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"The Tomorrow People" A Rift in Time: Vase of Mystery (1974)

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11 March 1974 (Season 2, Episode 6)
John and Stephen both begin having dreams about Peter and realise he is asking for help, but first they must track down a Roman vase that also appears in the dream. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Elizabeth Adare ... Elizabeth
Nicholas Young ... John
Peter Vaughan-Clarke ... Stephen
Chris Chittell ... Chris (as Christopher Chittell)
Philip Gilbert ... Tim (voice)
Sylvia Coleridge ... Professor Freda Garner
Bryan Stanyon ... Professor Cawston (as Bryan Stanion)
Richard Speight ... Peter
Sammie Winmill ... Carol (archive footage)

Stanley Lebor ... Gaius
Mike Lee Lane ... Guthrun
Leonardo Pieroni ... Lothar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Deeks ... Slave. (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Darrol Blake 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roger Damon Price  (as Roger Price)

Produced by
Ruth Boswell .... producer
Production Design by
Michael Minas 
Music Department
Dudley Simpson .... composer: title music
Other crew
Christopher Evans .... scientific advisor (as Dr. Christopher Evans)
Series Cast
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Dean Lawrence ... Tyso Boswell
Denise Cook ... Evergreen Boswell
Ann Curthoys ... Tricia Conway
Joanna Tope ... Mrs. Boswell

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roger Damon Price  creator (as Roger Price)

Original Music by
Brian Hodgson 
Art Department
Andy Armstrong .... props
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24 min
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A dream of Peter, 12 October 2012
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

What a difference one year can make. Jimmy Saville died in October 2011 and the nation mourned the loss of a tireless charity worker and genuinely eccentric broadcaster. Now his family have had to destroy his gravestone in the light of paedophile allegations. Commenting on the case, some have gone ludicrously over the top, such as Charles Shaar Murray, who wrote in last Sunday's 'Observer' that 'young girls, older men, it was a common theme of 70's pop, but it was still wrong'. It is also wrong to try and shift the blame away from Saviile himself and onto the era he existed in. I'm fairly sure he did not take up paedophilia ( if he was guilty of it ) by listening repeatedly to 'Save Your Kisses For Me' by The Brotherhood Of Man.

Let's move off the subject. 'A Rift In Time', the second story of Season 2 of Roger Price's fondly remembered '70's children's sci-fi serial about teenage telepaths, is one of the best the show produced. 'Stephen' ( Peter Vaughan Clarke ) begins having strange dreams about 'Peter' ( Richard Speight, son of Johnny ), the boy from the future he met the year before in 'The Medusa Strain'. 'John' ( Nicholas Young ) is having them too. They think he might be trying to get a message to them. Stephen sets out to borrow the Roman Vase in the dream from its owner, the eccentric 'Professor Freda Garner' ( the delightful Sylvia Coleridge ). To get it, Stephen submits willingly to the psychic experiments of 'Professor Cawston' ( Bryan Stanion ). He holds the vase but nothing happens, so he grabs the lid and jaunts back to the lab. There is a Latin inscription on it, so a copy is made. Everyone touches it, beginning with 'Chris' ( Christopher Chittell ). But when Stephen puts a hand on the artifact, there is a flash and suddenly he is gone. Where to we would have to wait a week to find out.

'Rift' threw out some unusually thought-provoking ideas for a children's show, including the Roman Empire never having ended, but going on to develop space travel and conquer most of the galaxy. Forget the cheap-looking sets and S.F.X., the show does not deserve to be judged on those things alone. By this time, Elisabeth Adare was firmly established as the new girl - schoolteacher 'Elisabeth M'Bondo'. People who constantly denigrate the '70's as an era of racist television are obviously unaware that in 1974, a black actress in her early twenties could be seen in a major role in a hit I.T.V. kids' show. Sammie Winmill, whom Adare replaced, is seen briefly in a flashback to 'The Medusa Strain'.

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