Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)

TV Series  -   -  Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 652 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 12 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 12 Jul 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 09 Sep 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 08 Feb 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)

Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sapphire & Steel.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
1982   1981   1979  

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The New Avengers (1976–1977)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, Joanna Lumley
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.

Director: Ray Austin
Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Patrick Macnee
The Omega Factor (TV Series 1979)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Stars: James Hazeldine, Louise Jameson, John Carlisle
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
Blakes 7 (1978–1981)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

Stars: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham
UFO (1969–1973)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington
Class Act (TV Series 1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Kate Swift has always know her place in the world. "I was a rich bitch! I was good at it! I liked it!" Imagine her horror when both her husband and all her ill-gotten cash vanish, leaving ... See full summary »

Stars: Joanna Lumley, John Bowe, Nadine Garner
Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate
Colditz (1972–1974)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This grim and claustrophobic drama chronicles the lives of the prisoners in Colditz Castle from the arrival of the first British prisoners after Dunkirk until the liberation of the castle ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Richard Heffer, Paul Chapman
Kidnapped (TV Mini-Series 1978)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: David McCallum, Ekkehardt Belle, Aude Landry
Space Island One (TV Series 1998)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stars: Judy Loe, Indra Ové, Angus MacInnes
Trainer (1991–1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Mark Greenstreet, Susannah York, David McCallum
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Steel (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
...
 Sapphire (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 July 1979 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dossier Saffier en Staal  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(34 episodes) | (34 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Sapphire: The first nursery rhyme derives from the time of the plague; and the second one which Rob was made to say also has historical reference. It refers back to the Parliamentary Wars.
Steel: Parliamentary Wars?
Robert Jardine: When Cromwell's troops searched houses looking for people who wouldn't pray.
Steel: Wouldn't pray?
Sapphire: [smiling] Unbelievers.
Steel: [affirmatively] Ah.
Robert Jardine: Don't you know your history?
Steel: I know *mine*, yes.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Counting Out Time (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The UK's most imaginative series
8 September 2001 | by (ascot, england) – See all my reviews

Its amazing to think that ITV (a UK TV station well known for its bland programming) would agree to such a unique and mind bending series being made. Saphire & Steel was ITV's answer to BBC's long running Dr Who and it terms of script quality and acting, Dr Who was given a serious run for its money. Saphire & Steel boasted intelligent scripts involving two agents from another dimension who would protect our reality from other intelligences who would try to manipulate time. Nightmarish forces included an ancient, faceless life form that could exist in photos, a black entity that fed on the resentment of dead World War 2 soldiers. A foe so deadly that the only way Steel can be rid of this entity is to offer it the soul of a ghost hunter (whom they had befriended), a shocking twist to one of the finest stories ever shown on UK TV. The series also works because of the superb unscreen chemistry between David McCallum (Man from Uncle) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous). Lumley was perfect at playing this stunningly beautiful character with an odd air of something quite different about her, whilst Steel (as his name suggests) is cold and inhuman (which they both were). The magic of the series lies in the fact that very little is revealed about who they are, what they are or even where they are from, though in the final story we discover that they have enemies in the form of Transient Beings. These creatures of human form, devise a time trap for Saphire and Steel and without giving too much away, I compare this shock ending to that of Blake's 7. Not surprisingly, ITV panicked when viewers wrote in asking what the series was about, and the final story wasn't shown until 2 and a half years after it was filmed during the summer of 1982. Soon to be released on DVD by Carlton, check this series out if you can and discover why current shows like Buffy are so woeful.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst British Series I Have Ever Seen djammons
Steel, The cold hearted nasty man! Unlaced
Train station/ghosts episode richman-cometh
New Sapphire and Steel henys83
Elements ! ? ! ? Stig2k
Sapphire & Steel: The movie PETERBR-4
Discuss Sapphire & Steel (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page