One of Channel 4's greatest acquisitions when it started up in the early 80s was its regular Saturday night reruns of the Emma Peel episodes of The Avengers. This was my introduction to them and on viewing them, I was smitten! What an incredible chemistry between Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee as Emma Peel and John Steed as they fended off colourful villains on a weekly basis from Cybernauts to a Positive Negative Man, each episode featuring an equally captivating guest star, among them Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Peter Bowles.
As for Steed and Emma Peel’s on-screen chemistry, there was never a question of a will they or won't they romance, the chances are the characters had already been there and done that, they'd got it all out of their systems and were now channeling their energies into saving the world!
I have rediscovered those Emma Peel episodes several times over the years, on TV reruns and video purchases, they still have a great timeless energy and flair to them, as I recently discovered with my 8 year old son as we found these shows once again on the True Entertainment channel recently. "These are much better than those other Avengers" he observed referring to the Marvel film franchise and I have to agree, John Steed and Emma Peel still rule.
John Steed is whom Patrick Macnee will be remembered for and ultimately will go on giving so much pleasure with, as The Avengers continues to enthral generations in the coming years.
Certainly the next glass of champagne I sample will be raised to this incredible actor's legacy. Thank you Patrick Macnee!