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)
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 Judy Adamson (7 episodes, 1961)
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 John Fleming / ... (7 episodes, 1961)
Noel Johnson ...
 J.M. Osborne (6 episodes, 1961)
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Donald Stewart ...
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Mary Morris ...
 Professor Madeleine Dawnay (4 episodes, 1961)
Peter Henchie ...
 Egon (4 episodes, 1961)
John Hollis ...
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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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Little of this series remains. Until 2006, only approximately fifteen minutes (the fourth and fifth film reels) of the final episode survived, plus some clips including the titles. The sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962), survives in its entirety. See more »

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Referenced in Demon Seed (1977) See more »

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Superb science fiction
22 June 2005 | by (Boston, US) – See all my reviews

I concur with author Martin Dench. I was only ten years old when A For Andromeda was screened but I remember vividly being riveted to the TV screen. A For Andromeda dealt intelligently with the discovery of extra terrestrial intelligence and its social and political consequences. The serial was totally believable and way ahead of its time. It is one of the great tragedies of television history that the BBC wiped this series. If this had not happened it is likely that A For Andromeda, and its sequel serial, The Andromeda Breakthrough, would have become world wide cult series like The Prisoner.

There are informative articles with episode synopses in the British TV fantasy magazine Timescreen of March 1987, and the American TV science fiction magazine Epi-log of March 1992.

I had thought that the BBC had wiped all of A For Andromeda, but a whole episode, The Eye of the Tiger' is now on Youtube.


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