Behind the Scenes: Emma Peel Era
AVENGERS RULE: "NO COLOUREDS"
The Avengers is an urbane, upper-class TV series. It is stiff upper-lip, brolly and bowler hat stuff. And with its pre-occupation with vintage wines and champagnes, maybe a trifle snobbish too.
But racial prejudiced - surely not? Yet when was the last occasion you saw a coloured civilian in this top British series?
The answer is... never.
A coloured actor is one of the taboos strictly adhered to by producer Brian Clemens, who has been involved with "THE AVENGERS" since its inception seven years ago.
Clemens explains that the success of "THE
AVENGERS" is due to its element of fantasy. And all the taboos come under the heading
of social realities...
Kindly transcribed from the Without Walls documentary by Mike Noon (Deadline and Dead Duck). Mike and I are extremely interested in obtaining the rest of this document, so anyone with any knowledge of the balance of its contents, please contact me.
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