The Australian Financial Review, 13 March, page 10, Emma Peel and Steed packed a post-modern punch, Liesl Schillinger, Australia.

SFX, April, page 121, Book Reviews, Anthony Brown, England.  Review of The Avengers Dossier.

The Daily Telegraph: Weekend, 23 May, pages 1 and 2, What Makes John Steed The Perfect Englishman?, Patrick Macnee, England. Series and Steed overview.

Handguns, June, pages 68,69,71,72,73, The Sidearms of Emma Peel, Leroy Thompson.  "The glamorous, leather-clad heroine of The Avengers favored surprisingly traditional hardware."  Says it all!!

Cinefantastique vol. 30 #3, July, pages 1,32-57, The Avengers, Alan Jones, James Murray, USA.  Some movie stuff, but mainly TV show-based.  Covers a lot of ground.  (O)

Cinefantastique vol. 30 #4, August, pages 32,33,34,35,36, 37,38,39,40,41, The Avengers, James Murray, Fred Szebin, Alan Jones, USA.  (Mainly movie stuff, but there is a Patrick Macnee interview).  (O)

Mensa Quest, August, cover and pages 10-12, 14, Back With A Vengeance, Sinclair Mackay, England. Intelligent women in The Avengers.

Daily Mirror, 8 August, pages 12 and 13, The Master Avenger, Kevin O'Sullivan, England. Patrick Macnee interview.

The Guardian Guide, 8 August, pages 1,4,5, World Class, Bob Stanley, England.
Avengers Fashion.

TV Guide, 15 August, pages 28,29,30, Posh Spies, Ted Johnson & Vince Cosgrove, USA. Interviews with Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee.  (O)

Hello, 15 August, pages 42,43,44, As 'The Avengers' finally hits the big screen, the original John Steed, Patrick Macnee, shares memories from his home in Palm Springs, Richard Barber, England.

Wales on Sunday, 16 August, pages 2 and 3, Uma's Emma Lacks A-Peel, Maria Williams, Wales. Interview with fashion designer John Bates about the fashions of 'The Avengers' movie.

People Weekly, 24 August, page unknown, Bumber Shooting, author unknown, USA.

Daily Mirror: The Look Magazine, 29 August, page 19, Peeling Back The Years, Steve Clark, England. Diana Rigg interview.

TV and Satellite Week, 29 August, pages 1,4,5, Brolly Good Show, Author Unknown, England. Repeats on Granada Plus, Patrick Macnee interview.  (O)

Sunday Telegraph Magazine, 6 September, pages 1,12,13,14,15, Swinging Sixty, Nigel Farndale, England. Diana Rigg interview - 60th birthday.

Femme Fatales, September, cover and pages 8-15, The Avengers - Diana Rigg On Her Timeless A-Peel, Ronald L. Smith, USA

Femme Fatales, September, pages 20,21, The Avengers - M. Appeal, James Murray, USA. Brian Clemens interview about 'the ladies'.   (O)

Femme Fatales, September, cover and pages 8-15, Steed on M. Appeal, James Murray, USA. Patrick Macnee talks about his favourite Head Postmistresses and Admirals of the Fleet.  (O)

Starlog issue 254, September, pages 24,25,26,27, Honor Role, Steven Eramo, USA. Honor Blackman interview.

Starlog issue 254, September, pages 28 and 29, Avenging Women, Keith Olexa, USA. A look at the other Gels.

Cable Guide, September, page 10, Back With A Vengeance!, Hilary Bonner, England.

SFX, September, page 105, Video Reviews, Nick Setchfield, England.  Review of two Emma Peel videos.

Entrevue, November, pages unknown, Series Cultes supplement, pages unknown (4), author unknown, France.

HQ #61, November 1998, pages 1 & ?, title unknown, author unknown, Australia.

THE AUSTRALIAN, November 11, page 36, Sixties myths keep swinging back, Peter Craven, Australia.
THERE are times when the 1960s seem to provide us with the most abiding mythology. In the past couple of weeks, we have seen the death of the British poet laureate, Ted Hughes -perhaps the most famous poet on Earth because of the abiding fascination of the suicide in 1963 of his wife and fellow poet, Sylvia Plath. And we have seen the release of a film version of The Avengers, the television show that dominates so many memories of the 60s and can seem to sum up the ambiguities of that decade's style
...snip... Ted Hughes material...
* * * I HAVE just tried and failed to find The Avengers in the index of Peter Conrad's history of 20th-century culture Modern Times, Modern Places, which had its Melbourne launch last week -so the reader may conclude that the Tasmanian who jumps from the operas of Richard Strauss to the paintings of Meidner is something of a high culture man. The Avengers -the television show -however, was a rather high and mighty example of the popular thing it was.
One is forcibly reminded of this by the new film with Ralph Fiennes as John Steed and Uma Thurman as Emma Peel.
One of the troubles with the movie is that although there is a fairly energetic effort to create a plot full of Avengers-style whimsies -Sean Connery as a malevolent lord of bad weather, conferences of baddies got up as multi-coloured teddy bears, Eileen Atkins as a gun-toting old maid -the film never comes within cooee of the spoofing zest of the original.
Diana Rigg was trained to do Shakespeare; just at the moment, she's playing 
Phedre in Ted Hughes' translation of the Racine tragedy. Patrick Macnee is quoted in Toby Miller's informative British Film Institute monograph on The Avengers saying that he wasn't a bad substitute for Rex Harrison or David Niven. 
In one way, both Rigg and Macnee were slumming it; they represented the funny (and sexy) clash between a nascent feminism and the sort of ambiguous heterosexuality of the old-style dapper English charmer. 
All of which comes vividly to mind as you read Miller's study, which has the singular advantage of reminding you of why you liked the television show in the first place, even if the combination of fan talk and cultural studies lingo has its odd longueur. 
At times this can lead to a kind of post-Marxist fast-talking political allegory, which would have Steed and Mrs Peel wrinkling their noses in horror. 
"While the post-war Attlee Labour government's form of life seemed to inhabit the self-consciously northern regionalism of BBC policy, Harold Wilson's combination of white-hot technological modernisation with contemporary popular culture informed ITV's espionage's unselfconsciously southern urbanism." Miller is the son of political scientist J. D. B. Miller and the list of thank yous to such warriors of cultural studies as Ian Hunter, Ken Wark, Catherine Lumby and Noel King testifies to the fact that not so long ago he used to profess that discipline at Griffith University. 
This book, which is beautifully illustrated, is the kind of thing Avengers fans will kill for and it can be picked up from the inner urban bookshops. 
If Miller is a bit turgid (and a little too enthused by the S&M genealogy of The Avengers' display of leather) he has certainly done his research and there are some terrific quotes, particularly from Macnee, who says at one point: "I was an 18th century man faced with a 21st-century woman." 

Video Watchdog issue 47, pages 7,8,9, "Mrs Peel... We're digitally remastered.", Tim Lucas, USA, Reviews of First Two A&E Boxed Sets.
NOTE -Several small errors in this piece were corrected in the following issue of Video Watchdog.

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