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Sapphire and Steel
'Sapphire & Steel' was the sort of intelligent Sci-Fi that was already becoming rare on British TV at the time it first aired. It's premise was fascinating - the protagonists are mysterious other-worldly beings sent to correct abnormalities in Time. The villain of the piece was often Time itself, which was depicted as a sentient force.
I was twelve when this came out, and I found it enthralling. Interestingly enough, when I saw the first story again recently it seemed really slow. Do we all have much shorter attention-spans these days?
In my mind, this series is tied in with the events in Britain in the late 70s - it suffered from the last muscle-flexing of the unions (before Maggie Thatcher crushed them underfoot as she heralded-in the self-centred 80s). The second story, the one set in the railway station, sticks in everyone's minds because it was stopped mid-way by union action, then resumed again from the start - appropriate for a programme dealing with time warps and the like. My favourite story was the one with the 'man' who turns up in everyone's photos and can trap people within them.
As with many ITV programmes, 'Look-In' comic did a picture-strip, which is almost as well written as the series, but brilliantly drawn.
Now, 'Big Finish' have brought the series back on audio - and some of these are quite good too.
Written by Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks, this was basically Robin Hood in space. As with all BBC sci-fi, it had a tiny budget, which was a great shame.