Episode 154: Tara King Era
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Steed is having a rough time navigating Tara's apartment, which is choked with fog.


English: "The Gaslight Ghoul


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Steed becomes a Gaslight Ghoul
Tara sees right through him*

Production completed: 31 December 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 12 March 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 17 February 1969

Members of the world disarmament committee arrive in London to face thick fog and an historic killer named the Gaslight Ghoul who picks them off one by one.


It's a one-note samba that fails to stir much interest. Part of the problem is the over-enthusiastic use of dark, shadowy, foggy scenes that leave the entire episode—much like the script—impenetrably murky. Not to mention that, with several characters wearing the same "Gaslight Ghoul" costume, it's a challenge keeping track of who's who. Nothing to recommend in this one except perhaps the final sequence wherein Steed deflects a series of swordsticks hurled at his chest without so much as blinking an eye—but it's perhaps only worth it if you wake up in time.


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."

Although David Lodge appears in the credits, he never appears on screen—a victim of the editor's scissors.

A short bit may be missing from this DVD. When Nigel Green is murdered, Steed says, "I'll get a doctor." Green replies, "You forget Steed, I am a doctor. You can get me an undertaker." Apparently Green's reply may have been cut (I have yet to verify this). It was suggested on the Mausoleum Club Forum that the cut was made because the American audience would not understand the reference to an undertaker.

Patsy Smart appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Lag on the Run."

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Jeremy Burnham
John Hough

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Sir Geoffrey Armstrong
And: [Osgood]
[Mrs. Golightly]
[Blind Man]

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Nigel Green #
Guy Rolfe
Patrick Newell #
Terence Brady
Paul Whitsun-Jones #
David Lodge #
Norman Chappell #
David Bird
Patsy Smart
John Garrie #
Frederick Peisley
Arnold Diamond #
John Barrard
Frank Sieman #
Virginia Clay
Bernard Severn
Stan Jay
William Lyon Brown #


William Lyon Brown

Death's Door

Norman Chappell

Dead of Winter
The Gilded Cage
Dial a Deadly Number
Dance with Death

Arnold Diamond

Who's Who???

John Garrie

The Winged Avenger

Nigel Green

The Winged Avenger

David Lodge


Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

Frank Sieman

Six Hands Across A Table

Paul Whitsun-Jones

Man With Two Shadows
The Wringer
Room Without a View

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