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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Trivia

Hilda Fenemore replaced Nelly Griffiths at very short notice. In fact, Griffiths was still credited in the Radio Times cast listing for Episode Two ("The Mark"). See more »

Goofs

At the start of the scene in the camp committee's office, the first part of Dawson's dialog is all but inaudible due to the wrong microphone having been faded up. See more »

Quotes

Robert: If you want odd things to happen, just ask the government.
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Connections

Followed by The Quatermass Conclusion (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Mars, Bringer of War
Composed by Gustav Holst
Performed by the Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra
Conducted by Adrian Boult
Courtesy of Pye Group Records
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The very best of the Quatermass stories
26 June 2002 | by (N E Lincolnshire) – See all my reviews

Having recently come by a pirated copy of this on VCR recently, I can honestly say after several viewings that this has to be the best of the Quatermass seriels made by the BBC in the 1950s. Broadcast live on UK TV in 1955, this is an altogether more together piece than the remade Hammer film of a few years later and has a much more involving plot. One of the main diferences in the story has Professor Quatermass actually travel to the alien asteroid with his assistant Leo Pugh to destroy the ammonid things before more of them reach the earth.

Another plot addition is the introduction of little metallic cases to contain the aliens in and make them more readily available for transportation to one victim to another, a side plot sadly missing from the afformentioned Hammer film. The story is slow to build up, but once it gets going there is no stopping it and you soon become deeply involved in the plot. The character Broadhead from the film version is called Ward here and it is only a 3 man expedition that enters the Synthetic Food plant at Winnerden Flats, during this visit Ward dies covered in black slime and Quatermass and a character called Fowler discover to their horror that a nearby picnicking family have been gunned down by the impossing Zombie guards. Altogether a fantastic serial in all 6 parts (complete for those that are still hanging onto the belief that all or some of the episodes are missing). News is doing the rounds that the serial may be making it's way onto DVD this year and hopefully it will make it.


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