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The Omega Factor


TV: The Omega Factor

Creator: Jack Gerson


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The Omega Factor

ESP meets MI6 in an atmospheric blending of the supernatural and spy genres.

It may sound like an episode of Doctor Who, but this was actually an intelligent and intriguing mixture of espionage and the paranormal made by BBC Scotland - a sort of "Mc X-Files".

James Hazeldine, later to achieve household name status in London's Burning, plays journalist Tom Crane. During the course of tracking down a dangerous occultist he discovers he has psychic powers himself.

He is recruited by Department 7, a secret government-run team of parapsychology investigators based in Edinburgh who look into reports of paranormal phenomena. Louise Jameson, fresh from her sting as Doctor Who assistant Leela, plays his skeptical partner. Curiously, in real life Jameson admitted to a belief in the paranormal, while Hazeldine was a skeptic.

More than twenty years later, BBC Scotland revisted this sucessful formula with paranormal-investigation drama Sea of Souls.

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