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Oct. 16th, 2010 | 04:21 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

One of the great joys of watching British TV programs from the 60s and 70s is spotting the guest stars. The Avengers episode A Sense of History from the early 1966 offers two of my favourites, Patrick Mower and Jacqueline Pearce (yes, she was Servalan in Blake's 7, the sexiest sci-fi villainess of all time).

As for the episode itself, it's a mixed bag. The background is surprisingly serious, a violent and indeed murderous clash of political ideologies at a university. The execution is rather silly, but sort of fun.

I'm not quite sure how Robin Hood got to pay such an important role in this episode but it did offer Diana Rigg the opportunity to wear a truly astonishing Robin Hood costume. It's revealing enough when seen from the front; when seen from the rear it leaves very little to the imagination.

Patrick Mower does what he was good at, adding a genuine sense of menace, and there's much silliness with swords and bows and arrows.








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swordznsorcery

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from: swordznsorcery
date: Oct. 16th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Patrick Mower plays a great heavy, doesn't he. Always good to see him cropping up in supporting roles in these various shows. He appears in odd episodes of "Department S", "The Protectors", "Jason King", etc, and he's usually dependable even if the script isn't!

Always nice to see Jacqueline Pearce, too. She's definitely best when she's wearing some improbable outfit, whilst stalking glamorously around a spaceship, though. :)

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dfordoom

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date: Oct. 17th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
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Always nice to see Jacqueline Pearce, too. She's definitely best when
she's wearing some improbable outfit, whilst stalking glamorously around
a spaceship, though. :)


She combined glamour and evil quite wonderfully. If Servalan was what evil looked like, sign me up with the forces of evil straight away.

She did a couple of rather good Hammer horror movies at about the same time she did this Avengers episode - The Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile. They're among the best but most neglected of Hammer's 1960s movies.

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