Episode 148: Tara King Era
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At Steed's flat, Tara prepares him a special mushroom omelet, using a giant mushroom courtesy of one of the rotters.


 Du bois vermoulu

 Durch und durch verrottet

 Il mondo marcirà

 La cárcoma

  On the Radio

• The Rotters

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger


Steed gets a piano lesson
Tara dodges the axe*

Production completed: 8 October 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 8 January 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 16 December 1968

Experts on forestry and timber are being murdered. Seems they all know a bit too much about a powerful form of dry rot—which a madman will release on the country if he is not paid the modest sum of one thousand million pounds.


At times this episode suffers from its own form of dry rot. Consider one of several similar scenes: Tara is driving along and encounters a truck in the road. When a man emerges from it wielding an axe, rather than just drive away, she gets out of her car and fights him! Is it me, or does this seem excruciatingly stupid? Frustrating, given that the episode also sports some great characters, particularly Mr. Pym.


Acronym Alert: BBC are British Burial Caskets, a division of WTI or Wainwright Timber Industries.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

The Hatfield Country Club, Essendon, was the setting for both the Wainwright Timber Industries and the church in St. Andrews.

 Best Scene

Steed chats with Mr. Pym, a man with a personality (delightfully) consumed by dry rot. One of the best oddballs to appear in a long time.

 Best Line

"Look, I'm very tied up as I told you just now, I have nerbium teselartum in the hammer beam and I have hillertroops bijalum in the perlins, so after all that would you think it very rude if I might have a sit down?" (Mr. Pym, from the best scene)

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Dave Freeman
Robert Fuest

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
And: [Sawbow]
[Mrs. Forsythe]

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Gerald Sim #
Jerome Willis #
Eric Barker
John Nettleton #
Patrick Newell #
Frank Middlemass
Dervis Ward
Harold Innocent #
Tony Gilpin
Amy Dalby
John Stone #
Charles Morgan #
Harry Hutchinson #
Noel Davis #
John Scott #



Rhonda Parker


Noel Davis

A Funny Thing Happened...

Harry Hutchinson

The Master Minds

Harold Innocent

The Medicine Men

Charles Morgan

Brought to Book

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

John Nettleton

The See-Through Man

Gerald Sim

The Radioactive Man
Mission to Montreal
The Wringer
Dial a Deadly Number
The Lion and the Unicorn

John Scott

November Five

John Stone

The Secrets Broker
The Joker

Jerome Willis

How To Succeed....At Murder

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