Quatermass
One of the earliest TV Science Fiction shows,written by Nigel Kneale and Produced by Rudolph Cartier,started on BBC TV in 1953 as The Quatermass Experiment,and centred around rocket scientist,Bernard Quatermass.
The series spawned three later series,Quatermass 2(1955),Quatermass and the Pit(1958/59),and Quatermass(1979),this last one being shown on the ITV Network in the UK,with John Mills in the title role.
Each series was a self contained serial,and the later ones didn't follow on from the previous one,only the character of Prof. Quatermass was carried over into the next series.
The first three series were also remade as films by Hammer,and were released with the following titles:
The Creeping Unknown(1956),Enemy From Space(1957)
and Quatermass and the Pit(aka '5 million years to Earth' in the US)(1967)
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Episodes and cast listings:
The Quatermass Experiment
(Six 30 minute episodes, b/w,transmitted 18th July to 22nd August 1953)
Basic Programme Outline:
An Experimental spaceship with its 3 man crew is knocked off course before eventually returning to Earth.the sloe survivor has been contaminated with an alien life form that causes him to metamorphose into a one hundred foot tall vegetable monster capable of infinate reproduction that wreaks havboc on London before finally being destroyed just in time.the scientist who tracks him down is the same man who sent him up,Bernard Quatermass.
Main Cast:
Professor Bernard Quatermass - REGINALD TATE
Judith Carroon - ISABEL DEAN
John Paterson - HUGH KELLY
James Fullalove - PAUL WHITSUN-JONES
Victor Carroon -DUNCAN LAMONT
Dr Gordon Briscoe - JOHN GLEN(from episode 2 on)
Chief Insp.Lomax - IAN COLIN(from episode 2 on)
Det Sgt. Best - FRANK HAWKINS(from episode 2 on)
1 Contact has Been Established
2 Persons reported missing
3 Very Special Knowledge
4 Believed to be Suffering
5 An Unidentified Species
6 State of Emergency

Quatermass 2
(Six 30 minute episodes,b/w,transmitted 22nd october to 26th November 1955)
Main Cast:
Professor Bernard Quatermass - JOHN ROBINSON
Paula Quatermass - MONICA GREY
Dr Leo Pugh - HUGH GRIFFITHS
Capt. John Dillon - JOHN STONE(episodes 1,2,5,6)
Vincent Broadbent - RUPERT DAVIES(episodes 2 and 3)
1 The Bolts
2 The Mark
3 The Flood
4 The Coming
5 The Frenzy
6 The Destroyers

(Six 30 minute episodes,b/w,transmitted 22nd December 1958 to 26th January 1959,repeated as two 90 minute episodes 9th January 1960)
Basic programme Outline:
Set in London during rebuilding of the areas which were blitzed in WW2,evidence is uncovered which proved that the Earth had been visited aeons ago by Martians.
Main Cast :
Professor Bernard Quatermass - ANDRE MORELL
Barbara Judd - CHRISTINE FINN
Dr Matthew Roney - CEC LINDER
Col. Breen - ANTHONY BUSHELL
Capt. Potter - JOHN STRATTON
Sergeant - MICHAEL RIPPER
Cpl. Gibson - HAROLD GOODWIN
Private West - JOHN WALKER
Soldiers - CLIFFORD COX,BRIAN GILMAR
James Fullalove - BRIAN WORTH
Sladden - RICHARD SHAW
Minister - ROBERT PERCEVAL
Private Secretary - RICHARD DARE
1 The Halfmen
2 The Ghosts
3 Imps and Demons
4 The Enchanted
5 The Wild Hunt
6 Hob
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Quatermass (ITV 1979)
(Four 50 minute episodes,made by Euston Films,shown on ITV between 24th october and 14th November 1979)
Basic programme outline:
Petrol is running out,law and order has surrendered to lawlessness,with violent street gangs,the Badders,battling it out behind the barricades,while the superpowers squander resources on a uselss space project.An older,world weary Quatermass has been living as a recluse in Scotland,and now as he comes south to search for his missing granddaughter Hettie,he teams up with a young astronomer,Joe Kapp,to defeat the alien force which is harvesting the young of the planet,sweeping them up in beams of light at ancient ritual sites,such as stone circles.
Main Cast:
Professor Quatermass - JOHN MILLS
Joe Kapp - SIMON MacCORKINDALE
Claire Kapp - BARBARA KELLERMAN(episodes 1 and 2)
Kickalong - RALPH ARTISS
Caraway - PAUL ROSEBURY
Bee - JANE BERTISH
Hettie - REBECCA SAIRE(episodes 1,2,4)
Sal - TOYAH WILCOX(episodes 2,3,4)
1 Ringstone Round
2 Lovely Lightning
3 What Lies Beneath
4 An Endangered Species

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