A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.
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 Professor Bernard Quatermass (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 Dr. Matthew Roney (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 Colonel James Breen (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 Captain Potter (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 Barbara Judd (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Michael Ripper ...
 Sergeant (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Harold Goodwin ...
 Corporal Gibson (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Clifford Cox ...
 First Private / ... (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Brian Gilmar ...
 Second Private / ... (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Alexander Moyes ...
 Narrator (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Brian Worth ...
 James Fullalove (4 episodes, 1959)
Richard Shaw ...
 Sladden (4 episodes, 1959)
Richard Dare ...
 Private Secretary / ... (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Kenneth Seeger ...
 Sightseer / ... (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Tony Quinn ...
 News Editor (3 episodes, 1959)
John Walker ...
 Private West (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert Perceval ...
 Minister / ... (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ian Ainsley ...
 Police Inspector (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Noel Howlett ...
 Vicar Gilpin (3 episodes, 1959)
Edward Burnham ...
 Official (2 episodes, 1959)
Allan McClelland ...
 1st Journalist / ... (2 episodes, 1959)
Bill Shine ...
 2nd Journalist / ... (2 episodes, 1959)
Harold Siddons ...
 Electrician (2 episodes, 1959)
Bernard Spear ...
 First Customer / ... (2 episodes, 1959)
Patrick Connor ...
 Policeman (2 episodes, 1959)
Hilda Barry ...
 Mrs. Anne Chilcot (2 episodes, 1958)
Victor Platt ...
 P.C. Ellis (2 episodes, 1958)
Kenneth J. Warren ...
 Young Constable (2 episodes, 1958)
Howell Davies ...
 Mr. Chilcot (2 episodes, 1958)
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When a skull is found during building works at Knightsbridge, London, the work is halted in order that a full archaeological dig can proceed. The diggers delve deeper, finding more skulls, but also finding some form of tube-like shell made of a ceramic like material. The Ministry of Defence believe it to be an un-exploded bomb, but when they manage to dig inside the shell, dead insect-like creatures are found. The MOD continue with their story, but Professor Quatermass's theory that the insects are Martians who visited Earth over five million years ago is proved to be correct with drastic consequences. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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22 December 1958 (UK)  »

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The Pit  »

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£17,578 (estimated)
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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original filmed inserts were edited into a two part compilation for a repeat broadcast in 1960 and still exist today. See more »

Goofs

During the cliffhanger of Episode Two ("The Ghosts") the interior of the capsule is still streaked with dirt and clay. When this scene is reprised at the start of Episode Three ("Imps and Demons") the capsule is completely clean, even though no time is supposed to have elapsed. See more »

Quotes

First Private: [watching Quatermass examine the capsule] What's the boffin up to?
Cpl. Gibson: Gonna open it up with his little pocket knife.
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Connections

Follows Enemy from Space (1957) See more »

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Mutations No. 2
Written and Performed by Trevor Duncan
Courtesy of Conroy Music Library
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A Remarkable Piece of Television
22 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Quatermass and the Pit is a truly remarkable piece of television. An excellent script, brilliant atmospheric direction and great performances from the cast. Anthony Bushell's Colonel Breen is an utterly unlikable character without being a clichéd hissable villain figure. The guy is so uptight you can almost feel his buttocks clenching! Cec Linder is a very likable character and his friendship with Quatermass is totally believable. As for Quatermass himself... whilst Brian Donlevy played a totally different character (let's be honest the character in the first two Hammer movies is Quatermass in name only, or should that be'Quittermuss'?) John Robinon was really good in the role, Reginald Tate, Andrew Keir and John Mills were all excellent but Andre Morell makes the role his own and completely outshines all the other very fine actors who played this part. He's a charismatic figure full of charm, authority and compassion (if I was a scientist I'd like to be this guy!). Morell is totally convincing in all aspects of the role, whether arguing with pompous ministers or fighting the Martian influence he carries the whole thing along with considerable style. Rudolph Cartier creates a truly chilling atmosphere, complimented by the sinister incidental music. The design is also magnificent. The Martians were an inspired design and Hammer's version of the creatures ten years later are very poor in comparison. A brilliant piece of television science fiction, rarely (if at all) equalled in nearly fifty years!


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