“The Tripods” – What if the Martians Won?

What if the Martians from HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds were the victors at the end of the story? The Tripods is a series of novels by John Christopher that explores this idea and on September 15th, 1984 the first episode of the TV adaptation aired in Britain.

The Day of the Triffids (1981)

The Day of the Triffids novel by John Wyndham first came out in 1951, and eleven years later it was adapted for the big screen. Although the film retained some basic plot elements from Wyndham’s novel, it was not a particularly faithful adaptation and strays significantly and unnecessarily from the book. It was not until 30 years after its […]

“Knightmare” the RPG Game Show

Last week we looked back at the children’s sci-fi game show Starstrider (1984), and this week skip forward a couple of a couple of years to September 1987 and the very Dungeons & Dragons inspired kids’ game show Knightmare!

“Starstrider” – McCoy Before “Doctor Who”

In September of 1987, Sylvester McCoy became the seventh actor to canonically play the character of Doctor Who, but a few years before that he was in another British sci-fi show so obscure that we could not even find pictures or videos of it on the internet. The show ran for two season between 1984 and […]

Cops, Robbers, & Aliens – “Space Precinct”

Last week we looked back at space law enforcement in the form of Star Cops from 1987, and this week it is the turn of another British TV show that merged “cop show” with science fiction. Known for puppet shows like Thunderbirds, producer Gerry Anderson brought us Space Precinct.

British Bobbies in Space – “Star Cops”

British television has managed to create several cult classics within fandoms, and even some science fiction shows that have appealed to a wider audience (anyone heard of a show called Doctor Who?). There have, however, also been many great sci-fi and fantasy shows created by the BBC, and its British rivals ITV and Channel 4, that have […]

“Sapphire & Steel” – A Lost TV Classic

Back on July 10th, 1979, a new British TV show aired on ITV (the commercial television rival of the BBC) that would hold its own against the popular Doctor Who time travel show . . . a new dark and sinister show in which Time was actually the enemy . . . that show was Sapphire & Steel!

Skip to toolbar