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Release Date:
10 July 1979 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Complex, involved science-fiction series about a special force of interdimensional operatives whose... See more »
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Cast

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David McCallum ... Steel (34 episodes, 1979-1982)

Joanna Lumley ... Sapphire (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Series Directed by
Shaun O'Riordan (24 episodes, 1979-1981)
David Foster (15 episodes, 1979-1982)
 
Series Writing credits
Peter Hammond (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
Don Houghton (6 episodes, 1981)
Anthony Read (6 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
Shaun O'Riordan .... producer (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
David Reid .... executive producer (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
 
Series Original Music by
Cyril Ornadel (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Hawkins (21 episodes, 1979-1982)
Glen Cardno (4 episodes, 1981)
Al Pigden (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Casting by
Maureen Riscoe (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
 
Series Production Design by
Stanley Mills (28 episodes, 1979-1982)
Su Chases (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Costume Design by
Mary Gibson (28 episodes, 1979-1982)
 
Series Makeup Department
Mary Southgate .... makeup artist (24 episodes, 1979-1981)
Anita Harris .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Art Department
Ivor Weir .... title sequence / titles sequence (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
Terry Royce .... stand-by props (6 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Sound Department
Len Penfold .... sound (12 episodes, 1979-1981)
Henry Bird .... sound (11 episodes, 1979-1981)
Peter Wernham .... sound (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bob Woodhouse .... sound (5 episodes, 1979-1982)
 
Series Special Effects by
George Leuenberger .... special effects (8 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Boyers .... lighting / lighting technician (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
Mike Whitcutt .... camera operator / senior camera operator (31 episodes, 1979-1982)
Jim Reeves .... vision control / vision controller (12 episodes, 1979-1982)
John Crane .... vision controller / vision control (12 episodes, 1979-1981)
John Willment .... vision control (10 episodes, 1981)
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1981)
Gerry Elms .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dawn Evans .... wardrobe (6 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Editorial Department
Yvonne Kelly .... vision mixer (14 episodes, 1981-1982)
Neil Guy .... vision mixer (11 episodes, 1979)
John Hawkins .... editor: video tape (8 episodes, 1979)
Moyra Bird .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1981)
Mary Forrest .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Ron Brown .... program administrator / programme administrator (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
Ann Murphy .... stage manager (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
Denise Shaw Vance .... stage manager (20 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jeremy van Bunnens .... floor manager (14 episodes, 1979-1981)
Sean O'Farrell .... floor manager (12 episodes, 1979)
Joyce Lewsey .... production assistant (9 episodes, 1979)
Sonia Hampson .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1979-1981)
Glenys Collins .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1979-1982)
Ron Blanchard .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jean Stevenson .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1981)
Jan Woolsey .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1981)
Martin Essex .... floor manager (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bill Goodall .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1982)
 

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UK:25 min (34 episodes) | USA:30 min (34 episodes)
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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:
[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 pail of water, A tissue! A tissue! We all fall down! The bird upon the...
[sees Rob standing in the doorway]
Mother:Yes what is it? You're supposed to be doing your homework!
Robert Jardine:Yes, Mum.
[...]
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The UK's most imaginative series, 8 September 2001
Author: orac_uk from ascot, england

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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