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Smart, stylish, scary

ThursdayLast writes about Sapphire and Steel

PJ Hammond

1979

TV: Sapphire and Steel.
Creator: PJ Hammond

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Sapphire and Steel is smart, stylish and scary. It had incredible imagination and the ideas stood out from the limited effects.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I must have been 5 or 6 when Sapphire and Steel was first broadcast. I was too young to remember much and didn't appreciate it until I bought the DVDs years later. I have since always noted when PJ Hammond appeared in the credits to some drama or other - the stories and concepts always being brilliant if not always told well. I'm sure I saw his name recently on an episode of Torchwood but its wierd to think that he wrote for Emmerdale as its says on Wiki.

Recollection and revelations

I have a vivid childhood memory of Steel stuck on barbed wire and of being scared silly about photographs for weeks. Assignment 2 is my favourite - using the obvious limited budget to the max to tell a ghost story and with a difficult ending where Steel sacrifices Tully for the darkness to feed on forever.

Before this...

Blakes 7

Blakes 7 is another series I appreciated more as an adult. Its a story that couldn't be told today without controversy - they were, of course, terrorists from the Federation point of view.

After This

The Tripods

I was 10ish for The Tripods and haven't seen it since but I can't forget those big machines - can't say I remember the plot!

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