Episode 157: Tara King Era
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Steed has Tara playing human TV antenna pole on the roof of his flat.



 Haute tension

 Vorsicht! Hochspannung!

 Roba da maghi

 Algo Mágico

  On the Radio

• Force of Evil

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed tackles a high-tension terror
Tara plays her own theme*

Production completed: 21 January 1969
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 2 April 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 24 March 1969

Something is killing archeologists working on a dig beneath a Norman church, and this something has a voracious appetite for energy. Had the diabolical mastermind who invented it not let two of them escape by accident, Britain would awake one morning to see thousands of the little critters running around—killing everybody.


So-so. Derivative (as might be expected from Terry Nation), rather uneven, and hobbled by plot holes. Professor Truman is one fat, disgusting fellow, by the way.


One of the x-rays of the black box happens to be the same one used in "Take Me To Your Leader."

Jeremy Lloyd (Teddy) played Carruthers, an MI5 agent, in the short-lived stage play of The Avengers.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

St. Mary's Church, Ridge, was one shooting location, as well as—you guessed it—Tyke's Water Lake (how redundant), Elstree. On Location provides a recent view of the lake.

 Best Line

Steed: "I used to have a very favorite aunt, and she used to say if Christmas had come in August, chestnut stuffing would never have been invented." Inge: "And what does this mean?" Steed: "I haven't the faintest idea, but she was always saying it."

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Terry Nation
Leslie Norman

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Inge Tilson
Professor Truman
Major Star
Dr. Grant

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Dora Reisser
Jeremy Lloyd #
Iain Cuthbertson
Willoughby Goddard #
Hugh Manning #
John Horsley #
Edward Burnham #
Vernon Dobtcheff# 007
Russell Waters #
Michael McKevitt
Neville Hughes
John Moore #
Harry Shacklock #


Edward Burnham

The Fear Merchants

Vernon Dobtcheff

Room Without a View
The Living Dead

Willoughby Goddard

The Frighteners

John Horsley

Mr Teddy Bear

Jeremy Lloyd

From Venus With Love

Hugh Manning

The Thirteenth Hole
The Superlative Seven

John Moore

The Hidden Tiger

Harry Shacklock

A Change of Bait
The Mauritius Penny
Man-Eater of Surrey Green

Russell Waters

Castle De'ath

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