I watched the next batch of The Avengers and series 4 really changed things for the show. It's the show that I remember seeing as a teen. Then, as now, I watched a shitload of tv, memories of most of it were lost over the years, but occasional scenes, music and sounds, still stick in my head. The swooshing sound the cybernauts made when they attack is one. Some of those Emma Peel jumpsuits were imprinted on my 13 or 14 year old brain. Here are a couple of costume pics from the show. Isn't Steed dressed nice, not that I would wear what he's wearing, I don't think a bowler would suit me to well. Just not much of a hat man.
The production switched to film for the 26 episodes of which were aired from Oct 1965 to March 1966. That sure made the shows look much better and the editing and sound were more movie like than the previous series which was shot on early, and crude, videotape on sets in the studio. Steed and his new partner now had the chance to go outside to different locations. There were still plenty of studio sets, but the outdoors added so much, even if it was shot without sound. The soundtrack would be added in post production. Very common practice. The budget was 56,000 British pounds and episode which was pretty high for the time. A&E put out series 4 in four 2 disc sets that don't have any extras other than some stills. The picture and sound look pretty good and it's enjoyable to watch them.
The stories in this series were even more outrageous and goofy. There's an episode with remote control robot hit men, one about some crooks running a department store, one about a secret organization that uses old ladies as assassins armed with knitting needles, another about some crazy old men in a home for retired railway men. There's some goofy stuff in that episode with Emma being tied to a railroad track and nearly run over by a little miniature train. Not a show to take itself to seriously the stories are still approached seriously. It's nothing too weird to have a man eating plant or some telepathic bit of business in that universe. Sometimes there's a bit more normal spy work or almost normal criminal activity. Mind you I don't mind the goofiness at all. That's what attracted me to the series when I was a young lad, it wasn't just a copy of James Bond and that sort of thing. I have Dangerman for serious spy stories. A bit of light hearted levity and action is just the ticket at times.
The 4th series has a wealth of great Brit actors like Michael Gough, Nigel Davenport, Ron Moody, Kenneth Cope, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Jon Pertwee, Andrew Keir, Brian Blessed, Donald Sutherland, Yootha Joyce, Paul Eddington, Peter Cushing, Roy Kinnear, Carol Cleveland and Peter Wyngarde. Those are the ones who's names I know, there were many I only know by their faces. For the most part an enjoyable bunch of shows, ones that I have seen more than a couple of times and ones that I will watch some more in the future.