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 Steel (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
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 Sapphire (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Complex, involved science-fiction series about a special force of interdimensional operatives whose task is to protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting the timeline. The strange energy beings are assigned to cases, when and where needed, and materialise on Earth as humans, each with specialist abilities to ascertain and then solve the problems. The mysteries encountered by Sapphire, Steel and their colleagues include people trapped in photographs, ghosts lost in time, and a dinner party of guests who are all long-dead. Their most-dangerous challenge, innocuous-seeming at first, is a petrol station whose time-line is repeating endlessly - and which turns out to be a major hazard, set by unknown forces, to trap Sapphire and Steel in a closed time-loop forever... Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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The original idea was for Sapphire's powers to be signified by a throbbing blue vein on her forehead, this was ultimately replaced with her eyes turning a vivid shade of blue. See more »

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[someone knocks on the door]
Robert Jardine: Who is it?
Steel: Robert Steven Jardine?
Robert Jardine: Yes?
Steel: You asked for help.
Robert Jardine: I did, yes!
Steel: Then unlock the door.
Robert Jardine: [unchaining the locks] That was quick. I'd only just phoned.
[Sapphire and Steel enter]
Robert Jardine: I don't know you! Only... the policeman at the Point!
[...]
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quirky sci-fi show that still cuts the mustard.
25 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom rotherham) – See all my reviews

A fore runner to the x-files would be the simplest way to explain Saphire and Steel. Steel (David McCullum, Man From UNCLE) and Sapphire (Joanna Lumley, The New Avengers, AbFab) are a team sent from some other dimension to correct errors in the fabric of our space time. Errors include places and times when some brutal crime has been committed or some evil force from another time/place/dimension is trying to enter our world. These errors manifest themselves invariably as ghosts or shadows or something similar and evil. Strangely dark and decidedly unsettling (man without a face episode scared me 25 years ago and still scares me today). The sets are small, rustic and highly claustrophobic and this adds to the already unsettling mood. Strange music with odd eerie sound effects all add atmosphere. Steel is a short tempered man who doesn't tolerate fools easily and tolerates children even less. Sapphire, however, is the warmer of the two. It seems there are many people who remember the name of the program but not the content and this is a shame as it easily rivals the X-Files in quality of stories and positively outshines it in sheer "spine tingle". The acting is excellent as you would expect from such high profile stars. Pity there was such a short run of it. The video quality is a tiny bit grainy but it was originally filmed in analogue and is the best part of 25 years old. However, this is a not a problem as far as I am concerned. I did read that both Joanna Lumley and David McCullum both expressed a particular fondness for the show and its a shame that it hasn't had the airplay it should have. Spooky, eerie, dark, eerie, did I mention eerie? Yeah. Scares the crap out of me still. Worth buying........


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