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2 October 1970 (UK) See more »
Simon and Liz were teenage friends who fell into a time hole and found themselves trapped in various periods of the 20th century... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 31)
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)
Derek Benfield ... Frank Skinner (15 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mary Preston ... Beth Skinner (14 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ian Fairbairn ... Alpha 4 / ... (13 episodes, 1970-1971)

Series Directed by
Peter Jefferies (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
John Cooper (6 episodes, 1970)
Ron Francis (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
David Foster (4 episodes, 1971)
Series Writing credits
James Boswell (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ruth Boswell (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bruce Stewart (19 episodes, 1970-1971)
Victor Pemberton (7 episodes, 1971)

Series Produced by
John Cooper .... producer (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Production Design by
Gerry Roberts (14 episodes, 1970-1971)
Michael Eve (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Boultbee .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Music Department
Eduard Ben-Michael .... composer: theme music "Rite de la terre" (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Other crew
Ruth Boswell .... script editor (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Geoffrey Hoyle .... scientific advisor (26 episodes, 1970-1971)

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30 min (26 episodes)

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The production team on "The Sarah Jane Adventures" (2007) paid homage to the series via the title of their second season story "Day of the Clown".See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
surprisingly good, 15 March 2005
Author: gnb from Berlin

Mention British, science fiction and the 1970s in the same sentence and images of cardboard sets, tin foil monsters and the worst acting in the history of the business may well spring to mind. However, despite never being on a par with the slick, soap-opera style sci-fi serials from the States, the fact that homegrown sci-fi is often cheap and tatty is surely one of its appealing factors.

However, when looking at the 1970 ATV serial Timeslip, such criticisms, however quaint, are simply not applicable. Solidly acted, well crafted and smartly directed, this whopping great serial, split into 4 distinct stories, is a television treat.

First screened in 1970 and then repeated once the following year, Timeslip has maintained a loyal fan base despite its lack of exposure on television.

The series takes an intelligent look at the concept of time travel and the implications of meeting future/past selves. We travel back to a WWII naval station, forward to a Arctic research centre, the heat is turned up in a sweltering tropical jungle before closing the serial in a mixture of 60s and 70s Earth.

Epic in terms of its length and its concepts, Timselip benefits greatly from a stunning performance by Denis Quilley as Commander Traynor and a remarkably astute turn by Spencer Banks as Simon. Perhaps a drawback of the programme is the incessantly winy and extremely sexist presentation of Liz, played with little flair by Cheryl Burfield.

After a limited video release in the mid 90s, it is nice to see this wonderful series released on DVD. Although the original series was transmitted in colour, only black and white tele-recordings were maintained in the ATV archives. However, as a special treat, the final episode of The Time of the Ice Box is presented in its original colour format. Somewhat jarring after 11 episodes of grainy black and white, it makes the serial seem somewhat gaudy and bright and maybe this episode might have been best left as a special feature on the disk but all in all, it doesn't detract too much from this intelligent, well thought out serial.

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