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Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Robinson John Robinson ...  Professor Bernard Quatermass 6 episodes, 1955
Monica Grey Monica Grey ...  Paula Quatermass 6 episodes, 1955
Hugh Griffith ...  Dr. Leo Pugh 6 episodes, 1955
John Stone John Stone ...  Captain John Dillon 4 episodes, 1955
Charles Price Charles Price ...  2nd Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Dermot MacMahon Dermot MacMahon ...  3rd Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Stephen Scott Stephen Scott ...  Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Manny Michael Manny Michael ...  Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Austin Trevor ...  Fowler 3 episodes, 1955
Edwin Brown ...  Paratrooper / ... 3 episodes, 1955
Peter Roy Taylor Peter Roy Taylor ...  Paratrooper / ... 3 episodes, 1955
Rupert Davies ...  Vincent Broadhead 2 episodes, 1955
Michael Golden Michael Golden ...  Paddy 2 episodes, 1955
John Miller John Miller ...  Stenning 2 episodes, 1955
John Rae John Rae ...  E.G. McLeod 2 episodes, 1955
Denton De Gray Denton De Gray ...  Technician 2 episodes, 1955
Ian Wilson ...  Ernie 2 episodes, 1955
Desmond Jordan Desmond Jordan ...  Young Workman 2 episodes, 1955
Peter Carver Peter Carver ...  Australian Commentator / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Martin Lane Martin Lane ...  Technician 2 episodes, 1955
Laurence Shiel Laurence Shiel ...  Head of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Scott Harrold Scott Harrold ...  Man in Pub / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Bryan Kendrick Bryan Kendrick ...  2nd Technician 2 episodes, 1955
Malcolm Watson Malcolm Watson ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Carl Lacey Carl Lacey ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Robert S. Young Robert S. Young ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Bernard Dudley Bernard Dudley ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Stephen Dunne ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Reginald Jessup ...  Extra in Riot Sequence / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Brian Moorehead Brian Moorehead ...  1st Guard / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Roger Delgado ...  Hugh Conrad 2 episodes, 1955
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Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, draws the Professor's attention to a strange hollow meteorite which interrupted an Army Training exercise. Quatermass and Dillon investigate, and discover a vast government production plant which has some connection with the meteorites. After coming in contact with the noxious gas contained inside the meteorites, Dillon is taken away by the plant's security guards. When Quatermass presses this issue with an old civil service acquaintance, he learns that the plant is supposedly making synthetic food. Both men learn that this is untrue, and that the true products of the plant will threaten the world itself. Written by Christopher M. Buckey <ChrisBuckey@nospam.msn.com>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

22 October 1955 (UK) See more »

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£7,552 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Several episodes were preceded by a warning that the BBC considered it "unsuitable for children, or people with a nervous disposition." See more »

Goofs

During the rocket launch in Episode 6, the rod supporting the model rocket can be seen. See more »

Quotes

[Dillon and Grice are about to leave their radar site to investigate a meteorite impact they tracked]
Sgt. Grice: [to the Private watching the radar screen] You carry on. Just report that plane when it shows up. Nothing else. Got it?
Private: Yes, Sergeant.
[Dillon and Grice leave]
Private: It's the one I learnt yesterday, Sergeant.
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Alternate Versions

Episode Three ("The Food") was broadcast in 1991 as part of the programming celebrating the history of the BBC's Lime Grove facility. In order to fit into the half-hour timeslot, several minutes of footage were cut from the episode. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quatermass: Ringstone Round (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Inhumanity
Composed by Trevor Duncan
Performed by The New Concert Orchestra
Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Recorded Music Library
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The very best of the Quatermass stories
26 June 2002 | by stevereed100See all my reviews

Having recently come by a pirated copy of this on VCR recently, I can honestly say after several viewings that this has to be the best of the Quatermass seriels made by the BBC in the 1950s. Broadcast live on UK TV in 1955, this is an altogether more together piece than the remade Hammer film of a few years later and has a much more involving plot. One of the main diferences in the story has Professor Quatermass actually travel to the alien asteroid with his assistant Leo Pugh to destroy the ammonid things before more of them reach the earth.

Another plot addition is the introduction of little metallic cases to contain the aliens in and make them more readily available for transportation to one victim to another, a side plot sadly missing from the afformentioned Hammer film. The story is slow to build up, but once it gets going there is no stopping it and you soon become deeply involved in the plot. The character Broadhead from the film version is called Ward here and it is only a 3 man expedition that enters the Synthetic Food plant at Winnerden Flats, during this visit Ward dies covered in black slime and Quatermass and a character called Fowler discover to their horror that a nearby picnicking family have been gunned down by the impossing Zombie guards. Altogether a fantastic serial in all 6 parts (complete for those that are still hanging onto the belief that all or some of the episodes are missing). News is doing the rounds that the serial may be making it's way onto DVD this year and hopefully it will make it.


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