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October 04, 2005

The Avengers

I confess it had never crossed my mind to wonder just what The Avengers were avenging. Shocking to learn Patrick Macnee's John Steed, perhaps the ultimate Flea role-model, was not always the character we came to know and emulate.

Debonair John Steed - bowler hat, red carnation - and his sidekick, Emma Peel, were The Avengers, whose camp, cool adventures helped define Sixties television. But how many viewers have stopped to ask exactly what was being avenged? The long-forgotten answer will be revealed later this year thanks to the rediscovery of The Avengers' first-ever episode, which was believed to have been lost for good.

Update: A Flea-reader writes with to highlight an important point I overlooked and am now looking over.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 4, 2005 10:16 AM

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