A for Andromeda (1961– )

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Set in 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes ... See full summary »

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 Professor Ernest Reinhart (7 episodes, 1961)
Patricia Kneale ...
 Judy Adamson (7 episodes, 1961)
Peter Halliday ...
 John Fleming / ... (7 episodes, 1961)
Noel Johnson ...
 J.M. Osborne (6 episodes, 1961)
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 General Vandenberg (5 episodes, 1961)
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 Professor Madeleine Dawnay (4 episodes, 1961)
Peter Henchie ...
 Egon (4 episodes, 1961)
John Hollis ...
 Kaufman (4 episodes, 1961)
Frank Windsor ...
 Dennis Bridger (3 episodes, 1961)
John Murray Scott ...
 Harvey (3 episodes, 1961)
Brenda Peters ...
 Secretary to Osborne / ... (3 episodes, 1961)
Ernest Hare ...
 Minister of Science Ratcliff / ... (3 episodes, 1961)
John Rowlands ...
 Lab Assistant / ... (3 episodes, 1961)
Jack May ...
 Major Quadring (2 episodes, 1961)
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 Corporal (2 episodes, 1961)
Maurice Hedley ...
 The Prime Minister (2 episodes, 1961)
Peter Ducrow ...
 Doctor Hunter (2 episodes, 1961)
John Nettleton ...
 Harries (2 episodes, 1961)
Peter King ...
 Newsreader (2 episodes, 1961)
David King ...
 Minister of Defence Burdett (2 episodes, 1961)
Barry Jackson ...
 1st Sentry / ... (2 episodes, 1961)
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Set in 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes argument between two of leading team members, Fleming and Dawnay, over the machine's real intentions as it provides further instructions to create a living organism, which Dawnay starts to develop. Later it appears to compel lab assistant Christine to commit suicide, and when the organism is fully developed, it appears in the exact form of Christine, and named Andromeda. But what is the purpose of this "creature" ...? Written by Anonymous

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In late 2006 the complete soundtrack to final edition "The Last Mystery" was recovered as an off-air recording. See more »

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It's now on DVD
23 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well, part of it is. The good news is that there is now a BBC DVD set containing what remains of "A for Andromeda" (the whole of the last episode, and stills from the others linked with text commentary plus a few scenes which were probably taken by people filming their TV sets, or possibly from copies of copies sent to TV companies abroad) and the whole of the sequel "The Andromeda Breakthrough". The bad news is that it is now extremely unlikely that we will ever see the 'lost' episodes, unless some alien race intercepted the TV transmissions from 1962...

Having been a bit too young to watch them when they were originally televised (I was only 6 at the time, and only just remembered that they existed when I found the novelisations as a teenager) but having read and reread the books many times, I was thrilled to find the DVD set. I just wish that more of the first series had survived with Julie Christie (don't get me wrong, I've completely fallen in love with Susan Hampshire's Andromeda, but I wish I had more of Julie Christie's for comparison as well).

Dr. Fred Hoyle has a special place for me, he was the author who first got me interested in computers (through his book "The Black Cloud" which contains a description of programming in those days, as well as AforA). Many of his themes were very advanced for the time and still relevant. Some of his scientific ideas are currently discredited (for instance he supported the "steady state" hypothesis, that the universe has always existed, instead of the "Big Bang") but both his fiction and nonfiction was among the best at the time. Unlike many modern SF authors his romance was low-key and suggested rather than explicit, and his plots are thoughtful rather than full of action, but I find that a nice change from modern Hollywood and TV productions, and many modern SF writers.


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