TV EYE: British Science Fiction Television in the 1960s and 1970s

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1. Supercar (1961–1962)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Supercar was a prototype vehicle that could travel in the air, on land or beneath the sea. Its test pilot was Mike Mercury, who traveled the world in search of adventure. Supercar was ... See full summary »

Stars: David Graham, Graydon Gould, Sylvia Anderson, George Murcell

Votes: 229

2. A for Andromeda (1961– )

45 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes ... See full summary »

Stars: Esmond Knight, Patricia Kneale, Peter Halliday, Noel Johnson

Votes: 86

3. The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962– )

45 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Fleming and Andromeda are recaptured by the British government but then kidnapped along with Professor Dawnay by the forces of Intel, headed by Kaufman and the evil Gamboule, and are taken ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Halliday, Susan Hampshire, Noel Johnson, Mary Morris

Votes: 30

4. Out of This World (1962– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A British science fiction anthology television series.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Piers Keelan, Raymond Adamson, Bill Mills

Votes: 25

5. Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Maxwell, Sylvia Anderson, David Graham, John Bluthal

Votes: 437

6. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 33,356

7. Planet Patrol (1963–1968)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Capt. Dart, Slim and Husky patrol the solar system in their Galasphere 347 as part of the peace-keeping force, the United Galactic Organization.

Stars: Murray Kash, Ronnie Stevens, Dick Vosburgh, Libby Morris

Votes: 62

8. Stingray (1964–1965)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The missions of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, particularly the crew of its most advanced combat submarine, the Stingray.

Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 926

9. Thunderbirds (1965–1966)

TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.

Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, David Graham, Shane Rimmer

Votes: 3,583

10. Out of the Unknown (1965–1971)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A classic anthology science fiction series which features adaptations of stories by famous authors including Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Frederik Pohl and John Wyndham.

Stars: John Gabriel, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Erik Chitty, Peter Copley

Votes: 77

11. The Prisoner (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Peter Brace

Votes: 11,489

12. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Family

A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Francis Matthews, Sylvia Anderson

Votes: 1,279

13. Joe 90 (1968–1981)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a preteen secret agent who can have any useful skills downloaded into his brain.

Stars: Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander, David Healy

Votes: 443

14. The Owl Service (1969– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Three teenagers discover a mysterious set of owl and flower-patterned dinner plates in the attic and the magical ancient legend of the "Mabinogion" comes to life once again in their Welsh valley.

Stars: Dorothy Edwards, Gillian Hills, Michael Holden, Francis Wallis

Votes: 118

Disjointed and surreal adaptation of Alan Garner's fantasy novel. Steeped in Welsh mythology and folklore, this was one of the first of a wave of disturbingly creepy and haunting children's TV shows.

15. Timeslip (1970–1971)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Cheryl Burfield, Spencer Banks, Denis Quilley, Iris Russell

Votes: 145

Another children's series following the adventures and misadventures of two kids after they discover a time travel anomaly. A well-written and thoughtful series, which raises concerns about the ethical uses and misuses of science regarding climate change, aging and cloning.

16. Doomwatch (1970–2016)

50 min | Sci-Fi, Drama

Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific Work. Under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist, the Doomwatch team struggled, for ... See full summary »

Stars: John Paul, Joby Blanshard, Simon Oates, Vivien Sherrard

Votes: 117

17. UFO (1970–1973)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough

Votes: 2,496

18. The Boy from Space (1971– )

Adventure, Drama, Family

Young siblings Dan and Helen must protect their new friend, a strange blue alien boy they name Peep-Peep, from the terrifying evil alien known only as The Thin (Space) Man, who's after him.

Stars: Phil Cheney, Charles Collingwood, Stephen Garlick, Sylvestra Le Touzel

Votes: 70

19. The Guardians (1971– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a declining England of the 1980s, the UK has broken up, and England is ruled by a fascist military force called "The Guardians".

Stars: Gwyneth Powell, Cyril Luckham, Derek Smith, David Burke

Votes: 51

20. Escape Into Night (1972– )

25 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

This serial is an adaptation of Catherine Storr's novel "Marianne Dreams", which is about a young girl, Marianne, whose drawings become her dreams.

Stars: Sonia Graham, Patricia Maynard, Edmund Pegge, Vikki Chambers

Votes: 104

21. The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates

Votes: 1,092

22. The Tomorrow People (1973–1979)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The Tomorrow People are British teens who have special powers. They can communicate to each other using telepathy. They can also transport themselves (they call it "Jaunting"). With the ... See full summary »

Stars: Nicholas Young, Philip Gilbert, Elizabeth Adare, Peter Vaughan-Clarke

Votes: 541

23. Moonbase 3 (1973– )

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 113

24. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Penda's Fen (1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Through a series of real and imagined encounters with angels, demons, and England's pagan past, a pastor's son begins to question his religion and politics, and comes to terms with his sexuality.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Spencer Banks, John Atkinson, Georgine Anderson, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 339

25. The Changes (1975– )

25 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic Britain, everyone has rebelled against modern technology (electricity, engines, trains etc) and reverted to a pre-Industrial Revolution way of life. When Nicky Gore ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Williams, Keith Ashton, Rafiq Anwar, Marc Zuber

Votes: 114

26. Sky (1975– )

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

A young time-traveller with superhuman powers is stranded on Earth after running into a Black Hole. Pursued by the evil Goodchild, Sky is helped on his quest to find a way home by three ... See full summary »

Stars: Marc Harrison, Stuart Lock, Cherrald Butterfield, Richard Speight

Votes: 80

27. Survivors (1975–1977)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A community of survivors struggle to stay alive in the wake of a global pandemic known as the Death that wiped out 99.98% of humanity.

Stars: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill, Stephen Dudley

Votes: 941

28. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 6,353

29. Beasts (1976– )

60 min | Horror, Mystery

An anthology series concerning bestial horror created by Nigel Kneale.

Stars: Pamela Moiseiwitsch, Bernard Horsfall, Patrick Magee, Pauline Quirke

Votes: 169

30. Children of the Stones (1977– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick... See full summary »

Stars: Gareth Thomas, Veronica Strong, Peter Demin, Ruth Dunning

Votes: 525

31. 1990 (1977– )

55 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a dystopian future, Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Public Control Department (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties.

Stars: Edward Woodward, Robert Lang, Tony Doyle, Paul Hardwick

Votes: 87

32. The Omega Factor (1979– )

50 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A covert branch of British Intelligence is assigned to investigate the strange, the supernatural, the...'Omega Factor'.

Stars: James Hazeldine, Louise Jameson, John Carlisle, Brown Derby

Votes: 134

33. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Red Shift (1978)

Comedy, Drama

Three men at three different times in history come to Mow Cop Hill in search of sanctuary from their troubles: a Roman soldier, an English Civil War rebel and a 1970s teenager. Somehow they... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Stephen Petcher, Lesley Dunlop, Stella Tanner, Bernard Gallagher

Votes: 52

34. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)

Not Rated | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

Stars: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell

Votes: 2,956

35. Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)

30 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A special force of interdimensional operatives protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting the timeline. The strange energy beings are assigned to cases, ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley, David Collings, Gerald James

Votes: 1,169



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