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Cheryl Burfield ...
 Liz Skinner (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Spencer Banks ...
 Simon Randall (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Denis Quilley ...
 Commander Charles Traynor (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Iris Russell ...
 Jean Skinner (17 episodes, 1970-1971)
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 Frank Skinner (15 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mary Preston ...
 Beth Skinner (14 episodes, 1970-1971)
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Simon and Liz were teenage friends who fell into a time hole and found themselves trapped in various periods of the 20th century, where they encounter all sorts of adventures. Many of them involve the nefarious Commander Traynor, who is also traveling in time. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Commander Charles Traynor founded the Ministry of Forward Development in December 1970. When the series originally aired, this date was contemporaneous with "The Year of the Burn Up", in which it first features. See more »

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The future, but now the past
9 June 2002 | by (Bletchley) – See all my reviews

There are four TimeSlip video sets, long out of pring, and the series is currently on DVD with a colour episode (how careless that the original colour tapes have been wiped).

The special effects are quite primitive - but it's the ideas that strike a chord when you watch the stories today. The second and third stories are set in the "future" - of 1970, which is now our past. 1990 must have seemed the distant future back then - long enough for many changes to have happened.

We see ideas that do concern us today - cloning, putting faith in computers, virtual reality, and global warming. Perhaps some borrowed elements, e.g. from The Prisoner - the boy as an adult has just a number in the third story.

It should be said that the series is not by any means perfect. It is slow in places, the acting sometimes is a bit creaky, and Liz and Simon's parents don't seem to quite be old enough when another 20 years is added on. The 1970 visualisation of a 1990 computer was always unlikely to be correctly guessed, after all pocket calculators were a few years off, and home computers in any form were easily eight years away.

The first story, set in World War II, has some genuinely inspired moments, and the story as a whole is never completely finished - I think there was always a possibility of them coming back for a fifth series.


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