The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Somebody is leaking secrets from the Carmadoc research institute and suspicion falls upon Steed, who has been spending some time there. He is accordingly put under rather luxurious house ... See full summary »


Ray Austin


Leigh Vance (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Dinsdale Landen ... Watney
Peter Copley ... Sparshott
Edwin Richfield ... Barlow
Michael Trubshawe ... Col. Withers
Patrick Newell ... Mother
Joanna Vogel Joanna Vogel ... Pandora (as Joanna Jones)
Nora Nicholson ... Miss Emily
Tenniel Evans ... Carswell
Liane Aukin Liane Aukin ... Miss Tiddiman
Anthony Dutton Anthony Dutton ... Seligman
Peter Thomas Peter Thomas ... Kettridge
Graham Ashley Graham Ashley ... Markin
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Real Colonel


Somebody is leaking secrets from the Carmadoc research institute and suspicion falls upon Steed, who has been spending some time there. He is accordingly put under rather luxurious house arrest at Mother's, whilst Miss King and her somewhat incompetent new partner Watney unmask the real traitor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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2 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The story focuses almost entirely on Tara King instead of John Steed. See more »


After her swim in the sea, Tara returns to the lighthouse. Her hair is still wet but her clothes are dry. See more »


Pandora Marshall: All the others are imposters, secret agents.
Real Barlow: And they're stealing secrets from the Research Establishment.
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Perhaps the Best Tara Episode of the Bunch
20 September 2012 | by mcelhaneySee all my reviews

Well paced, good plot with a couple of really fine action sequences, namely Tara taking on a bearded, silent henchmen and kicking another one down the stairs of a lighthouse that takes a year...well, "leap year" so to speak.

The plot itself benefits from being simple in execution as a couple of mysterious deaths near a top secret research facility have Tara investigating along with a new, somewhat inept agent. Because Steed has already been seen at the facility, he is under "arrest" to divert suspicion. Numerous clues lead Tara to a lighthouse where the investigation takes an interesting turn.

Linda Thorson looks wonderful dressed in tight fitting clothing and employing some "pseudo-judo" which makes her fights look more realistic. I enjoy the way the bearded henchman has no set up, yet he seems menacing enough.

Going by production order, this is the first episode that Rhonda appears. According to the official story, Patrick Newell, who plays "Mother" was not happy about having to maneuver his wheelchair around and spotted Rhonda Parker (being 6 foot tall, she was hard to miss) as one of the "beauties" and asked if she could be his assistant. She was hired on the spot and did 17 more episodes. Going by show order, Rhonda actions seem rather out of character as she smiles at Steed as if she has never met him before (in production order, she hasn't). In all of her other appearances she rarely smiles at all.

Overall, this is a well crafted episode that measures up to the Emma Peel of the few that does.

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