British Invaders 154: Undermind (Part 2)

Undermind was a 1965 series about people’s actions being controlled by a mysterious outside influence. Is it an outside power trying to destabilize society?

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4 Responses to British Invaders 154: Undermind (Part 2)

  1. Alan Dartnell says:

    I am a little surprised that I was not aware of this series was first broadcast, though as I would have 14 or 15 at the time it may have been broadcast after my normal bed time.

    There is one minor extra on DVD set – a PDF file on disk 1containing a very short “brochure” fror the series. I am not sure what this was prduced for (maybe it was advertising material) but it does contain the text

    “Undermind. The first TV thriller series about the sixth column – a sinister element of unknown subversives”

    This hints that a second related series may have existed, or was planned.

  2. Brian says:

    Thanks, Alan. We weren’t really considering this extra, because it doesn’t add much content.

    -Brian (from Canada)

  3. Patrick says:

    After hearing this podcast I am now on the look out for this show, As you noted, it is a show that seems to have been just about forgotten but sounds really interesting. Thanks.

  4. hypocaust says:

    Just finished watching this series.
    I think one of the most interesting aspects of the show is that considering it’s about brainwashing and threats to society, the series itself functions very much as a piece of conservative propaganda designed to preserve the status quo.

    Among the problems our heroes encounter are rebellious teenagers, “sick” children’s entertainment, pop music, social workers (!), Irish republicans and people exposing the wrongdoing of the ruling classes.

    An intriguing series if not entirely successful to my mind. I must admit there were more than a few moments that elicited laughs from me for being overly silly but at other times there was some very good drama on display.
    The fact that someone once wrote about a plot to bring down British society involving hypnosis, astrology and Eamonn Andrews still makes me smile just thinking about it.

    I thought one of the more ridiculous quirks of the series was there never seemed to be any police interest in the Heriots or the string of often violent deaths occurring all over the place.

    I quite enjoyed the performances of the leads. Rosemary Nicols in particular did a good job of conveying the increasingly stressful nature of the Heriot’s lives but it was a shame that Dennis Quilley didn’t last longer.

    Regarding the structure of the series, with standalone stories sitting within an overall story arc, I think that was something pioneered – in British TV at least – by the ITV companies in the mid-late sixties. You can see it in a quite a few of their dramas of that vintage.

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