One of the most fascinating series of all, Sapphire and Steel appeared
all too briefly on British TV in the early '80s. The first story had some
irritating moments, but after that, the series gathered strength and interest.
Two time detectives, "Sapphire" and "Steel" (we are never sure whether they
are the elements of these names) are sent through time and space to repair
Time. Response to the stories depends partly on whether or not you enjoy
puzzles. There was always a deal of mystery, much that was never explained.
McCallum, (Steel), played (as so often) a character of few (frequently
terse) words: Joanna Lumley, at
the height of her remarkable beauty, was Sapphire. The two actors worked
very well together, and physically there was a certain resemblance between
them. The voiceover for the effective opening scene was by a pre-Poirot
David Suchet, but his name did not appear in the credits.
Perhaps appropriately, in view of the underlying theme, the series was itself "out of its time": too late to build upon the mood of earlier shows such as the sixties' Star Trek and Time Tunnel, and too early to catch the sci fi boom of the late eighties and the present day. In 1996, subscribers to the Bravo channel were able to see the series. It was picked out for the Choice spot in the Radio Times of 4th April 1996, with the following comments:
In the last few years, the series has continued to grow in popularity, and is now available on both DVD and video.
Photograph of David McCallum and Joanna Lumley: Radio Times©
Sapphire and Steel title image ITC Home Video©
Quote Radio Times©