Quatermass and the Pit (1958)

UK, 22 December 1958-16 January 1959
1 series, 6 episodes, average 33m each
broadcast live, black and white, 4:3
mono, English

A British science fiction television serial written by Nigel Kneale.

Plot Summary

Work on a new London underground line is halted when a skeleton and what appears to be World War II missile are uncovered. But the ‘missile’ turns out to be an alien spacecraft and Professor Bernard Quatermass is called in to investigate. It soon turns out that the locust like aliens entombed in the ship are not as dead as they seem and that millions of years before they had had arrived on Earth from Mars to tamper with the brains of primitive ape creatures. The opening of the ship unleashes the ancient forces of evil that have lain dormant in humanity for millennia.


Episode 1 The Halfmen (22 December 1958)
Episode 2 The Ghosts (29 December 1958)
Episode 3 Imps and Demons (5 January 1959)
Episode 4 The Enchanted (12 January 1959)
Episode 5 The Wild Hunt (19 January 1959)
Episode 6 Hob (26 January 1959)

Sequel to
The Quatermass Experiment (1953)
Quatermass II (1955)

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

See also
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
Quatermass 2 (1957)
Quatermass (1979)
The Quatermass Experiment (2005)


Serials on British Television 1950-1994 by Ellen Baskin p.35