The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Having broken his leg, Steed is now convalescing in a private hospital, where he is visited by Miss King. However, she has been followed - by Gerard Kafka - the driven former head of Murder... See full summary »


Peter Sykes


Terry Nation (teleplay)


Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Ray Brooks ... Farrington
T.P. McKenna ... Grant
Griffith Jones ... Baines
Lyndon Brook ... Lyall
Peter Bromilow ... Kafka
Patrick Newell ... Mother
Peter Halliday ... Perrier
Anthony Ainley ... Sunley
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Hyde
David Glover David Glover ... Carson
Lawrence James Lawrence James ... Cornwall
Alfred Maron Alfred Maron ... Taxi Driver




Having broken his leg, Steed is now convalescing in a private hospital, where he is visited by Miss King. However, she has been followed - by Gerard Kafka - the driven former head of Murder international. Thanks to Steed he was caught and sent to prison for seven years. Now he is released and swearing vengeance on the man who put him inside. His plan is that Steed will die at exactly twelve noon. With Steed incapacitated, it is down to Miss King to save the day. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The secluded location of Department S was filmed at the farm owned by producer Brian Clemens: Park Farm, Ampthill. See more »


The entire story leads up to a confrontation at twelve noon. When Steed asks Tara to make him a cup of tea, the clock behind him shows a quarter to twelve. But then it cuts to a close-up and now the clock is showing eight minutes to twelve. See more »


John Steed: You forget the luck of the Irish.
Tara King: You're English.
John Steed: Don't quibble over small points!
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References High Noon (1952) See more »

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Do not forsake me o' my Tara
28 April 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Noon Doomsday" follows the pattern set by the 1952 Western classic "High Noon," right down to having the two hit men arrive at their destination on horseback. Convalescing with a broken leg at a top secret hideaway (shot at the actual farm belonging to producer Brian Clemens), Steed learns that Gerald Kafka (Peter Bromilow), an enemy he had captured at noon 7 years before to the day, has escaped and has him targeted for death, with assistance from both Kyle-Farrington (Ray Brooks), a knife expert, and Norman Grant (T. P. McKenna, "Trojan Horse" and "Death at Bargain Prices"), a sharpshooter. Like its namesake, anticipation is slowly built up as the hour approaches, the two killers awaiting Kafka's arrival (by helicopter!) at a nearby train station, now abandoned. The tight security measures are carefully sabotaged, not to help the enemy gain entrance, but to keep everyone from getting out! Mother and Rhonda take up temporary residence in Steed's quarters, and set up Tara's visit at precisely 10:30 AM (again, like its namesake, the audience experiences the story in real time, more or less). Once threatened, Tara fails to secure aid for Steed from his fellow wounded agents, apart from Edward Sunley (Anthony Ainley), despite his confinement to bed (he keeps watch, and successfully warns her on one occasion). The climactic showdown is well worth waiting for, as Tara singlehandedly takes on all three foes, until the ailing Steed finally confronts his nemesis face to face (this is the episode where Tara's feelings for Steed are more pronounced than ever before, a nice touch). Also featuring Lyndon Brook ("The Hidden Tiger"), John Glyn-Jones ("A Sense of History"), and David Glover ("The See-Through Man"). Second script from Terry Nation, while Peter Sykes returned to direct one other classic, "Love All." For the next episode, we go from "High Noon" to "The Maltese Falcon."

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28 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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