This is a very patchy documentary series dealing with all aspects of British science fiction culture . The series opens by pointing that 20th century owes everything to one man - HG Wells . Yeah the French writer Jules Verne wrote about submarines and rockets to the moon before Wells but it was Wells who brought us subtext as well as alien invasions , mad scientists , genetic engineering , bombs that could destroy a city in one blast etc . It`s also nice to see what Horsfall common looks like because I`ve not seen as much as a still photo of the location . Unsurprisingly it looks nothing like the painting on the sleeve of Jeff Wayne`s album
There`s other editions that feature alien conspiracies etc many of which centre around the works of Nigel Kneale and this show goes to the trouble of interviewing the great man . Being a fan of Kneale`s work I didn`t really find out anything I didn`t already know but far , far worse than that it becomes obvious that all the clips from Kneale`s Quatermass stories are from the inferior Hammer movies . Even worse is that the narrator starts to poke fun at the clips like the scene from QUATERMASS 2 where Broadhead appears covered in the alien foodstuff " A foodstuff that causes human beings to turn into Norman Wisdom " as Broadhead screams " No don`t touch me " . There`s also little if anything in the way of DOCTOR WHO clips which had me wondering if this documentary series had some sort of copyright dispute with the BBC
It`s an okay series in parts I suppose and the moody techno soundtrack was memorable but it`s hardly the definitive documentary on British science fiction . Surprise surprise a book to accompany the series came out the same time
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