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The Tomorrow People -- Jake sends John to kill Liz but being forced to go against the Tomorrow People's nature causes him to return to normal.John and Liz realise that if Mike plays Sogguth's drum on live television then Sogguth will be released into the world.


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30 April 1973 (UK) See more »
The Tomorrow People are British teens who have special powers. They can communicate to each other using telepathy... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 118)
Nicholas Young ... John (68 episodes, 1973-1979)
Philip Gilbert ... Tim / ... (66 episodes, 1973-1979)
Elizabeth Adare ... Elizabeth (50 episodes, 1974-1979)
Peter Vaughan-Clarke ... Stephen (46 episodes, 1973-1977)
Michael Holoway ... Mike (29 episodes, 1975-1979)

Series Directed by
Roger Damon Price (17 episodes, 1973-1976)
Vic Hughes (16 episodes, 1975-1979)
Paul Bernard (9 episodes, 1973)
Stan Woodward (9 episodes, 1975-1978)
Leon Thau (5 episodes, 1975-1978)
Darrol Blake (4 episodes, 1974)
Dennis Kirkland (3 episodes, 1975)
Richard Mervyn (2 episodes, 1977)
Gabrielle Beaumont (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Webb (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Yolland (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Writing credits
Roger Damon Price (64 episodes, 1973-1979)
Brian Finch (13 episodes, 1973)
Jon Watkins (4 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Ruth Boswell .... producer (39 episodes, 1973-1975)
Vic Hughes .... producer (22 episodes, 1977-1979)
Roger Damon Price .... producer (16 episodes, 1973-1976)
Series Original Music by
Brian Hodgson (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Tony O'Toole (8 episodes, 1978)
Dan Carter (5 episodes, 1973)
Nigel Hoban (4 episodes, 1978)
Sean Fullerton (4 episodes, 1979)
Series Casting by
Gwladys Jenks (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
Series Production Design by
Harry Clark (13 episodes, 1973)
Michael Minas (13 episodes, 1974)
Philip Blowers (13 episodes, 1975)
David Richens (10 episodes, 1977-1978)
Peter Elliott (7 episodes, 1975-1976)
Gordon Toms (5 episodes, 1978)
John Plant (4 episodes, 1979)
Allan Cameron (2 episodes, 1978)
Martyn Hebert (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Costume Design by
Pam Doolan (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jan Rowell (7 episodes, 1975-1976)
Allard Tobin (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Makeup Department
Joan Barrett .... makeup supervisor (8 episodes, 1978)
Anne Edwards .... makeup (4 episodes, 1979)
Audrey Prodrick .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
Gilly Wakeford .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
Sue Ignatius .... makeup (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Art Department
Jerome Gask .... graphics / graphic designer (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim Gask .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 1978)

Andy Armstrong .... props (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
David Crozier .... film sound (5 episodes, 1978)
Brian Hibbert .... sound supervisor (4 episodes, 1978)
Brian Moray .... sound supervisor (4 episodes, 1978)
Tony Dawe .... film sound / sound recordist (3 episodes, 1973-1979)
Brian Rendell .... film sound (2 episodes, 1978)
Ron Thomas .... film sound (2 episodes, 1978)
Mike Westlake .... sound supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Willcocks .... sound supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
Julian Ford .... sound supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Stan Lee .... sound supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Reed .... lighting director (10 episodes, 1978)
Peter Howell .... senior camera operator (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Paul Stripp .... vision controller / vision control (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Bayley .... film camera (5 episodes, 1973)
Albert Almond .... senior camera operator (4 episodes, 1978)
Bill Marley .... vision control (4 episodes, 1978)
Bob Simmons .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1979)
Nick Hale .... film camera / camera operator (3 episodes, 1978)
Bill Braine .... film camera (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Coombs .... senior camera operator (2 episodes, 1978)
Roy Easton .... senior camera operator (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter George .... film camera (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Goodwin .... animation camera operator (2 episodes, 1978)
Allen Harradine .... vision controller (2 episodes, 1978)
Malcolm Harrison .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1978)
Dudley Lovell .... film camera (2 episodes, 1978)
Bob Mason .... vision control (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Bower .... vision controller (2 episodes, 1979)
Peter Lang .... film camera (2 episodes, 1979)
Chas Watts .... senior camera operator (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Kelly .... costumes (4 episodes, 1973)
Lyn Harvey .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Editorial Department
Colin Bocking .... editor: video tape (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Fred Turner .... editor: video tape (5 episodes, 1978)
Nick Bigsby .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Peter Boffin .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Martin Perrett .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1978)
Peter Phillips .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1978)
Dave Lewinton .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1978)
Series Music Department
Dudley Simpson .... composer: title music (68 episodes, 1973-1979)
Series Other crew
Christopher Evans .... scientific advisor (68 episodes, 1973-1979)
Mary Douglass .... stage manager (8 episodes, 1978)
Myles MacMahon .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Len Whitcher .... film research (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ruth Boswell .... script editor (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
David Downing .... floor manager (4 episodes, 1978)
Dave Sparks .... operational supervisor (4 episodes, 1978)
John White-Jones .... operational supervisor (4 episodes, 1978)
Mike Adams .... floor manager (4 episodes, 1979)
Sheila Kinany .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1979)
Norman Beardsley .... puppeteer (2 episodes, 1978)
Sandra Brett .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1978)
Simon Carlton .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1978)
Nigel Cook .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1978)
Campbell Keenan .... operational supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
John Lopes .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1978)
Barbara Mitchell .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1978)
Liz Monkton .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1978)
Del Randall .... operational supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
Nora Stapleton .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1978)
Patrick Vance .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1978)
Bruce Englefield .... studio supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Peter Groome .... studio supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)

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USA:30 min (68 episodes)

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Actor 'Nicolas Young (I)' confessed in the DVD commentary that he got the role of "John" because he cheated. He was working part time for his agent at the time and when he saw the breakdowns for the role of "John" and thought he'd be perfect for that role. Nicolas was responsible for sending over the head shots and resumes of several actors to be considered the role of John. So, Nicolas would send 1 head shot and resume of each actor (his competition for the role he wanted) and 12 of his own head shots and resumes as well. Although that's in the gray area of ethics - it did get him an audition and 2 call backs. The directors weren't too keen on Nicolas, but seeing as he was the only actor over the age of 18, they compromised on their idea of the perfect "John" and eventually cast Nicolas for the part.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the episode "The Vanishing Earth", the Spidron (who is supposed to be a plant creature) is having a conversation with Steen and turns his head, revealing the actor's human head underneath the Spidron's hood.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Original themes but zero-budget production values, 27 August 2011
Author: twobaglife from United States

The Tomorrow People is an unusual series about the next evolution of humanity. Children are being born with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathy, and call themselves Tomorrow People. They cannot kill anyone, and hide their abilities from the saps (homo sapiens, the normals) while getting drawn into adventures by aliens and time travelers determined to exploit their abilities.

It's a startling and refreshing take on kids shows at the time. The Tomorrow People are fully aware of what they are when they "break out" and gain control of their powers, and are aided by Tim, their biological computer. It's very much like a kid's version of Doctor Who but with less horror and nihilism. Good performances from the cast of children actors help as well.

There are problems though. The budget and production values are bad even for seventies television, most noticeable in any monster or spaceship shots. There's a weird homoeroticism to it as well, most noticeable in the story arc "The Medusa Strain" with a bit part from Star Wars actor David Prowse as a loincloth wearing android. Many of the early arcs are split among four or more episodes which lead to a lot of padding and wasted time.

The stories are still oriented towards a kids audience, so adults may find themselves wishing for more depth. While the plots are still fresh the show is dated fairly heavily now, and a lot of the impact is lost since many kids shows cover SF themes. Still, for those of us that watched it as kids on Nickelodeon in the late seventies/eighties, it was a mind-expanding experience, right down to the psychedelic opening sequence. Worth a rental if you like British SF or want to remember it if you watched again, but there are too many flaws to make it a classic.

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