THE TIME TUNNEL

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"TWO AMERICAN SCIENTISTS ARE LOST IN THE SWIRLING MAZE OF PAST AND FUTURE AGES,DURING THE FIRST EXPERIMENTS ON AMERICAS GREATEST AND MOST SECRET PROJECT - THE TIME TUNNEL.TONY NEWMAN AND DOUG PHILLIPS NOW TUMBLE HELPLESSLY TOWARD A NEW FANTASTIC ADVENTURE,SOMEWHERE,ALONG THE INFINITE CORRIDORS OF TIME."

THESE WERE THE WORDS AT THE START OF EACH EPISODE OF IRWIN ALLEN'S THIRD OFFERING OF T.V. SCIENCE FICTION(THE FIRST TWO BEING 'VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA' AND 'LOST IN SPACE')

THE TWO SCIENTISTS ALWAYS MANAGED TO FIND A CLASSIC MOMENT IN HISTORY WHERE SOME MONUMENTAL CATASTROPHE WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.FOR EXAMPLE ,THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC IN 1912,AND THE SEIGE OF TROY.

THE TIME TUNNEL CONTROL CENTRE WERE ABLE TO KEEP A FIX ON TONY AND DOUG,AS THEY WERE COATED IN RADIATION BEFORE ENTERING THE TUNNEL,BUT THEIR TIME FIXES WERE NOT ALWAYS STABLE..THIS ENABLED A CLIFFHANGER STYLE OPENING AND ENDING TO EACH EPISODE.

THEY HAD NO CONTROL OVER WHERE THEY WOULD END UP NEXT,OR ANY ABILITY TO BRING THEM BACK TO THE PRESENT DAY.,AS THE PROJECT WAS STILL IN IT'S EARLY STAGES,AND CONSEQUENTLY THE TUNNEL WAS PRONE TO POWER FAILURES,EXPLOSIONS ETC.

3 STRIKING FEATURES OF THE SERIES WERE,THE VERY SIXTIES SET(THE TUNNEL ITSELF IN PARTICULAR APPEARED TO STRETCH A LONG WAY BACK,BUT YOU CAN SEE SHADOWS FALLING ON A PAINTED BACKDROP WHEN ANYONE GOES IN OR OUT!!)
SECONDLY,WAS THE FANTASTIC EFFECT OF TONY AND DOUG COMING OUT OF THE TIME VORTEX INTO THEIR NEXT DESTINATION.QUITE OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE ONLY JUMPING OFF A CHAIR OR A SIMILAR OBJECT JUST OFF CAMERA,AND THEN GOING INTO A SERIES OF EXAGGERATED ROLLS AND DIVES.WATCH IT ,IT'S QUITE AMUSING!!
THIRDLY,THEY ALWAYS GOT INTO AT LEAST ONE FIST FIGHT IN EACH EPISODE ,USUALLY AT THE BEGINNING,OR WHEN THEY TRY TO ESCAPE FROM THEIR CAPTORS,WHOEVER THEY MAY BE AT THE TIME.

BUT OVERALL THE SERIES WAS A GOOD LAUGH AND RAN FOR 30 EPISODES ORIGINALLY SHOWN IN THE U.S. IN 1966/67.
LACK OF FUNDS CAUSED THE SERIES TO LAST FOR THE AMOUNT OF EPISODES THAT IT DID,WITH THE LAST EPISODE ENDING WITH TONY AND DOUG GOING FULL CIRCLE AND LANDING ON THE DECK OF THE TITANIC AGAIN!!


REGULAR CAST:

  James Darren - Dr. Tony Newman
  Robert Colbert - Dr. Doug Philips
  Lee Meriwether - Dr. Ann MacGregor
  Whit Bissel - General Heywood Kirk
  John Zaremba - Dr. Raymond Swain
  Wesley Lau - Sergeant Jiggs

EPISODE GUIDE
WITH U.S.TRANSMISSION DATES

1.Rendezvous with Yesterday   9 Sep 66
  2.One Way to the Moon     16 Sep 66
  3.End of the World             23 Sep 66
  4.The Day the Sky Fell In     30 Sep 66
  5.The Last Patrol                    7 Oct 66
  6.Crack of Doom                   14 Oct 66
  7.Revenge of the Gods            21 Oct 66
  8.Massacre                           28 Oct 66
  9.Devil's Island                     11 Nov 66
 10.Reign of Terror                 18 Nov 66
 11.Secret Weapon                    25 Nov 66
 12.The Death Trap                      2 Dec 66
 13.The Alamo                                9 Dec 66
 14.Night of the Long Knives  1  6 Dec 66
 15.Invasion                                  23 Dec 66
 16.The Revenge of Robin Hood     30 Dec 66
 17.Kill Two by Two                     6 Jan 67
 18.Visitors from Beyond the Stars  13 Jan 67
 19.The Ghost of Nero               20 Jan 67
 20.The Walls of Jericho             27 Jan 67
 21.Idol of Death                        3 Feb 67
 22.Billy the Kid                            10 Feb 67
 23.Pirates of Deadman's Island      17 Feb 67
 24.Chase Through Time            24 Feb 67
 25.The Death Merchant         3 Mar 67
 26.Attack of the Barbarians  10 Mar 67
 27.Merlin the Magician        17 Mar 67
 28.The Kidnappers                  24 Mar 67
 29.Raiders from Outer Space      31 Mar 67
 30.Town of Terror                    7 Apr 67
 

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