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Sapphire and Steel

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Sci-fi scary TV that was ahead of its time. David McCallum & Joanna Lumley starred as the two Mulder & Scully type psychic detectives solving mysteries with a creepy twist.

I particularly remember one episode where people were trapped inside a photograph of themselves, and were being burned alive if the photo caught fire. Spooky!


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Sapphire and Steel intro Last post by soup dragon
09 May 2011

Do You Remember Sapphire and Steel?

Do You Remember Sapphire and Steel?

  • Anonymous user
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    Absolutely adored this. Really creepy stories, and with the delightful Joanna Lumley and David McCallum heading the cast, what's not to like?
  • Gojira
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    This was ITV's attempt to capitalise on the popularity of Dr Who. For my money it was the far superior of the two shows. The two main characters worked very well together, even if they did often disagree. The addition of other agents, such as Silver & Lead was good too. I think this show could make a comeback, even though our heroes were stuck in a trap in the final episode.
  • Anonymous user
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    Best series ever! Why was this and Armchair Thriller on at such early hours? All 30-40 yr olds messed up for life! Lumley was sublime, she WAS Sapphire. And how about the flirting and innuendo between Sapphire and another element, was it Silver? I remember one of the other elements had his portal through photos or something like that. Fabulous!
  • Anonymous user
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    Scarier than Doctor Who! I remember the episode with the haunting whistling of "pack up your troubles" by an old soldier at a railway station. I still think of this when at a train station late at night! Didn't they turn into lights or something?
  • Anonymous user
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    Lumley & McCallum played Sapphire & Steel to perfection, to the point where i think it must have been an act of God that they were both chosen & as irreplaceable as Tom Baker was to Dr. Who. My memories of S & S? The one where they are at the top of a block of flats - which i think was the old ATV studios - trying to trace an invisible capsule. The cliffhanger of Steel being attacked by a swan as he is on the roof's edge of the building sticks in my mind. The Faceless Landlord was creepy too as i was just 7 years old at the time! I would love to see S & S re-released on DVD with ATV idents left intact at the start of each programme as it was in July 1979.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remeber the one with the nursery rhymes. Gave me nightmares for days. Still think I'm too much of a coward to watch them again.
  • Anonymous user
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    I have every episode on video and watched 'Man With No face' only the other day. I am 34 and it STILL gives me the willies!!! Invest in the videos or DVDs if you can - it's worth it, I tell you! S & S is still fantastic TV. Thanks, PJ Hammond!!!
  • Anonymous user
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    I also remeber the VERY SCARY episode with the man with no face. I must've only been 6 or 7 when I saw it. Only really remebered it when I saw the episode of the new Dr Who when The Wire was stealing faces.
  • Anonymous user
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    I saw these as a kid aged 7-8 - just the right age to be scared witless! I too can remember 'watching' from behind a cushion. The man with no face gave me the horrors for many years afterwards. I now have the series on video and watch them over and over and the faceless man still scares me!
  • Anonymous user
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    I watched this as a child, and now have seen it again on dvd, the fist adventure is my favourite, where the mum and dad in an old farm house go missing. this one is all to do with old nursery rhymes and time breaking through. sapphire and steel fight time to save the day. they don't make them like this anymore, mores the pity.