The Omega Factor (1979– )

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A covert branch of British Intelligence is assigned to investigate the strange, the supernatural, the...'Omega Factor'.


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Series cast summary:
James Hazeldine ...
 Tom Crane (10 episodes, 1979)
 Dr. Anne Reynolds (10 episodes, 1979)
John Carlisle ...
 Roy Martindale (10 episodes, 1979)
 Andrew Scott-Erskine (7 episodes, 1979)
Natasha Gerson ...
 Morag (5 episodes, 1979)
Nicholas Coppin ...
 Michael Crane (5 episodes, 1979)


Department 7 is a secret branch of British government dedicated to investigating the supernatural. Its team of experts, led by Roy Martindale and Dr. Anne Reynolds, find themselves teamed with journalist Tom Crane, who is investigating similar cases for his newspaper. Written by <>

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Natasha Gerson auditioned under an assumed name, so that the casting director would not realise that she was the daughter of creator Jack Gerson. See more »


Andrew: [sees that Anne and Frank are engrossed in their work in the haunted house and sneaks up behind them] Boo!
Frank: [startled] Ooooooo!
Dr. Anne Reynolds: [startled and mildly exasperated] Have you finished, Andrew?
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Very interesting series.
16 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I never saw this before until I purchased the DVD recently. Very interesting, even more so for seeing the combination of Louise Jameson AKA Leela from Doctor Who, teamed up with what to me is a Tom Baker lookalike, and the fact that his name in this series is _Tom_, seemed kind of funny. Rather like watching an alternative version of Dr Who and Leela, OK, it was maybe mainly the character Tom Crane's hair that made me think of Tom Baker, but I can't believe I'm the only one to have noticed a similarity, and maybe it's just me, but I think the similarity is more than just his hair, his face too bore a look of Tom Baker to a certain degree. Anyhow, that bit of trivia out of the way, I really enjoyed the series for the story too, very thought provoking with it's tales of mind control and secret organisations and not knowing who to trust. A shame they never made another series. Apparently another one looked likely, but the rumour is that Mary Whitehouse and her listener's association complained, (she did the same with Doctor Who, "The Deadly Assassin" story mainly, maybe she had an aversion to curly haired men! Or Tom Baker and any lookalike! LOL) and the series had loose ends that would maybe have been dealt with in a second series. How Mary Whitehouse came to have so much sway over what got shown on TV, is anyone's guess, but Doctor Who had to be 'toned down' on her say so, cuz the makers got fed up with her complaining about it. Nice to see these much loved series getting DVD releases now, this one, along with the Saphire and Steel series, and the complete set of "Timeslip", and now the Armchair Thrillers being put out on DVD too, have been well worth waiting for and praise be to whoever is responsible for them seeing the light of day now.

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