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Impossible Planet 

Two jaded space tourism employees (Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong) take up an elderly woman's (Geraldine Chaplin) request for a trip back to Earth - a planet which has lost all life due to a ... See full summary »

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David Farr

Writers:

David Farr (written for television by), Philip K. Dick (based on the short story 'The Impossible Planet' by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Geraldine Chaplin ... Irma
Benedict Wong ... Andrews
Jack Reynor ... Norton
Bekka Bowling ... Synth Female Attendant
Justin Butcher ... Linus Primo
Georgina Campbell ... Barbara
Annes Elwy Annes Elwy ... Young Irma
Malik Ibheis ... RB29
Christopher Staines ... RB29 (voice)
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Two jaded space tourism employees (Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong) take up an elderly woman's (Geraldine Chaplin) request for a trip back to Earth - a planet which has lost all life due to a catastrophic "solar fire". She's easily confused but very rich, so what's the harm in indulging her fantasies? As the journey unfolds, their scam begins to eat away at them and they ultimately find themselves dealt a bittersweet surprise. Written by Channel 4

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During the scene while Andrews is putting the ship into autopilot he's singing a song under his breath: "You've got to pick a pocket or two, boys; you've got to pick a pocket or twooo...." This is a tune from the musical Oliver. It was also sampled on "Friends" when Joey is auditioning for A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical. See more »

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Symphony n.8 in Eb Major
(uncredited)
Written by Gustav Mahler
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Down to earth
26 September 2017 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

The new Channel 4 Philip K Dick anthology of programmes goes two for two in terms of quality with this second episode in its much-hyped new Sci-fi series.

In this one, two tired and somewhat cynical employees of an outer-space tour company see the chance to make a small fortune at the end of a long week, by hoodwinking a rich, elderly old lady (Geraldine Chaplin) into believing she's being taken back to Earth for one last look at the dear old place before she dies. With her, she has for company a protective android companion but what neither she or her bot know is that Earth doesn't exist anymore and that the two guides are substituting a similar if dead planet closer to home in the hope that she doesn't notice the difference and they can pocket a nice fat fee, what with her being old and deaf and all.

Of the two guides, one, played by Benjamin Wong just wants the old dear's money and it's him who dreams up the ruse, dragging along his younger colleague, Jack Reynor, the more personable and conscientious of the two, in his wake. But why does the younger one have flashbacks to an older time which sees him roaming around on an old bike? Just what strange attraction does the elderly lady have for him? And how are the two going to pull off their con when the lady wants to actually land on the dead planet?

All is neatly played out and resolved by the finish even if I was reminded perhaps too much of the ending of the classic "Star Trek" pilot episode "The Cage" in so doing.

Well acted and shot, this is starting to turn into a good, watchable series and I'll certainly be staying along for the remainder.


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12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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