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24 October 1979 (UK) See more »
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In the near future, civilisation has broken down to the barest fragment of recognisable life. Young... See more »
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Extremely underrated, and a fine close to Nigel Kneale's Quatermass series. See more (19 total) »

Cast

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John Mills ... Prof. Bernard Quatermass (4 episodes, 1979)

Simon MacCorkindale ... Joe Kapp (4 episodes, 1979)
Ralph Arliss ... Kickalong (4 episodes, 1979)
Paul Rosebury ... Caraway (4 episodes, 1979)
Jane Bertish ... Bee (4 episodes, 1979)

Rebecca Saire ... Hettie Carlson (3 episodes, 1979)

Toyah Willcox ... Sal (3 episodes, 1979)
Tony Sibbald ... Chuck Marshall (3 episodes, 1979)

Barbara Kellerman ... Clare Kapp (2 episodes, 1979)
Brewster Mason ... Gurov (2 episodes, 1979)

Margaret Tyzack ... 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)

Brenda Fricker ... 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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Series Directed by
Piers Haggard (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
Nigel Kneale (4 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Ted Childs .... producer (4 episodes, 1979)
Norton Knatchbull .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1979)
Verity Lambert .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Original Music by
Nic Rowley (4 episodes, 1979)
Marc Wilkinson (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ian Wilson (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Film Editing by
Keith Palmer (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Casting by
Michael Barnes (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Design by
Arnold Chapkis (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
Terry Parr (4 episodes, 1979)

Stuart Rose (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Michael Baldwin (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1979)
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Management
Johnny Goodman .... executive in charge of production (4 episodes, 1979)
Laurie Greenwood .... production manager (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Lanning .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1979)
Bill Westley .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1979)

Christopher Newman .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Bert Gardner .... property buyer (4 episodes, 1979)
Rex Hobbs .... property master (4 episodes, 1979)
Charlie Simmons .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 1979)

Paul Purdy .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Chris Gurney .... boom operator (4 episodes, 1979)
Dudley Plummer .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 1979)
Ian Toynton .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Roger Wilson .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Hugh Strain .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Martin Denning .... video playback (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1979)
Ray Hearne .... still photographer (4 episodes, 1979)
Alan Martin .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1979)
Tim Ross .... follow focus cameramen (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chris Blunden .... first assistant editor (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Linda Agran .... story editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Richard Clarke .... technical advisor (4 episodes, 1979)
Sally Croft .... publicist (4 episodes, 1979)
Tudor Davies .... choreographer (4 episodes, 1979)
Peter Harvey .... production accountant (4 episodes, 1979)
Sally Pardo .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1979)
Stephen Pushkin .... location manager (4 episodes, 1979)
Pat Rambaut .... continuity (4 episodes, 1979)
 

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60 min (4 episodes) | USA:204 min (4 episodes)
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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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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Extremely underrated, and a fine close to Nigel Kneale's Quatermass series., 20 October 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

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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