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The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (2013)
For North American admirers of The Avengers, October 8th marks the date for the DVD release by Lionsgate of every one of the acclaimed Diana Rigg episodes.
There are those who believe that the first Patrick Macnee / Diana Rigg season, in sparkling black and white, was the high point of The Avengers. Its dazzling design, staging, lighting, inspired writing, and above all the superbly executed, seemingly synchronized performances of Macnee and Rigg, along with a parade of characters, ensured a place in television history. The second season, in glorious colour, was an exciting realization of the wonders of shooting on film, with more locations, more cinematic action sequences, more extraordinary characters and even more imaginative story-telling.
This new collection, featuring a brand-new design based upon the Optimum release in the U.K., comprises 16 DVDs and is available at Amazon.com for only $49.98.
Avengers Trading Cards
Patrick is please to offer thirty autographed The Avengers trading cards from his personal collection. You can find them on the Cards page. Note that there is only one of each available.
Cool Britannia Indeed
To celebrate a banner year in Great Britain the Queens 60th, the Olympic Games, and the 50th anniversary of The Avengers – we are offering autographed copies of The Avengers: The Inside Story, written by Patrick Macnee and Dave Rogers.
This was Patricks second book (previously titled The Avengers and Me) where he explains how The Avengers was created and reveals the secrets behind the breakthroughs that allowed the series to become an international hit. The book also features contributions from many of the key figures involved in the production. Its fascinating reading!
This book is now out of print, and were making it available as a personalized memento from Patrick.
Included is a free autographed 8×10 colour photo of Patrick.
YOU GET THE BOOK AND THE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH FOR ONLY $65, PLUS SHIPPING COSTS.
Order now, supplies are limited.
Robert Fuest (1928 – 2012)
Patrick was so sorry to read of the passing of Robert Fuest: The London-born Fuest was a production designer on The Avengers and later helmed eight episodes of ITV’s eccentric spy series. He died March 21 in London. He was 84. (Variety)
Said Patrick, “Bob was a wonderful Designer, one of the best, and a great Director. I will miss him very much. I am sorry to see him go.”
Patrick Turns 90 – Celebrates With Family
On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Patrick would like to express his thanks for the very kind wishes he has received from around the world. He is spending the day with his grandson and the family in Rancho Mirage, California; there will be a cake!
Patrick’s Chichester Weekend Interview
We are thrilled to offer access to Patrick’s video that was presented on the University of Chichester Avengers Weekend, June 25 & 26, 2011. Please enjoy.
Chichester Weekend A Smashing Success
The Celebration of The Avengers at the University of Chichester occurred June 25-26. By all accounts it was a great success! As it was happening, Patrick viewed the galleries of photographs of his former colleagues that were flooding in all weekend. He was very excited. Check out the University of Chichester blog page.
The Avengers 50th Anniversary Weekend
Take a look at the YouTube promo for the June 25-26, 2011 event at Chichester University in England. Video interview with Patrick is one of many featured events of the weekend!
Avengers Weekend – June 25-26, 2011
Fifty years ago – on January 7th 1961, the first episode of The Avengers was broadcast. On February 9th, 1961 – The Beatles made their debut at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. A coincidence? Or was that year truly the moment when the grey England of the 1950’s bloomed into something way more colourful?
In any event, the University of Chichester in Sussex, UK, will on the weekend of June 25-26, 2011 be holding The Avengers Celebration. It looks like it will be a lot of fun.
Patrick’s Interview – Dec 4, 2010
Next year will be the 50th anniversary of The Avengers. With the publication of The Avengers: A Celebration and producer Jaz Wiseman’s newly minted series of DVD box sets now being released in the UK (Series 6 was released Dec 6, 2010), there have been several requests for interviews. Read the PDF version of an interview with Patrick, published in The Times of London (Playlist), 4-10 Dec 2010.
Patrick’s Interview for Express.co.uk
Peter Sheridan in Los Angeles interviewed Patrick for the Daily and Sunday Express Web site. The interview was published online October 9, 2010.
The Avengers: A Celebration
This beautifully produced, illustrated journey through The Avengers years was created and written by Marcus Hearn and features a foreword written by Patrick. It will be published by Titan Books and is available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com. Go to Patrick’s Books page for more information.
Roy Ward Baker (1916 – 2010)
We recently learned of the passing of Roy Ward Baker, one of the most prolific directors of The Avengers. Patrick remembers him as: “A little man, a wit, very, very sharp … he was the best … I loved him.” He is remembered in the Telegraph and the California Chronicle.
Avenger Series Released by Amazon.co.uk
Avenger fans who view DVDs in the PAL/Region 1 format will be thrilled that Amazon.co.uk is re-releasing the series including lost episodes from Series 1. The Series 1 and 2 episodes are in one set and Series 3 was released Feb 2010. Series 4, 5 and 6 are scheduled for later in the year. Check out the comprehensive list on our site.
John Dankworth Has Died
Sadly, Johnny Dankworth passed away Saturday, February 6, 2010. He wrote the original Avengers theme that was used from 1961-64 before they started using the more familiar theme song composed by Laurie Johnson in Diana Rigg’s first year on the show.
Patrick says, “I was so sad to hear of John’s passing. I send my condolences to dear Cleo. Johnny helped to define the first breakthrough episodes of The Avengers. His opening title theme music brilliantly evoked the new cutting-edge sounds of the beginning of the 1960’s.”
Patrick Turns 88
Join us in wishing Patrick many happy returns on his 88th birthday, February 6. He will be home in Rancho Mirage and plans to have a quiet celebration with his family. This photo was taken several months ago.
Patrick’s Personal Touch
“There is a need — normally unacknowledged by me — to trace back one’s parentage and delve into one’s ancestral history. Since I was asked to do so, I will yield to that need, while admitting an attraction to one of my own forbears from …” read on
How We Rescued “The Avengers” From The Pirates
An Adventure Story by Patrick Macnee read on
Letters to Web Site Fans!
Past News Items
Interview in Daily Express
The Daily Express published an interview with Patrick in their March 14, 2009 Saturday edition. Read our online copy of the interview and photo.
Avengers Postage Stamp!
In the UK Independent Television (ITV) started broadcasting in September 1955. To celebrate its 50th birthday, the Royal Mail has produced a series of stamps commemorating some of the best TV shows the network has broadcast. Each of the stamps will feature a scene from the title sequence for that program.
ITV1 held a viewers’ poll that selected the most popular TV series, according to six genres. The Cult TV favourite was “The Avengers”, and is to be honoured by featuring it on the 47p stamp. Steed’s brolly and umbrella, the champagne glasses and Emma’s pistol capture the essence of the show.
The six stamps will go on sale on September 15th 2005. They will be available in half sheets of each denomination, as mint stamp sets, on special First Day Covers, in an illustrated presentation gift pack, or as sets of postcards.
In addition a limited number of first day covers signed by Patrick are available from Buckingham Covers.
This is the link to the U.K. Post Office.
Patrick Reads at Da Camera Society
On December 7, 2003 Patrick joined the Da Camera Society Chamber Music in Historic Sites for their Christmas holiday concert of Church Immanuel Presbyterian in Los Angeles. Following a pre-concert lecture with Martin Neary, former music director and organist at Westminster Abbey, Patrick read The Lessons portion of the concert with Musica Humana Oxford performing the carols. It was a memorable event, a fitting start to the Christmas season, and Patrick had a thoroughly good time. For more information about The Da Camera Society call (213) 477-2929 or visit www.dacamera.org.
In October 2003, the stars of Battlestar Galactica will gather to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this popular TV series. Richard Hatch has invited Patrick to be a part of the event taking place at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles. Get the DVD (NTSC) of the celebration – Galacticon: 25th Anniversary Celebration
Bad Company – Audio Book
For fans of Patrick’s audio books, the new Jack Higgins thriller, Bad Company, is just published and available from amazon.com. Higgins’ highly praised novel has been on the Publishers Weekly, New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller lists for several week. Available on CD.
Midnight Runner – Audio Book
Patrick’s latest audio book recording is of the new Jack Higgins thriller, Midnight Runner, the exciting sequel to Edge of Danger, was published recently. It is available on both cassette and CD – both unabridged from Putnam Berkley Audio, it is Patrick’s 15th Jack Higgins title performed on audio. Simply a must for all Macnee & Higgins fans.
The Perilous Fight
The KCTS/Seattle TWI – Carlton- production, “The Perilous Fight” narrated by Martin Sheen is now being seen regularly on US Public Television. The U.K. version, “America’s War” was narrated by Patrick and was originally broadcast on Britain’s Channel Four. It garnered some highly favorable reviews including this one from The Guardian (August 19th 2001): “…the visual impact of this series’ vintage colour footage has immeasurably deepened our understanding of American troops’ experience during the second world war, with all of its actual and cultural horrors.” Adding in Patrick Macnee’s commentary plus the reading of period correspondence has made this a sometimes impossibly moving study of how US forces had to “fight their way across the many islands of the Central Pacific.”
Patrick as Guest DJ
On Wednesday, August 12, 1998, shortly before the release of the movie The Avengers with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman, Patrick spent an hour with Nick Harcourt at KCRW-fm, the Public Radio station in Santa Monica, California. Patrick was the “guest d.j.” and selected some songs and music he enjoyed.