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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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Nigel Kneagle has said in interviews he based the character of Kickalong on Charles Manson.See more »
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Featured in "Screenwipe: Episode #1.3" (2006)See more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Look past the production values and see greatness!, 19 November 2001
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

Nigel Kneale wrote a story here equally as inventive and thought provoking as QUATERMASS AND THE PIT. Perhaps more cerebral and decidedly less horrific, but no less disturbing in its connotations. The concept of an alien technology "harvesting" the world's youth for its own physiological needs is both original and brilliant in its execution. Like its forerunners, originally shown as a mini-series, this being an arguably effective re-edit!

Where the film cannot hold-up to its predecessors unfortunately, is that it was done "on the cheap" and much as I personally respect and admire Sir John Mills' wonderful career (its unassailable highlights being the village idiot in RYANS DAUGHTER and Captain Anson in ICE COLD IN ALEX) for me, he doesn't have the physical presence for the role of Professor Quatermass! Simon MacCorkindale additionally, is a bit on the wussy side for my money. But hey, let's move on to the positives!

The setting of England, moving into a near post-apocalyptic state with anarchy ruling, the Police in the hands of Private ownership is pretty cool for 1978 - we're getting there nicely! Mills portrays the old disillusioned and resigned-to-it-all Quatermass so well. Retired now, all he wants in life is to find his missing grand-daughter. When the first terrifying beam from space sucks up its first victims and destroys a joint Anglo-Russian Space project, he is summoned to assist the Ministry.

Kneale has his knee on the viewer's neck at times as the beam returns for more of the world's youth. Although the budget ran obviously to limited fx, the attack on Wembley Stadium leaves any aware and thinking person with real spinal tap! Again, Kneale resorts to an association with lore and magic and the images of the hippie-esque multitudes as they converge on Stonehenge singing "Huffity Puffity Ringstone Round" are as chilling as any scenes I have ever seen. Kneale reaches right out of the screen here and puts one in an arm-lock. You ain't going nowhere, but WITH them to Ringstone Round!

Quatermass' ultimate understanding of the code and what it all means is literate stuff, his plan to rebuff the alien threat sheer genius. Without giving anything away, the final scene with his granddaughter ranks as one of the most moving and shatteringly emotional scenes in film history. If you can't SEE that, what a shame!

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