Episode 150: Tara King Era
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Tara arrives at Steed's bearing a gift from Merlin: A box of luminous dust. "When you gotta glow, you gotta glow."


 Le matin d'après

 Sag mir, wo die Menschen sind

 Il giorno dopo

 El Día Después

  On the Radio

• The Morning After

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed and a foe face a bomb threat
Tara takes a long nuclear winter's nap*

Production completed: 5 Nov. 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 29 January 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): Scheduled for 27 January 1969, but pre-empted—see Trivia for details

In an attempt to escape capture by Steed and Tara, quadruple-agent Merlin releases a new sleeping gas, but is knocked out as well. The three awaken a day later to a deserted town under martial law. But while the outside world thinks that the army is there to de-fuse an old atom bomb found buried in an embassy building, they're actually installing a new one!


Mind you, the teaser might make you cringe, as someone wearing a clown mask does something naughty—making three episodes to begin the same way. But fear not—things improve quickly. A cross between "The Hour That Never Was" and "Sleeper," this episode demonstrates once again that we can get along just fine without Ms. King, who spends the whole of the hour asleep. Almost good enough to rate an Honorable Mention, but sadly, like its New Avengers counterpart, it tends to run in place rather than get anywhere—even Brian Blessed can't bellow it along.


*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.


 On Location

Deserted London was actually St. Albans, Watford, and Old Hatfield (with thanks to Tony McKay).

 Best Line

Steed: "Sock it to me." Yes, he really said that, at the beginning of the tag, as a dig at The Avengers' American television competitor at the time, Laugh In.

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
John Hough

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Jenny Firston
Brigadier Hansing
Sergeant Hearn
Major Parsons

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Peter Barkworth #
Penelope Horner
Joss Ackland
Brian Blessed #
Donald Douglas
Philip Dunbar
Jonathan Scott


Peter Barkworth

The Medicine Men
The Correct Way to Kill
Kill the King

Brian Blessed

The Superlative Seven

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