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...  Steel 34 episodes, 1979-1982
...  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 a dinner party of guests who are all long-dead. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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According to the documentary accompanying the Network DVD release, the concept for this show originally envisioned it as a programme aimed at youngsters in the mold of other children orientated sci-fi such as The Tomorrow People or Doctor Who. However the documentary goes on to state that this idea soon dissipated when the two stars (McCallum and Lumley) were signed, the production costs subsequently spiralled and made it impractical to keep this as part of childrens TV programming. The programme was then written for an older (i.e. teenage) audience in mind and moved up the schedules from a childrens tv slot to an early evening slot (most ITV networks screened it around 7pm). Despite the big name casting and sci-fi elements the show was not a massive hit not because of perceived lack of quality but because the haphazard way it was produced with the stars availability together for filming being restricted due to other commitments. This meant that the show could never really get a strong foothold in tv programming due to the irregular way the stories were becoming available for transmission. Without a regular production schedule the shows ended up showing at different times and dates all across the ITV network and as such production eventually fizzled out with some ITV networks not showing the final stories until 2 years after they had been filmed. See more »

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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. See more »

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[narration in opening credits]
Voice-over in titles: All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.
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Wonderfully quirky stuff
29 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

For a five year old, "Sapphire & Steel" was delightfully terrifying fare. I found it easy - then and now - to ignore the low-budget effects and concentrate on the fantastic scenarios and the eerie twists and turns of the plot. The entire series seemed almost claustrophobic at times, as most of the action took place in isolated or deserted places.

"Sapphire & Steel" was very much a product of its time, perhaps the last of a great line of 1970's British sci-fi such as "Blake's 7" and "Dr Who", with their eccentric characters, surreal scripts and ramshackle sets. As such, for someone of my generation it provides a great sense of nostalgia, and gives me something to look back upon...and smile about.


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