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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".

Director: Piers Haggard
Stars: John Mills, Simon MacCorkindale, Barbara Kellerman
Quatermass and the Pit (TV Mini-Series 1958)
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A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.

Stars: André Morell, Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell
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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.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean
Quatermass II (TV Mini-Series 1955)
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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 »

Stars: John Robinson, Monica Grey, Hugh Griffith
The Quatermass Experiment (TV Movie 2005)
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A contemporary adaptation of Nigel Kneale's seminal 1953 science fiction serial.

Director: Sam Miller
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The Quatermass Experiment (TV Series 1953)
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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 »

Stars: Reginald Tate, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly
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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 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
The Day of the Triffids (TV Mini-Series 1981)
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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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The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay
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In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.

Director: Peter Graham Scott
Stars: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen
Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)
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 Prof. Bernard Quatermass (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Joe Kapp (4 episodes, 1979)
Ralph Arliss ...
 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)
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 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)
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 Isabel (2 episodes, 1979)
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 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)
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 Jack (2 episodes, 1979)
Gretchen Franklin ...
 Edna (2 episodes, 1979)
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 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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Was one of the first programmes transmitted after industrial action on ITV. See more »

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Follows Five Million Years to Earth (1967) See more »

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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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