Episode 147: Tara King Era
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Steed returns to his flat to find it awash with postcards, and Tara bearing a gift: an inflatable dinghy, which Steed unwittingly inflates.


 Meurtre au programme




  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger



Steed gets a new partner
Tara gets some R and R*

Production completed: 27 September 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 22 January 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 30 December 1968

Mother's agents are turning up dead, one after another, prepackaged, gift-wrapped and dumped in a graveyard. Remak, a suspected agent-killer, proves to be more efficient than any human ever could—perhaps because he isn't human (Remak: Remote Electro-Matic Agent Killer).


Staunch Emma Peel fans find cause to rejoice as Tara goes off on holiday, replaced by Lady Diana Forbes-Blakeney, or "Forbes," as Steed calls her, in a role originally scripted for Thorson. Although Jennifer Croxton is not as strong an actress as Diana Rigg, she does manage to put in a plucky performance with plenty of Emma-isms, making this already decent episode extra special. Oh so slender and athletic, she even sports similar hair and fighting styles. Clearly the producers had resurrected the ghost of Emma, making us all the sadder for this being her one and only appearance. Where was Jennifer Croxton when we needed her back around October '67? (Actually, she appeared in "Invitation To A Killing," only to wind up on the cutting room floor before it aired as "Have Guns - Will Haggle.")


You'll notice that the credits in a lot of Tara King episodes, rather infuriatingly, list the guest cast without identifying their characters. Pete Stampede has been trying to do something about this, so here are the "and" characters for this episode (in brackets).

Acronym Alert: REMAK is the Remote Electri-Matic Agent Killer.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

Haberdasher Aske's School, Elstree, is once again the principal location.

 Best Scene

Steed and Forbes share a nip of Napoleon, "special reserve" (above), before dealing with a gunman who has them pinned down.

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Tony Williamson
Cliff Owen

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
And: [Paxton]
[Ralph Bleech]

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Jennifer Croxton
Grant Taylor
William Franklyn #
Richard Wattis 007
Patrick Newell #
Harry Towb
John Bailey #
Michael Ward
James Bree# 007
Michael McStay
Anthony Valentine #
Charles Houston
Jonathan Elsom #
Clive Graham
Oliver Macgreevy



Rhonda Parker


John Bailey

Killer Whale
Dial a Deadly Number
A Change of Bait

James Bree

Immortal Clay

Jonathan Elsom

The See-Through Man

William Franklyn

Silent Dust

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

Anthony Valentine

The Bird Who Knew Too Much

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