Sapphire and Steel       ADVENTURE ONE

Theme:
What is happening in the room at the top of the stairs? Strange goings on (people disappear and find themselves trapped in a picture on the wall) when a small child recites nursery rhymes. The series was almost scuppered at the start by this awful kid. Whether this was partially the fault of the young actor is hard to know. The main fault lay with the scriptwriters. Having created a situation which Sapphire and Steel could clear up in episode one, the writers then had to stretch the story. Their answer was to include an irritating child who, once the consequences of her actions was explained, lost no opportunity to elude the vigilance of the grown-ups and set to reciting with the determination of an Infant Phenomenon. Both Sapphire and Steel are endangered, and their comrade, Lead, terminated, before Time is repaired and our heroes leave for their next adventure. The scene was set for mysterious goings on; Time being "out of joint"; dangers the more fascinating for never being fully explained. In a cleverly handled scene, we discover Sapphire and Steel have telepathic powers.

Adventure One Number of episodes = 6
Director/Producer Shaun O'Riordan
Writer P J Hammond
Supporting Cast  
Lead Val Pringle
Rob Steven O'Shea
Helen Tamasin Bridge
Policeman Charles Pemberton
Mother Felicity Harrison
Father John Golightly
Produced by ITC, number ITC 8340
Available from HMV stores, or can be ordered from other outlets.
Credits All photographs ITC Home Video©