SF Obscure: Sapphire and Steel

Howdy! I have another SF Obscure post.

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Every now and then, I get in the mood for something classic and very odd. A show in which the genre is never quite clear but it’s fascinating to watch.

Sapphire and Steel ran from 1979 to 1982 on ITV. There are 34 episodes most written by Peter J. Hammond, and one story set by Don Houghton and Anthony Read.   It’s the story of two agents, called Sapphire (Joanna Lumley) and Steel (David McCallum). It’s never quite clear what Sapphire and Steel really are. Not human, possibly alien, and perhaps not even corporeal and these bodies are merely hosts. In any event it is the job of these hosts to fix problems with time.

There are 34 episodes covering six main stories, “Assignments”. These include time slips, a strange creature caught in photographs, time reenactment spilling over into modern day. It’s creepy and fun. Time travel? Not always and not exactly…

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