When a young girl vanishes near a derelict naval station
a fantastic series of events is set in motion which sends
teenagers Simon Randall and Liz Skinner back in time to 1940
and the very night when the base was invaded by a group of
you ever had the feeling that you've been here before and
yet everyone tells you that you can't have been? Or perhaps
you've felt 'this has all happened to me before and I know
what's going to happen next'? Well, a lot of people do get
these sensations and nobody can yet explain them. They seem,
somehow, to involve the mind travelling forwards or backwards
in time. And that's what this new series Timeslip
is all about - children projecting themselves forwards and
backwards in time. It's fiction, of course, but it's very
close to a new theory scientists are now working on to explain
the universe, and time. Today's science fiction so often
becomes tomorrow's science fact."
science correspondent Peter Fairley's contemporary introduction
to the first episode of Timeslip opens up the first
disc of this long-awaited DVD set about the time travelling
adventures of two 15-year olds, Liz and Simon. The 26 episode
run followed their 'slips' into the past and future, through
an invisible time barrier, where they encountered a world
of problems - a longevity drug that may not be all it's claimed
to be, global warming, enhanced telepathy and cloning. Time
travel, as always, leads to dark places.
Spencer Banks (Simon Randall) and Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner)
were both older than they looked which resulted in better
acting than you might expect from your average 'teenager'
on children's TV in 1970. The casting of Dennis Quilley and
John Barron helped up the quality feel of the show still further
and even some very small sets and dodgy special effects can't
detract from the air of quality that's stamped on the production.
only one episode of Timeslip survives in colour and
the black and white film prints that remain in the archive
could have done with a little bit of sprucing up. However,
there's nothing terribly wrong with their presentation and
the odd blob or scratch is not enough to mar your enjoyment
or what remains a very good programme. Even the lack of extras
is forgivable as there simply wasn't enough budget or material
available to cobble much together beyond a photo gallery.
is an essential purchase for any serious telefantasy fan.
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