• title card: white all caps ornate text slightly askew reading ‘THE INTERROGATORS’ superimposed on Caspar, sitting in a chair under a bright light surrounded by Mannering, Soo and Blackie who are interrogating him
  • Steed checks to see no-one’s watching after entering the red phone box which is the secret door into Mother’s office
  • Izzy Pound marches around the quarry practicing his one-man band act. He wears a Union Jack hat with a pheasant feather in it and plays the trumpet and accordion
  • Tara speaks to Mr. Puffin, who pokes his head out of a cloud of balloons
  • Tara is interrogated by Mannering and Soo; Toy and Ling Ho stand guard in the background
  • Tara leaps over the mailitary officers, determined to defend Steed from them
  • Steed tries to interrogate Tara with charm - he must know the secret ingredient in her soup!

Series 6 — Episode 13
The Interrogators

Teleplay by Richard Harris and Brian Clemens
Directed by Charles Crichton

Production No E.67.9.19
Production completed: October 31 1968. First transmission: January 1 1969.

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television1/01/19698:00pm
ATV Midlands2/01/19697:00pm
Granada Television13/04/19698:25pm
Anglia Television2/01/19697:00pm
Border Television8/01/19698:00pm
Channel Television2/01/19697:00pm
Grampian Television1/01/19698:00pm
Southern Television5/03/19698:00pm
Scottish Television3/04/19698:00pm
Tyne Tees Television1/01/19698:00pm
Ulster Television2/01/19697:00pm
Westward Television2/01/19697:00pm
Harlech Television2/01/19697:00pm
Yorkshire Television3/01/19697:35pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for April 13 1969, 8.25pm (Northern edition)
TV Times listing for a 1980s repeat on Channel Four
Sydney Morning Herald listing for March 28 1969, 8pm
The Age listing for March 25 1969, 8.30pm

8.25 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee
Linda Thorson
Patrick Newell
Christopher Lee
The Interrogators
By Richard Harris, Brian Clemens

Steed and Tara scent trouble when two contacts of secret agent Lt. Roy Caspar are found dead. Caspar denies any knowledge of the affair, even when confronted with one of the bodies. Caspar meets his death and then one of the contacts of agent Minnow is killed. Like Caspar before him, Minnow refuses to throw any light on the murder until Mother puts the pressure on…
It seems that a certain Colonel Mannering has found an ingenious method of eliciting vital information from Mother’s agents. Tara and Steed join battle with the Colonel in an effort to show their agents that they are being duped, but nerves of steel are needed before they can prove their point.

John Steed Patrick Macnee
Tara King Linda Thorson
Col. Mannering Christopher Lee
Minnow David Sumner
Caspar Philip Bond
Mother Patrick Newell
Blackie Glynn Edwards
Rasker Neil McCarthy
Mullard Neil Stacy
Norton Neil Wilson
Mr. Puffin Cardew Robinson
Captain Soo Cecil Cheng
Naval officer Mark Elwes
RAF officer David Richards

Designer Robert Jones; Director Charles Crichton; Producers Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens

The 1980s repeat listing greatly truncates the plot synopsis but adds a credit for Executive in Charge of Production Gordon L. T. Scott.

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia28/03/19698:00pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia25/03/19698:30pm
ABC New York, USA20/01/19697:30pm
ORTF2 France23/1/82 TF1
Suisse Romande, Switzerland
French titleInterrogatoires
ZDF Germany
German titleMannerings Fragestunde
KRO Netherlands12/03/19719:36pm
Dutch titleDe ondervraagden
TTI Italy28/1/1981 C51
Italian titleGli inquisitori
Spanish titleLos Interrogadores

Only the United States of America, Australia, and the Netherlands showed this episode in first-run series.

USA: Chicago Tribune listing for January 20 1969, 6.30pm
USA: New York Times listing for January 20 1969, 7.30pm
Netherlands: Zierkzeesche Nieuwsbode highlights for March 12 1971, mentioning The Avengers

Continuity & Trivia

  1. throughout - Colonel Mannering’s presumably fake medals are:
    Distinguished Service Order, British Empire Medal
    1939–45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp, Italy Star, France and Germany Star
    Defence Medal, War Medal 1939–45 with oak leaf for being mentioned in dispatches, Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea
    General Service Medal (1918–61), General Service Medal (1962), Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, Croix de Guerre 1939–1945
    The same medals are worn by Brigadier Hansing in The Morning After.
  2. 1:48 — Lt Roy Caspar’s serial number is 22413791. He wears just the two General Service Medal ribbons when in dress uniform.
  3. 2:16 (2:20) - Christopher Lee emerges from a corner of the surgery which was completely empty 20 seconds earlier.
  4. 2:55 — The caption title acetates are very dirty, there’s grit and hair all over it.
  5. 3:08 — Steed has an antique phone in the Bentley again.
  6. 3:10–3:22 — That’s a stand-in for Macnee.
  7. 3:25 — Steed dials 0 to enter Mother’s HQ through the phone booth.
  8. 3:30 (3:50) - Mother’s HQ is hidden, Get Smart style, behind a telephone box.
  9. 8:29 — Yet another visit to the quarry last seen in the previous episode, They Keep Killing Steed.
  10. 11:15 — There’s a hair at top right after the guards drag Caspar thruogh the door.
  11. 15:29 — The boom microphone dips alarmingly into shot as Steed stands up from questioning Caspar.
  12. 16:03 — The boom micropohne appears again, waggles about until 16:08 and then you see its shadow on the wall for a few seconds.
  13. 31:22 (32:10) - Tara has been selected to go to Centre 53 to attend TOHE course A7. The documents are covered by Secret Security Sealed Instruction 47, subsection QR4932.
  14. 35:46 — The boom microphone appears again when Tara is introduced to the other officers in the bar.
  15. 44:55–45:00 — one of the officers runs through a door in an army uniform and a couple of seconds later he is wearing a navy uniform.
  16. 46:25 — There’s a hair in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  17. 46:46 — You can see a painted backdrop through the French doors.
  18. 47:00 — Steed’s bowler has a steel crown this week, deflecting Toy’s bayonet.
  19. 47:31 — There’s a hair top left as Steed is apprehended by the officers.
  20. 49:50 (51:19) - Steed’s intonation “not to give away your secret recipe” is obviously redubbed.
  21. Running time: 50′20″

The Transport

Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. ‘Silver Ghost’ 1923 H.J.Mulliner tourer (chassis number 46LK)pale lemonKK 4976
Ford van?blue?
Vandenplas PrincessgreyCYT 392C
Austin 3 Litreoff whiteNOV 319G
Brantly B-2 helicopterwhite above, dark green belowG-AVCA

Who’s Killing Whom?

Wilson Blackie arrow fired from victim’s composite bow
Izzy Pound Blackie sniper rifle
Fillington Blackie sniper rifle
Blackie Mr. Puffin revolver
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Tara Steed

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