Episode 160: Tara King Era
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At Tara's flat, Steed plays a game of invisible golf.


 Noël en février

 Stille Tage auf dem Land

 Il complotto


  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger


Steed celebrates Christmas in February
Tara tries to set him straight*

Production completed: 21 February 1969
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 23 April 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 14 April 1969

At the country home of some friends of Steed's, three men and a woman arrive and promptly make the homeowners prisoners. But no one had expected Steed's arrival, which puts a wrinkle in the strangers' plans to ruin a peace conference that is to take place nearby.


Having the feel of a stage play rather than a TV show, this one stands out from the crowd (as well as from typical Terry Nation fare). Striking in its stylistic breaks, it is played quite straight, with the only hint of goofiness being the best scene. Even the music is uncharacteristic—several fights are unaccompanied by a single note. But it is almost too different, too un-Avengers, which is the main reason it fails to achieve best-of status. Having Steed's hair getting all mussed up simply will not do!


*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

As an after-dinner diversion, the group engages in a "name-that-composer" game, with Steed and Grenville trying to out-do one another. The music is over-the-top avant-garde—as is the dialog. A welcome break in an otherwise dead-serious episode.

 Best Line

"I haven't seen a room clear so quickly since Freddie Ferman took a live skunk into a Turkish bath." (Steed's remark at seeing the dining room clear out right after dinner)

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Terry Nation
Robert Fuest

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Bill Bassett

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Tom Adams #
Elizabeth Sellars
Michael Gwynn
Hilary Pritchard
Garfield Morgan #
Keith Buckley #
John Comer
Anthony Sagar


Tom Adams

The Far-Distant Dead
Death on the Slipway

Keith Buckley


Garfield Morgan

The Fear Merchants

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