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Old 23-01-2003, 13:10   #1
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Sapphire & Steel - Whats all that about?

Just finished watching the first story (6 episodes) of S&S last night!

Most baffling programme Ive ever seen (except maybe the Prisoner). How it was supposed to appeal to kids Ill never know. I thought, after all these years, Id get it this time around but its still nutty!

...Mind you, worth watching for Lumley who still looks super-hot (even with her eighties haircut)
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Old 23-01-2003, 13:26   #2
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Er, what makes you think it was a kids' show? Sapphire & Steel went out at 7pm/7.30pm weeknights.
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Er, what makes you think it was a kids' show? Sapphire & Steel went out at 7pm/7.30pm weeknights.
Really?

Im sure it used to go out about tea-time around our way! I thought it was supposed to be the ITV answer to Dr Who?
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Tomorrow People was ITV’s Dr Who really. S&S is awesome - Some of the best British TV ever. I envy you seeing it for the first time and you’ve still got the classic Railway Station story to see!
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Tomorrow People was ITV’s Dr Who really.
ITV's really bad attempt at it, and that's saying something when you look at how bad Dr Who got .

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S&S is awesome - Some of the best British TV ever. I envy you seeing it for the first time and you’ve still got the classic Railway Station story to see!
Always quite spooky S&S. Didn't think it was a kids show. I remember had to ask to stay up late to watch it.

Never really "got it" at the time, but it would freak me out. That episode with some sort of "thing" in the walls, used to be quite scary. I bet looking at it now it's really bad effects.

I would get these on DVD, but I'm worried it'll spoil how I remember it.
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ITV's really bad attempt at it, and that's saying something when you look at how bad Dr Who got .



Always quite spooky S&S. Didn't think it was a kids show. I remember had to ask to stay up late to watch it.

Never really "got it" at the time, but it would freak me out. That episode with some sort of "thing" in the walls, used to be quite scary. I bet looking at it now it's really bad effects.

I would get these on DVD, but I'm worried it'll spoil how I remember it.
The effects are pretty bad & the kids acting is a bit like the CFF but it still has a very strange and unsettling atmosphere. I only really remembered the railway station one because it freaked me out as a kid. Looking forward to seeing it again now!
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I was a kid and loved it, scared me silly at the time.

Similarly to DeadKenny I'm worried now that it just wouldnt be the same now
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Whats S&S? I can't believe I missed this, if I can actually get it.
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Having seen S&S recently, it certainly didn't disappoint me. It's just as strange, unsettling and confusing as ever. Yes, the production values look a little cheap, when compared to some of the more modern TV output, but it still oozes quality.

Highly recommended viewing
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Whats S&S? I can't believe I missed this, if I can actually get it.

Info -

http://www.anorakzone.com/SapphireandSteel/

Probably best place to buy at the moment -

http://www.mrbensons.co.uk/carltonboxset.htm
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S & S

I think it used to go out at 7pm on a tuesday!

I can only remember the storyline which had the bloke with a blank face, who kept appearing in photographs.

Scared the beejeezaas out of me at the time!!!
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The production values are bad even by late 70s/early 80s standards.

But the stories are awesome. Hardly anything happens at all in the series, it's all based on atmosphere. To do that and keep it gripping is damn fine scriptwriting. If only todays sci-fi TV had that kind of writing standard. CGI has been the death of classic sci-fi, IMO.
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Probably best place to buy at the moment -

http://www.mrbensons.co.uk/carltonboxset.htm

Avoid the R2 sets as the R4’s are better and cheaper. The R4’s retain the ad caps, the little musical cues/captions into and out of the ad breaks which may not sound like much until you see the shoddy way these have been hacked off the R2 set ruining the flow of the programme. Neither set is great technically speaking but it’s clear to anyone who’s seen both sets that the R4 is way better.
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Info -

http://www.anorakzone.com/SapphireandSteel/

Probably best place to buy at the moment -

http://www.mrbensons.co.uk/carltonboxset.htm
Thanks but its me being a prize chump. I read the original post as the guy saying he watched Saphire and Steel last night on S&S and i thought S&S was an obscure digital channel. I thought I missed the opportunity to watch them for free instead of buying them.
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S & S

I think it used to go out at 7pm on a tuesday!

I can only remember the storyline which had the bloke with a blank face, who kept appearing in photographs.

Scared the beejeezaas out of me at the time!!!
Funnily enough, that's the only bit I remember. I've been tempted a few times to get the dvds, but don't think one memory is enough to warrant buying it ;-)
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I remember the big bloke they got in one time, Lead, I think his name was. I think I'll look into buying this.
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I remember the big bloke they got in one time, Lead, I think his name was. I think I'll look into buying this.
Lead, yeah, he was some sort of big dude, err. Don't remember much other than that.

The one's I remember is the railway station one, the light floating around the walls episode, the blank face thing, a house where all the clocks stopped, and some sort of invisible force-field kind of thing. They might have been the same episode(s), and I've got no idea what they were about, I just remember small bits of them.

I think the floating light thing from what I've read is nothing more than someone shining a torch onto walls which makes me think I might find watching them now will spoil it.
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wow, it is a lot cheaper in R4..£28 from DVDVideoplant in New Zealand gets you the complete series on 6 disks... No idea what they are like as suppliers though.

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Try www.devoted.com or www.ezydvd.com.au
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Mikef, I'd have to say DVDVideoPlanet are rather good. Took 12 days from order to delivery of my S&S box set (three disks, all 34 episodes, proper DVD cases in a slightly cheap looking card slipcase). Sent a slightly odd email saying the order was processing when I guess they meant dispatched but all in all very satisfactory.

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