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Thursday 11th September 2014 - And we're back... The book I've spoken about is now published (With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, see above) and I now have a little more time on my hands. This Avengers book has taken six months to bring together, with the researches going back a few years more to 2009. It's the definitive behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the series and well worth picking up - please do, as its purchase supports this site.

I'm also pleased to say that Simon Coward has performed some further research on the Border Television transmissions of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and consequently, we now have transmission dates for the first run of the series in that ITV region (though a handful of episodes could not be identified). Great work, Simon, and many thanks!

Saturday 19th July 2014 - Apologies that the dearth of updates has continued. I'm busy writing a new book about The Avengers and sadly the site has got a little overlooked in the process. A small update today, partly to stick my head over the parapet to say that I'm still here and that this site is not dead, has not ceased to be and is not an ex-website (Monty Python jokes are de rigeur, I believe...) and also to point out that two images of Ivinghoe Beacon, seen in Locations - It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water, have been updated with more accurate "now" shots thanks to John Holburn.

Friday 7th March 2014 - Due to upheaval in my personal life - a house move, so at least something positive! - updates here had to be put on hold for a while. I'm pleased to say that Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified) is not only back up and running now, but it is coming to you from a town where the series was filmed. It's quite strange walking past filming locations when I'm out shopping, but I'm not complaining! A few tweaks to get the ball rolling again: first of all to Locations - Smile Behind the Veil to correct the street name of one of the filming locations and secondly, I have Vince to thank for photographing filming locations as they are now for Locations - All Work and No Pay, which is now in much better shape than before. Cheers Vinny!

Friday 31st January 2014 - A quick heads-up to publicise the release today of digital editions of the book that I wrote last year with Richard McGinlay and Alys Hayes. As well as hardcovers and paperbacks of The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes - The Lost Stories of The Avengers Series 1, it is now possible to purchase eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats (direct order links in the box above).

Wednesday 15th January 2014 - Thanks to Vince for sending two new photographs for the Locations - When the Spirit Moves You page. These show views of Springfield Road in 1991 and today.

Sunday 12th January 2014 - Alexandra Bastedo (1946-2014) One of those updates we really don't want to have to make... Sadly, the actress Alexandra Bastedo passed away this afternoon after losing her fight with cancer. Alexandra was a lovely woman who will be remembered by ITC fans for her memorable roles in The Champions and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). From a personal perspective, I am particularly upset today, as a few months ago, Alexandra showed great kindness and humanity in sending get well wishes to a good friend of mine who had been hospitalised, and who is a great fan of hers. A great loss. Alexandra will be much missed. You can read about Alexandra's life on the programme guide page from Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?

Sunday 5th January 2014 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! And you've never had it so good at Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified)! The Christmas to New Year break has given us plenty of time to beef up the website and this has now led to the addition of the third set of programme location guide pages for episodes since 20th December. This time, it's the turn of Episode 14, Never Trust a Ghost (yes, we are now over halfway through our work in these areas!). Take a look at its programme guide and locations pages. All other programme guide pages have been revised to a greater or lesser degree. We are also grateful to Jaz Wiseman, who has kindly supplied a couple of additional photographs for the Edwin Astley interview, which feature Edwin himself. Thanks to Jaz, and also to Anthony McKay, who has been working tirelessly on awkward-to-determine locations.

Monday 30th December 2013: Eagle-eyed visitors will have noticed a new section has been in the last few days, but its content has not been publicised here. That's because the Interviews section features its first feature, an interview with Edwin Astley by Vanessa Bergman, and she and I have been fine tuning the piece - which is reprinted from Vanessa's RAHDAS newsletters and has been subtly revised for web purposes - and adding illustrations. Hopefully, there will be more to come in this section.

Sunday 29th December 2013: Following a quick recce to Aldenham Country Park, we have been able to confirm a location from All Work and No Pay, namely the lake seen in the episode. Thanks to Anthony McKay for the suggestion that the reservoir there may be what we were looking for, and to Alys Hayes for her photographic skills.

Saturday 28th December 2013: Making use of the Christmas to New Year break to make headway on the site... This has led to yet another episode being tackled, this time When the Spirit Moves You. This update boasts new Programme Guide and Locations pages. We've also found time to rethink the programme guide layout a little, meaning that actor biographies have been split off into their own sub-section of the progamme guide pages called 'Appearing This Week'. Many of these entries have been expanded and had photographs added. Additionally, the Transmission pages now state whether original regional episode transmissions were black and white. This innovation has also been carried across to all Programme Guide pages (under UK Regional Premieres).

Thursday 26th December 2013: Read down the page for news of our most recent updates, including new Programme Guide and Locations pages for All Work and No Pay, but today's update concerns a forthcoming event at the Grim's Dyke Hotel on the evening of Thursday 16th January 2014. A slightly belated Merry Christmas to all our visitors and contributors!

 

TV & FILM LOCATION TALK
including Episode 5 R&H You Can Always Find a Fall Guy

On the evening of Thursday 16th January 2014 (7.45pm) there will be a talk and short location tour covering the history of Grim's Dyke in Film & TV. The talk will be given by Robin Cooke who helped develop the location tours at Grim's Dyke and who has led tours to some of the remoter UK film/TV locations including St Kilda, Orkney and Staffa.

Grim's Dyke acted as a location for The Avengers and many ITC productions including Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Saint, The Champions, Department S and others. More recent TV filming has included EastEnders, Little Britain and Holby City.

In the film arena, Grim's Dyke has provided one of the locations for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a number of Hammer horrors and Sliding Doors (Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah), along with the feature film version of Agatha Christie's personal favourite of her own books, Endless Night. Most recently the Grim's Dyke provided the honeymoon suite for the One Chance film about the life of Paul Potts, the Britain's Got Talent winner. The film, starring James Corden, was released in October 2013 and the trailer includes scenes shot at Grim's Dyke.

The fee for the evening is 10 including coffee, light refreshments and very free access for photography, including rooms not usually open to the public.

Grim's Dyke is known as a key location for the iconic The Evil of the Daleks episodes in the era of the second Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton). Some of these episodes are lost and Grim's Dyke has co-operated in the past with the filming of reconstructions.

The Grim's Dyke website contains information about the filming history at the hotel and this can be found here.

To reserve and book tickets for the event, please telephone the Hotel Reception on 020 8385 3100.

 

Tuesday 24th December 2013: In the wake of the addition of a Programme Guide page for All Work and No Pay four days ago, we have now completed work (for the time being!) on the associated Locations page for this episode. It's been quite an involved process, and thanks to Anthony McKay of A Guide to Avengerland, it's more accurate than it would have been. Thanks, Tony - your help is massively appreciated! Check back later this week for news of a TV and film location talk at the beautiful Grim's Dyke Hotel this January. The house was of course used in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), and the talk will include references to the series' visits to the house.

Friday 20th December 2013: A major update today, comprising a new Programme Guide page for All Work and No Pay, a partially completed Locations page for the same episode, and behind-the-scenes production credits added for the first twelve episodes of the series (you can find these on the Programme Guide pages for each episode). I've also gone through and updated hyperlinks and corrected the odd error here and there throughout the site. Also, thanks to Anthony McKay for putting us right regarding the backlot access road seen in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? and revealing that it still remains today.

Tuesday 17th December 2013: Thanks to the photographic and location hunting skills of the tireless Vince Cox, we can now complete the New Southgate Cemetery section of Locations - Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?.

Sunday 6th October 2013: As promised, the interior sequences at the Palace Theatre have now been added to Locations - That's How Murder Snowballs.

Saturday 5th October 2013: Moving ever onwards... Today we've added an programme guide page and a locations page for That's How Murder Snowballs, the 11th episode of the series. The locations page at present only covers the exterior locations and will be updated shortly with the interiors at the Palace Theatre, Watford.

Wednesday 18th September 2013: Another two photos added for Locations - Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?.

Tuesday 17th September 2013: Vince has supplied further photos for Locations - Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? today.

Monday 16th September 2013: Further detail and additional photographs added to the Locations - Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? page, with thanks to Vince Cox, Anthony McKay and Chris Leopold.

Saturday 14th September 2013: As promised, we've just added the locations page for Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? - with thanks to Anthony McKay for his invaluable help. It needs a bit of a polish and a few extra photos, but for the moment it's close enough to add to the site.

Thursday 12th September 2013: It's been quiet around these parts for a while, but some major updates are on the way. The first of these arrives today in the form of the Programme Guide page for Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? - the locations page will be a day or two behind it, we hope.

Thursday 18th April 2013: Following a location recce last Sunday, we can now update a few of our location pages with new photos by Vince: The Smile Behind the Veil (Rowley Farm / Rowley Lane) and It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water (High Canons). Our sincere thanks to the owners of these two properties for kindly granting us access.

Sunday 13th January 2013: Some great new photos from John Holburn which mean that the 'Now' images for the betting shop in It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water and of Stanmore Hall in The Trouble with Women have been updated.

Friday 4th January 2013: A great, quite unexpected find by Rick C from the Britmovie Forum, who has identified the theatre used in the stock footage seen in It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water.

Tuesday 25th December 2012: Not an update as such, but just want to take the opportunity to wish all our visitors and contributors a very Marty Christmas! :)

Thursday 14th December 2012: Thanks to Sam Denham for dropping us a line and for clarifying some of the location credits on our pages. He has also let us know that the Middlesex Hospital seen in You Can Always Find A Fall Guy has now been demolished. The Anti-Randall and Hopkirk Brigade has struck again...

Tuesday 11th December 2012: Brushing up Locations - The Trouble with Women following a location visit at the weekend. Thanks to John Holburn and Alys Hayes for the new 'Now' photographs!

Thursday 6th December 2012: Photographic update today... Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy has a new photo by John Holburn of the bookmakers on Allitsen Road. Also, Alys Hayes has undertaken a recce of central London locations and these have been added to the locations pages for The Smile Behind the Veil (Frith Street and Old Compton Street), It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water (Charing Cross Road, New Bond Street, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square) and The Trouble with Women (Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square). Finally, thanks are due to Peter Faizey, who in 2007 photographed the Springwell Chalkpit location used in The Trouble with Women and has permitted us to use this image at the site. Thanks also to Chuck Foster of Doctor Who - The Locations Guide for his help regarding this image. Thanks to all our photographers!

Sunday 25th November 2012: Thanks to a concerted group effort from John Holburn, Vince Cox, Anthony McKay and myself, the location page for The Trouble with Women is now live. Particular thanks to Tony for his patience and guidance when I went road blind when working out exactly where a couple of the latter 'country road' locations were!

Friday 23rd November 2012: Busy working in the background on the next update, which will be the filming locations for The Trouble with Women... In the meantime, I thought I'd let you know that you can help support this site by buying books from Hidden Tiger Books... Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, even a series of adventure stories written by my great great uncle in the 1920s!

Thursday 22nd November 2012: Another step of the way today, as I've completed work on Programmes - The Trouble with Women. Locations page for this episode to follow in the next few days.

Tuesday 20th November 2012: Another location found thanks to a suggestion from Tony McKay and the tenacity of Vince Cox - two optically printed backgrounds seen in But What A Sweet Little Room have now been identified without doubt as Grim's Dyke Driveway. Vince has also tracked down location 3K for The Smile Behind the Veil and taken a more accurate photo showing where Marty stood at the roadside on Silver Hill in A Sentimental Journey. All new photos by Vince Cox.

Wednesday 26th September 2012: Thanks to Tony McKay who has been tenacious in tracking down the 'theatreland' locations for It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water. He's pinpointed the exact location of the former Pigalle Bar on Piccadilly and therefore I've been able to amend the 'Now' photograph so that it is more accurate. Locations - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water. The page has also been amended to include one further view of High Canons (the shot where the police arrive).

Tuesday 25th September 2012: A nice update to Programmes - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water which has been possible thanks to the generosity of Jaz Wiseman. Jaz has supplied a remarkable photo of the crashed white Jag in the quarry and this has caused me to revisit the Production Brief entries regarding the stunt.

Monday 24th September 2012: As promised, we can now present Locations - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water, which has been made possible with the help of Tony McKay. Vince, John and I would like to thank him for his hard work in double-checking our lists and also in tracking down a few of the more perplexing locations. Cheers Tony, it's much appreciated.

Thursday 20th September 2012: Revisions and additions to the white Jag part of the Production Brief for Programmes - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water, plus updated location photos courtesy of Alys Hayes for Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy (Grims Dyke gatehouse).

Wednesday 19th September 2012: A small update squeezed in between yesterday's and the forthcoming locations update for It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water... First off, thanks to Vince, three new images have been added to Locations - My Lamented Friend and Partner. John has also supplied a great shot of Bridgeman Street, which can be seen in Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy and a little detail about the Glasgow stock footage locations from Locations - A Sentimental Journey has been added. Finally, an additional item concerning the High Canons gatehouse has been added to the Production Brief section of Programmes - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water.

Tuesday 18th September 2012: Major update! Programme Guide page added today for It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water. Warning: may contain traces of white Jag...

Saturday 15th September 2012: A quick update to note an additional film location for the Edgwarebury Hotel (seen in Who Killed Cock Robin? and The House on Haunted Hill) - the Hammer film, The Devil Rides Out. Thanks to Rob Allan for letting us know.

Wednesday 22nd August 2012: Congratulations and many thanks to Anthony McKay, who has tracked down the Glasgow tenement location from A Sentimental Journey. Unfortunately, as with Ewhurst Manor before it, this location has been redeveloped, but it is good to pinpoint the actual point of filming. Please see Locations - A Sentimental Journey.

Sunday 9th July 2012: Several new and improved photographs courtesy of John and Vince added to Locations - The Smile Behind the Veil.

Wednesday 20th June 2012: Thanks to Vince's sterling work braving the appalling English summer, we now have most views of St. John's Wood High Street and Lauderdale Road photographed and added to Locations - My Late Lamented Friend and Partner and Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy.

Tuesday 1st May 2012: Many thanks to Joan Street and Derek Allen of the Elstree and Borehamwood Museum for furnishing us with further detail about Ewhurst Manor, the 'country cottage' of But What A Sweet Little Room. Derek has also kindly given us permission to use a photograph that he took in 1958 of the adjoining cottage. All can be seen on But What A Sweet Little Room - The Hunt for De Crecy's.

Friday 27th April 2012: New today, the completed (for now!) Locations - The Smile Behind the Veil. Many thanks to Anthony McKay for his assistance with this one. Also today, I have revised Locations - My Late Lamented Friend and Partner to include DVD timings and one additional location (Shaftesbury Avenue). Locations - For the Girl Who Has Everything has also had DVD timings added. Finally today... Locations - A Sentimental Journey similarly brushed up and added to.

Thursday 26th April 2012: Doing a bit of back-tracking with the Location pages, adding back projection shots and title card backgrounds to the episodes we tackled early on. For starters, Locations - But What A Sweet Little Room has been updated with timings, back projection shots and has been rejigged a tiny bit.

Wednesday 25th April 2012: Today, I've completed and am pleased to present the Programmes page for The Smile Behind the Veil. Please note that while the associated locations page is linked from this page, it is currently a work in progress. Lastly today, with thanks to my mother Rita Hayes, it has now been possible to confirm the house number (37) of De Crecy's and to verify that the Cliffords lived at the property from 1958-1970. The only question still buzzing around my mind is whether the 'Ewhurst Manor' name was perhaps an invention for the magazine article in which it was mentioned. Getting there on this mystery...

Tuesday 24th April 2012: Some fine detective work from Claire Saunders has caused me to rethink the football match footage seen in But What A Sweet Little Room, now confirmed as being sourced from the 1963 FA Cup Final (as I thought) and the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final (which I can't believe I couldn't identify!). I've also spotted an incredible blooper for the same episode, with photographic evidence, which can be seen on the same page (along with an additional trivia item concerning the businesses sharing the Randall and Hopkirk office building). Claire has also kindly provided a photo of Wembley Stadium, which has been added to the Locations - But What A Sweet Little Room.

Monday 23rd April 2012: Minding the gaps... or rather, filling them. Thanks to Claire Saunders for pointing out we'd missed a view of Well End Road and we've added this to Locations - A Sentimental Journey. Thanks again to Alys Hayes and Vince Cox, this time for photos of Latimer which have been added to Locations - For the Girl Who Has Everything. Also, courtesy of Vince, a view of De Crecy's today (or more accurately, yesterday!) which has been added to Locations - But What A Sweet Little Room and also to Programmes - But What A Sweet Little Room: The Hunt for De Crecy's page, along with some additional detail by yours truly. Finally, a great addition to Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy from Claire Saunders, who has sent in a 1996 photograph of the Page Street entrance of the now-demolished Westminster Hospital. Thanks to all who have made today's updates possible.

Sunday 22nd April 2012: Locations - Who Killed Cock Robin? has been updated once more. Just one more picture to add. Many thanks to Alys Hayes for the photos, taken at the Edgwarebury earlier today.

Saturday 21st April 2012: Today we've added a new Programme Guide page for Who Killed Cock Robin? and a locations page for the same episode. Also today, some subtle revisions to the Programmes - But What A Sweet Little Room: The Hunt for De Crecy's page.

Monday 26th March 2012: A brand new locations page added today: Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy. If you can help us to identify the unknown roads on this page, please contact us. Thanks especially to Tony McKay for his help with this one.

Friday 23rd March 2012: A modest update today, to add a Trivia item relating to The Saint to the Programme Guide page for A Sentimental Journey.

Thursday 22nd March 2012: A brand new Programme Guide page has been added today, for You Can Always Find A Fall Guy, that is packed with information and comment.

Tuesday 20th March 2012: Some pottering around today. With thanks to Jaz Wiseman, the main photos on each Programme Guide episode page produced so far have been updated with better quality images. I've also been able to add photographs of Carol Cleveland and Judy Huxtable, both of whom filmed scenes as Laura Slade in For the Girl Who Has Everything.

Monday 19th March 2012: Further to yesterday's big news about Ewhurst Manor, today I have added a YouTube video of the George Harrison Marks film which led me to discover the location to the Programmes - But What A Sweet Little Room page. Please be warned that this is, while tame, of an adult nature. Also, thanks to the further researches of Anthony McKay, we can now also present accurate map and satellite views which demonstrate Ewhurst Manor's exact location prior to demolition and how it stood compared to the modern view.

Sunday 18th March 2012: A big big day for Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified), because we've found De Crecy's country home! It was in Borehamwood all the time, but was demolished in 1970. The house had a sleazy secret, which is revealed on the programme guide page for But What A Sweet Little Room, and the location information has been added to Locations: But What A Sweet Little Room. There's also an additional page, linked from 'And Finally...' on the programme guide page which goes into more detail about the naughty goings-on at the location. Direct link here.

Friday 24th February 2012: John's been out and about taking photos of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) locations as they are now, focusing his lens upon Jeff's flat on St. John's Wood Road, Jeannie's flat on Lauderdale Road and the Holland Villas Road setting of A Sentimental Journey. All four existing locations pages have been revised as a result.

Monday 2nd January 2012: We're seeing in the New Year by adding a great new section by Vanessa Bergman which details the Origins of the series and looks at creator Dennis Spooner's initial proposal submission document and compares it to the series we know. Well worth a long look! Many thanks, Vanessa!

Saturday 31st December 2011: Programme Guide page now added for the fourth episode of the series, A Sentimental Journey. Happy New Year all! :)

Thursday 29th December 2011: Locations page now added for the fourth episode of the series, A Sentimental Journey. Programme Guide page to follow shortly.

Wednesday 21st December 2011: Programme Guide page and Locations page now added for the third episode of the series, For the Girl Who Has Everything. It's all coming together! :)

Sunday 18th December 2011: Thanks to Simon Coward for supplying eight additional Tyne Tees regional transmissions. Also, following a kind tip-off from Steve Arnold and a nod in the right direction from Simon, I've been able to track down most of the broadcast information for Scottish Television!

Saturday 17th December 2011: Delighted that I've managed to track down the full first broadcast run for the Grampian ITV region. Huzzah!

Friday 16th December 2011: Extensive programme guide page added for My Late Lamented Friend and Partner.

Sunday 4th December 2011: Work begins on Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified).

 

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