Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)

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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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[narration in opening credits]
Voice-over in titles: All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.
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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.


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