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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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4   3   2   1  
1982   1981   1979  

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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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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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The reason behind the series' cancellation was both actors, Joanna Lumley and David McCallum were in such high demand and busy with other projects, its renewal for another season never happened. 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

Sapphire: The first nursery rhyme derives from the time of the plague; and the second one which Rob was made to say also has historical reference. It refers back to the Parliamentary Wars.
Steel: Parliamentary Wars?
Robert Jardine: When Cromwell's troops searched houses looking for people who wouldn't pray.
Steel: Wouldn't pray?
Sapphire: [smiling] Unbelievers.
Steel: [affirmatively] Ah.
Robert Jardine: Don't you know your history?
Steel: I know *mine*, yes.
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Eerie shivers
23 August 2002 | by ezznicSee all my reviews

I vaguely remember watching S&S on first broadcast, and clutching a handy sofa cushion. Watching it again, curtesy of the DVD collection (and at least 20 years older,) It still makes me shiver. Story is great, characterisation & acting excellent, and effects as expected (it works for me, and to see CGI implementations of `TIME` couldn`t be as effective as eerie pools of light).

Still, watching again as a fierce man (cough, possibly,) I still experience the same shivers I did first time round. Believe me, as a psychological thriller, it really works. Situations, and snippets of dialogue from the series, tend to surface when I try to get to sleep. This will soon pass, as it did 20-odd years ago...

Extras, they`re interesting - copies of TV times articles, and production stills related to each episode. Adequate, interesting, but not exceptionable.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1979 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(34 episodes) | (34 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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