Episode 146: Tara King Era
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Tara arrives at Steed's flat to find he is being held prisoner there—babysitting a neighbor's baby.


English: "The Prisoner

 Étrange Hôtel

 Willkommen im Shakespeare's Inn

 Elizabethan Hotel

 Deseando Que Estés Aquí

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger



Steed wonders where Tara's got to
Tara takes an endless holiday*

Production completed: 12 Sept. 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 12 February 1969
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 18 November 1968

When Tara's uncle doesn't return from holidays for over a month, she gets worried and runs down to the Elizabethan Hotel to see him. Turns out the hotel provides a unique service for certain guests: They can check in, but...


It's hard to dislike this one—it's very nearly as good as "All Done with Mirrors." Smartly written as a send-up to The Prisoner, it shines mostly due to Linda Thorson's fine comic performance. The only strike against it, which hardly diminishes its merits, is that it features so many recognizable Avengers alumni (what I call "doppelgangers") that it's like old home week at the hotel.


Tony McKay spotted the post-laser blast painting from "From Venus With Love" on the wall of an office at the start of this episode.

Dudley Foster appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Operation Mangle."

Howard Blake composed the incidental music for this episode.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

Edgwarebury Hotel, Elstree, was used once again as a location. On Location provides several views.

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Tony Williamson
Don Chaffey

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Charles Merrydale
Maxwell Greene
Basil Crighton-Latimer
Stephen Kendrick
James Brevitt
Miss Craven
Mr. Maple
Attractive Girl

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Liam Redmond #
Robert Urquhart #
Brook Williams
Dudley Foster #
Patrick Newell #
Gary Watson #
Richard Caldicot #
Derek Newark #
David Garth #
Louise Pajo
John Cazabon
Sandra Fehr



Rhonda Parker


Richard Caldicot

A Funny Thing Happened...

Edward de Souza

Six Hands Across A Table

Dudley Foster

The Hour That Never Was
Something Nasty in the Nursery

David Garth

The Big Thinker
How To Succeed....At Murder

Derek Newark

Trojan Horse
From Venus With Love

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

Liam Redmond

Small Game for Big Hunters

Robert Urquhart

Castle De'ath

Gary Watson

Immortal Clay
Lobster Quadrille
Death on the Slipway

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