Tele Series issue 11, January, pages 18,19,20,21,22,23, Chapeau Melon et Bottes De Cuir Premiere Partie, Jean-Michel Dupont, France.   Good, solid overview of the series.

Tele Series issue 12, February, pages 16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23, Chapeau Melon et Bottes De Cuir Deuxieme Partie, Jean-Michel Dupont, France.   Good, solid overview of the series.

Daily Telegraph: Weekend Telegraph, 20 August, page unknown, How the swashbucklers slipped on the soap, Jeffrey Richards, England.  Review of ITV Encyclopaedia of Adventure.

Mail On Sunday, 25 September, page unknown, Who Likes What: Patrick Macnee, author unknown, England.
One well-thumbed favourite that's been a good friend and companion since my early twenties is Kilvert's Diary.  Francis Kilvert, a rural curate, faithfully kept a diary from 1870-79.   He recorded, beautifully and simply, details of his days.  And while his thoughts may have been directed towards Heaven, he loved life.  This is reflected in his descriptions of nature and the countryside and vivid portraits of people.  His diary has travelled the world with me and, as I've dipped into its pages with unfailing pleasure, they have always brought England a little closer.

Grimsby Evening Telegraph, 27 September, page unknown, It's pure magic!, Jerry Lawton, England.
AVENGERS star John Steed took a night off from his dangerous do-or-die missions to speak at the Evening Telegraph's first Literary Dinner.
The handsome TV star, alias top actor Patrick Macnee, joined dolphin expert Horace Dobbs and Jackie Alliss to bring a touch of magic to the Winter Gardens, in Cleethorpes, last night. <snip> For heroic actor Patrick Macnee, it was television commercials that changed his life.
He told how celebrated actors like himself who needed a bit of cash would jet around the world to do a commercial for roll-on deodorant in far-off places expecting English fans never to see it.
"It's fine until you find a bus of tourists from the country you did the advert in," he said.
"You become a hero through adverts, I am currently promoting fresh breath capsules," he joked.
He praised the rekindled interest in English-born actors in Hollywood where burly figures such as Edward Woodward parade the screen and dominate the ratings.
"It is nice to know that Hollywood is still magic," he added.
His autobiography is intriguingly titled Blind In One Ear.

Daily Mail, 29 September, page unknown, The Racy Steed, Maureen Owen, England.
(Review of Blind in One Ear).  ACTORS often lead a bit of a dog's life, misunderstood by their wives (three in Patrick Macnee's case), frequently on the dole and hitting the bottle for at least one disastrous period in their career.  Macnee was no exception, writes Maureen Owen.  Bundled off to boarding school at the age of five, his outrageous parents provided a background where the odd or incongruous became the norm.  His horse trainer father bolted to India (from where he was subsequently kicked out) and his aristocratic Mamma went Bohemian in London.   It is certainly to Patrick Macnee's credit that this racy memoir contains no whinging, no actorly recriminations, and no pretension.  He describes himself as a common mummer rather than a talented actor and The Avengers remains the high spot of his career.

Mail on Sunday, 2 October, page unknown, Making a cool Avenger, Richard Heller, England.
TWELVE years ago I lounged with Patrick Macnee in the hot tub of his elegant ranch-house in Palm Springs, California and urged him to write his autobiography.  At last the Avenger Speaks!  Blind In One Ear is Patrick Macnee's crowded story.  It could almost be called John Steed: Behind The Mask.  The book is rich in anecdotes.  Some are heroic; he rescued eight chimpanzees from the blazing home of Hollywood's leading animal trainer.  Some less so: the 18-vodka aeroplane ride with Richard Burton.  But what sets aside this book is the quality of Patrick Macnee's writing about his crazy childhood.  His father was an alcoholic racehorse trainer whose main contribution to his son was inside tips for the illicit book he ran at Eton.  His mother was a beautiful eccentric who took him to live with a rich lesbian called Evelyn.  Jealous of Patrick, Evelyn had a stab at turning him into a woman and then packed him off to school.  Patrick Macnee seems to have spent his early childhood as an unconsidered pawn in a game played by capricious adults.  To stay calm in their midst must have been the perfect training for the imperturbably John Steed.

Manchester Metro News, 7 October, page 10, Licence To Charm, Susan Press, England. Patrick Macnee interview.

Daily Mirror, 10 October, page 5, Smoothie Steed's So Dishonourable, Author Unknown, England. 'News' story regarding Patrick Macnee's lust for Honor Blackman extracted from 'Blind In One Ear'

Manchester Evening News, 18 October, pages 30,31, Trusty Steed, John Robert-Blunn, England.

Worcester Evening News, 24 October, Acting The Fool, Julie Cockcroft, England.  Patrick Macnee interview.

idols issue two, uncertain date in 1988, pages 21,22,23,24, The Avengers, Dave Rogers, England.   Patrick Macnee interview.


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