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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 15 – Intercrime

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 15 – Intercrime | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-15-intercrime/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/avengers-intercrime.jpg #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   Twelve high level robberies in the last few weeks “and not one of them the work of an Englishman,” Steed says in the opening minutes of Intercrime, both the title of this episode and the name of a criminal outfit, a dark flipside of Interpol organising nefarious goings-on “all over Europ...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 13 – Death Dispatch

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 13 – Death Dispatch | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-13-death-dispatch/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/avengers-death-dispatch.jpg #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   John Steed and Cathy Gale’s party trick, a duet working variations on the theme of the invincibility of the British upper class, really comes into its own in Death Dispatch, the 13th broadcast episode of series two. We’re off in the sort of colonial landscape described by Graham Greene – o...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 11 – Traitor in Zebra

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 11 – Traitor in Zebra | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-11-traitor-in-zebra/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Avengers-traitor-in-zebra.jpg #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   In its heyday – Emma Peel era, shot on film, in colour, with the Laurie Johnson theme music – The Avengers became famous, notorious even, for its plots taking place in a nearly depopulated world. All very necessary, the better to maintain the suspension of disbelief – the outrageous storyl...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 9 – The Sell-Out

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 9 – The Sell-Out | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-9-the-sell-out/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Sell-out.jpg #DrMartinKing, #JohnSteed, #JonRollason, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   Just as the keel of the series had started to lift, floating at last in its own water, episode nine of series two plonks it back on the sea floor. The Sell-Out is a throwback to series one, which itself harks even further back – to the film noir genre which originally originally inspired t...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 7 – The Mauritius Penny

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 7 – The Mauritius Penny | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-7-the-mauritius-penny/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/avengers-mauritius-penny.jpg #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   An episode about a missing postage stamp? Thou shittest. Indeed not. That is exactly what The Avengers are up to in the seventh episode of series two, a bizarre story that starts off in the genteel world of philately and ends up at a meeting of neo-Nazis, by way of a gun-running...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 5 – Mission to Montreal

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 5 – Mission to Montreal | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-5-mission-to-montreal/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/avengers-john-steed-dr-king.png #DrMartinKing, #JohnSteed, #JonRollason, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   Mixing it up yet again, episode five of series two – Mission to Montreal – introduces yet another sidekick in a story set on board a cruise liner heading for Canada. Jon Rollason plays Dr Martin King and brings the number of Steed’s accomplices in this series to three (Honor Blackman and J...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 6 – The Removal Men

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 6 – The Removal Men | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-6-the-removal-men/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/avengers-edina-ronay-douglas-muir.jpg #DouglasMuir, #EdinaRonay, #JohnSteed, #JulieStevens, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers, #VenusSmith   Heady Europeanism, alcohol, jazz music and sexual licence are the watchwords of The Removal Men, number six in the second series. And Julie Stevens, appropriately, returns as Steed’s helpmeet in an episode set on the French Riviera, where Nicole Cauvin, a Bardot-like sexy French actress...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 4 – Bullseye

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 4 – Bullseye | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-4-bullseye/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/bullseye-steed-cathy.jpg #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #JudyParfitt, #PatrickMacnee   Like one of those arcane “tontine plots”, the fourth episode of series two offers us a scenario where a string of people die so somebody in the same eco-system can ultimately benefit. Julie Stevens womanfully did sidekick duty in the last episode, but Honor Blackman’s...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 1 – Mr Teddy Bear

http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-1-mr-teddy-bear/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/avengers-teddy-bear.jpg #HonorBlackman, #PatrickMacnee   Ian Hendry has left, Patrick Macnee has been bumped up to star and Honor Blackman has been drafted in as a sidekick who’s not just a pretty face. But there’s more than just those cosmetic differences – if they are just that – going on. In the opener for series two, it’s clear things have...
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The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 1 – Hot Snow

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 1 – Hot Snow | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-1-episode-1-hot-snow/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Avengers-Hot-Snow.jpg #IanHendry, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers In many ways the British TV series The Avengers was the Beatles of TV. The series was created in 1961 by Sydney Newman (who also created Doctor Who) as a gritty black and white TV programme very much in thrall to existing 1950s styles and finished in 1969, a spy series with kaleidoscope eyes....
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Northern Lights

Northern Lights | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/northern-lights/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Northern-lights.jpg #KatieQuinn, #MeganGrady, #NicholasConnor, #NorthernLights, #RhysCadman, #SomeKindOfIllness     When is a feature film not a feature film? When it’s only 53 minutes long is one possible answer. Not that it matters too much in writer/director Nicholas Connor’s debut in a category we might just choose to call “definitely not a short”. Perhaps I’m being a dick, because all the el...
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26 September 2016-09-26

26 September 2016-09-26 | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/dvd-bluray-2016-09-26/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/nice-guys-russell-crowe-ryan-gosling.jpg #CatPeople, #Departure, #FireAtSea, #Hangman, #LoveAndFriendship, #MonkComesDownTheMountain, #TheNiceGuys   Out This Week     Love & Friendship (Curzon, cert U) Sly arch social observer Whit Stillman meets a very similar property in Jane Austen, in his adaptation of her novella Lady Susan – about a dangerous sexbomb widow trying to get both herself and her daughter married off to m...
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12 September 2016-09-12

12 September 2016-09-12 | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/dvd-bluray-2016-09-12/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/green-room-imogen-poots-anton-yelchin.jpg #AHologramForTheKing, #EmbraceOfTheSerpent, #GreenRoom, #Gridlocked, #LifeFeelsGood, #Summertime, #TheWorldOfKanako   Out This Week     Green Room (Altitude, cert 18) Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to his debut subjects a band of likeable punk nobodies to sustained extreme attack by a gang of neo-Nazi thugs. If it doesn’t quite suck the air out of the lungs as his brilliant Blue Room did, that’s be...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 14 – Dead on Course

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 14 – Dead on Course | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-14-dead-on-course/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/avengers-dead-on-course.png #DrMartinKing, #JohnSteed, #JonRollason, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   The Avengers might just as easily have been called The Amateurs, since that was the original premise of the show – a bunch of freelance helpmeets called in to assist gangmaster John Steed in the solving of various cases too tricky to be handled by the usual agencies. No, it makes no real s...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 12 – The Big Thinker

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http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-12-the-big-thinker/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/avengers-the-big-thinker-anthony-booth.jpg #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers     Things go technological in the 12th episode of episode two – The Big Thinker – a tale of a big brain computer called Plato and the scientists who minister to it like Delphic virgins in white lab coats. Hanging on like grim death to the notion that Britain was still at the forefront ...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 10 – Death on the Rocks

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 10 – Death on the Rocks | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-10-death-on-the-rocks/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cathy-gale-john-steed-death-on-the-rocks.png #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   The tone is light and bantery, a set of the features that would become permanent eventually, but in other respects this tenth episode of series two is one of the weaker entrants so far in the Avengers canon. Nothing wrong with any individual bit of it – a plot about Steed and Mrs Gales se...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 8 – Death of a Great Dane

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 8 – Death of a Great Dane | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-8-death-of-a-great-dane/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/death-of-a-great-dane.jpg #DeathOfAGreatDane, #HonorBlackman, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   We’re now eight episodes into the second series of The Avengers and change is afoot. Even before Death of a Great Dane gets underway, something clearly sets this episode apart from the ones that came before. John Dankworth’s theme music has been perked up a bit – that 1950s-influenced jazz...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 6 – The Removal Men

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 6 – The Removal Men | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-6-the-removal-men/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/avengers-edina-ronay-douglas-muir.jpg #JohnSteed, #JulieStevens, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers, #VenusSmith   Heady Europeanism, alcohol, jazz music and sexual licence are the watchwords of The Removal Men, number six in the second series. And Julie Stevens, appropriately, returns as Steed’s helpmeet in an episode set on the French Riviera, where a Bardot-like sexy French actress (played to the h...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 4 – Bullseye

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 4 – Bullseye | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-4-bullseye/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/bullseye-steed-cathy.jpg #CathyGale, #HonorBlackman, #JohnSteed, #JudyParfitt, #PatrickMacnee   Like one of those arcane “tontine plots”, the fourth episode of series two offers us a scenario where a string of people die so somebody in the same eco-system can ultimately benefit. Julie Stevens womanfully did sidekick duty in the last episode, but Honor Blackman’s...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 5 – Mission to Montreal

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 5 – Mission to Montreal | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-5-mission-to-montreal/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/avengers-john-steed-dr-king.png #DrMartinKing, #JohnSteed, #JonRollason, #PatriciaEnglish, #PatrickMacnee, #TheAvengers   Mixing it up yet again, episode five of series two – Mission to Montreal – introduces yet another sidekick in a story set on board a cruise liner heading for Canada. Jon Rollason plays Dr Martin King and brings the number of Steed’s accomplices in this series to three (Honor Blackman and...
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The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 3 – The Decapod

The Avengers: Series 2, Episode 3 – The Decapod | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-2-episode-3-the-decapod/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Avengers-Venus-Smith.jpg #JohnSteed, #JulieStevens, #PatrickMacnee, #VenusSmith   Just when you thought it was Steed and Gale, Macnee and Blackman, along pops Julie Stevens (later in the decade a Playaway regular) as a sidekick in the third episode of series two. What’s afoot? Clearly there were nervous twitches behind the scenes before the series got underway and,...
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The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 15 – The Frighteners

The Avengers: Series 1, Episode 15 – The Frighteners | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-avengers-series-1-episode-15-the-frighteners/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Avengers-frighteners.jpg #IanHendry, #PatrickMacnee, #StratfordJohns, #WilloughbyGoddard   The 15th of 26 episodes in the first series is a story that Humphrey Bogart might recognise. A tale of a greasy heel sending his thugs around to put the frighteners on a society lothario who is wooing the impressionable daughter of a local business big noise, it’s largely recognisable as...
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The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/the-spiders-web-britains-second-empire/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Eva-Joly.jpg #MichaelOswald, #TheSpider'SWeb   A fascinating, informative film asking all the right questions     Here in Brexit Britain we find ourselves in a peculiar situation – in spite of having done pretty well out of Europe, with various rebates, opt-outs and special deals, fifth richest country in the world and all...
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3 October 2016-10-03

3 October 2016-10-03 | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/dvd-bluray-2016-10-03/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/equals2-kristen-stewart-nicholas-hoult.jpg #AliceThroughTheLookingGlass, #Equals, #MotherSDay, #TheAngryBirdsMovie, #TheFounders, #TheLastKing, #WhenMarnieWasThere   Out This Week     When Marnie Was There (StudioCanal, cert U) Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the guy at Studio Ghibli who isn’t Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, this is Japanese animation studio’s final, so Ghibli say, film. And it’s a typically sweet, anglophile story about a...
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19 September 2016-09-19

19 September 2016-09-19 | Film of the Day | Scoop.it
http://www.moviesteve.com/dvd-bluray-2016-09-19/ http://www.moviesteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/everybody-wants-some-blake-jenner-zoey-deutch.jpg #AuthorTheJTLeroyStory, #EverybodyWantsSome, #FriendRequest, #IngridBergmanInHerOwnWords, #MoneyMonster, #RobinsonCrusoe, #TheBlueDahlia Out This Week     Everybody Wants Some!! (E One, cert 15) About perfect, Richard Linklater’s ode to university life when he was a lad is a portrait of 1980s guys just hanging out and having fun, getting laid, listening to music, crashing parties and playing sports. Not much work gets d...
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