Out of the Unknown
(Out of the Unknown)
Episodes from the first season
1 - NO PLACE LIKE EARTH
Original title : No Place Like Earth
First Aired : 04.10.1965 (UK)
Director : Peter Potter
Writing credits : John Wyndham, Stanley Miller
Cast : Geoffrey Palmer (Chief Officer), Vernon Joynor (Carter), Bill Treacher (Harris), Hannah Gordon (Zeyla), Jerry Stovin (Captain), George Pastell (Major Khan), Alan Tilvern (Blane), Joseph O'Conor (Freeman), Jessica Dunning (Anneka), Terence Morgan (Bert), Roy Stewart (Security Guard)
The Story : Believing his home planet to have been destroyed, a solitary Earthman wanders about on Mars alone.
2 - THE COUNTERFEIT MAN
Original title : The Counterfeit Man
First Aired : 11.10.1965 (UK)
Director : George Spenton-Foster
Writing credits : Alan Nourse, Philip Broadley
Cast : Lew Luton (Officer), Hedger Wallace (Commander), David Munro (Ken), Barry Ashton (Frank), Geoffrey Kenion (Dave), David Savile (Gerry), Keith Buckley (Scotty), Anthony Wager (Jensen), Peter Fraser (Donnie), Charles "Bud" Tingwell (Captain Jaffe), David Hemmings (Wescott), Alexander Davion (Dr. Crawford), Derek Martin (Guard)
The Story : An alien life form has taken on human appearance in order to hitch a ride back to Earth with the crew of a spacecraft.
3 - STRANGER IN THE FAMILY
Original title : Stranger In The Family
First Aired : 18.10.1965 (UK)
Director : Alan Bridges
Writing credits : David Campton
Cast : Clive Graham (Assistant), Maurice Podbrey (Director), Bay White (Mrs. Pain), Jack May (Evans), John Paul (Brown), Daphne Slater (Margaret Wilson), Peter Copley (Charles Wilson), Peter Thornton (Lorry Driver), Eric Lander (Sonny), Justine Lord (Paula), Joby Blanshard (Hall), Richard O'Callaghan (Boy), Brian Vaughan (Swain)
The Story : A young man with exceptionally advanced mental powers gets protection from his parents while strangers with sinister plans of their own want to exploit his gifts.
4 - THE DEAD PAST
Original title : The Dead Past
First Aired : 25.10.1965 (UK)
Director : John Gorrie
Writing credits : Isaac Asimov, Jeremy Paul
Cast : Frances Alger (Laurel), Shirley Cain (Miss Clements), Sylvia Coleridge (Caroline Potterley), David Langton (Thaddeus Araman), James Maxwell (Jonas Foster), George Benson (I) (Arnold Potterley), Willoughby Goddard (Ralph Nimmo)
The Story : In a Britain of the future, it will be possible to visit the past using a machine called the "Chronoscope". Only for some reason, an elderly historian is being denied the right to use the device.
5 - TIME IN ADVANCE
Original title : Time In Advance
First Aired : 01.11.1965 (UK)
Director : Peter Sasdy
Writing credits : Paul Erickson, William Tenn
Cast : Peter Madden (Examiner), Michael Harding (Newsreader), Jerome Willis (Ryman), Judy Parfitt (Marie), Peter Stephens (Stephenson), Patrick Scanlan (Captor), Danvers Walker (Dan), Phillip Voss (Police Officer), Dyson Lovell (Henson), Wendy Gifford (Polly), Edward Judd (Crandall), Oliver MacGreevy (Chief Guard), Mike Pratt (Henck), Ken Parry (Ballaskia)
The Story : In a future where men will be allowed to commit crimes if they agree to serve (and are able to survive) a punitive prison sentence in advance, two newly-released convicts return to Earth with permission to commit murder.
6 - COME BUTTERCUP, COME DAISY, COME... ?
Original title : Come Buttercup, Come Daisy, Come... ?
First Aired : 08.11.1965 (UK)
Director : Paddy Russell
Writing credits : Mike Watts
Cast : Bernard Kay (Det. Sgt. Crouch), Nigel Lambert (Milkman), Julie May (Mrs. Dixon), Desmond Jordan (Dr. Chambers), Eric Thompson (Norman), Ann Lancaster (Mrs Bryant), Jack Wild (Danny), Patsy Rowlands (Anne Lovejoy), Christine Hargreaves (Monica Wilkes), Milo O'Shea (Henry Wilkes), Alan Haywood (Det. Con Fraser)
The Story : Henry is a man who likes to talk to the new plants he is cultivating in his garden. He regards them as his friends. But what he doesn't yet know is that they have an unusual appetite...for flesh.
7 - SUCKER BAIT
Original title : Sucker Bait
First Aired : 15.11.1965 (UK)
Director : Naomi Capon
Writing credits : Meade Roberts, Isaac Asimov
Cast : Billy Dean (II) (Crewman #5), Tim Condren (Crewman #4), Keith Peacock (Crewman #3), John McArdle (Crewman #2), Peter Diamond (Crewman #1), Roger Croucher (Fawkes), Burt Kwouk (Novee), Clive Endersby (Mark), David Sumner (Vernadsky), Bill Nagy (Captain), David Knight (Cimon), John Meillon (Dr. Sheffield), Adrian Drotsky (Crewman #6)
The Story : The avid curiosity of a young boy born with a super-developed photographic memory poses a grave threat to an already dangerous space mission.
8 - THE FOX AND THE FOREST
Original title : The Fox And The Forest
First Aired : 22.11.1965 (UK)
Director : Robin Midgley
Writing credits : Terry Nation, Meade Roberts, Ray Bradbury
Cast : Delphine (Dancer), Domingo De Lezaria (Guitarist), Robert MacLeod (American Man), Guido Adorni (1st Mexican), Jose Berlinka (2nd Mexican), Dean Francis (Man in the Mask), Steve Georgio (Bellboy), Patrick Scanlan (Singer/Guitarist), Marcella Markham (Beth), Eric Flynn (Faber), Serafina Di Leo (Mexican Woman), Aziz Resh (Boy), Frederick Bartman (David), Liane Aukin (Sarah), Warren Mitchell (Joe)
The Story : David and Sarah are citizens of the 22nd century. They take a "holiday in time" back to the days before World War II, and find that they prefer this simpler era in the planet's history. They decide to stay in this time period. But others are sent to bring them back to their own time...forcibly, if necessary.
9 - ANDOVER AND THE ANDROID
Original title : Andover And The Android
First Aired : 29.11.1965 (UK)
Director : Alan Cooke
Writing credits : Kate Wilhelm, Bruce Stewart (II)
Cast : David Coote (Charlie), Helen Lindsay (Phoebe), David Conville (French), Lisa Daniely (Eleanor), John Malcolm (Patrick), Marda Vanne (Mathilde), Erik Chitty (Bernard), Peter Bathurst (Barnaby), Robin Parkinson (Purvis), Robert Eddison (Tzhilyantsi), Tom Criddle (Andover), Annette Robertson (Lydia), Ronald Ibbs (Sir Felix), Fulton Mackay (Cullen), Fred Hugh (Fred)
The Story : Andover is a reclusive robotics expert who is happy just the way he is and doesn't want to get married. So, to stop his aunt from nagging him constantly, he builds an android "wife" for himself.
10 - SOME LAPSE OF TIME
Original title : Some Lapse Of Time
First Aired : 06.12.1965 (UK)
Director : Roger Jenkins
Writing credits : Leon Griffiths, John Brunner
Cast : Peter Bowles (Policeman), Laidlaw Danning (Radiographer), Blake Butler (Anderson), Jane Bolton (Nurse), Bridget McConnel (Sister), Lucy Young (Secretary), Maitland Moss (Head Porter), John Gabriel (III) (Smiffershon), Delena Kidd (Dr Laura Danville), Moultrie Kelsall (Professor Leach), Ronald Lewis (Max Harrow), Jane Downs (Diana Harrow), Richard Gale (Dr Gordon Faulkner), George Woodbridge (Det Sgt Cloudby)
The Story : A scientist finds a bum lying unconscious on his doorstep, clutching in his hand a human finger-bone and suffering from severe radiation poisoning.
11 - THIRTEEN TO CENTAURUS
Original title : Thirteen To Centaurus
First Aired : 13.12.1965 (UK)
Director : Peter Potter
Writing credits : Stanley Miller, J.G. Ballard
Cast : John Moore (III) (Matthias Granger), Wendy Johnson (III) (Mrs. Peters), Karl Lanchbury (Matthew Peters), Peter Bennett (III) (Jeremiah Baker), Christine Lander (Mrs. Baker), Roy Hills (Mark Baker), Janet Fairhead (Ruth Baker), Robert Russell (Sgt. Burke), John Line (Captain Sanger), Joyce Donaldson (Mrs. Granger), Carla Challoner (Zenna Peters), Lionel Stevens (Captain Peters), James Hunter (Abel Granger), Donald Houston (Dr. Francis), Noël Johnson (General Short)
The Story : Thirteen people live in "The Station", and twelve of them have been specially conditioned by the thirteenth to ensure that they have no memories of their previous life on Earth. Except one now starts to ask questions.
12 - THE MIDAS PLAGUE
Original title : The Midas Plague
First Aired : 20.12.1965 (UK)
Director : Peter Sasdy
Writing credits : Irene Shubik, Troy Kennedy Martin, Frederick Pohl
Cast : Graham Lines (Gideon), Michael Earl (Police Robot), Geoffrey Alexander (Counsel), A. J. Brown (Judge), Sydney Arnold (Prisoner), Richard Davies (Rebel #1), Arne Gordon (Rebel #2), John Barron (Sir John), David Nettheim (Analyst), Robert Sidaway (George), Anthony Dawes (Henry), Victor Brooks (Wainwright), Graham Stark (Morrey), Sam Kydd (Fred), Anne Lawson (Edwina)
The Story : In an age of mass consumption, a man yearns for the simpler life. Only problem is that he can't afford it.