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Sapphire & Steel 

A special force of interdimensional operatives protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting the timeline. The strange energy beings are assigned to cases, ... See full summary »

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Peter Hammond
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Cast

Series cast summary:
David McCallum ...  Steel 34 episodes, 1979-1982
Joanna Lumley ...  Sapphire 34 episodes, 1979-1982
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Storyline

A special force of interdimensional operatives protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting the timeline. The strange energy beings are assigned to cases, when and where needed, and materialise on Earth as humans, each with specialist abilities to ascertain and then solve the problems. The mysteries encountered by Sapphire, Steel and their colleagues include people trapped in photographs, ghosts lost in time, and an retro dinner party. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dossier Saffier en Staal See more »

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Runtime:

(34 episodes) | (34 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original idea was for Sapphire's powers to be signified by a throbbing blue vein on her forehead, this was ultimately replaced with her eyes turning a vivid shade of blue. See more »

Goofs

The introduction talks about elements and their atomic weights, but sapphire is a gemstone composed of the mineral corundum, an aluminum oxide, and steel is an alloy of iron, carbon and other elements. Jet and diamond are also mentioned - while diamond is a form of carbon (and is, therefore, an element) jet is not. See more »

Quotes

[someone knocks on the door]
Robert Jardine: Who is it?
Steel: Robert Steven Jardine?
Robert Jardine: Yes?
Steel: You asked for help.
Robert Jardine: I did, yes!
Steel: Then unlock the door.
Robert Jardine: [unchaining the locks] That was quick. I'd only just phoned.
[Sapphire and Steel enter]
Robert Jardine: I don't know you! Only... the policeman at the Point!
[...]
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A fantastic show I'll never forget.
8 July 2005 | by skillwithaquillSee all my reviews

I'll admit it; I'm not the biggest fan sci-fi television. I'm not a Star Wars or X-Files fanatic. When I read about Sapphire & Steel, I wasn't expecting much. I figured that if I didn't like it, I could MST it. (MST stands for Mystery Science Theater 3000, read my comments about it if you've never heard of it before) To my surprise, I didn't need to use my fleeting talent for mocking films. I became hooked on Sapphire & Steel after I watched the first episode.

I was intrigued by the premise of the entire show. Sapphire and Steel, played by Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, are extraterrestrial beings (for lack of better explanation – none is ever really given or necessary as to who they really are) sent on different assignments including breaks in time, people being locked in pictures, and ghosts seeking revenge for their wrongful deaths.

I was wrong to write this show off as another X-Files. Sapphire and Steel is much more thought provoking, mysterious, and different from all the other shows floating around out there. The series finale was one of the best ends to a television show I've ever seen! If I had the money, I'd buy the entire six-season DVD set, but since I'm broke I'll have to live with repeatedly renting it from Netflix. It's a definite guilty pleasure of mine.

10/10 - I recommend it anyone with an open-mind who has a couple of hours to kill on a rainy day.


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