The Avengers

Season 6 Episode 1

The Forget-Me-Knot

Aired Unknown Sep 25, 1968 on ITV
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Steed's friend Sean Mortimer arrives at Steed's flat in a state of confusion. He cannot remember how he has got there or even who he is. He only knows that there is a traitor in the organisation. While Mortimer and Emma are captured by a pair of motorcycle villains, Steed seeks help from his Mother, meets Agent 69, and becomes the centre of suspicion himself.moreless

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  • Steed meets Tara King, and we all meet Mother.

    Not by any means a bad episode of "The Avengers", but, alas, it ushers in the show's final and weakest phase. All the least interesting and least enjoyable segments of "The Avengers" that one can recall seem to come from this last series; worse yet, the standard of the stories gets noticeably lower as the series proceeds. There are happy exceptions, but one couldn't but feel that the great days were gone, and it was no surprise that the show was cancelled. This was emphatically not the fault of charming, funny Linda Thorson - a lightweight leading lady compared to her predecessors, perhaps, but still very likeable. The introduction of the archly-named "Mother" did much more damage. It is said that American network chiefs insisted on it.moreless
Patrick Kavanagh

Patrick Kavanagh


Guest Star

Jeremy Burnham

Jeremy Burnham

Simon Filson

Guest Star

Jeremy Young

Jeremy Young

George Burton

Guest Star

Patrick Newell

Patrick Newell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Steed: Stay with him, see what else you can get.
      Mrs Peel: Where will you be?
      Steed: Situation like this one does have to go and see Mother.

    • Tara: You'll want my address and phone number.
      Steed: I beg your pardon?!
      Tara: Well, I told you I saw your file, details everything, even your Achilles heel.
      Steed: Rubber-soled shoes.
      Tara: The opposite sex. (hands Steed her details) I was going to write it with invisible ink but I couldn't find any.

    • Mrs Peel: (to Tara King about Steed as she leaves) He likes his tea stirred anti-clockwise.

    • Mrs. Peel: (Talking to Steed) Always keep your bowler on in times of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Patrick Newell films his first appearance as Mother, on the fifth day of filming of this episode.

    • Linda Thorson's hair was badly damaged as the result of an order issued by a studio executive that Tara King should be a blonde. Linda said: 'They were so afraid that I was going to be just like Diana, that everything was done to go against that image; blonde instead of dark; fluffy and pink instead of black leather. Being a natural brunette, they decided to give me a day-to-day, weekly treatment of ninety-volume peroxide. As a consequence, my hair became brittle and eventually fell out. I was left with a short stubble of patchy growth on my head. So during the first half dozen episodes, I camouflaged this by wearing a selection of colourful wigs and hid from the public gaze for about six months until my own hair had regrown and I could show my face in public.'