The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 22

The Positive Negative Man

Aired Unknown Nov 04, 1967 on ITV
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Episode Summary

When a scientist is found embedded in a wall, Steed and Emma pursue a man in make-up and wellies, whose appearance is terribly shocking.

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  • Why are so many scientists being electrocuted?

    A very jokey segment, featuring a variation on "The Cybernauts" - the killer, instead of being a robot, is a man suffused with broadcast electricity, so much so that his touch means death. He is, of course, the hireling of a megalomaniac planning to take over Britain, but Steed and Emma are able to make good use of the rubber in those boots of hers (and a pair of rubber galoshes for him) to foil the plot. Some very well-known actors - Bill Wallis, Sandor Eles - depart the episode rather faster than one would expect (or like), but Ray McAnally makes a fine villain.moreless
Michael Latimer

Michael Latimer


Guest Star

Caroline Blakiston

Caroline Blakiston

Cynthia Wentworth-Howe

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Peter Blythe

Peter Blythe

Mankin/James Mankin

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Tag: Outside Risely Dale, Steed and Emma pay the penalty of their contact with electricity. He becomes magnetised to his Bentley, as does Mrs. Peel when she goes to help him. As Steed remarks, 'Don't fight it, Mrs. Peel. We're inseparable!'

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Cynthia: We assistants come in four categories: confidential, secret, most secret and top hush.
      Steed: You reached the top of your profession?
      Cynthia: Not quite. My ultimate ambition is to achieve the special category of "Button lip".

    • Steed: I got a ten-pound salmon last week.
      Cynthia: Really? Where?
      Steed: In Bond Street. I was walking by a hotel and it fell out of the window, straight into my arms. There was a contretemps with the chef. He's a volatile fellow, but he had no aim with a salmon. Of course I threw it back. It would not have been sporting to hold on to it.

    • (The contents of a filing cabinet have been burned.)
      Steed: You seem to have pyromanic mice.

    • Emma: What are you? AC or DC?
      Steed: I have never had the occasion to find out.

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