The Missing Cases Novellas - authorised stories based on the 1960s TV series “The Avengers”. This is the show that took 60’s television by storm, with an exhilarating blend of style, wit, elegance and edge-of-the-seat adventure. It embraced in full the hip, ultra-mod world of that memorable decade while celebrating the best of British tradition, and in doing so gathered fans by the million around the world. Its appeal reached across generations, lifestyle and nationalities, establishing the show as a lasting icon of the era.
Starting as a fairly modest cops and robbers format, the Avengers transmogrified into a spy thriller, crossed over into science fiction and eventually spun off into fantasy, with a sense of humour and sparkling joie de vivre remaining steady at its core. Each era had much to commend it, but the show’s popularity soared during Seasons Four and Five, when it first hit the USA and a number of other international markets. Those years – 1965 to 1967 – were to forge one of the truly great entertainment partnerships. John Steed, played from the outset by the magnificent Patrick Macnee, had evolved over the first few seasons into a dapper and very different leading man, with the style and charm of an 18th century dandy. In a stroke of pure genius, he was partnered with Emma Peel, an emancipated 20th century woman, who was Steed’s absolute equal in intellect, courage and physical ability. Played to perfection by the brilliant Shakespearian actress Diana Rigg, Emma Peel became a household name and a role model for generations of women.
Repeats of the Avengers throughout the 1980s, led by Britain’s Channel Four, garnered a whole new generation of fans, and resulted in a worldwide fan movement spearheaded by TV historian par excellence Dave Rogers. The officially-sanctioned fan network magazines Stay Tuned and On Target flourished for many years, eventually producing a series of authorised fan fiction stories called “The Missing Cases”. The first story was The Weather Merchants, a collaboration between Dave Rogers and myself, and the second was my own The Monster of the Moor. Others followed, in a range of formats, but these were the most popular titles, produced on high quality paper stock and illustrated liberally with glossy photographs from the series. They are the ones most likely to be found today, from sources such as ebay or through specialty second-hand dealers.
Sir Walter Campbell – A series of articles on one of Queensland’s most celebrated Governors.
Here’s a question for all those interested in heads of power in Australia (or indeed any other constitutional monarchy). What happens when there is a clash between a state premier and a state governor? It is a tale straight from the turbulent era of 1980s Queensland politics and, though stranger than any fiction, it really happened.
Now the full story behind one of Australia’s most interesting constitutional crises can be told, based on extensive research and access to the private papers of Sir Walter Campbell, Queensland’s vice-regal representative from 1985 to 1992.
It all began in 1987, when Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who had been in office for 19 years, refused to resign after losing the support of his party. What followed was a week of political machinations, failed deals, shadow boxing and, through it all, the calm and dignified deliberations of a Governor who was determined that convention – and parliamentary democracy – would prevail.
Sir Walter Campbell had been Dux of his school, a World War II flying ace, a high profile barrister and Queensland’s Chief Justice before becoming State Governor. The major elements of his life story, running to three articles and some76 pages, have been published in a series in “The Owen Dixon Society ejournal”, and may now be downloaded, read online (or printed) from the Bond University Law School site.
Co-written by Professor James Corkery of Bond University, this is the story of the right man at the right constitutional moment, a man who steered the good ship Queensland back into calmer waters.
Read the articles now at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1004&context=odsej