August 17, 2018

Around the dial

I did not know this previously - which is one reason why I read all these blogs, and why you should, too - that there are now novelizations of The Avengers. They're non-canonical; in other words, not taken directly from an episode of the TV series, but with the same characters and types of plots and so forth. At Cult TV Blog, John talks about one such book, "Too Many Targets," which has now been made into an audio adventure by Big Finish, the people who've done so many entertaining Doctor Who stories.

At Garroway at Large, Jodie reminds us that she, too, will be at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention next month (is it that close?) along with yours truly and a host of others. Her presentation (along with Kevin Doherty) will be the first on the docket Thursday, September 13, while mine will be the third - if you're going to be there, catch us both!

Classic Film & TV Cafe takes us back to the days when Richard Chamberlain was "King of the Miniseries" with a look at The Count of Monte-Cristo. Ah, for the days of the miniseries - some of them were awful, but quite a few of them were quite good.

Bernard C. Schoenfeld wrote the teleplays for 16 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and at bare-bones e-zine, Jack begins his look at Schoenfeld's output with number one on the list, "Decoy," from 1956. This episode was based on a Suspense drama by Richard George Pedicini, and it unfolds rather differently from the radio play; interesting to read along and see the changes.

I love this old Sears ad from The Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland. There's just something really exciting about it, isn't there? Chromix Colorguard - they're just making these words up now, aren't they?

And speaking of TV, any thoughts on the image we see on that TV in the picture above? TV  


  1. Back in the '60s (I was still in high school), The Avengers was in its first run on ABC.
    This period was a sort of "gilded age" for the paperback tie-in novel, both movies and TV.
    The TV novels were generally original stories, as opposed to adaptations of scripts; many writers who ultimately became well-known in their own right cut their teeth on such books.
    My reference library shows that there were at least nine Avengers novels (all original stories) published in the USA between 1967 and 1969.
    Some were British in origin, others were written in the USA by Yank writers; I understand that this process was reversed in the UK (correction welcomed).
    I do recall having bought most of these paperbacks when they first came out (and this when paperbacks were still well under a dollar cover price; I wish I still had many of them).
    I guess that you were still quite young in those days; in any event, you seem to have had a very sheltered upbringing …

    More later, maybe …


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