Roney and Quatermass develop their theory about the Martians' visit to Earth, instilling their essence into man's ancestors, Sladden, alone in the pit, flees in terror as strange forces are conjured ...
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
Calendars seen on sets throughout the serial always show the episode's actual live transmission date. Whilst providing a uniquely contemporary feel for BBC viewers of the original 1958/9 screenings, it make no sense within the internal narrative. See more »
What's in behind here? Anything dangerous?
Ah, it's all right, I'm insured.
Are you insured sir? It's a good thing to be insured, at least it cheers you up.
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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 »
I envy anybody who was lucky enough to watch this one the first time around! Seeing the re-released video version today I can imagine what a mind-blower this must have nearly 45 years ago. An amazing technical achievement for the time, while the movie remake had a bigger budget and was in colour, it's debatable whether it actually bettered this original TV version. A plot that mixes science fiction and the occult in a way reminiscent of some of H.P. Lovecraft's later stories, added to inventive (low budget) direction, and generally strong acting, especially from Andre Morell (possibly the best Quatermass of them all), this is a must see for any genuine SF fan. Nigel Kneale deserves a place in the history of fantastic television and cinema, and this is one of his best efforts.
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