The Avengers must identify a modern day "Jack the Ripper," targeting members of an international disarmament conference.


John Hough


Jeremy Burnham (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Nigel Green ... The President
Guy Rolfe ... Travers
Patrick Newell ... Mother
Terence Brady Terence Brady ... Carstairs
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Sanders
David Lodge ... Maskell (credit only)
Norman Chappell Norman Chappell ... Fowler
David Bird David Bird ... Charles H. Osgood
Patsy Smart ... Mrs. Golightly
John Garrie ... Wellbeloved
Frederick Peisley Frederick Peisley ... Rowley
Arnold Diamond ... Haller
John Barrard ... Grunner


A group of foreign delegates visiting a fog-bound London for an international disarmament conference are lured to their deaths by a killer imitating the Victorian mass murderer the Gaslight Ghoul. Never caught the ghoul has inspired a number of professional men to start their own Gaslight Ghoul club one of whom aims is to unmask the original killer. Steed joins the club to discover the identity of the latter-day culprit. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

17 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In many episodes Steed's bowler is used by him or someone else to hit someone on the head, with a sound effect revealing it to be metal, the person invariably knocked out.

In this episode Steed is hit on the head whilst wearing his bowler, and it affords him no protection at all. See more »


Mark Travers: [catching Steed reading another man's mail] That's not cricket, is it, Steed? Is it, Steed?
John Steed: No, it isn't. But I'm a rowing man.
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My Favorite Tara adventure
17 June 2010 | by wnewman106See all my reviews

I'll try not to use the word "atmospheric" more than 3 or 4 times here, but atmospheric it is. There are some problems here in the amount of happenings in one night's time, though. How can anyone write a diary in an hour that could be aged enough to fool the President of the Gas Light Ghoul Club? Try that with the Jack The Ripper fans and, wait...that was indeed done with some of the fans wasn't it? Steed's solving of the mystery clue was certainly obscure (fever of living???), his finding a costume shop open late at night was fortuitous, and his fight with the villain wasn't one of his best. Still, this was one of the best episodes of the entire series and had most of the elements that made The Avengers the show that it was. Did I mention this was atmospheric, atmospheric?

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