Episode 152: Tara King Era
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Fang the Wonder Dog delivers a case to Tara's flat. From it emerges Steed's voice asking that she take care of the dog. Unfortunately, she has left an identical case behind which explains that she can't take the dog.


 L'homme au sommet

 Koffer, Koffer, du mußt wandern

 Portami dal tuo capo

 Llévame Con Tu Líder

  On the Radio

• Take Me to Your Leader

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger


Steed tries to bribe a little girl
Tara reaches a dead end*

Production completed: 29 November 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 5 March 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 10 February 1969

A red suitcase containing a hefty sum of money, not to mention a bomb as a security device, is giving people orders—where to take it and when. Believing it is headed for "Mr. Big," Mother puts Steed and Tara in charge of tracking the case—which leads them straight back to Mother!


A jolly fun ride, this one, with some clever twists, and the only thing keeping it from full-four-bowler status is that we know who "Mr. Big" is a half-hour before our heroes do. If nothing else, it's worth it for Penelope Keith's ear-shattering scene.


According to Tony McKay, the script very likely had Steed as Tara's partner in the "duck blind" at the airfield. Word is that Macnee was unavailable for the shot, and so it was re-written with another character—but apparently not before some of the photography had already been completed. Note that we see Captain Andrew getting into the bubble car, whereas a bowler-wearing double is seen driving it.

Pablo Alonso notes that Terry Nation reused the trick of a case with a bomb as the plot device in The Persuaders episode, "Chain of Events."

The x-ray of the case is recycled in "Thingumajig." Also, Mother refers to Grandmother in the opening scene.

Howard Blake composed the incidental music for this episode.

Michael Hawkins appeared in two Police Surgeon episodes, "Wilful Neglect" and "The Bigger They Are."

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

After finally sending the little children of her class out of the room "back to their cages," Penelope Keith releases an ear-shattering primal scream.

 Best Line


 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Terry Nation
Robert Fuest

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Colonel Stonehouse
Captain Tim
Major Glasgow
And: [Audrey Long]
[Sally Graham]
[Ministry Doctor]

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Patrick Barr 007
Patrick Newell #
John Ronane #
Michael Robbins #
Henry Stamper
Penelope Keith #
Hugh Cross
Elisabeth Robillard
Michael Hawkins #
Shelia Hammond
Bryan Kendrick
Raymond Adamson #
Matthew Long #
Cliff Diggins
Wilfred Boyle



Rhonda Parker


Raymond Adamson

The Decapod
The Grandeur That Was Rome

Michael Hawkins

The Golden Fleece
The Deadly Air

Penelope Keith

Something Nasty in the Nursery
The Murder Market

Matthew Long

Cat Amongst the Pigeons

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

Michael Robbins

Mr Teddy Bear
Square Root of Evil

John Ronane


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