The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The See-Through Man 

When an enemy agent purchases a secret "invisibilty" formula, it takes the perceptive Avengers to see through his plans. The Avengers deals with the Cold War with an aristocratic detachment.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Jonathan Elsom ...
Sir Andrew Ford
Harvey Hall ...
David Glover ...


When the Ministry of Defence is apparently infiltrated by an invisible man the avengers visit an eccentric professor who claims to have sold a formula for invisibility to the Eastern Drug Company - a front for the Russian embassy. Two Soviet spies are in town but one seems to have disappeared and Emma and Steed must discover if he really has the power of invisibility and, if not, how is he simulating it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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3 March 1967 (USA)  »

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We see objects by the light they reflect; the formula makes a person absorb all light. With no reflected light the person is invisible. In the real world, an object that absorbs all light appears as a black shape. For invisibility you need to absorb absolutely no light. You also need a refractive index equal to the air, or whatever medium you are in. See more »


At the end, in the house, the invisibility is explained by electronics moving the furniture etc and creating the voices. However that doesn't explain the invisibility events in the government offices in the beginning of the episode. See more »


Prof. Ernest Quilby: You a member? Of the B.A.?
John Steed: The B, eh...
Prof. Ernest Quilby: British Alchemists.
John Steed: Oh, no, no, the M.O.D.
Prof. Ernest Quilby: Ah. M.?
John Steed: Ministry of Defence.
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Roy Kinnear and Warren Mitchell
15 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

"The See-Through Man" has been curiously maligned over the years, mostly due to the return appearance of Russian Ambassador Vladimir Jiroslav Brodny, last seen the previous season in "Two's a Crowd," and inoffensively played by Warren Mitchell, solid veteran of "The Golden Fleece" and "The Charmers" (but best remembered as Alf Garnett on the long running TILL DEATH US DO PART). Also back for a third time is Roy Kinnear ("Esprit De Corps," "The Hour That Never Was," "Bizarre"), as eccentric inventor Ernest Quilby, whose idea of an invisibility formula is rejected by the government, like all his others (he had hoped they would be able to find a willing guinea pig to test it). Enemy agents have already purchased the formula from Quilby, and are hiding out with the easily duped Brodny, who gets the best line in a wonderful exchange with Steed: "invisible man? I would see through that one immediately!" Hardly the dud it's usually made out to be, echoed somewhat in the 1998 flop movie "The Avengers," in which an invisible character is played by the unseen Patrick Macnee! Harvey Hall previously appeared unbilled in "The Master Minds," while Jonathan Elsom went on to do "Killer," John Nettleton did "The Rotters," and David Glover did "Noon-Doomsday."

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