The Avengers: Season 6, Episode 6

The Positive Negative Man (17 Jan. 1968)

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A scientist is killed by having been hurled through and embedded in a wall. This is the latest death of a person engaged in the government's Project 90, whose documents can also not be ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Creswell
Michael Latimer ...
Peter Haworth
Caroline Blakiston ...
Cynthia Wentworth-Howe
Peter Blythe ...
James Mankin
Sandor Elès ...
Maurice Jubert (as Sandor Eles)
Joanne Dainton ...
Miss Clarke
Bill Wallis ...
Dr. Charles Grey, AD
Ann Hamilton ...


A scientist is killed by having been hurled through and embedded in a wall. This is the latest death of a person engaged in the government's Project 90, whose documents can also not be found. When the Avengers investigate they discover a bizarre means of murder whereby the killer can carry an electrical charge to the victim without being electrocuted themselves. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Emma Peel, science research
4 April 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Positive Negative Man" presents another full proof science fiction plot, laced with danger and wit. The concept of broadcast power, working electrical appliances without wires or plugs, is being used for nefarious purposes, as several researchers turn up dead, and all traces of the top secret papers destroyed. Emma Peel's seldom utilized science background figures out the finer points, while Steed flirts effortlessly with a 'hush hush' Ministry official, played with affection by Caroline Blakiston ("Dance with Death" and "The Gravediggers"), who keeps every key attached to her luscious gartered thigh (Emma to Steed: "don't forget to return the key!"). Many Hammer veterans are present- Michael Latimer (1966's ""Prehistoric Women), last seen in "A Touch of Brimstone," Sandor Eles (1964's "The Evil of Frankenstein" and 1970's "Countess Dracula"), last seen in "Concerto," and Peter Blythe (1966's "Frankenstein Created Woman"), last seen in "A Sense of History," plus Bill Wallis, last seen in "A Touch of Brimstone," and Ray McAnally, who would return for another sci fi entry, "They Keep Killing Steed." With only three more episodes remaining for Diana Rigg, this provides a lasting vision of the two stars' magnetic personalities, as both are attached to Steed's auto, with his ironic yet touching exclamation, "don't fight it, Mrs. Peel...we're inseparable!" Also, these last few shows were shot in the gorgeous British summer of 1967, Strawberry Fields indeed. Stay tuned.

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