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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 name of the serials that appear here and appear on some DVD releases never show on screen at any time. Creator Peter Hammond has also confirmed that the names were not part of production documents and the episodes were only given numbers. The names also don't appear on VHS releases of the series. It is believed that the serial names were given by fanzine authors to make discussion of series easier, but this has not been able to be confirmed. See more »

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[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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27 May 2006 | by (Liverpool, UK) – See all my reviews

I watched this when I was at University and it held a cult status with my friends and I. I bought the tapes then the DVDs when they came out and I still enjoy watching it 25 years later. Some parts of it are still scary and it just goes to show that you don't need huge budgets to make fine TV shows.

The choices of David McCallum and Joanna Lumley for the stars was the hook that got a lot of people watching it but I stayed watching it for the stories - not the stars. There were only six miniseries made. My personal favourite was the one set in a deserted railway station. The ending was a real surprise.

Its a real shame it ended when it did.


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