Episode 127: Emma Peel Era
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Steed is magnetically attached to his Bentley. When Emma tries to help, she becomes stuck to Steed, who advises, "Don't fight it, Mrs. Peel—we're inseparable."

  Stats ?


 La dynamo vivante

 Der todbringende Anzug

 Il progetto 90

 El Hombre Eléctrico

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• Rodney's Reviews


Steed Makes the Sparks Fly
Emma Gets Switched On

Production completed: 31 August 1967
UK Premiere (London, Season 6): 3 November 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 3): 17 January 1968

People are found embedded in walls, documents inside sealed safes are found burned—such are the events that draw Steed and Emma into the picture. They discover that an ordinary man, using some high-voltage technology left over from an abandoned science project, has acquired extraordinary powers for the purpose of murder and mayhem.


A nifty episode with some nice special effects, as well as a generous helping of wonderful Steed/Emma exchanges. A tad of unevenness is compensated by plenty of wit—to wit: "My ultimate ambition," explains Miss Wentworth-Howe, "is to achieve the special category of button-lip."


Bill McCutcheon wonders if the Positive Negative Man's finger electrode might originally have been one of Willy Frant's fingers in "A Touch of Brimstone."

 On Location

Once again the BR Centre in Watford is pressed into service, this time as Risley Dale.

 Best Scene

Steed's reaction to Emma's line, "I don't usually fall for strangers," which she uses as an excuse to collect a sample of the titular character's makeup, is a riot. "And to plumb the depths of utter banality...!"

A strong contender is the great little sequence when Emma notices where Cynthia Wentworth-Howe keeps her keys, and alerts Steed.

 Best Line

Miss Wentworth-Howe hands Steed the key to a safe and he smiles, commenting to himself, "Still warm." Or perhaps you prefer Emma's as she departs: "Don't forget to return the key."

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

Tony Williamson
Robert Day

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Cynthia Wentworth-Howe
Maurice Jubert
Miss Clark
Charles Grey

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Ray McAnally #
Michael Latimer #
Caroline Blakiston #
Peter Blythe #
Sandor Eles #
Joanne Dainton
Bill Wallis #
Ann Hamilton


Caroline Blakiston

The Gravediggers
Dance with Death

Peter Blythe

A Sense of History

Sandor Eles


Michael Latimer

A Touch of Brimstone
Angels of Death

Ray McAnally

They Keep Killing Steed

Bill Wallis

A Touch of Brimstone

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