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  • BBC One
  • 1953-07-18T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
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  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Set in the near future against the background of a British space programme, it tells the story of the first manned flight into space, overseen by Professor Bernard Quatermass of the British Experimental Rocket Group. When the spaceship that carried the first successful crew returns to Earth, two of the three astronauts are missing, and the third is behaving strangely. It becomes clear that an alien presence entered the ship during its flight, and Quatermass and his associates must prevent the alien from destroying the world.

11 episodes

Way too brief look at the life and work of writer Nigel Kneale who changed television programs and the notions of science fiction in the 1950's and 60's.

1x01 Contact has Been Established

  • Series Premiere

    1953-07-17T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

An experimental rocket, the BR7, is sent thousands of miles over the Earth on a mission of observation. It has a fault in its controls, and its crew loses contact with the scientist who designed it, Professor Bernard Quatermass, who leads the mission control operations on the ground. After contact is restored, the rocket crash-lands in Wimbledon, and Quatermass and his British Experimental Rocket Group quickly go there to recover the crew, then must wait for the space vehicle to cool.

1x02 Persons Reported Missing

  • 1953-07-24T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

When the capsule opens, only one of the three crewmembers, Victor Carroon, emerges, then collapses. When he recovers, it is clear he cannot remember what happened to the others. It is also clear, however, that something of the missing crew lives on in another form...

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