The Tomorrow People (1973–1979)

The Living Skins: A Harmless Fashion 

A shopping trip sees Mike and Hsui Tai purchasing the new bubbleskin jumpsuits. When they subsequently exhibit strange behaviour, the other Tomorrow People wonder if there is more to the new fashion craze than meets the eye.



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Episode cast overview:
... John
... Elizabeth
... Mike (as Michael Holoway)
... Hsui Tai
Nigel Rhodes ... Andrew
... Tim (voice)
Ralph Lawson ... Wilton


A shopping trip for Andrew ends up with new bubbleskin jumpsuits for Hsui Tai and Mike. Trying them on, Mike and Hsui Tai turn aggressive towards the others about getting and donning bubbleskin jumpsuits as well, arousing John's curiosity about this new fashion craze. Studying the fabric, John, Elizabeth and Andrew discover it's a kind of living plastic. Growing signal interference prevents contact with the Galactic Trig, leaving them on their own to deal with the apparent forefront of an alien invasion. To get Mike and Hsui Tai back to normal, there's only one recourse - stun and strip 'em. As John and Elizabeth subsequently investigate the clothing shop (where a trap lays in wait), bubbleskin jumpsuits attack Andrew as he sleeps while guarding over Mike and Hsui Tai. Written by statmanjeff

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi






Release Date:

6 November 1978 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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After Mike, it's Hsui Tai's turn to have her clothes dissolved away into thin air. As the process left Mike laid out in only his t-shirt and tighty-whities, Hsui Tai would be left similarly, but no proprieties were observed. At no point do John and 12-year-old Andrew look away or does Elizabeth speak up to say that, not knowing what (if anything) Hsui Tai wore under her bubbleskin suit, John and Andrew should leave, as Hsui Tai would later be very embarrassed to hear that the guys stood around watching as her clothes were removed. Hsui Tai was left wearing only a unitard rather than bra and panties. It's unknown if wearing a one-piece undergarment was normal for her. See more »


Mike: We're sorry about what happened earlier.
Hsui Tai: We were very rude.
Mike: To make up for it, we bought you a present - a bubbleskin jumpsuit of your own, John.
Hsui Tai: It was not easy. The shop sells them as soon as they get them in.
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