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A separate screenplay by Nigel Kneale for theaters, parallel to the 1979 Quatermass four part mini-series. The story set in the near future involves influences from outer space that are possessing people. Professor Quatermass must save his granddaughter from the clutches of a popular and sinister cult "Planet People" that "performs raptures".

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Stars: John Mills, Simon MacCorkindale, Barbara Kellerman
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A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.

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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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Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three ... See full summary »

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In 1950s England, professor Quatermass' manned rocket-ship returns to Earth but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

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Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James
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A contemporary adaptation of Nigel Kneale's seminal 1953 science fiction serial.

Director: Sam Miller
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley
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When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.

Stars: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne
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A series of six effective and concise chillers commissioned by ATV from producer Nicholas Palmer and writer Nigel Kneale - who had just left as a staff writer for the BBC - transmitted on ... See full summary »

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When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites by attempting to make the holy man's young niece his bride.

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 Prof. Bernard Quatermass (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Kickalong (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Caraway (4 episodes, 1979)
Jane Bertish ...
 Bee (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Hettie Carlson (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Sal (3 episodes, 1979)
Tony Sibbald ...
 Chuck Marshall (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Clare Kapp (2 episodes, 1979)
Brewster Mason ...
 Gurov (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Annie Morgan (2 episodes, 1979)
Bruce Purchase ...
 Tommy Roach (2 episodes, 1979)
Annabelle Lanyon ...
 Isabel (2 episodes, 1979)
David Yip ...
 Frank Chen (2 episodes, 1979)
Neil Stacy ...
 Toby Gough (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Alison Thorpe (2 episodes, 1979)
Elsie Randolph ...
 Woman Minister (2 episodes, 1979)
Larry Noble ...
 Jack (2 episodes, 1979)
Gretchen Franklin ...
 Edna (2 episodes, 1979)
James Ottaway ...
 Arthur (2 episodes, 1979)
Clare Ruane ...
 Jane (2 episodes, 1979)
Donald Eccles ...
 Chisholm (2 episodes, 1979)
Sophie Kind ...
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 Debbie, Kapp Child / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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In the near future, civilisation has broken down to the barest fragment of recognisable life. Young people are forming gangs and dominating the wrecks of cities like London. But the strangest Earth-children are the Planet people, following plumb-bobs to sacred sites, waiting to be "Taken Up". Professor Quatermass, seeking his granddaughter, teams up with Joe Kapp, who is trying to analyse strange signals from space using the last working pieces of electronic equipment. They find the Planet People at a nearby stone circle, a light appears, the signal appears, - and the hippy children are gone. Russian plot? Nirvana? Or something altogether more sinister? Written by Gillian <gillian.richards@tafensw.edu.au>

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Started life in 1973 as a BBC serial called Quatermass IV. It had been commissioned by Ronnie Marsh and according to Nigel Kneale, the intended producer was Joe Waters. Some model test sequences of the space station were shot, but eventually the project was abandoned by the BBC. ITV then picked it up a few years later and produced it in association with Euston Films. See more »

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Slightly dated, but intelligent SF
19 June 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this series when first aired, when I was just a kid, and while I remembered little about the story, I did remember that it made more of an impression on me than most SF shows of the time. Now I can see why.

The setting is very much 'future 70s', with hippies, oil restrictions, social collapse, power cuts, and other fears of that era, the effects are certainly very old by modern standards, and Mills' Quatermass is too undeveloped and unsympathetic for my tastes. However, the story makes up for it, and there are some memorable ideas (like gladiatorial games in Wembley Stadium) and some memorable scenes (again, the Wembley Stadium 'harvesting' scene in particular, and the S&M 'family show' would also have been a lot more fun on Saturday night TV than Noel Edmonds).

One thing I hate about bad SF is that the aliens are just people with a few rubber bits stuck on their face, who come to Earth to kidnap women or steal our resources, or some other mundane and, frankly, very human goal. Quatermass' aliens, on the other hand, are never seen and we never even really find out quite what they're doing, just that they're extremely powerful and don't care about humans in the least... it's a far more intelligent premise, and very Lovecraftian, in a way.

So, the effects are dated, Quatermass himself could have done with more work and possibly a different actor, but overall it's an intelligent premise, and, frankly, the idea of an attack by hugely powerful aliens who care nothing for the human race is far more scary to me than most so-called 'horror' movies of recent years.


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