A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.
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Complete series cast summary:
André Morell ...  Professor Bernard Quatermass 6 episodes, 1958-1959
Cec Linder ...  Dr. Matthew Roney 6 episodes, 1958-1959
Anthony Bushell ...  Colonel James Breen 6 episodes, 1958-1959
John Stratton ...  Captain Potter 6 episodes, 1958-1959
Christine Finn Christine Finn ...  Barbara Judd 6 episodes, 1958-1959
Michael Ripper ...  Sergeant 5 episodes, 1958-1959
Harold Goodwin ...  Corporal Gibson 5 episodes, 1958-1959
Clifford Cox Clifford Cox ...  First Private / ... 5 episodes, 1958-1959
Brian Gilmar Brian Gilmar ...  Second Private / ... 5 episodes, 1958-1959
Alexander Moyes Alexander Moyes ...  Narrator 5 episodes, 1958-1959
Brian Worth Brian Worth ...  James Fullalove 4 episodes, 1959
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ...  Sladden 4 episodes, 1959
Richard Dare Richard Dare ...  Harrison - Private Secretary / ... 4 episodes, 1958-1959
Kenneth Seeger Kenneth Seeger ...  Sightseer / ... 4 episodes, 1958-1959
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ...  Jacko - News Editor 3 episodes, 1959
John Walker John Walker ...  Private West 3 episodes, 1958-1959
Robert Perceval Robert Perceval ...  Minister / ... 3 episodes, 1958-1959
Ian Ainsley Ian Ainsley ...  Police Inspector 3 episodes, 1958-1959
Noel Howlett ...  Vicar Gilpin 3 episodes, 1959
Edward Burnham ...  Official 2 episodes, 1959
Allan McClelland Allan McClelland ...  1st Journalist / ... 2 episodes, 1959
Bill Shine ...  2nd Journalist / ... 2 episodes, 1959
Harold Siddons Harold Siddons ...  Electrician 2 episodes, 1959
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ...  Arthur - First Customer / ... 2 episodes, 1959
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor ...  Policeman 2 episodes, 1959
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ...  Mrs. Anne Chilcot 2 episodes, 1958
Victor Platt Victor Platt ...  P.C. Ellis 2 episodes, 1958
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When a skull is found during building works at Knightsbridge, London, the work is halted in order that a full archaeological dig can proceed. The diggers delve deeper, finding more skulls, but also finding some form of tube-like shell made of a ceramic like material. The Ministry of Defence believe it to be an un-exploded bomb, but when they manage to dig inside the shell, dead insect-like creatures are found. The MOD continue with their story, but Professor Quatermass's theory that the insects are Martians who visited Earth over five million years ago is proved to be correct with drastic consequences. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pit See more »

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Budget:

£17,578 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Malcolm Watson is the only actor to have appeared in all three of the 1950s Quatermass serials. See more »

Goofs

During the cliffhanger of Episode Two ("The Ghosts") the interior of the capsule is still streaked with dirt and clay. When this scene is reprised at the start of Episode Three ("Imps and Demons") the capsule is completely clean, even though no time is supposed to have elapsed. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Roney: [speaking at a press conference about the fossil apemen] We need time to do our work properly and I'm afraid we're not going to get it. The owners of the site want to get on with their building - now that's natural enough - and they're pressing us to get out.
Museum Official: Uh, that was confidential.
Dr. Roney: Oh. All right, please keep it off the record gentlemen that they're trying to kick us out.
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Follows The Quatermass Experiment (1953) See more »

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Written and Performed by Trevor Duncan
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A Remarkable Piece of Television
22 September 2005 | by rgarethoSee all my reviews

Quatermass and the Pit is a truly remarkable piece of television. An excellent script, brilliant atmospheric direction and great performances from the cast. Anthony Bushell's Colonel Breen is an utterly unlikable character without being a clichéd hissable villain figure. The guy is so uptight you can almost feel his buttocks clenching! Cec Linder is a very likable character and his friendship with Quatermass is totally believable. As for Quatermass himself... whilst Brian Donlevy played a totally different character (let's be honest the character in the first two Hammer movies is Quatermass in name only, or should that be'Quittermuss'?) John Robinon was really good in the role, Reginald Tate, Andrew Keir and John Mills were all excellent but Andre Morell makes the role his own and completely outshines all the other very fine actors who played this part. He's a charismatic figure full of charm, authority and compassion (if I was a scientist I'd like to be this guy!). Morell is totally convincing in all aspects of the role, whether arguing with pompous ministers or fighting the Martian influence he carries the whole thing along with considerable style. Rudolph Cartier creates a truly chilling atmosphere, complimented by the sinister incidental music. The design is also magnificent. The Martians were an inspired design and Hammer's version of the creatures ten years later are very poor in comparison. A brilliant piece of television science fiction, rarely (if at all) equalled in nearly fifty years!


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