It was the most lavish Sci-Fi production on British TV at the time.
Enthralling special effects in the second series, where the viewer is taken inside the City of the Tripods.
Like McGoohan's Prisoner, it is another marvellous allegory for a seemingly contented society being controlled and manipulated by forces which are far from benign.
I found this one all by myself, watching it from the beginning on Saturday teatimes - as by my early 30s I was thoroughly immersed in the wonders of Science Fiction.
I spotted it first on a Beeb trailer and was immediately drawn.
To this day any well written Sci-Fi draws my attention, as it has little to compete with in a world smothered by (un)reality TV.
What would any intelligent individual rather watch: the boundaries of science and humanity being stretched and postulated upon by a clever writer...or a pan of turnips on the boil, bobbing about on Big Brother?
A for Andromeda, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Space Patrol, Doctor Who, Counterpoint, Adam Adamant Lives, Star Trek,The Prisoner, The Invaders, Blakes 7, UFO, Timeslip, Space 1999, Tomorrow People,The Hitchhiker's Guide etc.
Living in Britain in the 60s and 70s, was probably the best time and place to be around as a youngster, discovering the incredible worlds of possibility in Science Fiction for the first time.
It wasn't just the SFX - as they were rather basic at the time - but the concepts that were being presented to minds which had been craving for something different since the austere 1950s.
It was like being let out of a mental straight jacket.
Doctor Who, Babylon 5 and Star Trek NG
It was noticeable how little there was to grab the imagination after BBC Supremos Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell decided SF was silly, pointless and far too expensive for sensible people in sensible shoes.
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