Rewind: ITV’s 1970s action thriller series ‘The Professionals’ revisited

‘CI5?’ ‘Yeah, it’s kind of like MI5.’ ‘What’s the difference?’ ‘They invent the problems and we have to solve them.’   What was it about? Created by Brian Clemens, writer and script editor of The Avengers, The Professionals was an action thriller series chronicling the operatives of CI5: a unique crime-fighting government agency with the mandate and … >

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6 of British TV’s best ever spy shows

The Night Manager, BBC One’s gripping new spy drama that’s been thrilling Sunday night audiences – and set Tumblr aflame with images of Tom Hiddleston’s bum – is out now on DVD (pause buttons at the ready!). A slick, updated adaptation of John Le Carré’s 1993 novel that sees a former soldier recruited to infiltrate … >

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The perfect English gentleman: Patrick Macnee (1922-2015)

Patrick Macnee, the London-born actor best known for playing debonair hero John Steed in cult British ‘spy-fi’ series The Avengers, has died at his home in California at the age of 93. The Avengers began as a gritty detective piece – literally about revenge – but soon become one of the most surreal and fantastical … >

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Win ‘The Avengers Vault’ books!

Out now from Aurum Press (£25), Marvel: The Avengers Vault is a visual history of Marvel’s greatest Super Hero team. Ten removable special features – including posters, colour guides, concept art and more – allow fans to hold Avengers history in their hands. To celebrate the release, we’ve got copies of the book to give … >

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‘The Avengers’ audio boxset review: ‘The Lost Episodes – Volume 3’

Continuing to work their magic on The Avengers’ mostly incomplete first series, this latest boxset from Big Finish provides four further tales adapted from surviving scripts by writer John Dorney. Featuring Dr David Keel (Anthony Howell) as much as they do the enigmatic John Steed (Julian Wadham), the former’s medical practice and connections often provide … >

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7 of the best episodes of ‘The Avengers’

Following our recent retrospective of The Avengers, I thought to myself “Why can’t I be more like Emma Peel?” Now that I’ve realised I really don’t have the hips for crimpolene, I refocused myself to give you the rundown on seven of the best episodes…   1.16: ‘The Frighteners’ One of the few existing Season … >

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