana Rigg's all-electric kitchen, which is
a wow at £3600. Miss Rigg, star of The Avengers pottered around there decoratively
yesterday. Plus photo: 'Avengers' girl Diana Rigg in her kitchen.
TV Times, 9 March,
page 12, Tivvy Club: Digging Up The Family Tree, author unknown,
England. Children's article using bits from an earlier TV Times
Patrick Macnee piece.
Daily Mail, 10 March, page 12, For Eating,
Cooking and Talking... Diana's Kitchen is in the all star Style, Diana
Rigg's kitchen at the Daily Mail Ideal Homes Exhibition, England.
Weekly, 13 March, page unknown, title unknown, author unknown, Avengers
article, New Zealand.
TV Times issue 594, 16 March, page 5, All Tied Up With Patrick Macnee,
Interview with Patrick Macnee (and Harry H. Corbett) regarding their hatred of
Dave Lanning, England.
TV News, 25 March, pages 7,8 and 9,
Pretty Much Me, Author unknown, USA.
Weekly, 27 March, page unknown, title unknown, Patrick Macnee Avengers article,
author unknown, New Zealand.
Daily Mail, 28 March, page 5, Dollars
Double Emma's Work, More episodes sold to the USA, Daily Mail Reporter,
Radio, ?March, 2 pages unknown, Modelo y Estrella, author unknown,
Spain. Diana Rigg piece.
Playboy, March, page 143, The Avengers:
Jolly Good Show, part of the On The Scene section for hip young bachelors,
Week, April 6, Diana Brushes Up Her Shakespeare - But she's a judo girl at
heart, pages unknown (2), author unknown, Australia.
TV World, 6 April,
page 19, His Old Living Could Be The Death Of Him, no author, England.
Punch, 12 April, page 539, Criticism: Television, Review of
'Epic', J. E.
In a series such as The Avengers (ABC) confident
flamboyance is essential. In its prosperous old age the programme seemed to have
lost this, but the other week something of the old panache returned in Epic by Brian
Clemens. Here ex-movie-director Z. Z. Von Schnerk (Kenneth J. Warren), resembling a
crazy Von Stroheim, kidnaps Mrs Peel to star in a homicidal, all-purpose epic. This
is made up of a bit of Bergman, sundry fragrant memories of Scarface and horse-opera and a
final Hammer-blow of Gothic horror featuring a circular saw. Peter Wyngarde and Isa
Miranda enjoyed themselves with thirteen disguises apiece. This is the way I
should like to remember The Avengers, when Macnee has handed in his bowler and
Miss Rigg her mini-skirt, after vengeance is finally theirs.
TV Times issue 598, 13 April, page 6, From The North This Week,
Introductory paragraph for the second run of Rigg colour episodes, England.
Avengers. Back on Saturday is The Avengers, now seven years old, and one of the most
consistently successful, internationally-sold, British television series. It was
nominated for an Emmy award in the United States earlier this year and has millions of
fans in Australia, Canada, Spain, Germany and many other countries. What is the
secret of The Avengers success? Elegant Patrick Macnee, who plays John Steed,
insisted: "It's all due to the girls. Two completely independently-minded,
absolutely wonderful females have been the success of The Avengers - or at least a great
part of it." Patrick's leading lady Diana Rigg, who, as Emma Peel, took over in
The Avengers after actress Honor Blackman left, put it this way: "Patrick has been
marvellous. The series has been successful, I think, because we have broken away
from the stereotype. We have inverted the usual ideas and added humour to the
inversion. (Plus a photocaption: Feminine... but tough: that's Diana
Rigg's formula for success as Emma Peel in The Avengers)
Daily Mail, 14 April, page 1, Diana Rigg To Quit The Avengers,
To Quit The Avengers, Daily Mail Reporter, England.
Daily Mirror, 14 April, page 10, Emma Peel Is To Quit TV's 'The Avengers',
Diana Rigg leaving The Avengers, England.
Century 21, 15 April 2067, page unknown, Corgi Model Club News: Cars of
the Stars no.1, no author, England.
Record Song Book, April, page unknown, "a snippet", author unknown,
Daily Mail, 30 May, page 1, Honor says 'No More Avengers',
turns down guest appearances, England
Honor Blackman, the first Avengers
girl, has rejected offers to make guest appearances in the show. Last night the 38-year
old star, who played leather-clad judo expert Cathy Gale in the ITV thriller series, said:
"There's nothing new to get out of it - I want to go forward, not backward". The
show's present star, Diana Rigg, 28, wants to leave the series later this year.
Daily Mail, 2 June, page 3, TV Column, Review, England.
TV Tornado comic, 3 June, page 2, TV Tornado Flash Point, Ed
FASHION note - Look at Patrick Macnee's feet next time you
see The Avengers. He isn't always wearing boots as he used to. "A Chelsea boot is too
high under flared trousers," Patrick told me.
TV Times, 8 June,
page unknown, "Suave...", no author, England. Patrick
Telegram, 9 June, page unknown, Miss Rigg Needs Very Tall Leading Men,
Robert Musel, Canada.
TV Guide issue 741, 10 June, pages 28,29,30,31, Diana Rigg and The Emmapeeler,
author unknown, USA. Photo-spread of Avengers fashions.
TV Tornado comic, 10 June, page 2, TV Tornado Flash Point, Ed
MOST schoolboys hate ties; the things usually manage to
wind up in a knot behind the ear! Well, take heart, fellows. That suave man-about-town,
Patrick Macnee agrees with you. "I hate ties," he said. "I mean, what
earthly use are they? I never wear one. Cravats are a different matter..." Go rather
nicely with school uniform, too!
Daily Mail, 30 June, page 3, TV Column, England
have The Avengers back again with their individual brand of hokum. The formula has become
totally predictable now - series of mysterious disappearances, search for link between
them, unmasking of master criminal. But the show still has more charm than it's rivals,
thanks entirely to Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. What they prove so well is that
style and wit in the stars of a thriller series can make up for any amount of nonsense in
TV Tornado comic, 1 July, page 2, TV Tornado Flash Point, Ed
Dozens of stars go to a gym to keep fit. Roger (The Saint)
Moore, for instance, Avenger Patrick Macnee, Eamonn Andrews and Danger Man Patrick
McGoohan. They have to, because being fit is part of their job. Their livelihood depends
12 July 1967, pages 1 & ?, title unknown, author unknown, England.
Piece about the cost of advertising on the television.
Mirror, 15 July, page 12,13, Emma Gives The Suit Cat Appeal, no
EMMA PEELER is the title they give
the "cat suit" worn by Diana Rigg - and there are no prizes for
guessing why. This is the genuine article as worn by Diana in her
up-and-at-'em rôle of Emma Peel in ABC-TV's The Avengers, which returns to
British and American screens in the autumn. The suit, made of stretch
crimplene, is available in shops throughout the country, and designer Alun
Hughes says that it is ideal for work or leisure. Diana is just back
from a trip to Germany with co-star Patrick Macnee, where The Avengers are
not only a red-hot property, but one of the first programmes to be screened
in the German colour service, which starts next month.
TV Tornado comic, 22 July, page 2, TV Tornado Flash Point, Ed
Curious the ruts that actors get into. Clifford Earl, seen
recently in No Hiding Place, has a habit of meeting nasty deaths in his roles. He was
blown to pieces in a car in The Rat Catchers, shot with a poison dart in The Saint, killed
in a plane crash in Orlando and blown 19ft. across a room by an Elizabethan sporting
pistol in The Avengers. "I just seem to get these sort of things", says
Clifford. No wonder that off screen he follows quiet pursuits. "Angling is my
speciality", he says. "It's very peaceful".
TV Tornado comic, 29 July, page 2, TV Tornado Flash Point, Ed
Is there something about the name Patrick? I don't know -
but I do know a lot of Patrick's seem to be getting starring roles in TV series. There was
Patrick Allen in Crane, Patrick Macnee in The Avengers, Patrick Wymark in The Power Game,
Patrick McGoohan in Danger Man. And now here comes Patrick Mower in Haunted....
TV Tornado comic, 29 July, page 12, Ed Storm's Postbag, Ed
IN THE latest series of The Avengers, Steed owns two
vintage Bentleys. Your readers might like to know the registration of the vehicles. His
green Bentley is YK 8152; his red, supercharged, Bentley is RX 2186, while Emma's powder
blue Lotus Élan is SJH 499D, her previous one being HNK 998C. Steed's YK is a London mark
and RX is a Berkshire mark. Both Emma's are Hertfordshire marks... B. SMITH, Cavendish
Street, Harrogate, Yorks.
31 July, page unknown, Emma Peel: Ich hasse schöne Männer!, author
7 Jours, ?July, pages 82,83, Diana Rigg A Renonce A Shakespeare Pour Le
Karate, author unknown, France.
14 August 1967, pages 1 & unknown, title unknown, author unknown, Germany.
Weekly, 4 September 1967, pages unknown, title unknown, Will Diana Rigg
stay on as Emma Peel?, author unknown, New Zealand.
Free Press: Television Section, 7 September, page unknown, title unknown,
Bettelou Peterson, USA. (Note: this is only The Avengers part
of a larger piece)
The "season" started Tuesday as the first of the new shows
debuted. Now comes the howls from people who suddenly realize the "favorite"
program isn't going to be around anymore. Loudest protests are from
"The Avengers" fans, a small but steady group who enjoyed the
high-styled English-made series. ABC has used it twice as a "Second
Season" sub for some disaster. This year there is no word of
"Avengers" in the wings for January. And if it should be
resurrected, it would have to be in reruns. The show is no longer in
production. Diana Rigg: who was Mrs. Peel did not want to do another year
and would have had to be replaced. (She was the second Mrs. Peel.
Honor Blackman originated the part.) Patrick Macnee, who was Steed, is
heading for New York looking for work."
Times, 21 September, page unknown, "Emma isn't me", says Diana Rigg,
author unknown, England. (London region)
Daily Mail, 27 September, page 1, "Emma, or Helena, being just
Diana", (Avengers returning Friday)", England.
28 - Season Five: Episode Seventeen - Return
Of The Cybernauts
TV Times issue 622, 28 September, pages
1, 15, Style With A Smile,
The completion of the Rigg colour episodes, England.
Loosely speaking, The
Avengers keep the scales of justice fairly well balanced. The weight often comes
down on the side of the bizarre, the offbeat, the unexpected. Their justice is
sometime rough. But the adventures of Emma Peel and John Steed usually end just like
the picture (left). With Emma (Diana Rigg) and Steed (Patrick Macnee) smiling,
immaculate, stylish. And, metaphorically, with tongues still fixed firmly in
cheeks. The new series of The Avengers has now been completed. Diana and Pat
are engaged in other pursuits. For Diana: the part of Helena in the film version of
"A Midsummer Night's Dream," on location in Warwickshire. Patrick is
holidaying in the United States (New York first, then on to California) with his
World, 28 September, pages 1 & ?(1), Avengers Return With The Robots, author
5 - Season Five: Episode Eighteen - Death's
TV Times issue 623, 5 October, page 55, In Next Week's TV Times,
Tantalising preview for the upcoming Diana Rigg profile and interview, England.
more is there to say about Diana Rigg one of the most publicised actresses in television?
We'll tell you - starting next week... The author is Henry Gris. Top name American
journalist. He arranged a world tour to meet the famous. On it, he came to England for one
story only - the stars of The Avengers. This is the first of them... to be followed at a
later date by his series on Patrick Macnee.
12 - Season Five: Episode Nineteen - The
TV Times issue 624, 12 October, pages 4,5,6
and 7, The Girl Behind Emma Peel, Diana Rigg profile and interview,
Tele Guia, 12 October, pages unknown, La Pareja De Vanguardia: John Steed y Emma
19 - Season Five: Episode Twenty - Dead
TV Times issue 625, 19 October, pages 12-?, The
Girl Behind Emma Peel - Part Two, Diana Rigg interview and profile part two,
Henry Gris, England.
Daily Mirror, 20 October, page 7, "Enter Linda, The New Avenger",
Linda Thorson is introduced to the press, England.
You know the
man, of course, by his brolly and his bowler. Patrick Macnee, who plays Avenger John
Steed. Now meet the girl poised so elegantly at the other end of his umbrella in
London yesterday. His new leading lady, Linda Thorson. Canadian-born Linda,
20, was chosen from 200 actresses to take over when Diana Rigg quits the popular ITV
series "The Avengers." She will play Tara King, a wealthy farmer's
daughter. But as producer John Bryce said last night, she'll be more likely to hit
her opponents with her handbag than fell them with the old karate chop. For out go
the kinky boots, leather gear and the judo of Miss Rigg's Emma Peel. Instead: a
"soft, sexy look" and fashions from the Twenties.
Daily Mail, 21 October, page 8, "As the girls keep going by,
does the eternal Avenger ever feel jealous?", Patrick Macnee interview, Lynda
TV Tornado comic, 21 October, page 12, Star Spot, Ed Storm,
IAN HENDRY, who stars as Alex Lambert in The Informer was also
Patrick Macnee's original partner in The Avengers. Born in Ipswich of Scottish parents,
Ian is one of the best young actors in the country. He is married to actress Janet Munro
and they live on an island in the Thames.
26 - Season Five: Episode Twenty One - You
Have Just Been Murdered
TV Times issue 626, 26 October, pages 16 and
17, The Girl Behind Emma Peel - Part Three, Diana Rigg interview and profile,
Henry Gris, England.
Daily Mail, 30 October, page 3, Sharp
change of image for Avenger girl, Brian Dean, England.
Variety, exact date unknown - but sometime
towards the end of October, 1967, page unknown, review
of The Return of the Cybernauts, author unknown, USA.
3 - Season Five: Episode Twenty Two - The
Positive Negative Man
TV Times issue 628, 9 November, pages 18 and 19, Unknown, Unknown,
10 - Season Five: Episode Twenty Three - Murdersville
17 - Season Five: Episode Twenty Four - Mission...
4 December, pages 6,7,8,9,10, "Emma, laß uns nicht im Stich!",
author unknown, Germany. The readers of Bravo
magazine have their telephone questions answered by Diana Rigg.
4 December, page 71, Bravo: Star Schnitt: Emma Peel, no author,
Germany. Section of a cut-out-and-keep, almost life-sized
poster of Diana Rigg as Emma Peel.
TV Times issue 632, 7 December, pages 16 and 17, Article on 'top
dressers of television' features Patrick Macnee and Ian Hendry, Unknown, England.
Caption - Patrick Macnee, always emerging elegant, suave and uncrumpled; Ian
Hendry, always looking pressed, tailored and vital...
Daily Mail, 9 December, page 9, Matrons in mink make the scene with
Mr. Frost, Diana Rigg attends David Frost book launch, England.
York Sunday News, National Edition Section, 10 December, page 4, The Switch
to the Non-Violent Female, Bob Lardine, USA.
Francisco Examiner and Chronicle: Datebook, 24 December, page unknown, A
Lanky, Long-Haired Lass is Leaving Miss Peel Behind, Maris Ross, USA.
25 December 1967, page 1 & ?, title unknown, author unknown, Germany. Diana
Rigg appears on this cover with a bevy of beautiful people.