Episode 134: Tara King Era
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Tara and Steed await the arrival of a gift from the President. The gift card reads: "...of our country, from our country." And the gift growls.


 Un dangereux marché

 Biete Putsch - suche Waffen

 Traffico d'armi

 Si Tienes Armas, Puedes Regatear

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed makes a bid to buy arms
Tara comes with the package*

Production completed: 29 February 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 11 December 1968
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 1 May 1968

When Colonel Nsonga—hot to stage a coup—arrives in Britian on the eve of the theft of several thousand brand new top-secret rifles, Steed positions himself to bid against his "old friend" for the weapons. Little does he know that it's a bid to save Tara's life, as the sellers want to use her in a live demonstration of the product!


Not only is it a major yawn, but one minute it's summer, next it's winter, one it's day, next it's night. That's because it is a reworking of "Invitation To A Killing," originally a 90-minute episode intended to introduce Tara King. It was produced by John Bryce prior to the return of Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell, who instead used "The Forget-Me-Knot" to serve as Tara's premiere, and chopped "Invitation" down to an hour.


Director Ray Austin, by the way, was the stunt arranger for the Emma Peel era, and made a credited appearance in "The Gravediggers."

Colonel Nsonga enjoys listening to the soundtrack from "Small Game for Big Hunters."

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Essential Reading



Written by
Directed by

Donald James
Ray Austin

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Colonel Nsonga
Lift Attendant

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Johnny Sekka
Nicola Pagett
Jonathan Burn
Timothy Bateson #
Michael Turner #
Robert Gillespie #
Roy Stewart
Peter J. Elliott #


Timothy Bateson

The Correct Way to Kill

Peter J. Elliott

A Funny Thing Happened...
Dead Man's Treasure
You Have Just Been Murdered
All Done with Mirrors

Robert Gillespie

The Last of the Cybernauts...??

Michael Turner

Dead Men Are Dangerous

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