https://archive.org/details/Quatermass_ ... _1of6_1955
https://archive.org/details/Quatermass_ ... _2of6_1955
The film had a couple of very disturbing moments that I remember distinctly, so it will be interesting to see if the original tv version is equally effective.
John Robinson seems fine as Quatermass. He has a very plummy voice and doesn't seem to have a particularly wide range of acting emotions, but he's solid enough as a presence. And it must have been daunting to have been thrown into this leading role, filling a dead man's shoes at such short notice.
I notice that the recap voiceover at the beginning of Episode two - and presumably the rest of the episodes is that of Nigel Kneale himself.
Nice to see Wilfred Bramble in a different role - and playing it well I thought.
So alien egg like things are hatching open and attaching themselves to people's faces. Seems somehow familiar.
I gather the same production plant was used as a location in both the tv and movie versions.
Found the clipping below in a folder about 1955:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradford_ ... 6316943565
The Charlie Chester show - also on that night - ran from 1949-1960, notching up 47 episodes, but according to IMDB...
Only a single episode is known to survive of this series.
Astonishingly I went on Youtube to see if there was any surviving footage of IN TOWN TONIGHT (1954-1956), the programme that was shown just before QUATERMASS....
.... only to find that, out of the 174 episodes made (and largely lost presumably) the single episode uploaded there was the exact episode listed above, shown that very night: October 22nd, 1955.
What are the odds of that?
Anyway, here is what people had to sit through that night, before Episode 1 of QUATERMASS II ("The Bolts") started.....
John Ellison interviews interesting people who are In Town Tonight.
First transmitted in 1955, this edition of In Town Tonight includes a performance by Italian opera star Tito Gobbi and a new feature 'A Woman Wonders Why' where the interviewer 'seeks the feminine point of view' - this week's subject is women and driving.
First shown: 22 Oct 1955
..... and it turns out that the final show that night survives also, in two parts, a documentary called "Guilty Chimneys" about...
Excellent documentary showing the environmental effects of air pollution.