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The return of the Tripods?

  • Amber Rose
  • 23 May 06, 04:43 PM

A tripodBack in the days when Action Network was known as iCan, Jim Baker joined the website and started a campaign to bring back a cult BBC series about three-legged machines invading earth.

The programme Jim wanted to see return to our screens was The Tripods. Two years on, his campaign goes from strength-to-strength. Jim has managed to rally plenty of support and interest, with 254 people backing his campaign.

The Tripods, based on John Christopher’s trilogy of books, centres on a young man who battles against machines that have enslaved humans on Earth. The BBC made two series shown in 1984 and 1985. A third was cancelled - leaving the protagonist, Will, in the middle of invading the city of the Tripods.

Those who have rallied round the campaign have brought it - the campaign, not the series - back from hibernation every now and then, thanks to their steady contributions of comments to the updates.

One of the latest comments from Edward Brown describes the campaign as “impressive” - while Victoria Woolen “shudders” at the thought of a US version of the Tripods, but adds: “What a pity nobody in the UK has had the imagination to do it. The BBC series can't be improved upon despite its flaws, it was a piece of genius.”

Jim Baker's campaign seems to be part of a wave of viewers using the internet to save their favourite TV shows.
When fans of HBO’s Deadwood found out that there were plans to cancel the drama, viewers set up a Save Deadwood website and within a day had attracted enough donations to run an advertisement in a leading entertainment magazine.

Action Network seems to be attracting a reasonable sample of this kind of activity. So whether you’re for or against the return of the Tripods, or have a view on bringing back the House Party – don’t forget to add a comment or vote.

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  • 1.
  • At 11:17 PM on 13 Jun 2006,
  • Neal Saferstein wrote:

You have my support!!!

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i think it should be brought back if only to finsish the story its a good show to bring back it was a good show then

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  • At 08:49 AM on 25 Aug 2006,
  • wesley wrote:

bring back the tripods my wife has just finnished watching the 1st season and love it she is 24 and now wants to see what happens as do i

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  • At 03:14 PM on 21 Oct 2006,
  • Teresa Prout wrote:

I have just finished watching series 1 on a borrowed dvd and would like to see series 2, on dvd or TV. Is there a series 3?

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  • At 06:05 PM on 23 Oct 2006,
  • David Reece wrote:

It is a shame that the BBC ony ever released Series 1 on DVD but not Series 2.

Anyone know why this was??

Or if they will every release it on DVD.

It seems a little silly that they released series 1 but not 2.

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