Episode 132: Tara King Era
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Tara requests an exotic drink, but Steed only has champagne—naturally. Her only concern is his strange behavior whilst changing his suit—his hand looks crippled, just like Kartovski's.


 Double personnalité

 Geist sucht Körper

 Doppio gioco?


  On the Radio

• Split!

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger


Steed thaws out an old adversary
Tara is his next brain trust*

Production completed: 1 February 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 23 October 1968
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 10 April 1968

A murder takes place within the Ministry of Top Secret Information, but the level of security makes it quite impossible for an outsider to do such a thing. Then a handwriting expert confirms that documents written by Ministry personnel match that of an enemy agent slain by Steed years ago!


A bevy of familiar faces manage to pull off a cross between They Saved Hitler's Brain and "Who's Who???" Predictable, but no less enjoyable for it. Worth the price of admission to see Christopher Benjamin (of J.J. Hooter fame) as the "hand-witing expuht."


This installment was actually a leftover Emma Peel script that wasn't produced owing to Diana Rigg's departure from the series. Dennis Spooner was involved with the script, although he is not credited.

There is, however, some evidence to support the notion that part of it may have been shot during the color Rigg production season. First, it is well documented that several episodes were being shot simultaneously during this time. And second, it is only one of four Thorson episodes (the others being "Have Guns - Will Haggle," which began as "Invitation To A Killing," the first Tara King episode filmed, "The Forget-Me-Knot," the last Emma Peel episode, and "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues") to feature Steed's green Bentley, his trademark automobile for the Emma Peel era. For all of the rest of the Tara King era, Steed only drove one of two yellow Rolls Royces.

Pablo Alonso wonders, who is Boris Kartovski? A man from the East trying to improve the relationship between his side and the West? An enemy agent slain by Steed years ago whose brain has been preserved? Or two Clemens' characters with the same name?

Bernard Archard appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Under the Influence...?"

Acronym Alert: TSI is the (Ministry of...) Top Secret Information.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

Haberdasher Aske's School, Elstree, is pressed into service once again, this time as Nullington Hospital.

 Best Scene

Steed puts the hospital receptionist "away" (shoving her into a filing cabinet by smacking her bottom—see the third image), and clearly enjoys himself doing it.

 Best Line

"Wemawkable!" (Swindin, the hand-witing expuht)

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Roy Baker

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Lord Barnes
Peter Rooke
Dr. Constantine
Boris Kartovski
Harry Mercer
Frank Compton
The Butler

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Nigel Davenport #
Julian Glover # 007
Bernard Archard #
John G. Heller #
Jayne Sofiano
Steven Scott #
Maurice Good #
Iain Anders
Christopher Benjamin #
John Kidd #


Bernard Archard

The Master Minds

Christopher Benjamin

How To Succeed....At Murder
Never, Never Say Die

Nigel Davenport

The Danger Makers

John Kidd

A Surfeit of H2O

Julian Glover

Two's a Crowd
The Living Dead

Maurice Good

Forward Base
Don't Look Behind You
Hunt the Man Down

John G. Heller

The Correct Way to Kill
Man-Eater of Surrey Green

Steven Scott

Second Sight

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