Episode 159: Tara King Era
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Steed is brushing up on genealogy, and finds he is of royal blood—barely.






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• The Young Avenger


Steed hides out with a young lady
Tara learns Mother has died*

Production completed: 13 February 1969
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 16 April 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 31 March 1969

When a key witness is nearly murdered, Steed is called upon to provide protection. But the ones who want her dead devise an incredibly elaborate and devious means to extract Steed's whereabouts from Tara—which involves bombing Steed's flat and killing Mother!


Not bad, really. The scheme to dupe Tara is well devised, and the scenes with Steed matching wits with Miranda are cute. What's missing is a mastermind, someone to boo.


For those keeping tabs on when Steed carries a gun, you can chalk this one up on the list—Tara even takes notice of it.

Steed's Aunties (in a manner of speaking): Steed has an uncle who is a chess grandmaster and a cousin named "Demon Desmond" who is the world Ludo champion.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

Letchmore Heath and Totteridge Village provided location settings.

 Best Scene

The enemy agents arrive at the "safe house" expecting to find Steed, but instead find Mother and Rhonda, the latter taking them out in grand style.

 Best Line

Miranda learns that Steed's cousin is Demon Desmond, the world Ludo champion, and exclaims, "Groovy, baby!"

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Don Chaffey

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Angela Douglas #
John Cairney
John Paul #
Patrick Newell #
Denis Shaw
Terence Sewards
Mike Lewin
Kathja Wyeth
Harvey Ashby #
John Baker #



Rhonda Parker


Harvey Ashby

The Decapod
Death at Bargain Prices

John Baker

You Have Just Been Murdered

Angela Douglas

Dance with Death

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

John Paul

The Three-Handed Game

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