Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)

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


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 <>

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Release Date:

10 July 1979 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dossier Saffier en Staal  »

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(34 episodes) | (34 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[Rob, sitting at the table, realizes the house has been returned to normal. He races upstairs to find the bedroom empty, his parents and Helen still missing. Disappointed, he turns to see Steel, Sapphire, and Lead standing on the steps]
Lead: We forgot something.
Robert Jardine: What?
Steel: This.
[tosses Helen's teddy bear up to Rob]
Steel: [immediately upon catching the bear, they disappear and the sound of Rob's parents and sister singing can be heard coming from the bedroom]
Mother: [singing] The king has sent his daughter, to fetch a ...
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A fantastic show I'll never forget.
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit it; I'm not the biggest fan sci-fi television. I'm not a Star Wars or X-Files fanatic. When I read about Sapphire & Steel, I wasn't expecting much. I figured that if I didn't like it, I could MST it. (MST stands for Mystery Science Theater 3000, read my comments about it if you've never heard of it before) To my surprise, I didn't need to use my fleeting talent for mocking films. I became hooked on Sapphire & Steel after I watched the first episode.

I was intrigued by the premise of the entire show. Sapphire and Steel, played by Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, are extraterrestrial beings (for lack of better explanation – none is ever really given or necessary as to who they really are) sent on different assignments including breaks in time, people being locked in pictures, and ghosts seeking revenge for their wrongful deaths.

I was wrong to write this show off as another X-Files. Sapphire and Steel is much more thought provoking, mysterious, and different from all the other shows floating around out there. The series finale was one of the best ends to a television show I've ever seen! If I had the money, I'd buy the entire six-season DVD set, but since I'm broke I'll have to live with repeatedly renting it from Netflix. It's a definite guilty pleasure of mine.

10/10 - I recommend it anyone with an open-mind who has a couple of hours to kill on a rainy day.

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