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Quatermass

John Mills brought impressive new qualities to the character, who steps out of retirement in Cumbria for a TV interview and is projected into a dystopian nightmare of killer gangs and hippies. The production brings to life vividly a world in crisis, with fuel and food shortages bringing civilisation to the verge of collapse. That's when the Earth comes under attack from space, and the super powers can do nothing to prevent it. Nor, it seems, can the ill-fated Professor Bernard Quatermass. (ITV tx 24/10/1979 – 14/11/1979)