Quatermass and the Pit – Episode1



This is the first episode of Nigel Kneale’s third Quatermass serial from 1958. One of the earliest influences on British Science-Fiction television and one of the first thing I remember ever seeing on TV was the Quatermass and the Pit.
TV in the early ’50s was either broadcast live to air with or without recording it and the acting can sometimes be choppy or at best ad lib (Early Doctor Who was fabulous for that)

The plot for this serialised Black and white Sci Fi was quite simple, When a skull is found during building works at Knightsbridge, London, the work is halted in order that a full archaeological dig can proceed. As one does. However as the the diggers delve deeper, they find more skulls, but then they unearth what is thought to be an unexloded bomb. Well it is 50’s Britain and there were a few of those around .

BUT when they manage to dig inside the shell,….ALIENS….yes thats right dead aliens…and rather well made and scary as heck in their made in the garage at the BBC backlot kind of way. The Solider keep thinking BOMB , but Professor Quatermass’s has a theory……….
Martians.. and the rest you will have to see to believe!

Now remember kiddies of all ages, when this was made it was mostly live to air so there are glitches, tehnical WTF’s and the occasional ad lib and odd look from people. That adds to the charm and amazement that is QUATERMASS…. André Morell …
Professor Bernard Quatermass (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Cec Linder Cec Linder …
Dr. Matthew Roney (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Anthony Bushell Anthony Bushell …
Colonel James Breen (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
John Stratton John Stratton …
Captain Potter (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Christine Finn Christine Finn …
Barbara Judd (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Michael Ripper Michael Ripper …
Sergeant (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Harold Goodwin Harold Goodwin …
Corporal Gibson (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Clifford Cox Clifford Cox …
First Private / … (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Brian Gilmar Brian Gilmar …
Second Private / … (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Alexander Moyes Alexander Moyes …
Narrator (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Brian Worth Brian Worth …
James Fullalove (4 episodes, 1959)
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw …
Sladden (4 episodes, 1959)
Richard Dare Richard Dare …
Private Secretary / … (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Kenneth Seeger Kenneth Seeger …
Sightseer / … (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn …
News Editor (3 episodes, 1959)
John Walker John Walker …
Private West (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert Perceval Robert Perceval …
Minister / … (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ian Ainsley Ian Ainsley …
Police Inspector (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Noel Howlett Noel Howlett …
Vicar Gilpin (3 episodes, 1959)
Edward Burnham Edward Burnham …
Official (2 episodes, 1959)
Allan McClelland Allan McClelland …
1st Journalist / … (2 episodes, 1959)
Bill Shine Bill Shine …
2nd Journalist / … (2 episodes, 1959)
Harold Siddons Harold Siddons …
Electrician (2 episodes, 1959)
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear …
First Customer / … (2 episodes, 1959)
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor …
Policeman (2 episodes, 1959)
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry …
Mrs. Anne Chilcot (2 episodes, 1958)
Victor Platt Victor Platt …
P.C. Ellis (2 episodes, 1958)
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren …
Young Constable (2 episodes, 1958)
Howell Davies Howell Davies …
Mr. Chilcot (2 episodes, 1958)

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