British Invaders 151: Outcasts (Part 1)

Outcasts was a 2011 BBC series that followed a group of human colonists on a distant planet. The environment is harsh, the politics are intense, and there is little hope of outside help….

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British Invaders 150: Gerry Anderson Comics (Part 2)

Gerry & Sylvia Anderson produced a number of puppet-based “Supermarionation” TV series in the 1960s. They went on to produce live action series in the 1970s. Most of these have been adapted as comic books. Some of them are still being released. We now conclude our discussion of the Anderson comics!

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British Invaders 149: Gerry Anderson Comics (Part 1)

Gerry & Sylvia Anderson produced a variety of science fiction TV shows in the 1960s and 1970s. Nearly all of them were adapted in comic books. Many appeared in the Andersons’ own TV Century 21 comic (which was later renamed TV21). Join us as we start to explore the shared universe of the Anderson comics!

We mention a couple of links in our discussion: The Gerry Anderson complete comic history site
and the Doctor Who: Stripped for Action video about the Daleks comic strip.

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British Invaders 148: The Invisible Man (Part 2)

The Invisible Man was a BBC adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel. This six-part serial was unusually faithful to the original 1897 novel.

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British Invaders 147: The Invisible Man (Part 1)

The Invisible Man was a BBC television serial from 1984. It was a very faithful adaptation of the 1897 novel by H.G. Wells. Who is the mysterious man who has arrived in Iping? What does he intend to do? Is he connected to some strange unexplained crimes?

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British Invaders 146: Crooked House (Part 2)

Crooked House was a 2008 BBC ghost story written and produced by Mark Gatiss. The three connected episodes told the strange story of a very old house called Geap Mannor.

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British Invaders 145: Crooked House (Part 1)

Crooked House was a three-part BBC ghost story from 2008. It followed some of the stories of an old house that seemed to attract strange events….

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British Invaders 144: Danger Mouse (Part 2)

Danger Mouse was an ITV cartoon series that ran from 1981 to 1992. Danger Mouse is the world’s greatest secret agent! Penfold is his faithful and bumbling assistant! Colonel K sends them on missions to thwart the plans of the evil Baron Greenback!

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British Invaders 143: Danger Mouse (Part 1)

Danger Mouse was a classic cartoon series that ran on ITV throughout the 1980s. See the world’s greatest secret agent and his faithful assistant Penfold defeat the evil Baron Greenback!

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British Invaders 142: The Last Enemy (Part 2)

The Last Enemy was a futuristic spy thriller first broadcast on the BBC in 2008. When Stephen Ezard returns to England, he realizes that much has changed. How extreme are the new surveillance and ID card systems? Is he being tracked? What does this have to do with a disease outbreak and an explosion in Afganistan?

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British Invaders 141: The Last Enemy (Part 1)

The Last Enemy is a 2008 spy thriller set in a futuristic version of London. Benedict Cumberbatch (of Sherlock) stars in this complex trip through a world of advanced surveillance and tracking systems.

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British Invaders 140: Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons (Part 2)

Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons was a Gerry Anderson “Supermarionation” show that was broadcast on ITV in the 1960s. Mysterious aliens wage a war to avenge themselves after humans attack Mars. Who are these alien Mysterons? Can the Spectrum organisation stop them?

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British Invaders 139: Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons (Part 1)

Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons was a 1967 “Supermarionation” series from Gerry Anderson. Mysterious aliens wage a war of nerves against Earth. Can an indestructible hero save the world from The Mysterons?

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British Invaders 138: Frankenstein (Part 2)

Frankenstein was an adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel, but this version featured a female Doctor Frankenstein. Victoria Frankenstein accidentally creates a living creature, but what does she do next?

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British Invaders 137: Frankenstein (Part 1)

Frankenstein was a 2007 adaptation of the classic Mary Shelley story. This version has a female Doctor Frankenstein inadvertently creating a living creature….

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British Invaders 136: Out of the Unknown (Part 2)

Out of the Unknown was a 1960s and 1970s BBC series that adapted stories from some of the great science fiction writers of the time. Space travel, time travel, parallel realities and psychological programming all appeared in this anthology series.

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British Invaders 135: Out of the Unknown (Part 1)

Out of the Unknown was a classic anthology series that ran on the BBC from 1965 to 1971. It adapted science fiction stories from writers like Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham.

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British Invaders 134: Hammer House of Horror (Part 2)

Hammer House of Horror was an anthology series from Hammer Film Studios. This ITV show brought us a wide variety of horror stories in modern settings. It featured monsters, haunted objects, psychological manipulation and more!

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British Invaders 133: Hammer House of Horror (Part 1)

Hammer House of Horror was a 1980 anthology series from Hammer Film Studios. This series took the well-known “Hammer Horror” style and moved it into present-day settings. It featured haunted houses, werewolves, witches and more!

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British Invaders 132: Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets (Part 2)

In this episode we continue our review of Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets which brought us a documentary-style look at a future manned mission to the planets. Stunning visuals and detailed scientific coverage made it a very unique production.

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British Invaders 131: Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets (Part 1)

In this episode we review Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets. This was a 2004 co-production from the BBC and the Discovery Channel. This speculative documentary plots the course of a manned mission to many of the solar system’s planets. There are lots of opportunities for both science and drama along the way….

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British Invaders 130: Pathfinders in Space (Part 2)

Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus were ITV serials for children. Broadcast in 1960 and 1961, they showed us children and adults discovering the mysteries of the planets!

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British Invaders 129: Pathfinders in Space (Part 1)

Pathfinders in Space was a children’s TV serial from 1960. A journalist, a scientist and three children travel to the moon. They find some surprising things when they arrive….

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British Invaders 128: Random Quest (Part 2)

Random Quest was a one-hour BBC drama based on a story by John Wyndham. Colin Trafford has found himself in an alternate version of reality. Can he find someone he knew in a different world?

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British Invaders 127: Random Quest (Part 1)

Random Quest was a 2006 BBC Four adaptation of a 1960s story by John Wyndham. Why is Colin Trafford waking up in a place that he doesn’t recognize? Why do his friends appear to be so very different? Who is the mysterious Ottilie Harshom?

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British Invaders 126: Bonus Episode

This is a bonus episode! We talk about the Doctor Who episodes that were recovered in 2011 and remakes of two Gerry Anderson series that are in preproduction. We also cover some of the great feedback from our listeners and some forthcoming releases from Big Finish Productions. We discuss some of our recent convention-going activities, but those are covered in more detail on The Type 40 Podcast. We finish things off with an announcement of the new British Invaders Vinyl Decals available from DecalMike.com!

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British Invaders 125: The Woman in Black (Part 2)

The Woman in Black was a 1989 ITV adaptation of the ghost story novel by Susan Hill. A young lawyer who must spend some time in the remote and foreboding “Eel Marsh house”. What might be waiting for him there?

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British Invaders 124: The Woman in Black (Part 1)

The Woman in Black was a ghost story that was produced for television in 1989. Arthur Kidd is a young lawyer who needs to go to the house of a client who has recently died. What is the secret of the remote “Eel Marsh house”? Who is the mysterious woman that he sees?

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British Invaders 123: Invasion: Earth (Part 2)

Invasion: Earth was a BBC mini-series from 1998. NATO forces are dealing with two different groups of aliens. Will humanity survive the invasion?

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British Invaders 122: Invasion: Earth (Part 1)

Invasion: Earth was a 1998 BBC mini-series. An alien craft has arrived in Earth’s atmosphere. Is the occupant a friend or a foe? Is Earth about to get caught in an alien conflict?

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British Invaders 121: The First Men in the Moon (Part 2)

The First Men in the Moon was a 2010 adaptation of the classic novel by H.G. Wells. A capsule that is shielded from gravity allows two men to travel to the moon. They also go into the moon….

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British Invaders 120: The First Men in the Moon (Part 1)

The First Men in the Moon was originally a novel by H.G. Wells. This 2010 television version was adapted by and starred Mark Gatiss. Two men in the early twentieth century use a gravity-altering invention to travel to the moon. What will they find there?

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British Invaders 119: Space 1999 (Part 2)

Space 1999 was a live-action Gerry Anderson series from the mid-1970s. After the Moon is torn out of Earth Orbit, the crew of Moonbase Alpha must survive as the moon drifts around the universe….

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British Invaders 118: Space 1999 (Part 1)

Space 1999 was a 1970s ITV live-action series produced by Gerry Anderson. A massive explosion tears the Moon out of Earth Orbit and into distant space. The crew of Moonbase Alpha must make their way through the universe and deal with its challenges.

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British Invaders 117: Bonus Episode

This is a bonus episode! We cover a little bit of news and lots of feedback and suggestions from our listeners.

Promos include: Tuning in to SciFi TV (the Top 100 section) and The British TV Podcast.
Other references include: The British Invaders 30 Day Challenge and The Type 40 Podcast.

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British Invaders 116: Escape Into Night (Part 2)

Escape Into Night was a 1970s ITV children’s serial. It was based on Catherine Storr’s novel Marianne Dreams. Marianne is an injured girl who must stay in bed for several weeks. Why does a boy called Mark keep appearing in her dreams? Are her drawings somehow affecting what she dreams? Could these dreams threaten Marianne and Mark in real life?

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British Invaders 115: Escape Into Night (Part 1)

Escape Into Night was a children’s TV serial from 1972. It was adapted from the novel Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr. This series tells the strange story of an injured girl who cannot leave her bedroom. It also brings us dreams that may be more than dreams….

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British Invaders 114: Chocky (Part 2)

Chocky was a 1980s adaptation of a John Wyndham novel. Matthew Gore is in mental contact with an alien called Chocky. Things get more complex when Chocky starts asking some very difficult questions. ITV went on to make two original sequels: Chocky’s Children and Chocky’s Challenge.

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British Invaders 113: Chocky (Part 1)

Chocky was a 1980s adaptation of a John Wyndham novel. When twelve-year-old Matthew Gore starts talking to a voice that only he hears, his parents think he has an imaginary friend. However, Matthew’s unusual questions and his new skills seem to suggest that there is more than a childhood fantasy at work….

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British Invaders 112: The Changes (Part 2)

The Changes showed a madness descending upon people and causing them to destroy all machinery and technology. After the initial riots, what would people do next? What would this strange world be like? This BBC serial from 1975 explores the aftermath. The TV show was an adaptation of the novels by Peter Dickinson.

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