A deadly alien force is brought to Earth by a US astronaut after a space orbit through the Van Allen belt.
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Series cast summary:
William Dexter William Dexter ...  Sir Robert Nailer 6 episodes, 1962
Ray Roberts Ray Roberts ...  Dr. Alan Tullis 6 episodes, 1962
June Tobin June Tobin ...  Lady Nailer 6 episodes, 1962
Joan Frank Joan Frank ...  Mrs. Stone 5 episodes, 1962
Frederick Treves ...  Anderson / ... 5 episodes, 1962
Laura Graham Laura Graham ...  Pam 4 episodes, 1962
Keith Anderson Keith Anderson ...  Van Heusen 3 episodes, 1962
Paul Bacon Paul Bacon ...  General Nant 3 episodes, 1962
Ian Clark Ian Clark ...  Royston 3 episodes, 1962
John Collin John Collin ...  Enders / ... 3 episodes, 1962
Fred Ferris Fred Ferris ...  Det. Supt. Allison 3 episodes, 1962
Robert Fyfe ...  Kemble / ... 3 episodes, 1962
John Graham John Graham ...  Radio announcer 3 episodes, 1962
Raymond Mason Raymond Mason ...  Jeff Murray 3 episodes, 1962
Susan Purdie Susan Purdie ...  Janet Nailer 3 episodes, 1962
Rex Robinson Rex Robinson ...  Policeman / ... 3 episodes, 1962
Frank Shelley Frank Shelley ...  Mathews 3 episodes, 1962
George Street George Street ...  Det. Chief Supt. Stroud 3 episodes, 1962
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The Big Pull begins quietly, as all good SF does, with a great scientific triumph of men in space being successfully returned home. Soon, however, things go wrong with the astronauts disappearing. They disappear in pairs, but then one comes back with aspects of both himself and the pair. In time more go through this process and it is realized that each time it happens the number of victims doubles what the amount of time between events halves. Eventually the original victim(s) give an explanations as to what is happening. It is part of a great cosmic battle between two factions called Joutous(?) and Eurotous(?), the process being preparation for the Earth to be adsorbed into one of the cosmic factions. The last thing to be seen are our hero's dead and panic setting in across the world. This was produced at the time of the cold war so the analogy between the USSR and USA is obvious - at least it is now. This is one of the great "Lost Gems" of television science fiction. It has managed ... Written by Martin Collins

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UK

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English

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9 June 1962 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Mono
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All six episodes of this series are believed to be lost. Please check your attic. See more »

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Great to find this mention on the web
26 September 2008 | by pjuk-1See all my reviews

This is one of the first TV series that hooked me as a child. It scared the life out of me, but I loved it and I remembering starting a playground game called 'The Big Pull' which was based on aspects of the show (loosely, I'm sure!) but was pretty popular with my friends while the show was on.

I'd love to see it now, but guess it would look pretty tame and even a tad embarrassing. I was fascinated to see that the show was produced by Terence Dudley who later had such a big hand in one of my other favourites shows - the excellent 'Survivors'.

Another review here remembers the name 'Jotus' and 'Nebula' - something I have not forgotten either. The reason is that one of the dead 'humans' inhabited by an alien, recounts this information with his mouth and eyes wide open and the voice echoing from somewhere inside him. I was terrified when I saw it and have never forgotten the scene although I'm sure it would look pretty ordinary now. I also dimly being aware of the need not to be in pairs with a final episode scene featuring a terrified call from a mother with just her baby for company saying she didn't want to 'become a baby'. I can still picture the final shot in my head now - the two 'heroes' of the show melded together as one alien.

Few ever remember this show (although great to see those who do remember it were as equally terrified as I was!) even though it was on the early evening slot on Saturday evenings, (pre Dr Who ) so it's great to see it mentioned here.


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