Out of the Unknown: The Dead Past (1965)

UK, 25 October 1965
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Out of the Unknown (1965-1971) – series 1, episode 4

A British science fiction television episode directed by John Gorrie.

Plot Summary

Against the advice of experts, a 21st century historian uses a home-made Chronoscope, a device that can display past events on a viewing screen, to view daily live in ancient Carthage. The results are not what he expected…


Directed by: John Gorrie
© [not given on screen]
Producer: Irene Shubik
Associate Producer: George Spenton-Foster
Dramatised by: Jeremy Paul
[Story] by: Isaac Asimov
Script Editor: Irene Shubik
Title Music Composed and Conducted by: Norman Kay
Incidental Music Composed by: Dudley Simpson
Radiophonics by: Brian Hodgson
Special Effects by: Bernard Wilkie
Costumes by: Susan Wheal
Makeup by: Shirley Boakes
Designer: Norman James

George Benson (Arnold Potterley)
James Maxwell (Jonas Foster)
David Langton (Thaddeus Araman)
Willoughby Goddard (Ralph Nimmo)
Sylvia Coleridge (Caroline Potterley)
Shirley Cain (Miss Clements)
Frances Alger (Laurel)


Epi-Log no.16 p.30 – credits, synopsis

The Complete Directory to Science Fiction and Horror Television Shows by Alan Morton p.592 – credits
The Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction (3rd Edition) – by Roger Fulton p.290 – credits, synopsis