Quatermass (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 ... See full summary »

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 Prof. Bernard Quatermass (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Joe Kapp (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Kickalong (4 episodes, 1979)
Paul Rosebury ...
 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 ...
 Kapp Child / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Joanna Joseph ...
 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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Extremely underrated, and a fine close to Nigel Kneale's Quatermass series.
20 October 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was Nigel Kneale's fourth and final Quatermass TV serial. The first three were also adapted into very good movies, this one wasn't, but it was edited down into a film, usually known as "The Quatermass Conclusion". I say avoid that and try and see this the full version, which goes for around 200 minutes. John Mills' Quatermass is very different from Andrew Keir's, Andre Morell's and most especially Brian Donlevy's Quatermass. Mills plays him as a tired and out of touch old man. The plot is set in the near future. Society has broken down, youth gangs roam the streets, while others known as "the planet people" wander the countryside. They are anti-science, anti-"progress" hippies who believe that they will one day be taken up and sent to another planet. I see some people criticise the planet people as being "out of date". These people seem to be unaware of the travellers/"crusties" phenomenon in Britain in the 1980s, and what about the "Heaven's Gate" cult of more recent years? Quatermass' granddaughter has run away from home, and while he searches for her he becomes involved with the planet people, a group of which seemingly are "taken" while congregating around some ancient standing stones. But this is only the beginning... to give away more of the plot would be a shame. The budget for this mini-series is obviously not all that large, and the special effects are modest, but they are generally pretty effective, the acting is good for the most part, and it contains an intelligence and darkness rarely seen in contemporary TV SF. 'Quatermass' has a few flaws but I think it is extremely underrated and a fine close to Kneale's Quatermass series.


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