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1 - The Halfmen

Original title : The Halfmen
First Aired : 22.12.1958
Director : Rudolph Cartier
Writing credits : Nigel Kneale
Cast : Van Boolen (Truck driver), Michael Raghan (Grab operator), Lionel Ngakane (Workman), George Dudley (Old workman), John Rae (Foreman), Malcolm Watson (Museum Official), Stanley Vine (First journalist), Mark Eden (Second journalist), Patrick Maynard (Third journalist), Christine Finn (Barbara Judd), Arthur Hewlett (Baines), Michael Bird (Armitage), Janet Burnell (Interviewer), Tony Lyon (Teddy boy), Anne Bushill (Teddy girl), Janet Joyce (Stout woman), Richard Dare (Private secretary to the Mini ster), Robert Perceval (The Minister), Nan Braunton (Miss Dobson), Ian Ainsley (Police Inspector), Michael Ripper (Sergeant), Harold Goodwin (Corporal Gibson), John Walker (Private West), Victor Platt (P.C. Ellis), Kenneth Warren (Young Constable), Hilda Barry (Mrs Chilcot), Peter Grisewood, John Barrett, Charles Maunsell, Lee Richardson, Clifford Cox (First private), Brian Gilmar (Second private), Edward Malin, Howell Davies (Mr Chilcot)

The Story : A building site at Hobbs Lane in London unearths a human skull, which is estimated by Dr Matthew Roney to be five million years old. Roney sets up a dig at the site. Quatermass, to his fury, is told that his Rocket Group will be merged with the military under Colonel Breen. Breen is called in by Captain Potter when a strange projectile, possibly a bomb, is found at the dig. Quatermass gets involved, and realises whatever it is, it is five million years old.

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2 - The Ghosts

Original title : The Ghosts
First Aired : 29.12.1958
Director : Rudolph Cartier
Writing credits : Nigel Kneale
Cast : Michael Ripper, Christine Finn, Clifford Cox, Brian Gilmar, Kenneth Warren, Hilda Barry, Howell Davies, Victor Platt, Harold Goodwin, John Walker, Madge Brindley (Miss Groome)

The Story : The strange capsule is unearthed, and Breen claims it is a German V- weapon. It is made of an unknown substance, mildly radioactive and cold to touch. Roney's aide, Barbara Judd, finds a history of supernatural events at Hobbs Lane which Quatermass in interested by. Private West, working inside the capsule, is terrified by an imp-like ghost he claims to have seen.

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3 - Imps and Demons

Original title : Imps and Demons
First Aired : 05.01.1959
Director : Rudolph Cartier
Writing credits : Nigel Kneale
Cast : John Walker, Michael Ripper, Harold Goodwin, Clifford Cox, Brian Gilmar, Christine Finn, Tony Quinn (News Editor), Keith Banks (Nuttall), Frank Crane (George), Brian Worth (James Fullalove), Richard Shaw (Sladden), Patrick Connor (Policeman), Donald McCollum (Elderly Librarian), Fletcher Lightfoot (Abbey Librarian)

The Story : James Fullalove, journalist, becomes involved with Quatermass again as they examine the history of Hobbs Lane - finding Hob, the original spelling, was a name for the Devil. A special drill operated by Sladden is used to open a sealed compartment in the capsule, and three long dead alien insects are revealed.

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4 - The Enchanted

Original title : The Enchanted
First Aired : 12.01.1959
Director : Rudolph Cartier
Writing credits : Nigel Kneale
Cast : Michael Ripper, Christine Finn, Harold Goodwin, Clifford Cox, Brian Gilmar, Brian Worth, Kenneth Seeger (Dr Klein), Tony Quinn, Bernard Spear (News Vendor), Patrick Connor, Allan McClelland (First Journalist), Bill Shine (Second Journalist), Ian Wilson (Third Journalist), Richard Shaw, Robert Perceval, Richard Dare, Ian Ainsley, Noel Howlett (Vicar) Other parts played by John Herrington, Sheldon Allan, John Mahoney, John Wilding

The Story : Roney and Quatermass theorise that the aliens were Martians who took humans to Mars and exprimented on them, and then crashed on returning them to Earth. Sladden works alone in the pit that night and strange forces are conjured up, forcing him to flee in terror.

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5 - The Wild Hunt

Original title : The Wild Hunt
First Aired : 19.01.1959
Director : Rudolph Cartier
Writing credits : Nigel Kneale
Cast : Christine Finn, Michael Ripper, Clifford Cox (First Sapper), Brian Gilmar (Second Sapper), Harold Goodwin, Richard Shaw, Noel Howlett, Brian Worth, Richard Dare, Robert Perceval, Harold Siddons (Electrician), Edward Burnham (Official), John Scott Martin (Technician), Anne Blake (Woman Journalist)

The Story : By use of a brain scanner devised by Roney, pictures of aliens are seen in Barbara's mind as she works at the capsule. Breen dismisses this as a hoax and plans to expose the charade in a television broadcast from the pit. An electrician is killed there, an the capsule starts to glow with life.

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6 - Hob

Original title : Hob
First Aired : 26.01.1959
Director : Rudolph Cartier
Writing credits : Nigel Kneale
Cast : Edward Burnham, Harold Siddons, Brian Worth, Christine Finn, Richard Dare, Bill Shine (First Journalist), Allan McClelland (Second Journalist), Ian Ainsley, Anthony Pendrell (TV interviewer), John Hamblin (Newsvendor), Bernard Spear (First cus tomer), Louise Gainsborough (Blonde), Arthur Brander (Man in the blazer), Sydney Bromley (Tattered man), Tony Quinn, Stuart Nichol (Newscaster), Budd Knapp (American pilot), Richard Shaw.

The Story : The pit is plunged into chaos and the Martian inheritance dormant in humanity takes over many humans in the area, including Quatermass. The capsule splits open and a Martian energy form towers over London. Roney finds he is immune, and struggles to help Quatermass.

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