Episode 151: Tara King Era
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Steed and Tara must barricade the door to his flat to protect him from hoards of teenage girls madly in love with him.


 Amour, quand tu nous tiens...

 Herz ist Trumpf

 Amore a prima vista

 Amar A Todos

  On the Radio

• Love All

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger



Steed becomes a sex idol
Tara falls for the enemy*

Production completed: 18 November 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 19 February 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 3 February 1969

Uh-oh, secrets are leaking from within again, this time from the missile department. And this time the higher-ups involved are caught doing strange things, like jumping out of a second story window to escape house arrest. When one wizened chappy winds up shot in his car, the scent of perfume points to only one possibility: He was in love.


While it is yet another secrets-leaking-from-within yarn, this one goes to delightful extremes for original style. The look, the feel, the pace—it's all quite different, which breathes life into what could have been a bland story. As a bonus, most of the music score is new, composed just for this episode, which greatly enhances its originality—and earned its best of rank. As I'm very keen on music, it is frustrating to me that most of the Tara King episodes feature patchwork quilts of scores composed for the Emma Peel seasons; not only does this get a bit tiring, it is also saddening to hear such familiar riffs sliced, diced and recycled—to the point that it becomes a distraction.


Patrick Macnee cracked several ribs during the scene in which he rescues Tara from falling out of the window (shown in the image above left). And he didn't even know it at the time—he discovered it sometime later when he'd gone to the doctor with an odd pain.

Screenwriter Jeremy Burnham was a guest actor who appeared in three episodes: "The Town of No Return," "The Fear Merchants" and "The Forget-Me-Knot."

Frank Gatliff appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Man Overboard."

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

Martha (Veronica Strong) does a remarkable transformation from the old cleaning lady to a stunning young woman—while sitting in a car.

 Best Line

Steed comments to Sir Rodney, who had killed a surveillance agent, "Three shots. Very civil. You even shoot people in triplicate."

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Jeremy Burnham
Peter Sykes

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Nigel Bromfield
Sir Rodney Kellogg
And: [Tait]
[George Fryer]
[Basil Roxby]

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Veronica Strong
Terence Alexander #
Robert Harris
Patrick Newell #
Patsy Rowlands
Brian Oulton #
Frank Gatliff #
Anne Rye
Zulema Dene
Peter Stephens
Norman Pitt #
John Cobner
Robin Tolhurst
Larry Taylor
David Baron



Rhonda Parker


Terence Alexander

Angels of Death
The Town of No Return
The Correct Way to Kill

Frank Gatliff

The Eagle's Nest
One for the Mortuary
The Sell-Out
A Chorus of Frogs

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

Brian Oulton

The Charmers

Norman Pitt

A Change of Bait

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