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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 1

    The Quatermass Experiment

    Aired 4/2/05

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    An Endangered Species

    Aired 11/14/79

  • S 4 : Ep 3

    What Lies Beneath

    Aired 11/7/79

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    Lovely Lightning

    Aired 10/31/79

  • S 4 : Ep 1

    Ringstone Round

    Aired 10/24/79

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Mills

    Professor Bernard Quatermass [ 1979 ]

  • Jason Flemyng

    Professor Bernard Quatermass [ 2005 ]

  • David Tennant

    Dr. Gordon Briscoe

  • Hugh Griffith

    Dr. Leo Pugh

  • Simon MacCorkindale


  • show Description
  • In 1953, the original Quatermass series became the first full-scale science fiction serial on British television. The BBC had transmitted a few science fiction programmes before then, but nothing like The Quatermass Experiment had ever been seen in Britain before. Its influence, and that of the two subsequent original BBC productions of the 1950s (Quatermass II and Quatermass and the Pit) can be seen in many subsequent programs, including Doctor Who and Doomwatch. Each season is a single multi-episode story, and each featured a different lead actor playing Professor Quatermass, who must investigate a mysterious problem. Intelligence and scientific thoroughness are seen to win out in the end, but not before startling revelations build to a hair-raising climax. New visual and sound effects techniques were developed, particularly for the second and third series, which were impressive considering the relatively small budgets, and the fact that all of the first three series went out live, except for some filmed inserts. The series concept was resurrected by Euston Films in 1979 for broadcast on ITV. Titled simply Quatermass, this was the only series to be made entirley on film. Cinema versions of the first three seasons were made: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955, U.S. title, The Creeping Unknown), Quatermass 2 (1957, U.S. title, Enemy from Space) and Quatermass and the Pit (1967, U.S. title, Five Million Years to Earth). The ITV series was edited down to 107 minutes for theatrical release in the U.S.A. as The Quatermass Conclusion (1980). Quatermass returned to British screens in 2005 with a remake of The Quatermass Experiment, a 120-minute production broadcast live on BBC Four.moreless

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  • Notes (10)

    • This episode and the second are the only ones from the first series that were telerecorded, and thus the only surviving episodes. They are believed to have been experimental telerecordings that were not deemed to have yielded adequate picture quality (videotape was still new), and the BBC had no idea the series would be so popular, so the rest of the first series was not considered worth recording.

    • This episode survives as a telerecording.

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    • Quatermass and the Pit was scheduled to run for 35 minutes, as several of the Quatermass and Quatermass II episodes had run over their scheduled 30-minute slots.

    • This season of four 50-minute episodes was produced entirely on film by Euston Films and Thames Television for transmission on ITV.

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