• title card: white all caps text reading ‘STAY TUNED’ superimposed on Steed’s dark green, closed front door
  • Steed holds up a photo of him in Italy with a woman he can’t remember
  • Father, wearing dark glasses to hide her blindness, touches Steed on the shoulder, they are both in profile facing each other
  • Kreer fights Tara (off screen) with his sword stick
  • Lisa smiles nastily as she points her pistol
  • Proctor fades into view in Steed’s rear-view mirror as the hypnotic suggestion starts to wear off
  • Tara is on her old-fashioned white and brass phone as Steed enters her door at the top of the stairs

Series 6 — Episode 20
Stay Tuned

Teleplay by Tony Williamson
Directed by Don Chaffey

Production No E.67.9.23
Production completed: December 13 1968. First transmission: February 21 1969.

Regional broadcasts

Thames Television26/02/19698:00pm
ATV Midlands21/02/19697:30pm
Granada Television8/06/19698:25pm
Anglia Television23/07/19698:00pm
Border Television5/03/19698:00pm
Channel Television21/02/19697:30pm
Grampian Television21/02/19697:30pm
Southern Television21/05/19698:00pm
Scottish Television
Tyne Tees Television26/02/19698:00pm
Ulster Television21/02/19697:30pm
Westward Television21/02/19697:30pm
Harlech Television21/02/19697:30pm
Yorkshire Television1/03/19698:00pm

TV Times listing

TV Times listing for February 26 1969, 8pm (London edition)
Sydney Morning Herald listing for May 16 1969, 8pm
The Age listing for February 9 1970, 8.30pm

8.0 The Avengers
Patrick Macnee
Linda Thorson
Stay Tuned
By Tony Williamson

In an episode with a Manchurian Candidate flavour, Steed is about to set off on holiday when he is captured and brain-washed. Not only do his evil captors obliterate all memory of the past three weeks, but they also plant a post-hypnotic suggestion in his mind to murder Mother. And as Steed begins to retrace the steps of his lost three weeks, he begins to doubt his own sanity.

John Steed Patrick Macnee
Tara King Linda Thorson
Proctor Gary Bond
Lisa Kate O’Mara
Mother Patrick Newell
Father Iris Russell
Wilks Duncan Lamont
Collins Howard
Sally Denise Buckley
Kreer Roger Delgado
Dr. Meitner Harold Kasket
Travers Ewan Robert
Taxi driver Patrick Westwood

Executive in Charge of Production Gordon L. T. Scott Designer Robert Jones; Music Laurie Johnson; Director Don Chaffey; Producers Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens

International broadcasts

ABN2 Sydney, Australia16/05/19698:00pm
ABV2 Melbourne, Australia9/02/19709:00pm
ABC New York, USA24/02/19697:30pm
ORTF2 France14/11/19708:35pm
Suisse Romande, Switzerland
French titleLe visage (TF2:5)
ZDF Germany
German titleUrlaub auf Raten
KRO Netherlands7/05/19719:36pm
Dutch titleSteed op vakantie
TTI Italy16/12/1980 C51
Italian titleAmnesia
Spanish titleNo pierdan la onda

This episode was one of five that were left out of the initial run of series 6 in Melbourne, Australia, and was eventually rescreened in 1970 after the “Steed’s Choice” series of repeats of seven selected episode from series 5.

This episode was not broadcast in Switzerland or Germany.

USA: New York Times listing for February 24 1969, 7.30pm
Spain: El Noticiero listing for March 2 1970, 11.10pm
France: Le Confédéré listing for November 14 1970, 8.35pm
Netherlands: Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant listing for May 7 1971, 9.36pm
USA: Chicago Tribune highlights for February 24 1969, 6.30pm

Continuity & Trivia

  1. 1:17 (and again at 2:53 and 16:24 and 37:50) - Steed has a pile of sporting equipment packed, ready to go on holiday... just like in The Girl From Auntie and Basil in Wish You Were Here.
  2. 1:44 (and 3:00 and 16:55) - Steed tells the operator his number is Whitehall 9819.
  3. 2:04 — Clumsy camerawork as Steed hangs up, it pans from side to side then pans left to follow Macnee.
  4. 4:09 — More shakey camera work as Steed puts his cases in the hall.
  5. 5:00–5:23 — Steed thinks it’s October 14th but Tara shows him a pastcard dated October 21st, and he’s been on holiday for three weeks, so it’s now November, probably Guy Fawkes Day. However The Morning After was Tuesday the 21st, and it looks like the bank calendar says October.
  6. 5:55 — Those are very ugly shirts in Steed’s luggage.
  7. 7:59 and 17:45 — Are those holes in Dr. Meitner’s plastic spectacles, or small magnifying lenses?
  8. 8:18–9:20, 18:34 and 21:27 — There’s colour shift in the back-projection with Tara and Steed in the Lotus.
  9. 8:52 — Steed sent Mother a postcard with Bacchus on it, looking just like Mother. The word “bacchus” makes Steed try to crash the car.
  10. 10:36–10:44 — There’s something stuck to the top left of the camera lens in the mid shot.
  11. 11:30 — The painting reminds me of Emma’s in The Winged Avenger...
  12. 12:45 — Father takes Steed’s name off the active list and reduces his security rating to Third Class.
  13. 12:55 — Steed’s word association: Sea/breeze, Paris/spring, cafe/cognac, car/autostrada, colosseum/Rome, photograph/girl, name/place
  14. 14:01 — That’s a different photo of Steed & Lisa from the one seen at 6:23.
  15. 14:05 and throughout - The incidental music is from The Joker.
  16. 14:20–14:28 — There’s colour shift in the back-projection with Steed in the cab.
  17. 18:39 — That’s a lovely prescription prop. Dr. Meitner’s consulting rooms are at 2 Rambold Place London W1
  18. 26:13 — Tara appears to break in with a butter knife.
  19. 26:40 — Tara’s choice of shoes is odd for someone who’s sneaking into a house...
  20. 27:50–29:15 — Delgado and Thorson do the whole fight sequence themselves.
  21. 31:25 — Does Tara say “Kiss”?
  22. 32:42 — Father orders that Steed be followed, a 24 hour watch.
  23. 33:11 — Steed breaks into Kreer’s house using a Gray’s Bank credit card.
  24. 34:00 — Same corridor as The Forget-Me-Knot and Split!.
  25. 35:05 — Tara is bound and gagged and restrained by Wilks.
  26. 38:05 — Steed dials 199 for the operator.
  27. 39:50 and throughout - The close-ups of Lisa holding the gun aren’t quite in line with the midshots.
  28. 40:47 — There’s colour shift in the back-projection with Steed (and Proctor) in the Rolls.
  29. 43:10 etc. - Wht does the sofa in Kreer’s house have Steed’s cushions on it?
  30. 45:20 — More colour shift in the back-projection scene with Tara racing the Lotus to Mother’s house.
  31. Running time: 50′14″

The Transport

Lotus Europa S2 Pre-production [Type 54] 1968redPPW 999F
Austin FX4 taxi 1965blackSGH 777E?
Audi Super 90 F103 1967blueHCZ 5F
Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. ‘Silver Ghost’ 1923 H.J.Mulliner tourer (chassis number 46LK)pale lemonKK 4976

Who’s Killing Whom?

Kreer Tara impaled on his own sword-stick
Collins Proctor revolver shot (silenced)
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The Fashions

Tara Steed

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