Category: BBC FOUR; TV Drama
Following in the footsteps of BBC FOUR's popular success The Quatermass Experiment last year, comes another compelling adaptation of a science fiction classic: A for Andromeda.
The drama stars Kelly Reilly (Mrs Henderson Presents, The Libertine) as Christine/Andromeda; Tom Hardy (Gideon's Daughter, The Virgin Queen, Sweeney Todd) as John Fleming; Jane Asher as Professor Madelaine Dawnay and David Haig as General Vandenberg.
In this contemporary adaptation by Richard Fell (The Quatermass Experiment) of Fred Hoyle and John Elliot's 1961 sci-fi classic an alien threat to humanity in the form of a radio signal deep in the Andromeda constellation provides instructions to build a computer.
In a very short period of time "the super computer" amasses a wealth of information about life on Earth and soon becomes more powerful than anyone could have ever anticipated.
Using its vast intelligence, and with the connivance of the MoD, it fashions a robot from flesh and blood to carry out its wishes.
Tom Hardy plays the heroic and brilliant scientist, John Fleming, who becomes by turns repelled and intoxicated by the icily beautiful humanoid computer that is created.
A massive 13 million viewers watched the original A for Andromeda, which now only exists only in small fragments.
Richard Fell says: "A for Andromeda is a true television classic tragically lost from the archives, and we are thrilled to be able to revive it.
"It is a gripping and, in the end, a poignant story, about what we would do if we were contacted by an alien intelligence.
"It raises themes about artificial intelligence, cloning, biological warfare and the political exploitation of science which are as important today as they were when it was written - if not more so.
"It is also a strange kind of love story, if a man can fall in love with a machine that is."
A for Andromeda shoots on location at Stanmore Air base and the Brecon Beacons.
Directed by John Strickland (Bodies, Hustle), the production is produced by Alison Willet (The Quatermass Experiment, The Lavender List) and executive produced by Richard Fell and Bethan Jones.
Filming completes on 21 February 2006.
Notes to Editors
British science fiction is enjoying a renaissance.
In April 2005 BBC FOUR adapted Nigel Kneale's cult series, The Quatermass Experiment, attracting the second largest audience that the channel had ever seen.
The success of this - together with the BBC's multi-award winning return of Doctor Who - has re-ignited an interest in the BBC's sci-fi heritage.
A for Andromeda was to the Sixties what The Quatermass trilogy was to the Fifties.
Remarkably ahead of its time, Fred Hoyle and John Elliot's series burst onto our television screens in 1961.
Together, Hoyle and Elliot produced one of the earliest and most compelling explorations into genetic cloning and the then fledgling science of computing that we have ever witnessed.
It was huge television hit which retains its cult following today.