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Lost episodes of The Avengers to be remade by Big Finish Productions

The AvengersBIG FINISH Productions is delighted to announce that it has signed a licence with STUDIOCANAL to produce full cast audio productions of 12 lost episodes of the classic TV series The Avengers.

Lost for over fifty years, the missing episodes from the first series of the cult classic have been lovingly recreated on audio from the original scripts.

The Avengers first launched in 1961, and starred Ian Hendry as Dr David Keel and Patrick Macnee as the elusive and suave John Steed. Beginning with the murder of Keel’s fiancée, and his sworn intent to avenge her death, that first year comprised 26 episodes. Sadly, only two of them exist in their entirety as film prints (Girl on the Trapeze and The Frighteners), while just the first act remains of the opening episode, Hot Snow.

Working from the surviving scripts, Big Finish will be presenting the adaptations in three four-disc box sets. The scripts will be adapted, with minimal changes, by John Dorney, the director is Ken Bentley and the producer is David Richardson. The executive producers are Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery.

“We are absolutely thrilled to add this wonderful series to our catalogue,” says David Richardson, “and we look forward to faithfully recreating those classic lost episodes. We have two brilliant, high-profile actors for the roles of Dr Keel and John Steed – look out for an announcement of the casting once recording begins in July.”

“This opportunity confirms the enduring appeal of this classic TV series and the resonance of the SC collection in the context of British Film and Pop culture,” says John Rodden, General Manager Home Entertainment at STUDIOCANAL.

Volume 1 of The Avengers: The Lost Episodes will be released in January 2014 (and includes a full recreation of Hot Snow), with Volumes 2 and 3 following in July 2014 and January 2015.

Each person who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win a copy of The Avengers: Series 1 and 2 on DVD box set, containing the remaining three first series episodes.

For for more information visit www.bigfinish.com

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Missing Doctor Season Finally Gets Made

It promised so much. Doctor Who‘s 23rd season was to open with the Doctor battling old foe The Celestial Toymaker before journeying on to an encounter with popular monsters The Ice-Warriors.

But it never happened like that. Instead, the BBC infamously axed the cult sci-fi show in 1985, halting pre-production of season 23, which was well under way with several commissioned scripts being worked on.

A public outcry forced the BBC to relent, briefly, but when the Tardis did re-appear on the nation’s screens 18 months later it was for a very different series of adventures, collectively known as ‘Trial of a Time Lord’.

The cancelled scripts originally planned for season 23 were permanently shelved, though fans did get a taste of what they’d missed with subsequent Target novelisations of the first three planned adventures: ‘The Nightmare Fair’ by Graham Williams, ‘The Ultimate Evil’ by Wally K Daly and ‘Mission to Magnus’ by Philip Martin.

Yet, as the recovery of missing Who episodes has proved time and again, fans should never say never. Big Finish  – which produces licenced audio adventures featuring the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Doctors – has announced that it is putting right the mistakes of the past and finally making the ‘lost’ season.

Re-uniting Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as companion Peri, Doctor Who: The Lost Stories will feature eight adventures developed from spiked season 23 scripts and other proposals that never made it to the small screen.

The first release, set for November 2009, will be ‘The Nightmare Fair’. Subsequent monthly releases are as follows:

December 2009: ‘Mission to Magnus’

January 2010: ‘Leviathan’

February 2010: ‘The Hollows of Time’

March 2010: To be announced

April 2010: ‘Point of Entry’

May 2010: ‘Paradise 5’

June 2010: ‘The Space Whale’

For more information, including cast details and full synopsies, visit the Big Finish website here.

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