Episode 109: Emma Peel Era
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  We're Needed

Whilst Steed observes, Emma slips a culture slide into a microscope to discover it says, "Mrs. Peel—We're Needed!"


Steed and Emma end up pushing his antique Rolls down the road.

  Stats ?


 L'homme transparent

 Die Durchsichtigen

 L'uomo invisibile

 El Hombre Invisible

 De onzichtbare man

  Other Viewpoints

• Guest Essay
• Illuminations
• Visitor reviews
• Rodney's Reviews


Steed Makes a Bomb
Emma is Put to Sleep

Produced: November 1966
UK Premiere (London, Season 5): 3 February 1967
US Premiere (New York, Season 2): 3 February 1967

Brodny makes his return accompanied by an "invisible man," a colleague who has devised a plot to bankrupt the government by duping certain officials into believing that a formula for invisibility actually works.


This is unquestionably my least-favorite Emma Peel episode (the subhead should read, "Levene makes a bomb"). I'm sorry, but even though the show is supposed to be a tad goofy, Brodny is way too much to take, and he's even worse this time than he was in "Two's a Crowd." Only one real bright spot, when Steed and Emma discuss chemistry (center left).


Robert Ahuna of Los Angeles wonders if anyone else has noticed that the plots of "The See-Through Man" (Feb. '67) and the Get Smart episode "Now You See Him, Now You Don't" (Oct. '65) are virtually identical? And Charity wasn't fooled by the invisible man the way Brodny was—she notes how the water in the shower passed right through him...

By the way, Pablo Alonso of Argentina points out that Brodny says he has tickets for a Beatles concert. But the last Beatles concert was in San Francisco on 29 August 1966, so Brodny bought tickets for a non-existent gig. Of course, it is possible that, when this episode was produced, nobody realized the San Francisco gig would be the last. That they mentioned the Beatles at all is curious considering the general absence of real-world references in the show.

Acronym Alert: MOD is the Ministry of Defence.

 On Location

Shenley Lodge, Shenley, was used as Quilby's house. The embassy was actually Edge Grove School, Aldenham, and Daviot Hall was the oft-used BR Centre at the Grove, Watford.

 Best Line

Emma: "Yuk!"

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Directed by

Philip Levene
Robert Asher

Full production credits


John Steed
Emma Peel
Sir Andrew Ford

Patrick Macnee 007
Diana Rigg 007
Moira Lister
Warren Mitchell #
Roy Kinnear #
Jonathan Elsom #
John Nettleton #
Harvey Hall #
David Glover #


Embassy Guard

Peter J. Elliot


Jonathan Elsom


David Glover

Noon Doomsday

Harvey Hall

The Gravediggers
The Master Minds

Roy Kinnear

Esprit de Corps
The Hour That Never Was

Warren Mitchell

The Golden Fleece
The Charmers
Two's a Crowd

John Nettleton

The Rotters

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