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The Quatermass Experiment 

Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ...  Professor Bernard Quatermass 6 episodes, 1953
Isabel Dean ...  Judith Carroon 6 episodes, 1953
Hugh Kelly Hugh Kelly ...  John Paterson 6 episodes, 1953
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ...  James Fullalove 6 episodes, 1953
Duncan Lamont ...  Victor Carroon 6 episodes, 1953
John Glen John Glen ...  Dr. Gordon Briscoe 5 episodes, 1953
Ian Colin Ian Colin ...  Detective-Inspector Lomax 5 episodes, 1953
Frank Hawkins Frank Hawkins ...  Detective-Sergeant Best 5 episodes, 1953
Oliver Johnston ...  News Editor 3 episodes, 1953
Katie Johnson ...  Miss Wilde 3 episodes, 1953
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ...  Dr. Ludwig Reichenheim 3 episodes, 1953
Peter Bathurst Peter Bathurst ...  Charles Greene 3 episodes, 1953
Moray Watson Moray Watson ...  Peter Marsh 2 episodes, 1953
Philip Vickers Philip Vickers ...  American Reporter 2 episodes, 1953
Richard Cuthbert Richard Cuthbert ...  Chemist 2 episodes, 1953
Anthony Green Anthony Green ...  Boy 2 episodes, 1953
Tony Van Bridge Tony Van Bridge ...  Producer 2 episodes, 1953
Eugene Leahy Eugene Leahy ...  Police Inspector 2 episodes, 1953
Lewis Wilson Lewis Wilson ...  Walters 2 episodes, 1953
Neal Arden ...  Commentator 2 episodes, 1953
Josephine Crombie Josephine Crombie ...  Secretary 2 episodes, 1953
Neil Wilson ...  Policeman / ... 2 episodes, 1953
Patrick Westwood ...  First Journalist / ... 2 episodes, 1953
Bernadette Milnes Bernadette Milnes ...  Usherette 2 episodes, 1953
John Kidd ...  Sir Vernon Dodds 2 episodes, 1953
Dominic Le Foe Dominic Le Foe ...  Second Journalist / ... 2 episodes, 1953


Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three man crew thousands of miles off course. When the rocket returns to Earth, it crashes in Wimbledon. To the shock of Quatermass, his team, and the spectators who gather around the crash site, only one of the three crewmen, Victor Carroon, is still aboard. Carroon seems unwell, barely able to talk. Examinations of the rocket by both Quatermass and Scotland Yard's Inspector Lomax reveal that something attacked the crew of the rocket as they were on course back to Earth. Even more alarming is that Carroon seems to be undergoing some sort of metamorphosis, which is accelerated by a botched kidnapping attempt by foreign agents. Written by Christopher M. Buckey <ChrisBuckey@nospam.msn.com>

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18 July 1953 (UK) See more »

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Bring Something Back See more »


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£3,502 (estimated)
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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two existing episodes are the oldest surviving examples of a multi-episodic British drama production, and some of the earliest existing examples of British television drama at all, with only a few earlier one-off plays surviving. See more »


During the scene in the Daily Gazette office at the start of Episode Two, the image collapses and turns negative before returning to normal. This was a fault during transmission preserved by the telerecording process. See more »


James Fullalove: I need something to denounce, Jacko. After the dieticians and the graphologists and the English Flower Shows, something that's somebody's fault!
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Followed by The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) See more »

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Important but more than that – engaging and entertaining (in the third of it that is left in the world)
27 March 2012 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I don't review shows without seeing them. I think there is a couple of examples where I have commented on a film or show where I have bailed out halfway through, but I cannot think of a time where I have reviewed a series where the majority of it no longer exists. Indeed as someone very much of today it is weird to sit in this world where everything can be bought (or not) online within seconds, but yet here is a well-regarded classic sci-fi where 4 of the 6 parts simply don't exist anywhere.

I came to the two remaining episodes with no experience of the original television show; I had seen the movie versions of Quatermass 2 and The Pit, but those are different beasts in a way and the 2005 version of this didn't inspire me. Luckily the kindness of a fellow IMDb user meant I got a lend of the 3 DVD set of this show – thanks Theo, I appreciated the gesture! Anyway, in terms of the show I must say that my lasting feeling is one of annoyance that the rest of the show is no longer available because I was really getting into it by the end of the second episode. To modern ears the show is very talky but yet it works because it is very well written – some of the dialogue is clunky but mostly it captures a sense of place and the urgency and mystery of what unfolds is all there. The direction seems very stagey to me (which of course it was) but they make the most of limited sets and of course viewing it in context of the time is important.

What I only realised during the second episode is that the damn thing was being broadcast live! This made it all the more impressive because there were hardly any flubbed lines or problems visible to me and everyone gave strong performances. Tate is a solid Quatermass, not overly emotional but still driven. The support cast around him are all nearly as good although the further one goes down the cast list the less they have to work with (hence you get a few clichés in there – particularly on the London streets in the first episode).

Overall though, this is a great little snippet of television, even if it is hard to judge since only a third of it exists now. Important in its time, it still stands up well because it tells (or starts to tell) an interesting story in a manner that engages and intrigues. I look forward to getting into the next two series so that I can get a full story told to me.

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