Quatermass wrote:The original serial was in 1953. Or do you mean the movie version?
Tiffany wrote:Quatermass wrote:The original serial was in 1953. Or do you mean the movie version?
Yes, I saw the original TV series in 1953, on our tiny b&w screen . The new version has David in it.
Who's Wee Dug wrote:They repeated it a couple of times Q, if I remember correctly, I do remember the slimy monster but it's a bit hazy now.
The BBC intended that each episode be telerecorded onto 35mm film, a relatively new process that allowed for the preservation of live television broadcasts. Sale of the serial had been provisionally agreed with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Cartier wanted the material available to use in trailers and recaps. Only poor-quality copies of the first two episodes were recorded before the idea was abandoned, although the first of these was later shown in Canada. During the telerecording of the second episode, an insect landed on the screen being filmed, and can be seen on the image for several minutes. It is highly unlikely that material from the third to sixth episodes of the serial will ever be recovered to the BBC's archives. The two existing episodes are the oldest surviving examples of a multi-episodic British drama production, and some of the earliest existing examples of British television drama at all, with only a few earlier one-off plays surviving.
In November 1953, it was suggested that the existing two episodes could be combined and followed with a condensed live production of the latter part of the story for a special Christmas omnibus repeat of the serial. This idea was abandoned. Although Cartier and star Reginald Tate were keen to make an all-film omnibus version for television, this also did not come to fruition.
Who's Wee Dug wrote:I definitley did, the ants (Martians in the Pit was not anywhere near as good)and BBC Scotland was different as in telvised programmes to the London ones, just because it's on Wikipedeia does not mean it absolutely true I suppose you just had to be there.
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