NOTE: This was originally a two-part post on my blog, The SciFi Dude. If you’d like to read the originals, check it out there. I have made small edits to fit the format here at Y!CN.
The British have been involved in Science Fiction since…well, let’s just say…a long time. But it seems that, at least in the last sixty years or so, their biggest influence has been in Science Fiction television.
So I came up with a list of 21 shows that are either little-known or simply forgotten. Most of these British Science Fiction TV shows are short serials of three to seven parts/episodes. But that doesn’t make them any less quality entertainment.
I’ll share the list with you and you tell me if you know of or remember any of them. It would be great if you would share your memories, good or bad, of the ones you remember.
O.K. Enough rambling. On to the list:
- Time Express (1979)
- Moonbase 3 (1973)
- Bliss (1995)
- First Born (1988)
- Space School (1956)
- The Nightmare Man (1981)
- The Changes (1975)
- The Escape of R.D. 7 (1961)
- Voodoo Factor (1959)
- Legend of Death (1965)
- Dark Season (1991)
- Time Is The Enemy (1958)
- Secret World Of Polly Flint (1981)
- Children Of The Stones (1977)
- Man Dog (1972)
- The Trollenberg Terror (1956)
- Plateau Of Fear (1961)
- The Lost Planet (1954)
- Return To The Lost Planet (1955)
- Century Falls (1993)
- Edge Of Darkness (1985)
Ther are more than 21 of these great forgotten British Science Fiction TV Shows. But, quite honestly, the research to find them has been long and tiring. In the future, I may (O.K. probably will) continue the search. If you know of any, leave a comment and let me know so I can add to my list.
You may expect all of these to be in the Classic Science Fiction range, which a lot of fans consider to be from the 1950’s and earlier. And there are some classics from the 50’s. But there are some from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as well. Case in point is number 11 in the list: 1991’s “Dark Season” starring Kate Winslet.
Truthfully, some of these obscure British Science Fiction TV shows are better than others, but they all deserve a watch. You owe it to yourself to see them if you can.
I plan to see as many of them as I can and write up some reviews. I haven’t seen them all, but the ones I have seen I’ll watch again if I can find them so my reviews will be “fresh.”
Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me of your memories of any of these shows—or anything else you like to say. 🙂