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With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes – An Unauthorised Guide to The Avengers Series 1

Authors: Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes.

Publication Date: 9th September 2014

Published by: Lulu.com

Discount: Use the coupon code SHOP20 at checkout on Lulu and save 20% – until 16th September 2014.

Further Details: For full details of the book and how to purchase, please click on the link below:

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A new book has been published, telling the behind-the-scenes story of the first year of The Avengers. It is co-written by Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes and is beautifully illustrated by Techno Delic.

With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes details the colourful events that led up to the creation of The Avengers. It also covers the creative team involved in the process and the technical challenges facing them as well as the actors who were chosen to spearhead the new series. Only two complete episodes and a portion of a third survive from this very first series, but with great dedication and detailed research, Richard and Alan have retold this fascinating story.

This book is the second in a trilogy of books which will cover Ian’s involvement and important contribution to The Avengers. The first book, The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes: The Lost Stories of The Avengers Series 1, was almost entirely on the narrative content of the shows. (An interview with Richard and Alan is available on this website, where they discuss the first book and The Avengers in more detail click here

This new book,With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, goes in a different direction and examines the series from the perspectives of production, transmission and reaction.

The final book in the trilogy, will tell the story of Ian’s first major breakthrough as a lead actor in the TV series Police Surgeon (1960). Whilst the series was not a major commercial success, Ian’s potential ‘star quality’ was recognised by ABC Television, who then began in a quest to create a new series for him. And that series was, of course, The Avengers.

Thanks to Richard and Alan who kindly asked me to write the Foreword for this new book

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avengers_series 1_umbrella_scotch_cigaretees_cover

With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes – An Unauthorised Guide to The Avengers Series 1

Authors: Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes.

Publication Date: 9th September 2014

Published by: Lulu.com

Discount: Use the coupon code SHOP20 at checkout on Lulu and save 20% – until 16th September 2014.

Further Details: For full details of the book and how to purchase, please click on the link below:

>>> For Hard Back/ Paperback Versions: Click here

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Best wishes

Neil Hendry
Editor, Official Website of Ian Hendry

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