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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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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It's happening right now, 21 January 2007
Author: siobhan-rouse from United Kingdom

I don't have a great deal to add to the comments of those who have already praised this serial - it is highly perceptive and prophetic. If you live in down-town Los Angeles, and even more so Bagdad, you will recognise the social breakdown and alienation. As to the causes ... I expect some who watch this superb (though slightly hammily acted) story will interpret it as an attack on religion, but this is an oversimplification. It seems to me that Nigel Kneale is warning about the religious cults that ensnare youngsters, not mainstream religions. You recall that he put into the story an approximation of a Jewish Passover meal (please forgive me if I got the name wrong), where we saw three generations of people sitting down together in peace. The religious ritual helped them to find calm and a sense of purpose. In contrast, the cult of the Planet People encouraged them to separate themselves off from anyone who was older than them, and to lose interest in this life altogether. Some people have criticised the end of the story as unsatisfactory - but I actually prefer ambiguous endings. Why should a story explain everything? Aren't the best stories often those that leave you intrigued and desperately hoping for more?

Although this story was obviously conceived with the hippy movement in mind, by the time it was shown on British TV, the punk movement had burst into society, and the images (and especially the childish song) struck a definite chord with British teenagers. I was in the first year of secondary school at the time, and I definitely remember a lot of my contemporaries being obsessed with the nihilistic and violent events in this serial. As always, Nigel Kneale was completely in tune with the times.

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