Sunday, 8 May 2016
394 Sapphire and Steel
First viewed : Summer 1979
I'm not going to linger long on this one because I only dipped into it and decided it wasn't my bag. Besides which, there are plenty of sci-fi fansites or blogs where you can find a detailed analysis of the series. In ITV's ceaseless attempts to produce a sci-fi series to rival Dr Who , they came up with Sapphire and Steel . Sapphire ( Joanna Lumley ) and Steel ( David McCallum ) were extraterrestrial troubleshooters like the good Doctor except in this , time , specifically the past , was a hostile force looking to impede human progress and an accumulation of old objects could trigger a catastrophe.
Both stars were big names and the series was heavily promoted. Unfortunately , it seemed like once the two stars and the geeks who came up with the Ice Age computer graphics had been paid , the budget was exhausted for the episodes were very set-bound, dingily lit and clogged up with lengthy expository dialogue . A lot of people did buy into it for the ratings were very high but it wasn't for me. Perhaps you had to be in from the start.
The original season was interrupted by the ITV technicians' strike of 1979 but it survived until 1982 when neither Lumley nor McCallum wanted to continue. It's yet to be rebooted on TV but there were some audio-plays produced in 2004 with both parts recast.