The original BBC serial. A manned British rocket launch fails and crashes to earth – but with only one crew member still on board, much shocked by the experience and seeming to undergo some kind of metamorphosis. Professor Quatermass investigates.
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Despite understandably basic technique - not only broadcast live but the 'repeat' later that week also live (again) - this is a taut and tight production setting a benchmark not just for science fiction but British television in general (the superlative 1984 followed soon after). As ever with Kneale it's shot through with an integrity that never speaks down to an audience. A minor landmark indeed.