The Forget-Me-Knot

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"The Forget-Me-Knot"
The Avengers episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 1
Directed by James Hill
Written by Brian Clemens (teleplay)
Produced by Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens, Julian Wintle
Featured music Laurie Johnson
Production code 6-3
Original air date 25 September 1968 (1968-09-25)
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"The Forget-Me-Knot" is the first episode of the sixth series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, and introducing Linda Thorson as Tara King. It was first aired by Thames Television on 25 September 1968. The episode was directed by James Hill, and written by Brian Clemens.


Agent Sean Mortimer arrives at Steed's flat with what appears to be a severe case of amnesia. Crucially, Mortimer does remember that there is a traitor in the organisation. Co-opting trainee agent 69, Tara King, Steed and Mrs Peel uncover a plot to infiltrate the organisation by means of a potentially devastating memory-wiping drug.



The Forget-Me-Knot was not originally part of the planned sixth season of The Avengers. Having decided to cast Linda Thorson as Steed's new sidekick Tara King, producer John Bryce had started filming episodes with the character already in place and - as with her predecessors - no introduction. However Bryce was fired midway through production of the third episode, and the previous series producers, Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens, were re-hired. Clemens abandoned the episode whose production was underway (entitled "The Great, Great Britain Crime", scenes of which were later salvaged for the episode entitled "Homicide and Old Lace"). Instead, he decided that there needed to be a continuity explanation for the replacement of Mrs Peel by Tara King, and set about hastily developing a storyline which would account for this. Diana Rigg's scenes were shot in four days in December 1967 with production completed the following month. A "handover" scene featuring both characters was filmed on the last day of Rigg's contract with ABC Television on 19 December 1967.[1]


  1. ^ Rogers, Dave (1995) The Ultimate Avengers, Boxtree

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