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Wish You Were Here 

A holiday resort has a strict "no check out" policy for certain guests, including Tara King, in this clever parody of Patrick McGoohan's "The Prisoner."


Don Chaffey


Tony Williamson (teleplay by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Linda Thorson ... Tara King
Liam Redmond ... Charles Merrydale
Robert Urquhart ... Maxwell
Brook Williams Brook Williams ... Basil
Dudley Foster Dudley Foster ... Parker
Patrick Newell ... Mother
Gary Watson ... Kendrick
Richard Caldicot ... Mellor
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Vickers
David Garth ... Brevitt
Louise Pajo ... Miss Craven
John Cazabon ... Mr. Maple
Sandra Tallent Sandra Tallent ... Attractive Girl (as Sandra Fehr)


Miss King's uncle Charles has been staying at the Elizabethan hotel but his return is overdue so she goes to collect him . However she finds the hotel staff have devised ways to stop them and other guests from leaving in a plot to rob and kill them or in Charles' case for his business to be taken over in his absence. Miss King leads a successful revolt of the prisoners just in time for Steed's arrival. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The Edgewarebury Hotel ("The Elizabethan" in this episode) also appeared in feature films "The Rough And The Smooth" (1959) and "School for Scoundrels" (1960), where it doubled as the tennis club where Palfrey takes on Delauney; also in Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) episode The House On Haunted Hill [16/11/69] See more »


John Steed: Basil...
Mother: It's a simple case. A man with the mentality of a child of seven could handle it.
John Steed: On that basis, Basil qualifies.
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This ain't Hotel California
30 April 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Wish You Were Here" is basically a solo Tara adventure like "All Done with Mirrors," right down to burdening her with an incompetent assistant for the unavailable Steed. Charles Merrydale (Liam Redmond, "Small Game for Big Hunters"), Tara's uncle, is among a select number of guests in an Elizabethan hotel who are held prisoner out in the open, with his business being taken over by Stephen Kendrick (Gary Watson, "Death on the Slipway," "Immortal Clay," "Lobster Quadrille"). Any attempts to check out meet with flat tires, staged 'accidents,' or simply lame excuses from the manager (Dudley Foster, "The Hour That Never Was" and "Something Nasty in the Nursery"). Tara's arrival meets with success once the experience of working alongside Steed is put to ingenious use. A marvelous Tony Williamson script, embellished by an excellent cast of familiar faces, including Robert Urquhart ("Castle De'ath"), Richard Caldicot ("A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station"), Derek Newark ("Trojan Horse" and "From Venus with Love"), and David Garth ("The Big Thinker" and "How to Murder").

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18 November 1968 (USA) See more »

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