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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 »
User Reviews:
Wonderfully quirky stuff See more (24 total) »

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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Runtime:
UK:25 min (34 episodes) | USA:30 min (34 episodes)
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Trivia:
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 »
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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully quirky stuff, 29 March 1999
Author: Shelique from London, U.K.

For a five year old, "Sapphire & Steel" was delightfully terrifying fare. I found it easy - then and now - to ignore the low-budget effects and concentrate on the fantastic scenarios and the eerie twists and turns of the plot. The entire series seemed almost claustrophobic at times, as most of the action took place in isolated or deserted places.

"Sapphire & Steel" was very much a product of its time, perhaps the last of a great line of 1970's British sci-fi such as "Blake's 7" and "Dr Who", with their eccentric characters, surreal scripts and ramshackle sets. As such, for someone of my generation it provides a great sense of nostalgia, and gives me something to look back upon...and smile about.

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