Fatty and his sister George are the children of a scientist who is experimenting with time travel. There is an accident with the time travel experiment, leaving their father trapped in another dimension. Meanwhile, criminals are after the crystal rod that is an important part of the experiment. The crystal rod is able to freeze time around the bearer of the rod. With the help of their friend Izzy, aunt Kath and grand father Bert, Fatty and George search for a way to bring their father back, while trying to outwit the criminals. Added to this, other teenagers after also after Fatty and George.Written by
Paul Gerard Kennedy
Fatty and George are two ordinary kids with an extraordinary father - a scientist conducting experiments in time travel. One day, things go horribly wrong, sending him into a limbo-like dimension, powerless to return. Worse still, the rod-like crystal at the heart of the operation is much sought-after by rivals Phil and Nancy, not least because it has the ability to freeze time around the bearer, leaving them to do with the world as they will. With the help of their friend Izzy, Fatty and George secure the crystal and try to stay one step ahead of their pursuers while battling a gang of biker kids until they can figure out how to bring their father back from limbo.
'Fatty & George' was one of the earliest sci-fi shows I ever saw as a child, and helped begin my lifelong love of the genre. Small wonder then that despite ABC Australia's refusal to repeat it since somewhere around 1985, it sticks firmly in my memory. Doubtless by now, the special effects (some early superimposed graphics as well as some equally basic green-screen) would hardly look state of the art, but a good show is measured by an interesting script and the conviction of its actors, as evidenced by the continuing popularity of the similarly low-budget original Doctor Who that I also grew up with. It was a great adventure for children, who probably all enjoyed imagining what they would do if they had a crystal that could freeze time. I know I did, just as I know I'm not the only one who wouldn't mind seeing it again.
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