30 September, pages 8,9,10,11,14,17,19, The Patrick Macnee Story - Part
One: Why I put money before my children, Patrick Macnee, England.
7 October, pages 9,10,11,15,19, The Patrick Macnee Story - Part Two: My days
of immaculate poverty, Patrick Macnee, England.
Daily Mirror, 9 October, page 1,
Exclusive in The Mirror! Meet the New Avengers in a new serial written
especially for you! Start reading the New Avengers on Monday, no author,
England. Front page ad
Mirror, 11 October, pages 16,17, The Sleeping Dragon: Part One,
Brian Clemens, England. Part One of an exclusive New Avengers
Mirror, 12 October, page 21, The Sleeping Dragon: Part Two - Steed
Sees Dead Men Grow Old, Brian Clemens, England. Part Two of
an exclusive New Avengers serial.
Mirror, 13 October, page 21, The Sleeping Dragon: Part Three - Enter
a Killer in a Packing Case, Brian Clemens, England. Part
Three of an exclusive New Avengers serial.
Mirror, 14 October, page 21, The Sleeping Dragon: Part Four - Race
Against The Clock, Brian Clemens, England. Part Four of an
exclusive New Avengers serial.
TV Times, 14 October, pages 1,
21,23,25,26,27, The Patrick Macnee Story - Part Three: Sex and John Steed - the truth
revealed, Patrick Macnee, England.
Times, 11 November, pages 4,5,6,7, The Lovely Miss Lumley...an Avenger
Fighting Stardom, author unknown, England.
Times, 11 November, page 34, Dave Lanning's In View: Vladek and his Curtain
Call, Dave Lanning, England.
A FAMILIAR FACE in dozens of cinematic Iron Curtain spy dramas, Polish-born
actor Vladek Sheybal has his own personal, and diplomatically downstage
East-West escape story.
He didn't jump the Iron Curtain. He wasn't involved in one of those
Bondish midnight handover ceremonies. He sort of slipped underneath while
no one was really looking.
"As a young Polish actor, I won an Oscar award and part of my prize, given
by the Ministry of Culture, was to spend two weeks in Paris and in London to
study French and English," he explained.
"But I liked it so much in England, I just stayed on. Originally it
was to be only for two years. But it is 18 years now and I consider myself
very English," said Vladek at home in Fulham.
"I didn't defect. It was nothing political. I just liked it
Since becoming a British citizen he has been rather pigeon-holed playing baddies
with Eastern European accents, although he appears as Zacardi, an unusually
compelling little bird-man in this week's New Avengers story Cat Amongst The
He's divorced (his ex-wife is a member of the Polish National Theatre in
Warsaw), a dedicated loner who loves to paint and write plays (none yet sold in
this country, but several in Germany). He speaks, in addition to his
native tongue and English, fluent German, Italian and French and is resigned to
being vaguely recognised as a face, rather than a name.
"I don't mind," he said. "I'm a shy, inconspicuous little
But he's still managed to breach the Iron Curtain on a ministerial subsidy,
which is a twist...
Times, 18 November, pages 10,11,12,13, The Joanna Lumley Story - Part Two: My
Years of Champagne, Nudity and Tears, author unknown, England.
Times, 18 November, pages 10,11,12,13, Dave Lanning's In View, Dave
Ah, Show business. German-born actor Frederick Jaeger started out in
the leading role of Bradshaw in Target, this week's episode of The New Avengers,
sat around for two week in pouring rain and ended as little more than an
extra! His contract limited him to two weeks work so when the rain came to
ruin the schedule of location filming he only had enough time left to play the
minor role of a character called Jones. Roy Boyd took over the Bradshaw
part. "Circumstances beyond our control," explained Avengers
executive Brian Clemens. "Sometimes you can't beat the British
Times, 18 November, page 91, We Make Steed Talk, no author,
England. Advert for 'The New Avengers TV Times Souvenir Extra'
Times, 25 November, page 34, Dave Lanning's In View: The Old, New Avenger,
Dave Lanning, England.
THERE'S A certain poetic quality about the guest appearance of Ian Hendry in
this week's episode of The New Avengers: To Catch A Rat. For, back
in 1960 Hendry was one of the original Avengers; in fact the programme developed
from his own series called Police Surgeon.
"Rather eerie going back after 16 years and seeing Steed's same bowler
hat," said Hendry. "I left when the show was at its peak because
I've always believed in keeping moving. And inevitably when you keep
moving you go around in the odd circle."
Poetic, too, that immediately before returning to The New Avengers set,
Hendry had been out on tour for three months with a play called Motive with
another Avengers "original", Honor Blackman.
Hendry has certainly broken a lot of new ground since he was Dr. Geoffrey Brent
in the old run. He's done seven different television series (including The
Informer, Probation Officer and The Lotus Eaters), he turned
down a chance of becoming the filmic James Bond, pre-empted Alfie in the film Live
Now-Pay Later and is still restlessly plumbing his own talents and
discovering new depths.
He has been writing poetry himself. Music, too. He's jotted down
enough poetic prose to fill five small volumes ("or one large one"),
has completed 10 songs (two of which are under consideration by Sammy Davis
Jr.). "Writing both is a complete release for me," he
said. "I'm hitting the pencil these days, instead of the bottle, and
Final poetic coincidence about Hendry's Avengers return: in To Catch A
Rat he plays a circus trapeze artist. And his very first experience in
show business was as a stooge to Coco the Clown.
Times, 25 November, page 34, Secrets of the Avenger girls, no author, England.
Advert for the TV Times Souvenir Extra..
Weekly News, 27 November, page 19, That
Diet Works Wonders For Patrick, Rex King, England.
Look-in, 4 December, pages 1 &
centre, no title, no author, England. Front cover and pin-up of The New Avengers.
Times, 9 December, pages 14,15,16, Girls, Stop Chasing Me Says Avenger Gareth
Hunt, author unknown, England.
Times, 16 December, pages 4,5,6,7, The man who taught The New Avengers
how to fight, Ken Roche, England.
Autocar, 25 December, pages 1 & 2
unknown internal, The Big Copy Cat - How The New Avengers came to have a Jaguar racing
replica, Chris Goffey, England.