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Quatermass and the Pit 

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
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ...  Young Constable 2 episodes, 1958
Howell Davies Howell Davies ...  Mr. Chilcot 2 episodes, 1958
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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original filmed inserts were edited into a two part compilation for a repeat broadcast in 1960 and still exist today. 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

First Private: [watching Quatermass examine the capsule] What's the boffin up to?
Cpl. Gibson: Gonna open it up with his little pocket knife.
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Alternate Versions

All commercial releases prior to the 2004 DVD box set are an edited omnibus version. Several scenes written to allow actors to move between sets during the live broadcast were removed, along with the opening and closing titles. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Quatermass Conclusion (1979) See more »

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Written and Performed by Trevor Duncan
Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes
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Childhood terrors!
1 March 2005 | by johnmerrick-1See all my reviews

I've only found this site today, and it's tremendous to know that so many commentators felt about the BBC 1958 original in exactly the same way that I did. (I was far too young to watch it - only ten! - and spent most of the episodes peering out from behind the armchair...) I read recently that the classic scary moment when one of the disinterred Martians suddenly falls through its supports was actually a repeat of an accident that took place in rehearsal, and which the special effects people kept in the final version. I would personally highlight the title and incidental music, by Trevor Duncan (who was also the composer of the "Dr Finlay" theme music), which seems to me to be the final vital ingredient in creating the chilling atmosphere we all experienced. It's marvellous news that BBC Worldwide are going to release a DVD set of all the surviving episodes of all three BBC Quatermass serials in April 2005. If I can only dare to watch them!


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