Sunday, 30 January 2011
Children's TV: Sky
HTV for ITV, 7 April 1975-17 May 1975. 7 x 25 min episodes.
Produced by Patrick Dromgoole: executive producer (7 episodes, 1975), Leonard White: producer (7 episodes, 1975). Directed by Patrick Dromgoole (3 episodes, 1975), Derek Clark (2 episodes, 1975), Terry Harding (2 episodes, 1975).
Writing credits: Bob Baker & Dave Martin (7 episodes, 1975). Read more here.
Cast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Robert Eddison (Goodchild), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Thomas Heathcote (Mr Vennor), Frances Cuka (Mrs Vennor).
"Eerie, unsettling and a benchmark production for children's television in the 1970s, Sky was created by Doctor Who stalwarts Bob Baker and Dave Martin as one of the run of outstanding children's dramas HTV produced in that decade. Filmed in such richly atmospheric locations as Avebury, Glastonbury Tor and Stonehenge, Sky is a mixture of ecological fable, science fantasy and good, old-fashioned peril. Marc Harrison stars as Sky - an ethereal boy who materialises on an Earth that is as unprepared for him as he is for it. He soon realises that he's been brought to the wrong time and must seek out the Juganet to return to his correct place in reality. With the help of tearaway Arby Venner, his sister June and friend Roy he must race against time as Nature rejects Sky and the Earth's immune system creates the evil Goodchild, who is out to stop him at all costs... "
Episode titles and original air dates: 1. Burning Bright - 07/04/75. 2. Juganet - 14/04/75. 3. Goodchild - 21/04/75. 4. What Dread Hand - 28/04/75. 5. Evalake - 05/05/75. 6. Lifeforce - 12/05/75. 7. Chariot of Fire - 19/05/75.
Further information here & here. Video content here & here. Images from Time Screen magazine, issues 17.