Well, it’s taken me around 10 months to write up these posts and we’re now at the end of the television series. This series was a big part of my childhood and pretty much spoiled me for “normal” sci-fi or horror. Not for me the joys of “pew pew lasers!” shows or simple non-psychological horror. No, I want my shows to be a little unusual and thoughtful.
Hopefully, I have ignited a small spark within you to find these shows and watch them to see what I’m on about. I am completely serious about wanting these to be returned to the small screen and updated. With the new Dr Who shows, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, The X Files, Lost, Heroes and so on the audiences of today have also shown that they want shows that are not strictly mainstream and that do interesting things within the genres.
Sapphire and Steel may well have languished forever, being just a part of UK TV history until Big Finish Productions began reviving series by moving them to a purely audio medium. Their most successful series are the Dr Who audio plays, but they also managed to gain the rights to create a completely new set of episodes for Sapphire and Steel. These plays have introduced an entirely new audience to the series, many of whom haven’t seen the TV shows at all. As we shall also see, they have takent he series ina whole new direction without losing anything of the original feel of the shows. They have also created and introduced new characters.
One warning, It’s taken me almost a year to write just 8 posts (2 like this and 6 on the episodes). The Big Finish productions have 15 episodes, so this may take a little while to do!
I am indebted to CliveBanks.co.uk for the episode guides used for these posts – they prompted my memory meaning that I didn’t have to keep watching bits of the shows to write these.
I hope you have enjoyed reading these as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
Posted on 14 May, 2009, in Sapphire & Steel, Television and tagged audiobook, big finish, cult, cult TV, cult tv series, david mccallum, drama, ITV, joanna lumley, paranormal, sapphire, sapphire and steel, science fiction, steel, supernatural, television, tv, UK. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.