Colin Fish, an actor-director like so many of his contemporaries, played the role of Mother in the
Sonovision version of The Avengers. It is also believed that he may well have directed the
unbroadcast pilots for the series, made at AFS Studios.
Among his directing credits were the Sonovision drama series, Squad Cars, and a play with
visiting diva, Marlene Dietrich. It was reputed that Dietrich was less than co-operative. One of her
co-stars in the play recounted how Colin Fish gave the instruction: "Please approach the mike
slowly, Miss Dietrich" (so that her approaching footsteps could be recorded), to which Dietrich
replied: "Can you not bring the mike to me?" - Fish however, denies this. "That's absolute rubbish.
She was a delight to work with. She even wrote me a letter saying it was some of the best work
she had ever done."
Outside of The Avengers, Colin worked for the South African Broadcasting Corporation for
many years, as the Senior Drama Producer for the English Service in Johannesburg.
sadly died in 2006 after a long illness.
by Donald Monat with Alan Hayes