Quatermass II (1955)

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Several years after the previous serial took place, Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
John Robinson ...
 Professor Bernard Quatermass (6 episodes, 1955)
Monica Grey ...
 Paula Quatermass (6 episodes, 1955)
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 Dr. Leo Pugh (6 episodes, 1955)
John Stone ...
 Captain John Dillon (4 episodes, 1955)
Charles Price ...
 2nd Guard / ... (4 episodes, 1955)
Dermot MacMahon ...
 3rd Guard / ... (4 episodes, 1955)
Stephen Scott ...
 Guard / ... (4 episodes, 1955)
Manny Michael ...
 Guard / ... (4 episodes, 1955)
Austin Trevor ...
 Fowler (3 episodes, 1955)
Edwin Brown ...
 Paratrooper / ... (3 episodes, 1955)
Peter Roy Taylor ...
 Paratrooper / ... (3 episodes, 1955)
Rupert Davies ...
 Vincent Broadhead (2 episodes, 1955)
Michael Golden ...
 Paddy (2 episodes, 1955)
John Miller ...
 Stenning (2 episodes, 1955)
John Rae ...
 E.G. McLeod (2 episodes, 1955)
Denton De Gray ...
 Technician (2 episodes, 1955)
Ian Wilson ...
 Ernie (2 episodes, 1955)
Desmond Jordan ...
 Young Workman (2 episodes, 1955)
Peter Carver ...
 Australian Commentator / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
Martin Lane ...
 Technician (2 episodes, 1955)
O'Donovan Shiell ...
 Head of Commission (2 episodes, 1955)
Scott Harrold ...
 Man in Pub / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
Roger Delgado ...
 Hugh Conrad (2 episodes, 1955)
Bryan Kendrick ...
 2nd Technician (2 episodes, 1955)
Malcolm Watson ...
 Member of Commission (2 episodes, 1955)
Carl Lacey ...
 Member of Commission (2 episodes, 1955)
Robert S. Young ...
 Member of Commission (2 episodes, 1955)
Bernard Dudley ...
 Member of Commission (2 episodes, 1955)
Stephen Dunne ...
 Member of Commission (2 episodes, 1955)
Reginald Jessup ...
 Extra in Riot Sequence / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
Brian Moorehead ...
 1st Guard / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
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Several years after the previous serial took place, Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his future son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, draws the Professor's attention to a strange hollow meteorite which interrupted an Army Training exercise. Quatermass and Dillon investigate, and discover a vast government production plant which has some connection with the meteorites. After coming in contact with the noxious gas contained inside the meteorites, Dillon is taken away by the plant's security guards. When Quatermass presses this issue with an old civil service acquaintance, he learns that the plant is supposedly making synthetic food. Both men learn that this is untrue, and that the true products of the plant will threaten the world itself. Written by Christopher M. Buckey <ChrisBuckey@nospam.msn.com>

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Writer Nigel Kneale could not think of a dramatic title for the story, so he simply named it Quatermass II and justified it to himself by giving the same name to the nuclear-powered rocket which features centrally in the story. See more »

Goofs

During the rocket launch in Episode 6, the rod supporting the model rocket can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Grice: I'm going to make ruddy BBC announcers out of you lot if I have to soften up your gullets with my bare hands!
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Follows The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) See more »

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Zero Minus Sixty
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I Agree With SteveReed100: This Is The Best One
15 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to find this on YouTube and have rewatched it a couple of times. Definitely IMO as well, it's the best of all the Quatermass offerings. I know that most people will disagree. Oh well. What makes this work is precisely what some would complain about: it's clunky. Very clunky. Funky and clunky. But I like that. Why I don't know. The main actor is.. let's say it: he's terrible. This was live television back when. Maybe that's the charm: they make mistakes. I like that. The man slotted for the part died and this fellow was brought in. Supposedly he "had trouble" with the "technical parts" of his lines. Hmm. I don't know. I just think he was a bad actor. But, as I said, I like that. Don't know why. The space trip is a riot. Really enjoyed it. Especially when they're walking around on the "asteroid". It's wonderfully ridiculous. They wear spacesuits that make them look like giant dildos. No kidding. And yet the series is actually frightening. As clunky as it is it still manages to provide a chill. Don't forget.. this was just after WW2.. after Naziism and Fascism in Europe and the rise of absolutist Communism in Eastern Europe. Therefore you could see the series as metaphor for the fascist or communist usurpation of power in the UK. That's where the chill comes from. Normal people easily corrupted and turned into grim fascist goons working for hideous monsters. That is a metaphor that still resonates and somehow the clunkiness amplifies the effect. For me anyway. You probably wouldn't see it that way. Oh well.


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